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Campus construction moves forward

by Jaymi Gooden - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 11:00 pm
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CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES The North Campus Revitalization Project remains ahead of schedule, as the path from Dailey Hall to Edwards Hall is reopened and available to pedestrians.
Emma Misiaszek/PHOTO EDITOR CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES The North Campus Revitalization Project remains ahead of schedule, as the path from Dailey Hall to Edwards Hall is reopened and available to pedestrians.
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 Construction on the North Campus Revitalization Project decreased during the Winter 2017 session due to inevitable weather conditions. Still, the $12 million project, predicted to last over a year, made great progress during the Fall 2016 semester and continued to stay ahead of schedule throughout the winter recess. As classes have now reconvened for the Spring 2017 semester, students and faculty should take note that the northwest sidewalks from Dailey Hall and Albert W. Brown Building to Edwards Hall and Thompson Hall have been reopened.

"Most of the landscaping for that area is done and looks good," Director of Facilities and Planning John Osowski said. "We're about 50 percent of the way there."

In addition to transforming the campus into a more accessible place, the project is aiming to create new green space at Brockport. A handful of newly planted trees now occupy the northwest space between Dailey and Holmes Hall where metal fences were firmly placed a month ago. These are the first of the 200 new trees compensating for the mass amount that were cut down in the Summer 2016 in preparation for construction. Still to come are the new lawn areas that will be seeded this spring as well as the continued development of the new green mall which will most likely be closed off until further notice.

"We are working to make this campus better for all students, not just those with disabilities," Osowski said. "There are inconveniences and disruptions, but it's all for the better."

The power outage that occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 18, was due to unexpected complications whilst they were completing a new cabling network related to the project. According to a campus construction update found on The Daily Eagle on brockport.edu, the 10-hour overnight window that was needed to complete the work took an additional six hours and campus power remained shut off until early afternoon the next day.

"Fortunately, no other power shutdowns are necessary for the remainder of this project," Osowski wrote on The Daily Eagle Thursday, Jan. 26. "A debriefing has been scheduled with Facilities, University Police, Campus Communications, Residential Life, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, EHS and others to assess lessons learned and to improve business continuity measures going forward.

Lessons learned during the North Campus Revitalization Project will come in great handy as the college has just negotiated a contract with a building team for the construction of a new residence hall that will be located on the green space between the Townhome Terrace apartments and the Allen Administration Building. Construction is planned to begin in May of this year.

In addition to major projects like North Campus and the 256 bed residence hall, a plethora of smaller works will also be underway including the building of the Academic Success Center at Brown and the continued improvement of infrastructure. Some projects have already been completed. According to the aforementioned article, a new emergency generator was installed at Mortimer Hall, ceilings and lights were replaced at our radio station and a new location was activated for our interfaith lounge in Seymour College Union. 

New drinking fountains were also installed in McLean Hall and Rakov Center for Student Services. Work was completed for the new office suite in Allen for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Gymnasium floors were sealed in Tuttle North Gymnasium as well as in the Union Ballroom. 

"We are excited about the continued improvements that we are making across campus," Osowski wrote on The Daily Eagle. "We apologize for the disruptions but please be patient while we build a better Brockport."

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