is under way on the new Martin J. Whitman
School of Management building.
University is committed to offering students a full range
of educational opportunities that will prepare them to meet
the challenges of the 21st century. To achieve this goal,
the University needs moreand betterclassrooms,
studios, labs, and research facilities. After an interval
of detailed studies and institutional soul-searching, the
University is moving forward with its comprehensive Space
Plan to systematically address these needs.
campus, jackhammers, cement mixers, and construction cranes
are out in force, translating blueprints into bricks and mortar.
Work is already under way on the new home of the Martin J.
Whitman School of Management and an adjacent parking garage
in the Marshall Street area. Hinds Hall is about to be renovated
for the School of Information Studies, and work on a third
Newhouse building will soon begin.
Plan is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the Universitys
facility needs. According to Associate Vice Chancellor Michael
A. Flusche, planning for academic facilities at Syracuse University
is driven by several goals, including addressing the priorities
and initiatives of the Academic Plan. The Space Plan
must respond to the immediate needs of a number of academic
units, says Flusche, who notes that the plan must be
guided by a long-term strategy to move forward in a cost-effective
manner. The University must expand its research capability,
especially in the life sciences and environmental sciences,
he says. At the same time, we must be able to respond
creatively and quickly to the availability of major grants.
As an example, Flusche cited New York State awarding a multimillion-dollar
grant to SU to establish the Center of Excellence in Environmental
Systems, a regional consortium involving university, research,
corporate, and economic development partners.
front of Slocum Hall, above, will lead into a sky-lit,
four-story atrium thats shown at right and below
through computer-generated models.
many new projects in various states of development, perhaps
none is more pressing than the construction of a life sciences
addition to the Center for Science and Technology (CST) to
house the biology and chemistry departments. Indeed, meeting
these departments space requirements is widely regarded
as the main reason behind the building program. Once
it was determined that Lyman Hall and the Biological Research
Laboratories could not be modified to meet occupants
needs, we started looking at scenarios that involved moving
those departments to different buildings, says academic
space planner Christopher Danek. The possibilities included
adding on to Lyman Hall, expanding CST, or constructing a
new or different locations for the biology and chemistry departments
presented opportunities for other departments facing space
shortages. Flusche and Danek teamed with Virginia Denton 61,
the director of SUs Office of Design and Construction
who recently retired. Together, they identified multiple scenarios
for the space that would become available. Each option
came with an associated cost, Danek says, and
it quickly became apparent that the entire building package
could eventually top $180 to $200 million. As costs
grew, Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw requested additional research
on the Universitys space needs. The University retained
Dober, Lidsky, and Craig Associates Inc. (DLCA), a Boston-based
campus and facility planning firm, to assess SUs space
requirements and compare the Universitys facilities
with those of competing institutions. Syracuse knew
what the problem was, but didnt know how it compared
with other institutions, DLCA president Arthur J. Lidsky
says. They didnt know whether they were looking
at a realistic set of numbers. We helped them understand the
justification for the need. We gave them the framework, and
they set the priorities.
with DLCA, University space planners determined that SU lacked
a million square feet of teaching space versus competing schools;
bridging that gap could cost more than $200 million. Based
on that information, it was clear the campus had to prioritize,
Danek says. We knew that we couldnt afford a $250
to $300 million package.
As a result
of this analysis and a review of institutional priorities,
the University ultimately decided to add 800,000 square feet
of academic and research space at a cost of about $180 million
over the next 7 to 10 years. That construction will bring
the University closer to its competitors population
densities (based on square feet of teaching space per faculty
points out that SU has always carefully planned new construction,
with the projected use of existing structures being an important
consideration. This approach has spared the University the
burden of maintaining an overbuilt campus. The University
is equally cautious with regard to financing new projects.
The University wont start to build until the resources
for a given projectwhether from borrowing, fund raising,
or current fundshave been identified, Denton says.
reason, fund raising has a big impact on the construction
timetable. The Newhouse III project, for instance, moved quickly
ahead when the S.I. Newhouse Foundation gave the University
$15 million. Similarly, construction of the new building for
the Whitman School began thanks to the schools successful
fund-raising initiative and the contributions of alumni and
other donors. Stuart Olsten 74, formerly chairman of
Olsten Corp., is representative of the many alumni whose contributions
helped jump-start the construction project. Ive
always been indebted to Syracuse, Olsten says. I
know how important it is for students to receive a well-rounded
education, work with the best professors, and have access
to all of todays tools and technologies. Id like
to see this school ranked among the top 10 in the country,
and I think the new building will be very helpful in doing
that. The buildings food court will bear Olstens
name in recognition of his gift.
Hinds Hall, above, will be renovated to house the
School of Information Studies. Computer-generated
models, below, provide a glimpse of some of the interior
Runyon, president of the Runyon Organization Inc., a financial
planning firm based in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, became
involved as the father of a management student. While
its wonderful to have benefactors like Mr. Whitman,
they only come around once in a generation, Runyon says.
But no matter at what level you give, every contribution
helps. If everyone gives one book, pretty soon you have a
library. If enough people sponsor rooms, before you know it,
you have a building. Its the spirit of the giving that
the University looks to the future through the focused lens
of the Academic Plan, it can turn to the Space Plan to ensure
that it has optimal facilities. The Academic Plan outlines
goals and objectives critical to the concept of a student-centered
research university, Lidsky says. It also strengthens
the notion of giving special nurture to those programs that
can be among the top 5 or 10 in the nation. By upgrading its
facilities, SU significantly improves the chances of making
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