Wednesday July 14, 2010

East Campus Construction Commences at SUNY Oswego

Next phase: a new $118 million science complex

    It’s going to be a groundbreaking event.

    SUNY Oswego and community officials will help celebrate the groundbreaking of the college's new world-class $118 million state-of-the-art science complex Sept. 17.

    An estimated three years of construction will give rise to an innovative four-story structure to wrap around part of Piez Hall, more than a quarter-million square feet in all.

    The final piece of that work will be the demolition and salvage of Snygg Hall in 2013 or '14.

    In addition to the science upgrade, the School of Education's Park and Wilber halls will be renovated and Sheldon Hall will get a facelift. Also, Rice Creek Field Station reconstruction is in the planning stages.

    The School of Education work will follow over the next year. All told, the east campus series of projects will cost about $170 million, to be paid through the SUNY Construction Fund and its ability to bond.

    To prepare the east campus site, workers will move miles of pipes and wires, drive thick metal sheets into the ground to protect Snygg Hall’s foundation, gut Piez Hall, bulldoze the new building’s footprint and raise a fence around the site, build a new walkway, reroute vehicle traffic, shift parking lots and more.

    The commuter lot—145 spaces—between Snygg and Sheldon halls will give way to drilling of a geothermal field, whose 252 holes, each about 375 feet deep, will provide a natural heat sink for cooling and heating the sciences complex.

    The geothermal project is part of the college’s effort to build the science complex to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, gold standards. To be certified, the project must include sustainable design and energy generation and consumption. The building, for example, also will incorporate a photovoltaic solar-to-electric array and use state-of-the-sustainable-art construction materials.