Milstein Hall construction on track for fall 2011 opening

February 27, 2010

Construction of Milstein Hall is on schedule, with structural steel expected to rise from the site by spring and the exterior structure and roof to be completed this summer. The building is expected to open in time for the fall 2011 semester.

Although construction activity slows during the winter “the workers continue to make lots of progress, doing the things that were planned to be done at this point in time,” including the building foundations, said John McKeown, the project’s director.

“So much of what they've been doing is getting the ground plane ready,” McKeown said. “Every project has its bumps, and moments when questions need to be answered, but there have been no significant problems at all. The architects [from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture] are here every two weeks, and available to be consulted at any moment.”

Mike Wilkinson, construction manager for Cornell's Department of Planning, Development and Construction, said the structural steel work is scheduled to start in mid-April and will be completed by mid-July.

McKeown said the project is incorporated into “the academic mission of the college,” through tours, faculty and student engagement, and video documentation of the construction process. “We recently had a city building commissioner talk [to students] about the various building codes involved, so that was very rewarding,” he said.

The project team also is “planning major work all this summer” in Rand Hall, such as installing an elevator and other modifications, McKeown said. “In Sibley, there have been some minor tasks … accomplished to make sure that air quality is not impacted as the Milstein building goes up. We have some things in place already, mostly related to ventilation issues.”

The construction is managed by Welliver McGuire Inc. of Montour Falls and has employed 17 regional subcontractors.

“We have a good partnership with the construction managers,” McKeown said. “It’s so rewarding to see the project moving along so quickly.”

Additional reporting by Daniel Aloi, Cornell Chronicle

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