Photo Gallery: An update on some of the biggest construction projects around Ithaca

first_img Cornell North Campus Residential Expansion The goals of the $1.5 million project are to meet Ford’s revised corporate standards and customer experience requirements, and improve interior circulation while expanding the Ford/Lincoln sales area. Included are new sales and staff offices, a new showroom, a new customer service/waiting area, new restrooms and everything restyled inside and out to reflect Ford’s latest corporate branding. On the outside, new striping, LED lighting and landscaping will be deployed, along with 311 parking/sales spaces. To quote the project’s approved construction application, “(t)his will transform the exterior appearance of the building making the exterior of this “utilitarian” car dealership into a modern, contemporary car showroom and service center.” We’re pretty much looking at the full scale of the building now, except from the mechanical penthouse on the roof (mechanical penthouses are generally not considered to be a part of building height because they’re not habitable space). Concrete pours have been completed on all 12 floors, and fireproofing is up to the 11th floor, with interior stud walls and initial utilities rough-ins underway on the lower levels. The fireproofing is being done by J&A Plastering and Stucco of Syracuse – click here to see some of their on-site crew in action. In a Facebook post, general contractor Hayner Hoyt states the project still contains 24 studio housing units that are geared towards Cornell faculty and staff. It’s not 100% clear at this point who the target market is; it may have changed from MBA students to visiting faculty and staff like its counterpart the College Townhouse at 119-125 College Avenue. ITHACA, N.Y. — It’s a nice, sunny Monday. Many of you are stuck inside. Feel free to spend a few minutes with us as you wait for your chance to get out there and enjoy that sunshine. On the Commons-facing side, some fiberglass mat sheathing has been attached to the exterior stud walls – it may look rather ungainly now with the monolithic street face, but the variations in the facade will help, as they change up materials and patterning to create the impression of individual buildings with a less imposing scale. 119-125 College Avenue Complimentary features will include bicycles available to guests, an airport/college shuttle for guests, free Wi-Fi, 55″ TVs, built-in refrigerator drawers, bathrobes and socks in the suites, filtered water stations on every floor, serviced and to-go breakfasts, and two meeting rooms for up to fifty guests. The hotel will welcome animal guests weighing 50 pounds or less. A full list of features and amenities is here. As noted by a few different news outlets including the Voice, the tower crane for Harold’s Square on the Commons has been taken apart and removed from the site now that the structural steel is complete. This work required about five days, the temporary clearing of some street level fixtures, and a deconstructing crane. With that piece of news,’s Rachel Cera wins the blue ribbon for best title: “Crane-deconstructing crane coming to deconstruct construction crane on the Commons”. The formal topping off ceremony was June 27. With tax abatement approvals in hand, construction on the 67-unit Library Place project is set to move forward. According to the project website, 20 steel test piles have been driven into the ground to verify the correct depth to the subsurface layer that will support the weight of the structure (the library’s foundation is being reused, but the new 4-story building is heavier and has additional load-bearing needs). According to project partner Elizabeth Classen Ambrose, that has gone off without a hitch, and the remaining 60 piles are being delivered and driven into the ground, with pile-driving work to wrap up around Labor Day. This is somewhat later in the year than first anticipated. Saving the biggest for last. So it begins. Cornell has started demolition and site preparation for the first of its two North Campus dorm sites. When all is said and done, this site will house two buildings, a dining hall, and about 800 sophomores. The other site, which will provide 1,200 freshmen their home away from home, has yet to start site prep, but the plan is do start clearing the site for buildings 3, 4, and 5 later this year The 50-year-old time capsule from the Old Library was recovered and opened in a public ceremony; in case you missed it, coverage of the time capsule and its contents can be found here. Hilton Canopy Hotel Tagged: 119-125 College Avenue, 238 Linden Avenue, construction, Harold’s Square, hilton canopy hotel, maguire ford lincoln, Photo Gallery For this month’s construction photo roundup, we’ll be looking at a mix of projects around the City of Ithaca. It looks like the pile driver in the photos below came from Ferraro Pile and Shoring Inc. of Buffalo. Some grading and surveying equipment is also scattered about the site. LeChase Construction is the general contractor for the project, and Travis Hyde Properties is the developer for the senior housing project. At this time, demolition is underway, and it looks like Bellisario Excavation and Drainage is the demo/site prep subcontractor. Much of the exterior facade has been stripped in the areas to be refaced and/or built out, and the northern wing is largely exposed thanks to the selective tear-downs. Props to the car salesmen who were working while all of this was going on. Located at 504 S. Meadow St. on the southwest side of the city, Maguire will be demolishing some of the older portions of the two-story 1980s dealership, and building new additions. The southern half of the building, used more for service, will remain largely intact from the outside, though the interior will be renovated. The northern half is where the bulk of the work is taking place. The building was 18,500 SF, with 2,265 SF proposed for demolition and 7,865 SF of additions. Doing