Campus Expansion

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Planning, Design, and Permitting to Support Expansion of The University at Albany East Campus

The University at Albany East Campus occupies approximately 91 acres of the former Sterling Pharmaceuticals’ 164-acre research and development complex between Routes 9/20 and Route 151 in East Greenbush, overlooking the Hudson Valley and downtown Albany. Weston & Sampson was retained early in the year 2000 and has provided planning, design and permitting services to support the expansion of this campus through the present.

Early assignments included:

  • A preliminary capacity analysis
  • Consultation on property acquisition
  • Site environmental assessments
  • Geotechnical investigations and wetland delineations
  • An engineering study to determine capacities of sanitary and storm sewerage
  • Potable and fire protection water quantities/pressures, and electric supply
  • Traffic study
  • Budget studies of various infrastructure and highway improvements

A Campus Plan was prepared that addresses the campus mission, present campus setting and projected campus growth in terms of building space, parking and green space, landscape improvements, support facilities, electric supply and distribution, ownership and maintenance, and regulatory matters. The Campus Plan also sets forth a design vocabulary, a listing of improvement projects with estimates, and schematics of electrical system improvements.

Subsequent assignments included:

  • Land surveying to map federal wetlands and to complete boundary and topographic surveys of the entire campus
  • SEQR compliance for the Campus Plan addressing up to 1 million square feet of growth
  • Schematic design through construction phase services for a new campus entry with traffic signal, 2,400 feet of road, site work for the Gen*NY*Sis Center of Excellence in Cancer Genomics, sanitary sewerage, storm drainage, campus-wide water improvements, and plantings
  • Acquisition of permits from the Town of East Greenbush, Rensselaer County Health Department, and NYS Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation

The East Campus is now a regional model for the co-location of academia, industry, and government.

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