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Campus Construction Update for Week of July 26-Aug. 1

July 24, 2009
Construction workers and equipment
Workers pour concrete on 9th Street in front of the Bureau of Mines Building.

These are among the construction activities scheduled at the University of Wyoming during the week of July 26-Aug. 1:

The UW Physical Plant reports the following activities scheduled for the week:

Steam Shutdown -- The annual steam shutdown begins Friday, July 31 and ends Sunday, Aug. 16. There will be no heat and minimal hot water in selected facilities. The Rochelle Center will have hot water and the Wyoming Union and Classroom Building will have hot water for food preparation only.

Lewis Street -- Source Gas will bore a new gas line on the south side of Lewis from Engineering to Earth Sciences. The drive on the west side of Engineering will be kept open but there will be equipment in place forcing closure at times. Also, the following buildings will not have natural gas service; Ed Annex, Ag A, B and D, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Geology, Geological Survey, Pharmacy, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Classroom and Health Sciences.

Concrete and Asphalt -- The replacement of selected sections of concrete on the south side of Prexy's will be complete on July 24 with pedestrian traffic restored on July 27; light truck traffic will be allowed on Aug. 3. The concrete replacement at Physical Sciences (northwest side) will be complete on Aug. 5 with pedestrian traffic restored on Aug. 10th. Sidewalk replacement on the north side of Ivinson between 9th and 10th streets continues. Pedestrian access on this sidewalk will be available by the end of this week. Vehicular access to Prexy's will be allowed through the east entrance off Willett Drive and the north entrance off Lewis Street. Pedestrian traffic on the south side should move to a sidewalk further to the north on Prexy's until the main sidewalk is accessible. Pedestrian access will be maintained from the Earth Sciences Building to Aven Nelson. Sidewalk repairs around Old Main are complete.

15th and Ivinson Streets -- The concrete placement on the east side of 15th Street between Ivinson and Willett will be complete by Monday, July 27, with pedestrian access reestablished. The traffic controls will be moved to the west side of the street to prepare for rebuilding the northwest corner of Ivinson and 15th Street. Access to the north side of Ivinson Street will be maintained but narrowed during construction. Construction will continue through July. Please use extreme caution in this congested area.

Geology -- Reconstruction of the parking lot on the north and west of the Geology Building will begin Monday, July 27. Access to the north of Geology will be rerouted to the north entrance of the Earth Sciences Building, then through the building to the connection between Geology and Earth Sciences. The planned completion date for this phase is Aug. 5. Access to the west side of Engineering and by the east side of Geology will remain open and unchanged.

Health Sciences -- Extensive concrete work at Health Sciences east entrance is continuing and will be complete around the end of July with full pedestrian traffic restored by Aug. 3. Temporary pedestrian access will be maintained to the south entrance. Exterior lights will be replaced west and east of the building over the next 2-3 weeks.

Fraternity and Sorority Mall - Materials have arrived for the repair of the condensate line. Work is scheduled for this week with completion scheduled for the week of Aug. 17. The excavation area on the west end of the mall will be fenced off until completion. Access should not be impacted.

Campus Greenhouse -- Concrete demolition and excavation in the main driveway to the greenhouse is complete. The driveway and sidewalk are now accessible. Work is on hold waiting for materials and will continue through September.

McIntyre Hall - Excavation and demolition will occur on the southeast corner of the building to facilitate an upgrade to the air handling system in the basement. Work will continue into mid-August.

Washakie Dining Hall - A temporary steam boiler has been placed on the sidewalk between the northeast corner of Washakie and King Street. The area will be fenced off, and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted south of the fenced area. The boiler will remain in place throughout the annual steam shutdown and will be removed about Aug. 18.

Wyoming Union -- Foundation repairs are ongoing and will continue through the rest of this month. Light pole bases have been installed; concrete pads will be placed at the southwest corner this week. Please use caution in this area.

Fine Arts Center -- Steam has been shut off to the building to replace a defective heating coil. There will be no hot water in the building until the coil is replaced. The coil is on order and should be received in 2-3 weeks.

University Stock Farms - Physical Plant is constructing a building to house a boiler for the feed mill. Work should continue until the end of the month.

Engineering Building -- Painting will continue on the sixth floor as time permits.

Half Acre Swimming Pool -- The pool will be closed through Aug. 17 to upgrade the main drains, install a depth marker, replace tiles, and clean and paint the pool.

Knight Hall -- An ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramp is being constructed at the east entrance to the building. The east entrance will be closed throughout the construction. Please use the south or north entrances to the building. The west lane of 13th Street from Ivinson heading north will be closed for approximately one month. Traffic will be re-routed between Knight and Ross Halls.

Ross Hall -- Re-roofing of the building continues. The staging area is on the north end of the east stairwell. Material movement will occur between 5-7 a.m. in between Ross and Knight Halls. Please use caution around the building area.

19th Street -- Installation of new lights along 19th Street between Harney Street and Willett Drive is complete.

