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Construction update: Seating added to promenade, classroom updates completed in preparation for fall semester

Paul Schlesinger | Asst. Photo Editor

Construction equipment can be seen near Hendricks Chapel, where crews work to replace the building's front steps.

Some summer construction projects on the Syracuse University campus are wrapping up, while others are expected to continue into the upcoming fall semester.

In a campus-wide email sent Wednesday afternoon, Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer, provided an update on the status of several infrastructure projects that took place over a 14-week construction period. This gave a picture of what students can expect to see when they return to campus for the fall semester.

“When they arrive on campus, our facilities will be ready to greet them with countless improvements, both large and small,” Sala said in the email.

Renovated restrooms and improved student rooms in DellPlain, Day and Haven halls should be finished in time for students to move in, Sala said in the email.

By the end of next week, Sala said renovations to six classrooms in the Hall of Languages and three classrooms in Link Hall and the Center for Science and Technology are expected to be complete. Seating, carpeting and window treatments in Watson Theater will also be finished by that time.

New seating of granite blocks topped by wood surfaces on the University Place promenade should be installed by Aug. 23, Sala said. Waverly Avenue is also expected to reopen on Aug. 18, with concrete paving continuing into next week. All underground work on the utility project is complete.

The Hendricks Chapel stair replacement and plaza drainage improvements will continue into the first week of October, with the fence around Hendricks to be removed this weekend for an alumni couple’s wedding, Sala said. Granite treads are currently being set.

Masonry repairs and restoration of demi-domes at Crouse College will progress into the fall semester with continued updates, Sala said. Roofing membrane work on the Center for Science and Technology roof replacement is done, with metal flashing and railing work expected to be complete prior to students’ return.

The switch from a steam to hot water system and installation of two group study rooms in Carnegie Library will also continue alongside classes. Most of the work will take place in “mechanical spaces” according to the email.

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