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Facilities

Facilities

  • Initiated and/or completed more than $800 million in new construction and renovation of facilities for research, teaching, and student life.
  • Extension of campus gigabit backbone.
  • Renovation of West Hall auditorium and a complete historical restoration of the exterior.
  • Rolling upgrades of all undergraduate laboratories.
  • Replaced roofs on 12 buildings.
  • Developed ROI based model to update priorities and needs for deferred maintenance and the upgrade of campus buildings.
  • Restored Greene building façade to historical status.
  • Installed new UPS and emergency generators throughout Troy campus.
  • Installed sprinkler systems in all residence halls.
  • Developed and implemented a new Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (implementation underway).
  • Developed long range Master Plan for installation of a comprehensive security management system.
  • Established RPIAlert emergency mass notification system.
  • Installed access control and cameras at various locations, improved campus exterior lighting, installed new emergency call boxes.
  • Renovated Materials Research Center (MRC) to provide new facilities for NSF funded Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center.
  • Established Watervliet as an Institute research facility to facilitate future growth in research.
  • Renovated Low Center to provide research facilities for Future Chips constellation, expansion of Terahertz research program, and to provide server capacity to support research computing.
  • Further renovated Low Center for NSF-sponsored Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC).
  • Fabricated and installed new Earthquake Simulator.
  • Constructed experimental virtual classroom for the School of Architecture.
  • Completed renovation of the Science building to provide new Microbiology lab.
  • Acquired and installed new Subsonic Large Scale Wind Tunnel.
  • Extended fiber optic backbone to downtown Troy.
  • Initiated $10 million in home ownership initiatives, neighborhood revitalization and rehab initiatives, streetscape and infrastructure improvements.
  • Relocated certain academic and administrative activities to downtown Troy.
  • Secured agreement with Columbia Development Companies to assume ownership and development of Proctor’s Theater and Chasan office building in Troy.
  • Constructed 218,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research facility for the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies building, which opened in September 2004.
  • Unveiled 800 Mhz NMR in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies in March 2006.
  • Designed and constructed 220,000-square-foot Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center(EMPAC) facility.
  • Awarded VPP Status by OSHA for the EMPAC construction project’s outstanding site safety program.
  • Achieved LEED certification for EMPAC.
  • Renovated and upgraded Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center (RNC) facilities.
  • Designed and constructed the CCNI platform and facility, made up of massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers, POWER-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron processor-based clusters, providing more than 100 teraflops of computing power, opening it in September 2007 as one of the most powerful university-based supercomputers in the world.
  • Received $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation to install new IBM Blue Gene/Q system (Fall 2011).
  • Opened new fitness center (Mueller Center).
  • Installed new roof, skylight, and pool filtration system for Robison Pool.
  • Installed new roof, improved locker and equipment rooms, dasher improvements, and constructed athletic training facility at Houston Field House.
  • Completed locker room improvements in the AS&RC.
  • Built new bleachers and press facilities for ’86 Field (football).
  • Installed new surface and lights on Harkness Field and Track.
  • Developed Master Plan, designed Phase I for East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV); broke ground in August 2007; and opened ECAV in October 2009.
  • Constructed new lighted turf field for soccer and lacrosse (Renwyck Field).
  • Achieved LEED gold status certification for East Campus Athletic Village (Fall 2009).
  • Opened new residence hall (Barton Hall).
  • Renovated Student Union building.
  • Renovated Bray, Cary, Hall, Crockett, Nason, and Warren residence halls.
  • Completed landscape and site improvements to Commons residence halls.
  • Completely remodeled the Commons Dining Hall, including installing an elevator, and expanding seating from 400 to 618, with a restaurant-style concept that includes nine distinct serving venues.
  • Constructed (through privatization) new Sixth Avenue Howard N. Blitman P.E. '50 Residence Commons (opened Fall 2009).
  • Implemented campus transportation service and shuttle bus service.
  • Initiated rolling renovations of all upperclass undergraduate residence halls.
  • Created new graduate housing projects on Peoples Avenue.
  • Created Student Life Services Center, through renovation of Academy Hall.
  • Created new hospitality venues at Jazzman’s Café, Moe’s Southwestern Grill (formerly Java++ Coffee House), new Library Café, Rensselaer Union Rathskellar, Father’s Marketplace renovation, and BARH Dining Room. Transformed the McNeil Room from regular dining to a full-service Panera.
  • Completed renovations to Russell Sage Dining Hall, doubling its size and adding grab-and-go meals.
  • Launched tobacco-free campus initiative July 1, 2010.
  • In partnership with Follett, launched a new Collegiate Store (2015).
  • Completed renovation of main floor and basement level of Folsom Library.
  • Installed new academic Wind Tunnel Facility in Jonsson Engineering Center.
  • Upgraded classrooms.
  • Created new laboratory for undergraduate life sciences requirement.
  • Upgraded all engineering and science undergraduate laboratories.
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