MAY 1, 2024

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As Commencement approaches, Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) is hard at work preparing for a number of summer construction projects. As we have done in the past, we will host a virtual information session on Thursday, May 2, at 4 p.m. to share our planned site work for the summer.

For those unable to attend, the following summary is provided for your information. After the meeting, the slides and campus maps used in the presentation will be posted on the CPDC website.

Upcoming Major Projects:

  • Stadium Phase 2: Reseating of the JMA Dome is now underway in select areas and will be fully completed in time for the start of the 2024 football season. Miron Victory Court, an enclosed pedestrian concourse that will physically connect the stadium and the Barnes Center at The Arch, will be completed later in the fall.
  • Esports Gaming Facility: Construction at the Schine Student Center is well underway and scheduled for completion for the fall semester. This cutting-edge, 5,600-square-foot esports facility will include 35 gaming consoles, a 10-person stage for competitions, virtual reality gaming and traditional analog gaming areas.
  • South Campus Recreation Field: A new recreation field will be constructed this summer on South Campus, offering a further enhancement to the student experience for students living on South Campus. The new natural grass field will be adjacent to the Athletics Skytop Field, and will be regulation size for soccer and rugby, providing an ideal venue for both intramural and club sports.
  • Lambreth Lane School of Architecture Retrofit: Led by faculty members in the School of Architecture and made possible by a grant from the Department of Energy, a project will get underway to retrofit the exterior of an apartment building on Lambreth Lane. This research project utilizes existing campus space with a goal of demonstrating cost-effective ways to retrofit multifamily housing in cold climates.

Strategic Housing Plan:

  • 727 South Crouse Ave. and 801 University Ave.: Executing upon the University’s Strategic Housing Plan, two new buildings will enter service as residence halls in the fall semester. At 727 South Crouse Ave., upgrades to building systems, including the wireless network, will allow for a seamless transition into the University’s housing portfolio. At 801 University Ave., currently the Sheraton University Hotel & Conference Center, this summer is the first of a two-summer renovation that will transform the building from a hotel into a vibrant, modern residence hall with floor lounges, study rooms, laundry, in-room private bathrooms and air-conditioning.
  • Watson Hall Renovations: The second summer of work at Watson Hall will resume, completing the full transformation of the hall’s multi-user bathrooms into individual private and accessible bathroom units.

STEM Facility Renewal: Building upon, and continuing, the University’s commitment to the renewal of its science, technology, engineering and math facilities, this summer’s work will continue in three science buildings.

  • In Link Hall, the work on the Allyn Innovation Center will come to a close at the same time as the second phase of renovations to research laboratories begins.
  • In the Physics Building, the project to establish the Quantum Technology Center will renovate an entire floor into modern research laboratories while also renewing the major building systems to support future renovations.
  • At the Heroy Geology building, a new generator will be installed to serve the whole building and support vital research.

Additional Academic Space Improvements:

  • In support of academic initiatives in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, a major renovation of academic space at the Cantor Warehouse will begin this summer. The renovations will improve the learning environments for all areas of the School of Design.
  • Building upon the work completed to relocate the psychology department to the Marley Building, a project to consolidate the psychology research facilities in multiple buildings will commence this summer and be completed by the fall.
  • In parallel with the psychology department work, a new academic office suite will be constructed for the esports academic program in the Marley Building, to be opened in time for the fall semester.

Capital Renewal and Utility Construction:

  • The Belfer Audio Archive roof will be replaced this summer as part of the annual cycle of roof replacements.
  • Annual University garage maintenance and parking lot resurfacing is scheduled during the summer months. All affected parking permit holders will be notified as projects get underway.
  • Improvements to the campus welcome booths will continue. When complete, their design will match the campus signage and wayfinding aesthetic.
  • Huntington Beard Crouse electrical service improvements, adjacent to the building’s loading dock.
  • Steam line relocations in support of the I-81 viaduct project will take place in and around the Brewster, Boland and Brockway (BBB) parking lots and the Stadium Lot
  • Sadler-Lawrinson electrical service improvements, adjacent to the loading dock.
  • Changes will be made to the Marshall Square Mall parking lot, in coordination with the new loading dock constructed on the north side of the 727 S. Crouse Ave. residence hall.
All campus community members are encouraged to remain alert in work areas, watch for route changes, heed construction flagger directions and follow the pedestrian signs. Visit the CPDC Site Impact/Road Closure webpage for additional information.

If you have any construction-related questions, comments or suggestions, please email For parking concerns, call Parking and Transportation Services at 315.443.4652.

If you have questions pertaining to accessibility, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 315.443.6162 or

Thank you,

Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer