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Annual steam shutdown

By Contributing Writer on May 15, 2018

The Facilities Department will be conducting the annual campus steam shutdown beginning at 8pm June 3rd and ending June 15th. The services that will be affected by the utility outage are: heating system, potable hot water, and nutritional equipment supplied by steam. This shutdown is necessary for our staff to inspect and make repairs as needed to the system for the upcoming academic semesters.

The following schedule shows what buildings will be affected and when:

June 3–8 (Hill Line)
Bryan Complex
East Hall
Frank Dining Hall
Stillman Hall
West Hall

June 10–15 (Flat Line)
Ho Science Center
O’Connor Campus Center
Gate House
Case Library
113 Broad  St.
Dana Arts
JB Colgate
Little Hall
Merrill House
Ryan Studio
Spear House
Student Union
La Casa
Huntington Gym
Reid Center
Lineberry Pool
Olin Hall
Service Building

Bicentennial Landscape Project Update

By Contributing Writer on April 13, 2018

A GIF of alternating images: the current Academic Quad, a rendering of the future quad with trees growing on it

It has been eight months since we shared with the campus community and alumni the concept of a Bicentennial Landscape Project. The two main goals of the project would be 1) to replant regions of the campus left bare for decades after Dutch elm disease decimated the American elms that had comprised the tree canopy and 2) to restore and improve the ecological integrity of the areas of upper campus most affected by the construction work associated with Benton Hall and the two new residence halls. The response to the project has been overwhelmingly positive.

Landscape architects at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have finalized plans for this initial phase, incorporating feedback they received directly from community members who attended the open forum in the fall and from the faculty, staff, and student members of the University Property Committee. The resulting plans seek to simultaneously create a tree canopy that will provide a beautiful aesthetic and an appropriate amount of shade while preserving open spaces for informal leisure activities. The UPC is happy to report that the initial phase of the bicentennial planting is slated to begin in the coming days.

The rotating image above shows the Academic Quad as it currently appears followed by a rendering as it will appear five to six years from this spring in the 2023–24 academic year.

Working in collaboration with the communications and institutional advancement offices, we have created the Bicentennial Landscape Project web page that community members may visit for an overview of the project and to keep up to date with its progress.

With the planting of the Bicentennial Trees, we can look forward to a transformation of how the community experiences and enjoys the upper campus; this is an exciting, tangible aspect of Colgate’s 200-year celebration.


Jeffrey Bary, Chair, University Property Committee; Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Andrew DeFrank ’18

Tamala Flack, Executive Director for Equity and Inclusion, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

Ann-Marie Guglieri, Senior Associate Athletics Director

Ian Helfant, Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies and Environmental Studies

Ellen Holm, Director of Operations, Dean of the College Division

J.S. Hope, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Stephen Hughes, Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Projects (ex-officio)

Alexandra Millett ’20

William Peck, Professor of Geology

John Pumilio, Director of Sustainability

Peter Scull, Professor of Geography

Trish St. Leger, Associate Provost

Ed Witherspoon, Associate Professor of Philosophy



Sanford Field House project 4/2/18 – 5/4/18

By Contributing Writer on March 28, 2018

Colgate will be installing acoustic wall and ceiling panels at Sanford Field House between April 2, 2018, and May 4, 2018. This project is directly related to presentations and ceremonies that are scheduled and upcoming to occur within the building. During this time frame, the contractor will have use of the rear half of the building from April 2–April 18, 2018. The contractor will have use of the front half of the building from April 19–May 4, 2018.

During the construction, use of the field house will be limited to the half that the contractors are not utilizing to install the panels. The center divider will be drawn to delineate the space. The contractor will be on site from 7 a.m. -4 p.m. daily. After 4 p.m., there will be access to a portion of the half under construction, but this will change on a daily basis depending on equipment and materials needed for the following day’s work.

