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Building the Foundation

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Sciame Construction’s Marshall Wheeler (left) and Davey Glover (right) sit down with Opportunitas to discuss the nuts and bolts of revitalizing the New York City Campus.

The temperature outside isn’t the only thing that’s sizzling. Phase 1 of Pace’s NYC Master Plan—which includes a revamped One Pace Plaza, a new Student Union, study spaces, Welcome Center, Courtyard entrance, redesigned Admissions offices, and student lounge spaces, as well as a new and improved 41 Park Row—is also heating up. If that sounds like a lot, it is!

As you can imagine, this massive undertaking is no small feat. That’s why Pace has enlisted the expertise of Sciame Construction, a firm recognized throughout the tristate area for their excellent quality and track record. Some of Sciame’s notable projects include restoring the Guggenheim Museum, the new Cooper Union building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral perseveration, and dozens more. Sciame has also worked on revitalizing other college campuses, so they know a thing or two about completing construction around the everyday activity of student life.

The folks at Sciame are also quite friendly. Last week, Opportunitas sat down with Davey Glover, senior field superintendent, and Marshall Wheeler, senior project manager. Together, the duo has a combined 28 years of professional experience, which they intend to draw upon to make Pace more vibrant than ever.

“One Pace Plaza was built in the ‘50s. It’s kind of a mini fortress, and shields students from lower Manhattan” says Wheeler. “We’re excited that it will be opened back up.” One of the great features about the NYC Master Plan is that the new designs will take a bit of the brutal out of the Brutalist architecture of One Pace Plaza.

Glover and Wheeler note that the new design of One Pace Plaza will draw upon natural light in a way that the current design is unable to—allowing Pace students to soak in the sunshine in a building that, upon completion, will stand tall among the bold, beautiful buildings of downtown Manhattan.

Glover and Wheeler understand that the realities of construction can throw off the ebbs and flows of daily student life, which is why they’re committed to completing the job in a timely manner, and take student demand and necessity into account.

“The biggest thing is just accomplishing our goals,” says Glover. “There’s different expectations for different phases, it’s important to keep everything logistically moving. If we don’t meet a date on a certain phase, it throws things out of sequence.”

Says Wheeler, “One of our big pushes is to get the Lubin entrance done in early 2018 and open that to students while we’re completing the stairs.”

All in all, the duo—jovial, yet focused on the task at hand—is clearly committed to making the construction process as smooth as possible for the Pace Community, while ensuring that the end result will be held in high regard for decades to come.

“We’ve been working on this job since January, coming up with safe ways to keep construction separate from students, staff, and faculty—a lot of thought and planning went into the process,” says Wheeler.

Glover also stresses that the idea isn’t for Sciame to be a faceless entity, just here to do a job. The duo notes that Sciame is more than happy to answer any questions that go through the appropriate Pace channels, and address any concerns along the way as they help usher in a new, exciting era at Pace.