the math, the new building will be 24,110 SF. To give an idea of what the exterior facade will look like, an example wall (seen above in the third photo) was built last year to test the materials. For what’s described to be a $175 million investment, one hopes Cornell’s project team can find ways to change the procedures or the materials now so that it doesn’t look as grubby and worn out as the example wall does. ikon.5 is the architect here as well, with a bevy of local firms playing roles in the project as well, including Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architecture, T.G. Miller P.C. (civil engineering), and Welliver as the general contractor.center_img Right now it’d be more accurate to call it Maguire Ford-Lincoln-Nissan, but that won’t be the case much longer, as Maguire will be starting work soon on a brand new standalone Nissan dealership in the Village of Lansing. The sophomore site will be completed in August 2021, but until both sites are done (the freshman site will be finished in August 2022), it’ll serve as a surge unit as existing North Campus dormitories come offline so that they can be renovated. Between the two sites, we’re looking at about 767,400 square-feet of dormitory, dining and ancillary space – or, two put it another way, a little more than four Harold’s Squares. This is a huge project, and hundreds of construction workers will be on the site at its busiest. 238 Linden Avenue Harold’s Square The 2,000 square-foot ground-level restaurant, to be called the Strand Cafe after the theater that once stood on the site (the first proposal referred to it as “Ezra”, presumably for Ezra Cornell but probably too vague for its own good), will serve both “American fare and handcrafted cocktails” and feature a retractable garage-style door to let the outside air in on nicer days. A render of the cafe is at the end of the post. It looks like Northern Mast Climbers of Skaneateles has the subcontract for the exterior facade work, and interior furnishings (flooring, cabinetry, countertops, furniture, and appliances) will be supplied by Metzger Inc. of suburban Buffalo. LeChase took over as construction manager after the well-publicized separation between the developers and the previous construction manager, Taylor the Builders. Harold’s Square’s apartments are listed for rent online, but you can’t actually apply, and the data’s outdated anyway – it still says 108 units, but 30 microunits were eliminated for more office space. Look for a spring 2020 opening, a little sooner on the office and retail space, a little later for the apartments. Maguire Ford-Lincoln Brian Crandall Apart from exterior trim work, fixtures (awnings, decorative lighting), paving and landscaping, the hotel is practically finished from the outside. The inside appears to be pretty far along on the ground level, based on what could be discerned through the lobby windows. However, the upper floors are in a semi-assembled state, given the boxes stacked against some of the windows. John Snyder Architects of Ithaca is the project architect, and local firm Elwyn and Palmer is the structural engineer for the project. Saratoga Associates (of Saratoga Springs, fittingly) is the site and civil engineer. According to a tipster, G. M. Crisalli of Syracuse is the general contractor. We’ll start this off in Collegetown. It appears John Novarr and Phil Proujansky’s housing project on Linden Avenue is practically complete in time for the fall semester. The fiber cement and zinc panels are in place, the landscaping is nearly complete, and the inside is furnished – someone’s kitchen gets a lofty front-row center view of the street below. Oddly enough, this project has virtually no online presence, not even to advertise rentals. Granted, Executive MBA students are a very niche market, but if it weren’t for the approvals process, it would be as if this project didn’t exist. Even then, there are many differences between the built project and what the city has on file, since there there were major design changes to the project after approval was granted. As long as it doesn’t affect occupancy or go over certain space thresholds, then it’s legal. Speaking of 119-125 College Avenue, Novarr and Proujansky’s 67-unit apartment development is coming along on College Avenue. The four-story buildings are fully framed, sheathed with gypsum panels, and coated in a waterproof barrier. Atop the barrier, the construction team is attaching steel clips and rails that will be used to attach the fiber cement and zinc panels, both of which are a similar hue to those at the 238 Linden project – they use the same architect, ikon.5 of Princeton. Red corrugated metal accents along the window frame give the project some visual interest, as do the curvaceous steel-framed window bump-outs. The stainless steel panel at the front will host the building address number and highlight the main entrances. These mimic townhouses from the front and the buildings were more townhouse-like before the changes in the fire code rendered the old design unusable, but they’re essentially traditional apartment buildings with a design twist. Many but not all of the windows have been fitted, and interior buildout (mechanical/electrical/plumbing rough-ins) is underway. The specialty blue tape around the just-installed windows helps to seal off any potential gaps between the building structure and the aluminum frame. This project, built by Montour Falls-based Welliver and geared towards visiting faculty and staff at Cornell, seems to be on track towards a late January completion. The signage still says Summer 2019, but per Hilton’s website, reservations are being accepted for Nov. 13 onward. A hiring event for entry-level staff was held at Coltivare at the end of May. Rates for a standard room are listed as $166 during the week and $246 for weekend nights. Library Place (the Old Library site, 310-314 North Cayuga Street) Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandalllast_img read more