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Campus projects aim to improve learning environment

Rochester Business Journal
August 10, 2012

Many local colleges and universities are undergoing expansion and renovation. These capital building projects provide new or improved learning environments, attract students and in some cases aim at decreasing a campus' carbon footprint. Below is a list of capital projects currently under way at area institutions:

Alfred University
A $33.5 million Student Leadership Center for members of the community to gather outside the classroom.

A $14 million renovation of the Physical and Health Science Building. The plan includes a hybrid ground source heat pump and chiller-boiler system for energy efficiency.

A Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture is in the works. The $4.9 million site will house a conventional dairy herd and an organic dairy herd so that students can learn about both protocols.

Finger Lakes Community College
An $18 million project to renovate the main building on the Canandaigua campus. Spaces left vacant when the cafeteria, bookstore and offices moved to the new Student Center in March will be converted into classrooms and laboratories.

Houghton College
Construction for the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex begins this month. The $16 million field house will include an indoor track and field facility, a competition-quality tennis facility and space for training throughout the winter.

Keuka College
Renovation of Keuka Park Apartments, formerly off-campus living, into student housing. The $500,000 project will revamp the roofs, windows, sidewalks, lighting and fiber optics.

Monroe Community College
A $1.5 million project to update the baseball fields at the Brighton campus, including a new turf field, dugouts, bullpen and scoreboard.

Window replacements at the Sciences Building and brickwork on various buildings on the Brighton campus is under way to improve operating efficiency and reduce energy consumption. The $2.5 million project began in May 2011 and is expected to be completed by August 2013.

Heating and cooling equipment is being replaced in various buildings on the Brighton campus as part of the $7.6 million Property Preservation Project. This first phase includes replacing the main electrical substation and installing an energy-efficient roof on the South Faculty Tower.

Nazareth College of Rochester
A $31 million, 74,000-square-foot math and science center is in the final stages of construction. Peckham Hall will open for the fall semester and house classrooms, labs, collaboration spaces, green-roof gardens and a greenhouse. It will be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified green building in Pittsford.

Roberts Wesleyan College
Carpenter Hall is undergoing a heating and air conditioning update. The $2.1 million project will provide energy-efficient, environmentally friendly heating and air conditioning.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Construction began this June on the new $8 million Sebastian and Lenore Roscia Hall at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The 22,000-square-foot, two-story facility is designed to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and original research among deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their hearing peers.

St. John Fisher College
The Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise is expected to be completed in September 2013. Construction on the $4 million, 20,000-square-foot building began in June. It will be the new site of the Bittner School of Business.

A $5.5 million, 26,000-square-foot facilities building is being constructed to combine maintenance, housekeeping and grounds work in one location.

$2 million is being spent on a two-story, 15,000-square-foot addition to the Wegmans School of Nursing. It will add classrooms and labs as well as faculty offices.

SUNY College at Brockport
The $16 million renovation of Smith Hall will be completed for the fall semester. Renovations of the science hall include replacing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and installing a fire protection system, which will make it a more energy-efficient and code-compliant building.
The second and final phase of window replacements in four high-rise residence halls will be completed this summer. The $3.4 million project will improve energy efficiency and comfort in student rooms.
A $2.1 million project is planned to renovate 36 bathrooms in Bramley residence hall.

The 4.6-kilovolt and 13.8-kilovolt electric systems will be repaired, converted and upgraded for late fall 2012. The $4 million project will increase electric energy efficiency, redundancy, and reliability of the campus' power distribution system.

A new Liberal Arts Building is under construction and is slated for occupancy in fall 2014. The 61,000-square-foot academic building will cost $29.3 million and house five departments in the humanities, as well as the office of the dean of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It will also include a 200-seat auditorium. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and will take advantage of natural light and will retain stormwater with bio-retention and open pond areas.
A $3 million project to repair underground utilities infrastructure in the area surrounding Hartwell, Morgan and Lathrop halls began in May and will continue through the summer of 2013.

An $8.3 million project to improve the exterior of Tuttle North and South began in May and will be completed in September 2013. Windows, doors, the natatorium and entrance will be renovated to improve energy efficiency and provide easier access to the Tuttle Athletic Complex.

SUNY College at Geneseo
A $26.2 million project to renovate Doty Hall, which houses office and meeting space for administration, admissions and advancement, began in October 2010 and will be completed in early 2013.

Bailey Hall, which houses the departments of psychology, sociology, geography and anthropology, is being renovated at a cost of $20 million. The project began in the spring and will be completed by fall 2014.

Two new synthetic turf fields with lights are being added to the southwest part of campus for lacrosse, soccer, field hockey and intramural programs. The $12.7 million project began in spring and will be completed in summer 2014.

A $12.4 million project to renovate Letchworth Dining Hall began this summer. The new dining hall, slated to open in spring 2014, will be modern, efficient and multi-functional.

Monroe Residence Hall, one of the college's oldest residential spaces, is being renovated for $12.4 million. Renovations began in spring 2011 and will be completed in the spring of 2013.

University of Rochester
A new $17 million residential building, O'Brien Hall, will be completed this month.
Raymond LeChase Hall, a $24 million addition to the Warner School of Education, will be completed in December.

A $12.8 million facility for media arts and innovation, Rettner Hall, is slated for completion in August 2013.

The University of Rochester Medical Center's Strong Hospital cafeteria is being renovated at a cost of $6 million and will be completed in January 2013.

The university's athletic fields are being updated at a cost of $4.1 million. The project will be finished this month.

A $5.6 million infrastructure upgrade to improve the residential quad fire alarm and sprinkler system will be completed this month.

Stormwater improvements are being made on Crittenden Boulevard. The $2.2 million utility infrastructure improvement will be completed this month.

Southside parking is being improved at a cost of $2.2 million and will be ready by September.

The Centennial Sculpture Park at Memorial Art Gallery is being improved. The $2.8 million project will be completed in September.

A $2.2 million project to upgrade the pool in the Aquatic Center will be finished in September.

Operating Room 12 at URMC's Strong Hospital is being renovated at a cost of $3.2 million. The improved clinical space will be ready for use in October.

Office and research space in URMC's Saunders Research Building is being updated. The $3.5 million project will be completed in October.

The data center is undergoing improvements and will be finished in June 2013. The renovations cost $6.5 million.

Waterproofing and landscaping are being done on Rush Rhees Library. The $2.9 million project will be completed in December.

This information was compiled by Kat Lynch, a Rochester Business intern.8/10/12 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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