Annual Report - 2015

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University Hill Corporation member institutions are leaders in Education, Healthcare, Technology and Innovation . These institutions are also dedicated to global engagement, providing Central New York with an international reputation, as well as a window on a complex and rapidly changing world . Education Healthcare Technology & Innovation Global Engagement


These institutions are great contributors to the community’s diversity. Syracuse University has over 3,000 international students and offers study abroad programs in nine locations around the world.


SUNY ESF Students Ecological Engineering in the Tropics 10-day Field Tour in Costa Rica SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has built formal relationships with seven institutions, including five in China, one in Thailand, and one in Germany.


SUNY Upstate Students Economic Development & Health Care Study in Nicaragua. SUNY Upstate offers students intensive medical missions and research trips abroad, studying in Ghana and Nicaragua.


SUNY Upstate has also worked closely with a hospital in Hangzhou China, and is involved with training their medical students.


Hutchings Psychiatric Center, SUNY Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and a partnership of three medical schools and SNDT University are working on a project to address, research and promote mental health awareness and literacy, and train mental health professionals in India’s largest city.


Studies imply that innovation and global engagement are inextricably linked. One study concluded that businesses that have the highest number of international contacts are the most innovative.


Syracuse University and Nanjing University in China have signed an agreement to form the international center for green buildings and the urban environment to commercialize technologies developed by the partners.


The importance of global engagement to our innovation economy is demonstrated by Windsor Wood, a Start-Up New York firm that located here from India for the opportunity to regularly interact with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry .


The University Hill area is building its reputation as a center for innovation. $8.7 million is being invested at the Center of Excellence for new research and development facilities and a new “smart transportation test bed.”


A team of researchers from Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Harvard University, working at the Center of Excellence, completed a ground-breaking study of how indoor environments impact human performance. The editor of Climate Progress, called it “the seminal environmental study of our time.”


T he Biotechnology Accelerator Center is undergoing a $5.5 million construction project to complete the Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center that will support entrepreneurs in medicine, engineering and product development.


SUNY Upstate is also working on a Start-Up New York project with Motion Intelligence, which is developing a system to improve the diagnosis of concussions, creating 9 new jobs at the Neuroscience Center .


Changes in student population have led to a significant increase in on-campus and private housing facilities.


The Woodbine Group completed the 80-unit Skyler Commons, which offers fully furnished studio apartments to students.


The Woodbine Group also converted the former Ronald McDonald House into a shared living facility that will house 17 students.


The University Area Apartments will accommodate up to 200 students, and represents the successful conversion of the former Rosewood Nursing Home.


Penn South Capital broke ground on the $18 million, Blvd 404 project, which will house 163 students by the fall of 2016.


Developer Chris Geiger is building Fayette Place, a $6.5 million project, adding 39 housing units, the first of three projects he plans to build in neighborhood. Fayette Place will be ready for occupancy in March, 2016 .


Syracuse University recently invested $15 million in the renovation of five of its residence halls .


Not all residential development on University Hill is for students. Congratulations to the University Neighborhood Preservation Association on the $1.4 million renovation of the historic Babcock Shattuck House, one of the most highly visible structures in the Westcott neighborhood.


Congratulations also go to the City of Syracuse for meeting the Federal Government’s Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness. Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness


One of the key projects that contributed to that achievement is the Van Keuren Square project built by Housing Visions Unlimited.


University Hill Corporation member institutions continue to grow.


The $40 million SUNY Upstate Academic Building will be the new home of the College of Nursing, and several programs in the College of Health professions.


The fifth floor of the University Hospital Cancer Center is being built out to house clinical pathology functions, and the fourth floor will house more clinical oncology space. Together, these projects total $ 12 million.


Significant upgrades are being made to Weiskotten Hall, including renovation of laboratories, as well as exterior improvements, representing a $30 million investment.


Upstate is also completing a $2.3 million façade improvement for its computer warehouse building.


A $2 million project to expand Upstate’s emergency department for pediatrics is underway.


Significant investments by Hutchings Psychiatric Center include a $ 54 million campus renovation project .


A ribbon cutting marked the grand re-opening of the Hutchings Adult Inpatient Services Building, a $19 million project that will house up to 50 patients.


Hutchings plans to break ground for the final phase of the project, which will house an additional 50 patients and the construction of walkways. This is another $19 million project that will be complete in March, 2018.


Hutchings is completing a $2 million expansion of its adult and children’s clinics located on Madison Street.


Hutchings has won two federal grants to support their new OnTrackCNY program, a unique collaboration between Hutchings and Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry to improve mental health literacy in youth-serving organizations.


Crouse Hospital completed a new imaging suite in 2015 - a $2.8 million investment in neuroscience services.


Sophisticated imaging equipment means that Crouse physicians can view a surgical area on high-definition monitors to perform advanced vascular and neurosurgical procedures.


Crouse also completed a new outdoor patient patio, and completed multiple upgrades to the infrastructure of the hospital and the Physicians’ Office Building for a total of $4.7 million dollars.


Crouse will soon begin work on a $37.2 million new emergency department, which includes 52,000 square feet of space, and a one-floor addition to the hospital.


Crouse is also planning a $9.8 million project to renovate the Intensive Care Unit, dialysis, private patient rooms, and the Cardiac Care Center.


Syracuse University invested $4 million in the Carnegie Building including construction of new office suites and improvements to the library.


The SU Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics was relocated to its new home, a project that represents a $3 million investment.


Renovations and improvements totaling another $4 million were carried out at SU’s HB Crouse Building and Newhouse II.


Syracuse University dedicated the $14 million Clifford Ensley Athletic Center, an indoor practice facility for football and lacrosse. Improvements to Syracuse University’s running track and entrances to the campus represent another $5.5 million investment .


