Cayuga CC Picks Contractors for Fulton Campus Project

Cayuga Community College’s trustees have chosen the companies that will transform a closed supermarket into the Fulton campus’s first permanent home.

Trustees meeting in a special session Tuesday night chose Rochester Rigging and Erectors of Bloomfield to provide structural steel work and PAC Associates of Oswego for demolition work.

The contractors will turn the closed P&C supermarket at River Glen Plaza shopping center into more than 80,000 square feet of classrooms, offices and student spaces.

It’s the first phase of an aggressive plan to give the college a permanent home for its fast-growing satellite campus.

The school is in 50,000 square feet of rented space at the former Pyramid Mall and needs more room.

The new space will provide more classrooms, but also more room for student activities and eventually, a first-ever cafeteria.

Cayuga CC has also bought 30 acres of land just south of the shopping center for future expansion — college leaders have talked about athletic facilities there — and has options to buy the rest of the shopping center.

College officials say demolition will begin next month at the former grocery store.  They believe the new campus will be ready for students at the start of the 2012 school year next fall.

The current space will remain open for several years.  The college intends to use it for workforce development and community education programs.