Cayuga Community College’s new Fulton campus will cost $2 million less to build than the college estimated.
The plan to turn the former P&C supermarket at River Glen Plaza into the college’s new, two-story Fulton home was estimated to cost $11.9 million. When all the bids were in, however, the total was $2.1 million less than that.
Credit — or blame — the poor economy that has many construction firms working at less than full capacity. “Economic conditions are very favorable at this time for construction work,” CCC President Daniel Larson told Oswego County Today. “Contractors are ready to provide their best possible bids to obtain work.”
The low bids will allow the college to make some minor upgrades to its plan, Larson said. “(W)e will do more with upgrades for thermal insulation, especially for the roof, which will provide long-term savings in energy costs. We will have more durable partitions in the public lavatories. We will have upgraded security infrastructure in sensitive areas. We will have landscaping that is developed a bit further than initially designed. We will provide more equipment and furniture for classrooms and laboratories.”
The college has grown rapidly in Fulton. It has outgrown its rented space in a former department store on the west side of the city. The college bought the entire retail plaza at the city’s southern edge as well as a large plot of land adjacent to it.
The first phase of construction involves turning the former supermarket into a two-story home for the college, to give it space it lacks for classrooms and services for students.
Eventually, the college’s plans call for the entire retail space to be turned into space for the college.
The two retail businesses still operating in the plaza, a dollar store and K-Mart, are staying for now. Larson has said K-Mart recently signed a new lease through 2018.
Larson said the work at the former supermarket is going well and on-time. Structural steel for the job, a key component of the renovation, arrived Monday, he said.
Once the steel is up, interior work can go ahead. The goal is to open the new campus by this fall.