SUNY ESF is designing a new Academic Research Building to house the Environmental and Forest Biology Department. It is currently in the design phase, but it is a science and laboratory building with 52,000 square feet of space. The total cost is $30 million and the building will be under construction in spring of 2017.


The Veterans Administration Medical Center is the leading center for care of the region’s growing veteran population.


Highlights over the last year include the opening of the VA’s newly renovated Women Veterans Wellness Center, and the completion of a new Intensive Care Unit.


The VA Medical Center also completed a new cath lab , and a robotics program with the installation of a DaVinci robot.


Thanks go to University Hill Corporation board members Chancellor Kent Syverud and Rob Simpson for their leadership roles in advancing the community’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative and Regional Economic Development Council.


Syracuse University proposed one of the key initiatives in the URI, with a new platform to serve the 1.5 million veterans who are expected to be discharged from the U.S. military over the next decade.


The proposal calls for the creation of a National Veterans Resource Complex to solidify Syracuse University’s effort to position Central New York as the nation’s hub of research, programming, education and entrepreneurship for veterans.


Since 2010, Syracuse University has invested more than $75 million in research and programming through its Institute for Veterans and Military Families. This has resulted in $19 million in new research awards in 2015.


SUNY Upstate Medical University called for new investments in the emerging field of precision medicine, an initiative that would be headquartered at the Biotech Accelerator.


Public and private-funded research would support entrepreneurship, clinical trials, digital pathology, commercialization, and information assurance.


SUNY-ESF proposed a new initiative in biomimicry. As part of a SUNY 2020 award, SUNYESF has won a $3.5 million grant for a biomimicry laboratory at its Newcomb campus, which will be linked to a data center on the main campus. A substantial database of biomimicry research will be made available worldwide. Biomimicry Laboratory


There are still challenges facing our community. The Syracuse MSA has the highest rate of concentrated poverty in the United States. This statistic underlies a crisis in this community that needs attention, and the University Hill Corporation is working on multiple approaches to better link residents with economic opportunity. RANK METROPOLITAN AREA 1 SYRACUSE, NY 2 DETROIT-LIVONIA-DEARBORN, MI 3 TOLEDO, OH 4 ROCHESTER, NY 5 FRESNO, CA 6 BUFFALO-NIAGARA FALLS, NY 7 CLEVELAND-ELYRIA-MENTOR, OH 8 GARY, IN 9 MILWAUKEE-WAUKESHA-WEST ALLIS, WI 10 LOUISVILLE / JEFFERSON COUNTY, KY, IN HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF POVERTY


The University Hill Corporation has partnered with Work Train, a CenterState CEO-led effort to address persistent workforce challenges for area employers, while opening career pathways for unemployed and under-employed residents . Work Train is active with our member hospitals to prepare people for careers in patient care, food service, medical transport and maintenance.


Visions for Change, an affiliate of Housing Visions Unlimited has helped 142 people find new jobs over three years. The goal for 2016 is to employ 100 more . 70 % of the VFC participants are hired. 78% of those hired continue to hold employment .


The Syracuse Housing Authority has a $2 million grant to help its residents link to new jobs. These programs link the growth needs on University Hill to the economic needs of our neighborhood residents.


Our churches and religious institutions have long been a focus for addressing poverty and needs in the community.


Grace Episcopal Church completed its renovation and has initiated new programs to help ex-offenders re-enter society and find employment.


University United Methodist is engaged in new outreach programs to open their doors to the neighborhood residents and to actively engage their concerns .


Temple Concord operates the most utilized food pantry in Onondaga County .


Cooperative security continues to be a high priority for University Hill Corporation members.


The University Hill Corporation provides staff and technical support to the University Hill Public Safety Association, which consists of the security directors from our member institutions .


The UHPSA worked to plan for a security emergency that involved multiple institutions on the Hill .


The University Hill Corporation continues to actively engage in the process to replace the I-81 viaduct. The members will formulate recommendations for the project, and will help to address the impacts of the long-term construction on the city. University Hill Downtown


We believe that transit must play a major role in any solution to the future of I-81. The Syracuse Transit Systems Analysis, prepared by NYSDOT, is reviewing the potential for additional transit services. This is a critical service if we are going to continue to build on University Hill, given the limited amount of land available.


The East Genesee Regent Association is addressing the opportunity presented by the influx of housing into the area.


The East Genesee Regent Association participated with Syracuse University and the City of Syracuse to mark the completion of the Connective Corridor construction, which will link the center of campus and downtown to the services in the business district.


The Crouse Marshall Business Improvement District is addressing beautification with a new flower planter program, which it plans to double in scale.


The Crouse Marshall Business Improvement District submitted a proposal for funding to upgrade building facades in the area through the New York State’s Main Street Program.


Significant investments have been made in all of the University Hill hotels including the Skyler, the Genesee Grande, and the Parkview.


The Crowne Plaza has undergone improvements and upgrades.


The Sheraton Syracuse is undergoing a $2 million renovation to upgrade finishes in the guest rooms and complete lobby renovations and a new café.


Gananoque Belleville Prince Edward eastern ontario To support this growth the University Hill Corporation is working to conclude an analysis of medical tourism. The consultant is developing specific strategies to reach out to Eastern Ontario for new patients.


University Hill institutions play a vital role in creating a thriving, globally-connected and innovative community. It is the ability to work together and to be open to new and innovative ways of addressing needs that will strengthen our community and address global opportunities .


Many of the solutions to our challenges will come from the member organizations; whether the root of these challenges be medical, educational, environmental, economic or spiritual.



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