Health Sciences -- ADA restroom work is now complete.

Please call the Service Desk at 766-6225 for more information.

Lewis and 10th/11th Street Closure -- Staging areas will begin to be set-up beginning in July for the Cowboy Dorm and Old Power Plant deconstruction. Portions of Lewis Street will be closed from 10th through 11th throughout the project's duration. Parking for the Speech & Hearing Clinic will be temporarily relocated to the southeast corner of the 10th and Lewis parking lot while construction occurs on 9th Street. The clinic parking can be accessed via 15th and Lewis. Head one-way west to the parking lot. Leave the parking lot headed north through the alley to Bradley Street.

9th Street Closure -- The City of Laramie has started a major reconstruction of 9th Street from Grand Avenue to Lewis Street. This portion of 9th Street will be closed through Aug. 14. The construction includes installation of a new water line, storm sewer, curb and gutter improvements and a total rebuild and overlay of the existing road surface. The contractor, Simon Contracting, has designated two pedestrian crossing areas (University and Clark streets), but overall access in the area is severely limited. UW also will replace sidewalks on the east side of the project area. See map here.

The UW Facilities Planning Office reports the following activities scheduled for the week:

College of Business Expansion and Renovation (Scheduled completion: Fall 2010) -- Finish work continues at the existing building. At the addition, utility rough ins and interior wall framing are on-going. Masonry continues on the south side of the building.

ILLC, Information Library and Learning Center (Scheduled completion: Sept. 2009) -- Renovation work continues in the 70s and 50s portion of the library. Landscaping work will continue on the east side of the Wyoming Union and along the south side of the facility.

Student Health/Cheney International Center -- Work on the project is almost complete. Programs are in the process of moving in. Furniture arrives in the next two months. Exterior landscape is being installed.

Berry Center -- Construction will begin after deconstruction of the remaining WRI storage units and the Cowboy Dorm (log building west of Earth Sciences Building).

WRI Building Removal -- The Western Research Institute buildings east of the Bureau of Mines Building and west of Cowboy Dorm will continue to be moved on weekday evenings and on weekends as weather permits to prepare for Berry Center construction. There will be intermittent closures of the service entrance on Lewis Street, lasting approximately 15 minutes each, as the remaining buildings are loaded on a trailer and removed. Please use extreme caution when using the service entrance on Lewis Street.

War Memorial Stadium Expansion and Improvements (Scheduled Completion: Fall 2010) -- The East Stadium parking lot will be closed through Aug. 24. Steel erection this week and repairs on lower steel stands ongoing. Webcam view available here. 

Information Technology Center -- The furniture installation is under way throughout the building. Delivery truck traffic will continue to be high during this process. The audio/visual contractor will be installing overhead screen and monitor. The electrician will be installing wiring as necessary. In the basement the fire sprinkler heads, lights, and air diffusers will be installed in the ceiling grid. Ceiling tile will be removed and reinstalled where necessary. Exterior landscaping is complete except for some minor repair items to the irrigation and sod.

College of Law, Moot Court Addition and Renovation -- Hand handrail on the ramp is being reinstalled. Punch list items are finishing up, and owner training and job close out concluding soon.

UW Police Facility -- The Police Department has moved into the new facility. Punch list items will continue through the end of the month.

Lewis Street Apartment Removal -- Apartments at 1111, 1113, and 1115 E. Lewis Street are prepared for removal by the contractor. The buildings will be placed on dolly wheels separately. The first building will be removed from the site the weekend of July 25-26. Please use caution on Lewis between 11th and 12th Streets.

Biosciences Building (Scheduled Completion: Aug. 24) -- The first floor restrooms will be modified to increase accessibility. Restrooms on the second floor are available.

Physical Sciences Building (Scheduled Completion: Aug. 24) -- The first floor restrooms will be modified to increase accessibility. Restrooms on the second floor are available.

Ross Hall (Scheduled Completion: Aug. 24) -- The first floor restrooms will be modified to increase accessibility. Restrooms near the elevators and on the second floor are available.

Corbett Building (Scheduled Completion: July 2009) -- Restrooms will be created near the main lobby. Painting is scheduled this week.

Centennial Complex -- Exterior block repair is nearly complete. Block cleaning, sealing and caulking is tentatively scheduled for mid August. Staging for the contractor is on the northeast side of the building.

General Classroom Renovations Phase 2 (Scheduled completion: Aug. 21) -- Classrooms to be renovated this summer include Bioscience 217, 218, 219, 220 and Engineering 1045, 2112, 3108, 3109, 3110, 3111, 3112, 3114. Staging area will take up four spaces behind the Engineering Building. HVAC and electrical work is ongoing. Painting is scheduled in Engineering Building and Biological Sciences Building this week.

Fine Arts Center (Scheduled Completion: July 2009) -- A new family restroom will be created near Room 226. Construction will not occur during scheduled classes.

 Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009

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