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With the anticipated completion date quickly approaching, Elmira Structures is working steadily to finish Phases I and II of the Health Sciences Center construction project. On the third floor, all of the drywall has been installed and walls have been painted. Construction staff has positioned most of the carpeting and are currently placing floor tile. Progress has been made on installing ceiling pieces and lights, and fixtures will soon follow.

Construction of the Health Sciences Center has steadily progressed as workers finished hanging drywall and are beginning to install ceiling panels, lights, carpet, door frames, and cabinets. Check back soon for more photos.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Drywall has been mounted on the third floor to create observation labs, faculty offices, and storage space. Stay tuned for further updates.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Significant progress has been made in the construction of the Health Sciences Center in historic Cowles Hall.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Construction of the Health Sciences Center continues as workers have most recently installed duct work and internal plumbing, including much of the building’s HVAC system. In the coming weeks, focus will turn towards mounting sheetrock and putting in fixtures. Check back later for more updates.

-Third floor room, prepped and ready for drywall installation.

-Fan coil that will regulate air temperature through heat transfer from incoming hot and cold
water pipes.

-Plumbing for a sink, located on the third floor.

-Former site of the raised ceiling from the second floor (above the Augustus W. Cowles statue).

-Pipes attached to the chiller unit, which is used in regulating temperature.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The chiller that will cool and circulate air throughout the building.
-The chiller that will cool and circulate air throughout the building.

Electrical outlet mounted in an office room.
-Electrical outlet mounted in an office room.

Sheetrock delivered and ready for installation.
-Sheetrock delivered and ready for installation.

A hallway on the third floor with wall studs in place, ready for sheetrock to create office space.
-A hallway on the third floor with wall studs in place, ready for sheetrock to create office space.

Monday, July 14, 2014

3rd floor architectural designs
-3rd floor architectural designs

On December 11, 2013, Elmira College received a $2.25 million grant from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Regional Economic Development Council for the construction of the new Health Sciences Center in historic Cowles Hall. The Health Sciences Center will triple the College’s current amount of space dedicated to the study of health sciences, encompassing 25,000 square feet over three floors.

3rd Floor
-3rd Floor

Construction is currently under way. The third floor is in a stage of transformation, with wall studs (metal frames) already in place. In addition, work on a second elevator in Cowles Hall has begun, which will allow access from the terrace all the way up to the fourth floor. Phases 1 and 2 – implementation of the second elevator and construction on the third floor – are expected to be completed by November 30, 2014.

Cowles Hall Cuppola
-Cowles Hall Cuppola

DennisAlthough there are some concerns with the installation of the elevator, Dennis Boor, Foreman/Superintendent for Elmira Structures, made the following statement about the third floor construction:

The actual floor plan for the third floor is clean – its wide open and I can see what is there. It is simply a matter of coordination, and there are skilled tradesmen on the job and I feel very confident that everything is going to go smoothly.

SamSuresh (Sam) Shah, Project Manager and Clerk of Works for the HSC Project also weighed in on the current construction:

”We are in the beginning stage, about 30 percent done. It’s a hard time now because you don’t see what’s happening behind the scene. The engineers and architects and contractors are submitting all of the materials we are going to buy, so we are also in a buying of materials phase, with some construction going on, and resolving any issues we may have.”

Sam expressed his appreciation and excitement of working on such a unique and historical structure:

“I think it’s amazing that the College decided to renovate a building constructed in 1855, and just to preserve it historically. Doing all the renovations that we are doing is amazing; when you go inside it is totally different than outside. I credit the college to revive the building – it’s not the kind of project that many people run into in one’s lifetime and I’m lucky to do that.”

In approximately three to four weeks, much of the mechanical installation will be completed.

Check out some of the pictures of the renovation!