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Campus Construction Update for Week of Jan. 23-29


January 21, 2011 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Jan. 23-29 at the University of Wyoming:

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

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Modernization, Renovation and Repairs -- (Scheduled completion, fall 2011.) These stimulus funds are for capital improvements that extend the life of the facilities, reduce energy and water use along with related operation and maintenance costs of a variety of physical and building systems.) The project focuses on major maintenance items, ADA improvements, and classroom improvements. The contractor will be setting up on site. Workers will begin removing asbestos-containing floor coverings in Geology, Arts & Sciences and Engineering rooms scheduled for spring work. Demolition work will begin after that work is complete in classrooms in Agriculture, Animal Science/Molecular Biology, Arts & Sciences, Aven Nelson, Geology, and Engineering buildings.

Energy Resources Center (1020 Lewis Street, former site of the old power plant) -- Site cleanup by the Berry Center is nearly complete. Fencing has been reconfigured to secure the site, and Lewis Street will remain closed during construction.

UW Tennis Facility (Armory Road across from Little League Complex, scheduled completion: March, 2011) -- Roofing and underground utilities work will continue.

Downey Hall Renovation -- Painting will begin on the eighth floor, finishing and texturing will continue on the seventh floor, and drywall installation will continue on the fifth and sixth levels. Utility rough-ins and metal framing will continue on the remaining floors.

Visual Arts Center (22nd Street and Willett Drive near the Centennial Complex, scheduled completion is late fall, 2011) -- Footing work is near completion and foundation work will continue. Excavation and underground utility work will proceed as weather permits. There may be minor utility work along Willett and along 22nd Street. There will be frequent heavy construction traffic for delivery of materials throughout the week.
Additional materials and equipment will start arriving on site for steel erection and continuing masonry work. The crane has been relocated to the east side for the next phase of steel erection that will continue for several weeks. Masonry work for the wall continues continuing on the southeast. A temporary enclosure of west structure will start to provide protection for the start of floor slabs and interior rough-in. The contractor will be moving frozen dirt to the stockpile north and hauling dry materials for fill. Be aware that there will be construction traffic throughout the construction period. Foot and vehicular traffic will not be permitted across the site. There may be extended workdays and, weather permitting; there may be work on weekend days.

Summit View Apartment Deconstruction Phase II (South of Willett Drive between Crane and 22nd streets to Arrowhead) -- Deconstruction on these four blocks is complete. The entire four blocks are fenced off, so pedestrian and vehicle traffic will need to go around the area. Fencing has been placed east of Crane from Coe to Arrowhead for the two other blocks with the building deconstruction now complete. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will need to go around this area, too. Rough grading and cleanup will continue over the next two weeks. Final grading of all six blocks will begin in the spring.

Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL3) additions to the State Veterinary Laboratory -- Functional testing is progress which will consist of operating the lab as intended for 21 days without a disruption in the mechanical systems and safety systems. The contractor will add vents to the incinerator area and modify the fire suppression system.

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

Campus -- Fire alarm testing is complete. Additional tests will occur during spring break.

Aven Nelson Building -- Window replacement continues. The west parking lot has been closed and fenced for construction staging throughout the project. The west entrance is closed, but will be available for emergency exit if needed; please use other entrances to the building. Scaffolding has been placed to facilitate the construction, which will move clockwise around the building. The scaffolding is currently located on the north side and most work is occurring on that side of the building. Please use caution around work areas.

Asbestos Abatement -- Work will begin Jan. 31 in Physical Science, Biological Science, Pharmacy and Hoyt Hall buildings. Impact to building occupants and pedestrian traffic should be minimal.

College of Agriculture Building -- Painting in the fourth floor hallway is under way and should be complete by Jan. 28. Please use caution around work areas.

College of Engineering Building -- Stair tread replacement on the west stairway to the second floor is complete.

State Vet Lab -- A portable building has been placed to the north of the Insectaries Building until mid February. Parking has been blocked off to accommodate the storage.

Campus -- The house foundations at 9th and Grand, 11th between Grand and Ivinson, 12th and Bradley, and the north side of Lewis between 11th and 12th will be filled and graded over the next several weeks as weather permits. Parking will be affected and heavy equipment will be in use in these locations.

Snow Removal -- Snow and ice removal will occur as needed throughout the winter. Please use caution around snow removal equipment and be safe walking, riding and driving on the snow.

Please direct questions to the service desk, 766-6225.

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