Revitalizing Campus Spaces

The CARES Center Remodel Project

CARES Center Kitchen

In the dynamic landscape of a campus such as ours, adapting facilities to meet evolving needs is paramount. One such transformative endeavor took place at Cowell building's second story, housing the Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARES). Spearheaded by Student Affairs Director Matthew Fucile and Divisional Resources Associate Director Carol Swafford, this project breathed new life into the space, providing CARES with enhanced functionality and privacy.

The project's genesis traces back to an initiative by Matthew Fucile and Carol Swafford, who recognized the pressing need to remodel the Cowell building's second story to accommodate CARES adequately. Initially engaging with BMS Structural for a comprehensive assessment and discussion, the project gained momentum with the support of various stakeholders.

Commencing in May 2023 and concluding in August 2023, the project required a substantial investment to reconfigure the space to work for the department’s needs.  The project was a multidisciplinary effort involving Structural, Mechanical HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing teams, collectively working towards creating an optimal workspace. The scope of the renovation encompassed 38 office refreshes, two kitchen/breakroom remodels, a main lobby overhaul with updated corridors and three reception areas, stairway enhancements, painting throughout, and the installation of new flooring and window blinds.

CARES Center Kitchen

Key highlights of the collaborative efforts included fan coil unit maintenance for all office rooms, a complete update of the HVAC system, LED lighting installation by the Electrical team, and plumbing upgrades, such as new kitchen sink fixtures and water dispensers. Restroom updates are planned for a later date under FM BMS.

The project aligns seamlessly with campus strategic goals, facility management (FM) objectives, and sustainability considerations. Noteworthy aspects include the installation of low flow fixtures, energy-efficient LED lighting, and the use of low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials. The inclusion of waste, recycle, and compost receptacles further underscores the commitment to environmental responsibility.

Looking ahead, the Cowell Building 2nd Story Remodel Project boasts a life expectancy of 20+ years. This longevity ensures that the revamped space will continue to contribute positively to the campus environment, supporting the goals of safety, innovation, and sustainability for years to come. The successful collaboration between various departments and the thoughtful incorporation of eco-friendly elements makes this project a model for future campus renovations.

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