Batavia, New York — Robert Joy, managing principal of JMZ Architects and Planners, PC presented an aggressive construction project schedule to Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees last week. With a large Gantt schedule to illustrate the various project phases and key milestones, Joy explained how the 2015 – 2017 construction program considers the academic calendar along with the seasonality of construction.
With a $24 million appropriation for GCC’s capital project included in the recently passed New York State budget, JMZ Architects and Planners are now carefully preparing a construction schedule featuring three major phases. The project follows the College’s Facilities Master Plan developed several years ago and approved by GCC’s Board of Trustees and State University of New York. The major project components include:
•Student Success Center- a 9,000 SF facility will accommodate core student services including the Placement Office, Testing, Career and Transfer Centers, Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar and other offices currently scattered across campus in makeshift, inefficient spaces. The two-story building will connect through a second story bridge to the Conable Technology Building and nearly enclose the Clock Tower Plaza on the west side. Proposed construction cost is $5.2 million.
•College and Community Event Center- the 43,000 SF facility will become the largest meeting space in the region and will offer flexible floor space not only for student gatherings, but also for community events such as trade shows, charitable events, athletic competitions and exhibitions. It will be located adjacent to the College’s current athletic fields and will house both classrooms and office space, as well as food services and a wellness center. Construction cost is projected to be $13.9 million.
•Retrofitting Existing Space – With the creation of the new Student Success and Events Centers, the existing space will be reutilized resulting in the net increase of 15 to 20 new classrooms and labs, with particular interest in launching new instructional career programs such as STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) agri-business, health sciences and food processing.
JMZ’s proposed construction schedule begins with the site work in approximately one year (May 2015) to establish safe walkways and driving lanes, as well as designated parking and construction staging areas. The two major new facilities, the Student Success Center and multi-purpose Event Center, would be constructed simultaneously and the proposed completion and occupancy of the new buildings is targeted for fall 2016. The retrofitting of the existing building and total project completion is projected for summer 2017.
Joy also described the design of construction bid packages giving local contractors the maximum opportunity for bidding the projects combined together, or separately as individual projects. Contractors will have option to bid and bond the whole project, specific project components, or to work as subcontractors under a general contractor through a larger contract. It is hoped the first bidding documents for the site work that reorganizes the parking lots will be released early 2015 and work will begin after next year’s commencement ceremony.
“With the right leadership, the right goal, and the right objectives including student success, retention, measured outcomes, and economic development, we now have a ‘golden moment,’ “ Joy said. “This project represents the largest infusion of capital into the College since this [main] building was built [in 1972]. It is transformative and remarkable. Congratulations to all!”
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For an architectural rendering of GCC’s proposed to Student Success Center and multi-purpose Community and College Event Center go to: