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April 16, 2014

PSU plans to improve framework on campus

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh will soon kick off a $3.6 million capital project that calls for improvements to the infrastructure surrounding Hawkins Hall.

The work, contracted to Luck Brothers Inc., will include the replacement of a high-temperature, hot-water heating line and repair of storm and sanitary drain lines around the building.

“This is going to make us a more efficient campus,” said Michelle Ouellette, the college’s director of Public Relations and Publications.

According to SUNY Plattsburgh Capital Project Manager Rich Larche, the sanitary drain pipe has become damaged, and rather than replace it, crews will install a protective lining within the structure.

“It will last for many years doing it this way, and it’s a much cheaper method of fixing the pipe,” he said.

The project will also include the separation of storm and sewer lines, which in the past, Larche noted, were often cross connected.

In addition, the high-temperature, hot-water heating line will be replaced, as it is several decades old.

It is only a matter of time before the line fails, Larche explained, so it makes sense to replace it when crews will already be digging in the area.

The cost of the work, which is set to begin May 19, will be covered by the SUNY construction fund.

STAGING AREA

The project will limit access to Hawkins Hall, located at the corner of Beekman and Cornelia streets, as well as neighboring Hudson and Ward halls, through the summer and possibly into fall.

Fencing will be erected around Hawkins Hall and the nearby Hawkins Pond area during this time. The building, however, will be accessible through two front doors that face Beekman Street, along with a third entrance at its northwest corner.

In addition, half of the structure’s parking lot will be reserved as a staging area for construction crews, affecting both pedestrian traffic and parking in that area.

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