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Campus Construction Update for Week of Jan.16-22

January 14, 2011

These are among the construction activities scheduled Jan. 16-22 at the University of Wyoming:

Traffic Alert -- With the start of the spring semester, the UW Police Department reminds everyone that the speed limit around the campus perimeter is 20 miles per hour. It will be strictly enforced.

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

Wyoming Hall -- Faculty and Staff Senate offices have moved from Merica hall to Wyoming Hall.

Education Annex -- Ribbon cutting ceremony was scheduled for Jan. 14. Art design and related finish upgrades are scheduled on the second and third floors. Work on punch list items is nearly complete.

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Modernization, Renovation, & 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.) Work relating to hardware modifications on public spaces will start in Agriculture, Animal Science/Molecular Biology, Arts & Sciences, Aven Nelson, Geology, and Engineering will start in approximately two weeks. Fire alarm systems upgrade on Agriculture Building, Animal Science, and Engineering will also start in approximately two weeks.

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.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center (Facility is open for spring semester) -- Ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled Friday, Jan. 21. The dust collection system in the ecology lab will be installed if it arrives as scheduled. Some miscellaneous small items will be installed and monitoring of the building systems will take place. No other outside work that will affect traffic flows or pedestrian traffic will occur.

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

Downey Hall Renovation -- Storefront and gypsum board will be installed at the entrance area. Ceiling texturing will start on the upper four floors and gypsum wall board will start at the lower floors. Utility rough-ins will continue.

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. 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 -- Punch list, commissioning and final control installation will continue.

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

Campus -- Fire alarm testing will be completed by Jan.14. Additional tests may occur during Spring Break.

Library Plaza -- Work is complete for now on the plaza area north of Coe Library and east of the Wyoming Union. The leak has been repaired, and backfill and cleanup is complete. Additional repairs on concrete and landscaping will occur in the spring.

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. Use caution around work areas.

College of Engineering Building -- Stair tread replacement on the west stairway to the second floor is under way. Please use the east stairway to access the second floor.

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

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, 10th 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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