Partnering with experts at the Weiss/Manfredi architectural firm of New York City, the College is making steady progress toward a transformational capital project that will create appropriately sized classrooms, establish facilities appropriate for meetings and events, develop an e-learning center, enhance security, and create outstanding spaces for collaboration and study.
This project will address the abandoned former diagnostic lab and necropsy suites (that were replaced with new buildings in 2010), include major infrastructure upgrades to Schurman Hall, improve classroom and tutorial spaces as well as anatomy, student surgery, and student locker spaces, and strengthen our sense of community through improved public spaces and a new cafeteria.
Ultimately, the project will create a dynamic, asymmetrical series of spaces that will unite the entrances for Schurman Hall, the Veterinary Education Center, and the Veterinary Research Tower and establish appropriate public atrium space for large gatherings and presentations.
Currently, members of the planning committee are deep in the throes of the schematic design phase. During this period, the committee is looking at how the space will function, including considerations like mechanical and electrical systems; security; landscape options; classroom, laboratory, library, and modular resource center needs; best options for appropriate locker room and eating locations; and opportunities to leverage natural light.
Although no plans are final as of yet, current schematic drawings indicate that the James Law Auditorium will be replaced with a three-story building that will house the Flower-Sprecher library, modular resource center, and administrative offices. In addition, plans call for two additional, large, tiered lecture halls; a relocated dining area that will more effectively support food service needs and foster a greater sense of community; a multi-purpose Atrium that will effectively support large gatherings including the annual NYS Veterinary Conference, serve as a performing arts space, and connect the front and back courtyards; a larger footprint for the gross anatomy lab; a plethora of study spaces that will support both private, quiet study and group learning; and rain gardens and a green roof to creatively handle water run-off.
The College expects that approximately 55,000 square feet of the current complex will be demolished. Some of this material will be used as fill for areas of the project that need grading. New construction is estimated to be just under 59,000 square feet, making the net additional square footage just over 3,000 square feet. The project is estimated to cost $62 million, much of which will be covered with state funds that have been allocated for capital projects.
The schematic design phase is expected to conclude in mid-May, with the project moving into the design development phase next. Following that, the committee expects that construction documents will be completed by February 2014 and the project will be put out for bid and awarded to a contractor in the spring of 2014. Should the project proceed according to the current schedule the construction will conclude in early 2017. Please watch for further updates and tentative floor plans online soon.