Work moves forward on several SUNY Oswego construction projects

As the summer’s construction projects on SUNY Oswego’s east campus move into fall, concrete deliveries continue for the $118 million Sciences and Engineering Innovation Corridor and drilling should conclude on an adjacent 240-well geothermal field.

Workers have moved to the second of four floors for the 150,000-gross-square-foot sciences addition—scheduled for a fall 2013 opening. The state-of-the-art, energy-efficient structure will integrate with soon-to-be-renovated Piez Hall. The multiphase project is being bonded through the SUNY Construction Fund.

Geothermal well dig.A former 150-space commuter parking lot adjacent to the sciences site now has 150 geothermal wells, according to Allen Bradberry, the college’s liaison with contractors on the sciences building and its related geothermal project, which will help heat and cool the complex.

A $10 million historic preservation project for Sheldon Hall’s exterior also continues. A new copper roof now covers the east wing of the century-old college flagship, and roofing will move forward on the west wing after work on a terra cotta parapet concludes this fall, according to Bob Lloyd, liaison with general contractor PAC and Associates of Oswego.

Installation of new windows is set to begin about Oct. 1 and last for around a month, Lloyd said, and repointing of Sheldon’s brickwork will continue for as long as weather permits.

The college emptied Park Hall this summer—faculty and staff moved to Hewitt Union and Wilber Hall—in advance of the anticipated start of renovations and additions to Park and Wilber that will lead to a revitalized School of Education complex, targeted for a 2014 opening.

All told, the east campus projects are expected to employ more than 350 construction workers.

PHOTO CAPTION: Subterranean energy—Drilling is scheduled to conclude this fall on SUNY Oswego’s 240-well geothermal field, part of the $118 million Sciences and Engineering Innovation Corridor rising on the SUNY Oswego’s east campus.

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(Posted: Sep 01, 2011)