The north side of Capen along Putnam Way. This entrance is near the Admissions Office and 1 Capen. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
Demolition continues on the north side stairway leading up to Founders Plaza between Capen (to the right) and Norton (to the left). Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
A worker with Turner Construction looks through the open wall of Capen Hall where it connects to Norton. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
The stairway running from the ground floor to the second floor of Capen at the Founders Plaza entrance has been removed. A Turner Construction staff member stands on the second floor. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
The first-floor elevators at the Founders Plaza entrance to Capen. The space straight ahead currently is being used as construction "office" space. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
Construction of UB's One World Cafe is one of the most significant campus construction projects since the North Campus was first built. Some disruptions are to be expected during the project's duration, which is expected to last until fall 2022. Everyone is advised to take extra time traveling around campus, as regular routes may be blocked by construction barriers.
Check here often for the latest updates on this construction project.
Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020:
There will be significant noise in and around Capen Hall and Norton Hall during exterior stair demolition. During this time, exterior stair demolition between Capen Hall and Norton Hall will be loud and will produce vibration that will be audible in and around surrounding areas.
Memo to all Facilities Planning and Management Officers (FPMOs) and Unit Business Officers (UBOs) dated April 1, 2020 from Tonga Pham, Associate Vice President, University Facilities
Governor Cuomo recently updated his “Pause-NY” Executive Order to close any non-essential construction projects in New York state (emergency construction is permitted to continue).
For this reason, UB University Facilities will temporarily shut down all work on campus facilities renovation projects in the construction phase.
We are working with our staff, consultants, contractors, and vendors to close each of our construction projects in a safe and rationale manner that ensures minimum impact on our UB community and preserves the progress of the projects. We will work with units and Procurement to assess whether planned purchases should proceed.
For UB campus projects that are in the design and planning phases, University Facilities’ planning and design staff will continue to work remotely on these projects.
We are aware that many renovation priorities have shifted as a result of the COVID-19 situation. Please help us support your priorities by identifying any ongoing projects that may need to be canceled or paused (held for future consideration).
Cheryl Bailey will be providing you a list of your current project within your schools or units to the FPMOs involved under a separate memo. If your unit wishes to cancel or pause any of your ongoing facilities projects, please contact Cheryl Bailey by Thursday, April 2, 2020 to let us know. Your rapid response to this request will help us prioritize our workload.
Once construction crews are reactivated, University Facilities will reevaluate all construction projects and provide you with revised project schedules.
Thank you for your flexibility during these uncertain times.
Associate Vice President Facilities
For more information:
Cheryl Bailey, Associate Director
119 Beane Center
Beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020:
Norton Hall entrance closure:
Temporary nighttime closure of Norton-Capen ground floor corridor
During spring break (Mon. March 16 through Sat. March 21, 2020) during the night hours of 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., the ground floor passage between Norton and Capen halls will be closed to ensure visitor safety during stair removal.
During this time noise levels in Capen and Norton will be very disruptive. No classes are currently scheduled in these locations; events and programs are advised to seek to alternative locations. Temporary detour signage will be in place during the nightly construction. Construction debris will be cleaned up prior to 7 a.m.
Diagram of Capen-Norton Detour
Norton 1st and 2nd floor, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — light demolition
Norton 2nd floor, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — light demolition
Construction of UB’s One World Café will require significant changes to how you access and navigate Capen Hall, Norton Hall and Talbert Hall.
Students, faculty and staff on the North Campus should be prepared for disruptions. Everyone is advised to take extra time finding their classes, as regular routes may be blocked by construction barriers.
University Facilities is working diligently to minimize confusion and has taken these actions:
(Effective Jan. 24, 2020 until further notice)
We recognize the inconvenience a construction project of this scope presents and we appreciate your patience and understanding.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact University Facilities Customer Service:
UB Police: (716) 645-2222