Dutch G & H Residence Hall Renovation and Wellness Center

February 2019

Background \ Overview:

Schuyler and Beverwyck Halls are located on Dutch Quad in the southwest corner of the University at Albany, Uptown Campus. As with most of the original construction on the Uptown campus, the structure consists of reinforced cast-in-place concrete columns and two-way floor slabs. The exterior facades are clad with precast concrete panels with vertical ribs forming the windows. Interior partitions were concrete masonry. Most of the building components and systems in these Dutch Quad buildings are original and are at or beyond their useful life, requiring significant upgrades or replacement. Moreover, many spaces in the building were designed based on older lighting, energy, comfort, and accessibility standards. Programmatically the ground floor of the these two buildings no longer best suit the needs of our students, faculty and staff. With the relocation of U-Kids Day Care to an off-campus location and ongoing consolidation of dining services, the Dutch dining hall, kitchen and servery are to be repurposed to house health and counseling services.

Project Description

This project launched in March 2018 and will be completed for the Fall Semester 2019, and the health and counseling center will open for January 2020. This is a complete renovation (approximately 83,000 square feet), providing a bedroom suite configurations with all new windows, air conditioning, lighting and energy improvements, interior reconstruction, new furniture, and other modern upgrades. The interior of the building will be completely rehabbed to appeal to the students of the twenty-first century and yet respect the original Mid-Century Modern architecture. The first floor will house an academic support center, an apartment for the quad director, an enhanced accessibility suite, student suites, lounge and study spaces, and laundry room. The second and third floor include student suites, lounge and study spaces and laundry room as well. The lower level comprised of the former kitchen and dining hall and U Lounge will house the health, counseling and behavioral health functions for the University. Continuing the University’s commitment to sustainability, LEED Gold certification is anticipated.

Project Start Dates:

Project Mobilization - March 2018
Abatements and Demolition - June 2018
Site/Civil Activities - June 2018
Construction August - 2018
ResLife Fit-out - July 2019
Wellness Fit-out - November 2019

Project Progress as of January 2019:

The project continues on schedule. Current activities include work on the new south wall, the installation of the new gas line, on-going installation of mechanical, plumbing electrical and fire protection infrastructure, interior framing and the start of finish work of GWB with taping and painting.

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