School of Education construction highlights college's summer projects

Summer construction at SUNY Oswego will feature the kickoff of a $17.2 million project to connect and put a welcoming face on the School of Education’s two buildings and to renovate Park Hall, the second-oldest structure on campus.

PAC & Associates Inc. of Oswego, already general contractor on the Sheldon Hall exterior historic preservation and an addition to the School of Education’s Wilber Hall, won the bid last month.

NewWork will start this month, employing 40 to 50 workers overall, said Tom LaMere, director of facilities design and construction for the college. The SUNY Construction Fund supports the project, as well as much of the other campus renovation.

“We’ll be occupying it in fall 2013,” LaMere said. “It’s an incredibly accelerated project, but all the team is convinced it can be done.”

New construction linking Park and Wilber halls will provide a new main entrance for the School of Education, featuring a three-story atrium, common-area seating and a lounge, he said. The structure, designed by Bergmann Associates of Rochester, will improve the flow between the buildings, previously connected by a skyway over the intervening road.

Park Hall, opened in 1932 or just 19 years after the flagship Sheldon, will undergo top-to-bottom renovation, including a new roof, mechanical systems, sprinkler system and windows, along with technological features such as a webinar room and a computer lab, plus new offices and classrooms, LaMere said. The assembly room on the north end of the building will remain, though the road between and parking lot behind the two buildings will close to all but construction vehicles.

Contractors will refinish hardwood floors, and install carpeting in some common areas and terrazzo in others.

Glass-walled viewing

The Park Hall work overlaps this summer with completion of a 13,700-square-foot, $5.8 million addition to the west and north sides of Wilber Hall to house two new laboratories for technology education and the School of Education’s field placement office.

Bob Lloyd, project coordinator, said the one-and-a-half story structure is due to be substantially complete in June and open for students, faculty and staff in August.

The addition’s entrance hallway ultimately will help connect the School of Education with the rising sciences complex to the west, providing glass-walled viewing of work in the new, state-of-the-art manufacturing lab and in field placement.

To the north of the manufacturing space will be a new wood production lab, Lloyd said, and across a hallway, in the current Wilber laboratories wing, the old manufacturing lab will become the new polymers lab—both with glass-walled viewing.

Other projects

Work continues on the $118 million ground-up renovation of Piez Hall and its four-story, 150,000-gross-square-foot addition as the new home for the sciences and mathematics. The Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor remains on schedule for a fall 2013 opening, said project coordinator Allen Bradberry. As installation of mechanicals, window units and precast cladding move forward, drywall work on the interior has begun, he said.

Rice Creek Field Station and its entrance road will close this summer to all but construction vehicles and workers as new buildings begin to rise at the 46-year-old facility and old ones come down. The trailhead for the 400-acre reserve’s hikers will move to Fallbrook Recreation Center off Thompson Road to the south of Rice Creek.

Intensive work on the $10 million Sheldon Hall project will move to the residential east wing, with the installation of new windows, new and rehabilitated brickwork and replacement of terra cotta moldings. Roofing and cupola work will proceed on the central core of the building, along with front-entrance rehabilitation that will include new columns and stairs.

LaMere said work on the parking lot and road south of Laker Hall this summer would launch a two-year project to upgrade campus lots and roads. The largest project on south campus promises to be a $2 million renovation of Romney Field House with a four-lane track, a multipurpose infield, and new heating and lighting.

PHOTO CAPTION: New neighbors—The view from the second floor of the rising Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor shows work progressing on the soon-to-be-adjoining Wilber Hall addition for the School of Education. The tunnel-like opening at center will be one terminus of a covered walkway from the Piez Hall addition to Wilber. At left and right, respectively, construction continues on a new manufacturing laboratory for technology education and the school’s field placement office.

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(Posted: May 09, 2012)

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