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New GIS Building - Construction Timeline
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GIS Building Construction 2011-2013

GIS began construction of its headquarters on the RIT campus in May 2011, and the new building was completed in January 2013. The photo-timeline below documents the construction progress from groundbreaking to faculty moving-in day.

GIS Building Rendering

Architectural rendering of the GIS facility (courtesy of SWBR Architects and Engineers).

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Mid-June 2011: After a month of preparation, excavation begins on the foundation.


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Early August 2011: The foundation moves right along.


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Mid-September 2011: The building starts to grow taller.


Mid-December 2011: Construction continues on the building's exterior thanks to a sunny day and still-snowless winter season.


Mid-January 2012: Wrapped up for the winter; weatherproof enclosure enables work to continue on the building's interior until spring arrives in April.


Early March 2012: A glimpse into the future hallways and labs of the new building.


Late March 2012: Springtime brings flowering trees to campus and windows to the new building.


Late April 2012: Interior walls are going up.


Early July 2012: The main entrance is taking shape.


Early July 2012: Lab and research space is becoming defined.


Early August 2012: The main entrance and portico are nearing completion.


Mid-August 2012: White I-beams to support the new building's green roof section are installed.


Mid-September 2012: Some windows have a highly insulating translucent nano gel that allows light to enter.


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Late-September 2012: Meanwhile, the quad between the new and existing buildings gets a new configuration.


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Early October 2012: Solar panel installation on the roof is complete.


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Early October 2012: Solar panel installation on the roof is complete.


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Mid-October 2012: Installing the sun shade system on the south-facing exterior.


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Early November 2012: Rooftop garden is prepared prior to planting.


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Mid-November 2012: Future classroom area gets new carpeting and furniture.


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Mid-December 2012: The fuel cell arrives and is installed.


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Mid-December 2012: Stairs, railings and floors receive final touches.


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January 3, 2013: GIS Assistant Professor Dr. Callie Babbitt is among the first to move into the new faculty offices.


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