More photos from the Collegetown Terrace Project. The eastern foundation walls of Building 5 have been formed, and are being poured, and there’s another floor of exterior sheathing and framing going up. The landscaping is also fully-mulched now, looks nice.
Building 5 is set to have its last section of foundation poured-in, as you can see from the form wall at the end. There’s new steel decking on the second level, and portions of the siding have been sheathed.
The cobblestone entry area in front of the Fitness Center/Entry Pavilion is called “Mitchell Plaza” and contains interpretive elements from the Jane A Delano home that was demolished for construction. The home served as a residence for nurses and nursing students for the nearby Ithaca City Hospital, named for Jane Delano, whom almost single-handedly created the American Red Cross Nurses Corps. The arcade wall contains the original brick and granite window trim, and the open doorway is in fact the original doorway from the home. See below for the interpretive elements PDF, and a memorandum about the home.
Of all the projects going on right now, this one is definitely the most panorama-friendly. Building 5’s construction is rolling along, with some new light steel framing alongside the heavy steel framing put up a few weeks ago. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that the heavy steel framing must be for a multi-level parking section of the building, which shows a car entrance and separate exit on the site plan.
The landscaping makes a big visual impact. The bright-colored facades on Buildings 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 along State Street blend into the hill much better now, and I couldn’t tell you what any of these plants are, but they look quality. Once the rest of the landscaping is complete and we have a good rain, I believe we will see the final look.
The recently built paths and sidewalks have been opened-up to walk on, so you can get a spectacular view of Building 5’s progress from the back of the new entry pavilion, which now looks stocked with fitness equipment. It’s amazing to see the size of these- Buildings 5 and 7 will have a roughly similar-scale footprint, each spanning across the hill well over 600 feet in length; so about two football fields. As Ithacating’s update noted, the completion of Building 3.4 and the landscaping surrounding it essentially brings Phase Two towards completion as tenants will be rolling into town throughout the next few weeks for Fall Semester.
Some paving and landscaping work has begun in front of Building 3.4, and you can see Building 5’s framing making its way towards Casa Roma. The State Street storm water drainage pipe is paved over and looks completed, along with a stretch of sidewalk in front of the Williams House.
In taking photos of this project, I had overlooked the fact that there are some great views off of Valentine Place, so here are some shots viewing the project from the east on Valentine and more from State. I definitely prefer the aqua tiles to the brighter ones, and you can see the transition between the two as Building 3.4 makes its way behind 901 East State St, the George C. Williams House, which has been impressively renovated and restored by Schickel Construction. George C. Williams was a former President of Ithaca College (at the time, the Ithaca Conservatory of Music), and he was instrumental in leading the institution towards financial stability, and also in securing the land rights on South Hill where the college sits now.
The western portion of Building 5 is clearly underway, so they must’ve been working on that foundation for the past few months where the rigs were situated. Stone facade on Building 3.3’s western face is complete, just needs more windows and the doors framed in- I think they were going for a cubist-waterfall look. I suppose the entry pavilion’s exterior is complete, now that the glass panels are all done. Building 3.4 is showing some additional facade work on the southern face as well.
The glass box now has glass, and the colorful State Street facades have just about been completed. There’s not much change on building 3.4, but I bet finishing that facade comes next. It’s hard to get a good glimpse of it, but the large drilling rig must mean that excavation work for building 5 and/or 6 is moving ahead. I tried to get a shot of the whole project from the opposite hill, but now that summer is in full swing, the leaves hide everything. I’ll take one in the Fall. There’s also a shot of the relatively new Giles St foot bridge. It’s nice.
More State Street facades going up on buildings 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3, and the swoop-style building 3.4 shows some work as well. The multi-colored panels look interesting and rather unique for Ithaca. Can’t wait to see how the entry pavilion turns out- I imagine it won’t be long before we start seeing some framing work for the glass panels.