Monday, August 4, 2014
Construction continues in Cowles Hall as Elmira Structures begins instillation of the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. A chiller has been mounted on the terrace level, which will provide air conditioning for the entire building. Copper tubing has been placed to provide both hot and cold water, vacuum lines, and compressed air. Additionally, electrical boxes and some wiring have been installed, and the sheetrock has recently been delivered in preparation for instillation. Concrete has been poured for the foundation of a new elevator, which will be delivered in late October. The next phase of the project will include the implementation of air ducts, which will be done in another few weeks.
-The chiller that will cool and circulate air throughout the building.
-Electrical outlet mounted in an office room.
-Sheetrock delivered and ready for installation.
-A hallway on the third floor with wall studs in place, ready for sheetrock to create office space.
Monday, July 14, 2014
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.
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
Although 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.
Suresh (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.