The planned Hilton Garden Inn at Stony Brook University is tentatively scheduled to be completed by February of 2013 after the original start date for construction was pushed back from April 1, 2011 to the last week of July.
According to conservative estimates provided by Frank E. Toner, CEO of Harbor Construction Management, LLC, the construction originally projected to take 18 months will likely take around 17 months as the warm winter weather aided the process.
"The favorable weather to date has saved two to three weeks," Toner said in an email to Patch. "However, because it is still early in the schedule the early February opening is tentative."
If the weather continues to be favorable, he said, the original fall 2012 completion projection may still be attainable.
Toner was unable to provide details on the how much money has been invested in the development.
The five-story hotel will be LEED-certified and contain 135 guest rooms along with conference space, an indoor pool, and other amenities, built on 3.7 acres. Its original plans were mired in legal proceedings via a lawsuit brought by the Stony Brook Environmental Conservancy, but in October of 2010, a judge that had blocked the developer from clearing the trees on the lot. Students at the university later of the hotel, saying the wooded lot should be preserved.
Tree clearing took place the last week of July.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify the conservative nature of the estimates for the completion of the construction.