Dormitories / Big Haus, Crossroads,  & Farside

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DASNY (Dormitory Authority of the State of New York)

Timeline:  Phase 1 (Complete), Phase 2 (Complete), Phase 3 (under construction)

Lead Agency:  Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Design:  Superstructures

Contractor:  Phase 1 Summit Construction

                      Phase 2 ROK-Built Construction

                      Phase 3 Dean Builders Group Inc

Budget:  Phase 1 - $3 million

                Phase 2 - $5.1 million

                Phase 3 - $2.1 million

Project Manager / Sean Connolly

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Project Update as of August 22, 2014

The Phase 2 construction work has been completed.  The contractor has replaced all of the dorm room windows in both buildings, and has finished replacement of the entrances in both buildings.  All punchlist work was completed this summer.

Phase 3 has had all of the dorm room windows in Farside replaced last summer.  Over Winter Break, the exterior entrance doors were also replaced.  The contractor completed the majority of their work this summer. Minor remaining work will be finished over the next couple of weeks.

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Project Overview

The original u-shaped student dormitories, designed by the architectural firm Gwathmey-Siegel, and referred to as Big Haus, Crossroads, and Farside, suffers from a number of exterior envelope issues ranging from leaks to masonry deterioration.

The College hired the architectural firm Superstructures to investigate these issues and develop at report which outlined the various problems and set a schedule for repairs based on the most urgent needs.  It was determined that in order to address these issues and limit the impact to the buildings occupants, the project would have to be done in three separate phases, with major portions of the work occurring during the summer months.

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Project Status

Phase 1 of the project has been completed.  This phase addressed a number of the most critical items, which included replacement of a number of exterior windows on all three buildings (a majority were done at Crossroads), masonry repairs at both Big Haus and Crossroads, structural improvements at the north cantilever section at Big Haus and east cantilever section at Crossroads, replacement of the walkway between Crossroads and Farside, and repairs to a number of parapet walls at the terraces at Big Haus and Crossroads.

Phase 2 will finish the new window replacements in Big Haus and Crossroads as well as replacing all of the exterior doors on both buildings.  Masonry repairs will continue, and structural improvements will be made to the south cantilever section at Big Haus.  Work will also occur at the Residental Life Offices located on the west side of Big Haus, including a new entrance walkway.  Abatement work in the stair towers and the entrances of Big Haus was completed.

Phase 3 will finish out the project and will focus on Farside.  Work on this building will include replacement of the remaining existing windows, replacement of all exterior doors, masonry repairs, parapet work at the terraces, and structural improvements to the south cantilever section.