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July, 2012

To: Stony Brook Campus Community

From: Barbara Chernow, Senior Vice President for Administration

I would like to provide you with a Summer Update to our annual Facilities and Services newsletter.

Construction Projects

Our campuses continue to be the site of new construction - within existing structures, of entirely new buildings, and on campus grounds.

  • The Student Recreation Center is nearing completion and will open this fall. This three-story, 90,000 gross square foot building will house a three court gymnasium, a multi-purpose indoor arena, facilities for free weights, cardio machines, dance, aerobics, and offices for Campus Recreation staff.
  • Construction continues on the Old Chemistry building, with its steel structure completed. The project is ahead of schedule and will be ready for the Fall 2013 semester.
  • This June marked the beginning of the last phase of replacing all direct buried High Temperature Hot Water piping on campus.
  • Construction of the new Marine Science Center at our Southampton campus has started. This new center will contain approximately 10,000 square feet of space and become the home for all Marine Science programs at Southampton.
  • Site clearing and construction of our new Computer Science building will begin this summer. The building will be located adjacent to the existing Computer Science building.
  • Design of the roof replacement for the Chemistry building is completed. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall.
  • Construction of the new addition to Kelly Dining Hall is scheduled to be completed in late fall. Renovation of the existing building will start once the addition is completed.
  • The Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center is complete. Funding for this state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility for our athletes was provided by the Dubin family.
  • Construction has started on the basketball arena renovation. This project will reconfigure the layout of the arena, improve lighting and add air conditioning.
  • The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics North Garden and enclosed outdoor balcony are nearing completion.
  • The design phase for the Medical and Research Translational building continues. This 240,000 square foot, eight-story facility will be the University's new headquarters for cancer research, advanced medical imaging and cancer care. The building will be located on East Campus adjacent to the Bed Tower.

Campus Roadways, Walkways and Bicycle Paths

Road and walkway safety improvements continue.

  • The North Entrance roadway realignment and safety improvement project has been completed along with the creation of a meadow of native Northeast grasses. The meadow is a joint project developed by the Faculty Senate Environment Committee and Facilities and Services.
  • Design to add walkways, bike paths and to widen roadways around South Campus buildings is complete and construction has begun. This project was designed to make necessary improvements to emergency response access to South Campus, to improve safety by minimizing automobile-pedestrian conflicts and to enhance accessibility for members of the campus community with disabilities who utilize South Campus facilities.
  • Design for the construction of a comprehensive walkway and bike path system connecting East and West campuses has begun.

Sustainability and Green Initiatives

Facilities and Services continues to take a leading role in promoting and implementing sustainable practices campus-wide. Our efforts this year include energy conservation, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, recycling programs, transportation demand management and planting programs.

  • RecycleMania 2012: Stony Brook University placed 17th in the nation (1st in SUNY and 1st in New York State) in the Gorilla Category, recycling more than 640,000 pounds of bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. We placed 8th in the nation in recycling e-waste.
  • The SBU Smart Transit initiative was introduced last spring. This program uses global positioning technology to track the location and passenger occupancy of our campus buses. The information will be used to enhance transit services by optimizing bus routes. Mobile applications for iPhone, Android and other smart phones will be released this summer so students will be able to track when buses will arrive at campus bus stops.
  • A new partnership between SBU Transit and Suffolk County Transit is providing our students with expanded Saturday bus service to more off-campus locations for shopping, dining and leisure activities. The new Saturday service is available at no additional cost to students and requires a student identification card for access. Students are able to ride Suffolk Transit buses on S60/69 and 3D routes on Saturdays. As a result of the partnership, Stony Brook University will reduce bus fuel consumption by approximately 3,500 gallons annually.
  • A lighting replacement program was completed in the Administration Parking Garage. This project involved replacing 395 light fixtures with a mix of high efficiency LED, fluorescent and induction fixtures. In addition to a 65% reduction in annual energy use, the new fixtures increase light levels and reduce maintenance expenses.
  • We have developed an ambitious tree, bush and sapling planting program. In the past few years we have planted 717 trees, 1,759 bushes and 325 saplings around campus. The tree saplings, when sufficiently mature, will be transplanted to locations around campus. Many of the plantings, as well as colorful annuals, are grown in our greenhouse using organic compost from the Roth Quad kitchen composter and are irrigated with stored rainwater collected from our greenhouse roof.
  • A new SBU Bike Share program will be introduced this summer. Students will be able to use their ID cards to access bicycles from bike stations located around campus.

Public Safety

  • The University Police Department is currently gathering data from various campus security authorities as mandated by the Jeanne Clery Act. Although preliminary, the statistics for calendar year 2011 currently shows another reduction of Clery reportable burglaries on campus. This continues a four-year long crime reduction trend for the University.
  • The Stony Brook University Office of EmergencyManagement recently conducted a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise on June 5th. This drill, which incorporated six months of planning, included participation of the University Police Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Marshals, Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Campus C-CERT, and dozens of local, county, and state emergency service agencies. In addition, there was extensive participation and cooperation across campus as faculty and staff members served as volunteer 'victims', administrative support personnel, and drill evaluators. This important exercise successfully tested and proved Stony Brook University's emergency preparedness and helped refine planning for future improvements in this critical area.

Fire Safety

  • A new Fire Alarm Response and Notification procedure for Campus Residences has been implemented. In accordance with a change to New York State Fire Code, the activation of a single detector will not require notification of the local volunteer fire departments. The fire alarm will still ring in the building requiring students and staff to evacuate. University Police will immediately dispatch a campus Fire Marshal and Police Officer to investigate the cause of the signal. The activation of two or more fire detectors, a pull-box station, or any report of smoke will require notification of the fire department. This change in reporting will greatly reduce the number of times that the volunteer fire departments will have to respond to campus for accidental fire alarms and enable Fire Marshals to reset fire alarms and let occupants back in to buildings more quickly.

It is a pleasure to highlight some of the Facilities and Services projects at Stony Brook. Our mission includes keeping you informed about these projects, and our goal is to respond to your concerns. Details for many of the projects mentioned in this newsletter can be found at our website: www.stonybrook.edu/facilities. Building and grounds problems may be reported at: www.stonybrook.edu/fixit