The intent is to keep the building open and half of the turf accessible at all times. The track will be open for use, with limited lanes closed at times for overhead work to be completed. Any areas not accessible will be coned off and marked accordingly.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this upgrade at the Field house. Any questions can be forwarded to myself for coordination or clarification through out the project.

Joseph M. Inman
Project Manager
Planning, Design, and Construction

James C. Colgate Hall entrance closure Nov. 29

By Contributing Writer on November 28, 2017

All should be aware that roof work will be taking place at James C. Colgate Hall on Wednesday, November 29, to repair solder joints in the metal roof panels on the east side (Little Hall side).

This work will require the cordoning off of and closure of the building entrance located on the inside corner closest to the east stair tower from noon to 6 p.m. to maintain everyone’s safety.

Everyone’s patience and understanding is appreciated.

David Schirripa
Project Manager, Planning Design & Construction

Electrical power outage scheduled for Nov. 20, 21

By Contributing Writer on November 3, 2017

The Village of Hamilton will need to replace primary electrical underground wiring infrastructure due to recent failures within the system. The infrastructure has been failing and is due to be replaced on November 20 and 21, 2017. This replacement will affect electrical power to many buildings between 6am -4pm both days. This work needs to be completed before the winter season when increased electrical loads are required. All should take notice of the days and affected buildings while this work is completed. If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at the numbers below. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this project.

November 20, 2017 
6am – 4pm

McGregory Hall
Lathrop Hall
Lawrence Hall
Memorial Chapel
Persson Hall
Spear House
La Casa (OUS)

November 21, 2017
6am – 4pm
Persson Hall
Memorial Chapel
Spear House

Joseph M. Inman
Project Manager

Merrill House driveway: limited access 10/9-11

By Contributing Writer on October 6, 2017

The front driveway of Merrill House off of Oak Drive will have limited access on Monday, October 9 through Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

We will be boring a new sanitary line for Benton Hall. The majority of the work will be confined to the grass area between Oak Drive and Merrill House. Parking should not be affected, but large vehicles will need to make deliveries at the lower level entrance. We appreciate your cooperation during this work.

Joseph M. Inman
Project Manager

Alumni Hall entrance closure October 3–9, 2017

By Contributing Writer on September 28, 2017

Please be advised from Tuesday, October 3, to Monday, October 9, there will be restorative work to the entrance stairs of Alumni Hall facing Stillman Hall. During this time, the entrance will be unavailable. In order to access to the building, please use the entrances facing Memorial Chapel and West Hall.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this interruption.

Matthew J. Hill
Facilities Trades Supervisor

A Landscape Plan and the Bicentennial Landscape Project

By Contributing Writer on August 10, 2017

Academic Drive reopening at 4 p.m. today

By Contributing Writer on July 14, 2017

Road construction work on and around Academic Drive has been completed. Access to Academic Drive from Oak Drive will be reopened at 4:00 p.m. today (Friday, July 14, 2017).

The original one-way traffic pattern will return, with access from Oak Drive and exiting onto Alumni Drive.

We appreciate the cooperation and patience during the recent construction work on this project.

Joseph M. Inman
Project Manager

Andrews and Hascall Halls Electrical Shutdown June 29 & 30, 2017

By Contributing Writer on June 22, 2017

As part of the New Residence Halls building project, we are relocating the electrical switch-gear that supplies power to Andrews Hall and Hascall Hall.

This work has been scheduled with the Village of Hamilton to occur next Thursday and Friday (6/29/17 and 6/30/17).

All power to these buildings will be shut off from 8:00 a.m. on June 29 until 5:00 p.m. on June 30 to complete the work. This will also affect HVAC and fire alarm systems.

Any perishable items in those buildings should also be removed from refrigerators and freezers, and please power off all sensitive computer equipment.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this electrical shutdown and look forward to any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming work. We hope the advance notification will allow sufficient planning to work around the scheduled shutdown.

Jason Miner
Sr. Project Manager
Planning, Design, and Construction