Upstate News

November 14, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

$20 Million Renovation of Health Science Center’s Weiskotten Hall is Under Way

Work has begun on a $20 million renovation project of Weiskotten Hall, home of many of the SUNY Health Science Center faculty and administrative offices and research labs. The project will create larger medical research laboratories and office spaces of contemporary design as well as upgrade core services including heating, ventilating and air conditioning. In addition, the project will concentrate the larger medical research laboratories and required support services in the southeast wing.

“This much-needed work will greatly strengthen the research and teaching capacity of the Health Science Center,” said President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. “Our faculty and students will both benefit from the state-of-the art laboratories and the increased space in which to learn and make new discoveries.”

The renovation project will be conducted in two phases and total more than 113,000 square feet. Phase 1, which includes the sub-basement, basement, first and second floors, will create a suite of new research laboratories for the Department of Medicine in space previously occupied by the old library. The Department of Educational Communications will have new offices in the basement. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology will have new laboratories on the second floor.

Phase 2 will create new laboratories and offices for the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology on the third floor and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the fourth floor. The upgrading of the building’s infrastructure requires extensive renovations in the building’s penthouse and sub-basement. Also, the air conditioning chiller room and electrical service in the basement of the northeast wing will be extensively reconstructed.

Phase 1 ($12 million) of the project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2001. Phase 2 (estimated at $6-8 million) is expected to be completed in the fall of 2003.

During the project several offices and departments have been relocated to other areas of Weiskotten Hall.

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