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Campus Construction Update for Week of Sept. 18-24

September 16, 2011

These are among the construction activities scheduled Sept. 18-24 at the University of Wyoming:

Notice: Work will begin Monday, Sept. 19, to blow out irrigation sprinkler systems and will continue throughout October. Overspray could create slick spots on sidewalks and other areas. Please use caution.

South Shuttle Lot (15th and Spring Creek) Update -- Rebuilding of this parking lot continues. The south end of the lot will be closed this weekend for sod placement. Phase two of the construction activities on the north part of the lot is in progress. The bus pickup and drop off area is by the bus shelter.

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

Wyoming Union Restroom Renovation (Scheduled completion: Mid December) -- The restrooms on the first and second floors of the south wing will be remodeled starting with demolition work. Contractor vehicles and equipment will be parked around the perimeter of the south wing to remove construction debris. Proceed with caution around these areas. The second floor restrooms will have handicapped accessible men's and women's restrooms along with a family restroom. The first floor restroom will be completely remodeled with a new entry from the corridor.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center Landscaping /Bureau of Mines Alley Improvements (Scheduled completion Oct. 14) -- Only emergency vehicle traffic will be allowed in the alley between the Berry Center and the Bureau of Mines Building; pedestrians and bicycles must use alternate routes as concrete work in the alley along with contractor vehicles have created hazardous conditions. Proceed with caution in this area. New landscaping, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) walking paths, outdoor benches, lighting and a traffic gate are being installed by the alley. The remaining concrete sidewalks north of the Health Sciences Building will be installed at the end of September. Plants and trees were installed next to the Bureau of Mines Building.

Visual Arts Center (22nd St. and Willett Drive near the Centennial Complex, scheduled completion is late fall 2011) -- Be aware that there will be construction traffic throughout the construction period. Foot and vehicular traffic will not be permitted across the site. Work is continuing on site and drive modifications along the west parking lot. Landscape walls are nearly complete. Final site grading, irrigation and site concrete are under way. Excavation and underground utility work including minor off- site utility work to the northwest is nearing completion. Watch for this work outside the contained construction area. There will be constant traffic for delivery of materials throughout the week. Additional materials and equipment will continue to arrive on site for continuing window wall installation, site and interior construction. Masonry work is nearly complete along the southeast of the building. Construction of interior wall framing, drywall and installation of mechanical/electrical systems is ongoing on the first and second floor east. Painting and trim out is under way on the first and second floor west. Roof trim out and fascia continues as weather allows.

Energy Resources Center (1020 Lewis St., former site of the old power plant) -- There will be constant construction traffic for delivery of materials throughout the week. Lewis Street will remain closed during construction. Parking is limited in areas around construction including the drive along the west side of the Engineering Building. The access from main campus along the west side of the Engineering Building to Lewis Street is a dismount zone for bicycles due to tight pathway and high foot traffic. Fencing configuration may change frequently to accommodate construction and access. Forming and pouring of concrete shaft walls for stairs and elevators will continue for several weeks. Placement of concrete foundation walls will continue throughout week. There will be work on underground utilities throughout the site as foundation work allows.

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Modernization, Renovation and Repairs (Scheduled completion, this fall) -- The project focuses on major maintenance items, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements and classroom improvements. Buildings involved are as follows: Agriculture, Animal Science, Arts & Sciences, Aven Nelson, Hoyt Hall and Engineering Building: Work on punch list items. Health Sciences, Pharmacy wing: Continuation of mechanical installation, fire alarm system and fire protection system. Work on the roof associated with the mechanical system will be the main focus. An above-ceiling inspection will take place in the building and ceiling tile installation will begin. Physical Sciences Building: The rooftop units have been started up. Testing and balancing will begin Monday. Each room will have its exhaust and supply checked and calibrated, which may require several trips to each room. Clean up and finish work is scheduled.

Ivinson Building Abatement/Deconstruction -- Deconstruction continues. Bricks will be available to the public and are located on the west side of the fencing along 10th street. Interested parties needing more bricks will need to talk with the contractor first. To do this stop by the construction site on the west side of the building and wave one of the workers down from outside the fence. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE FENCED AREA. The deconstruction contractor has extended the fencing around the Ivinson Building, which encompasses 17 more parking spaces to the south (33 total) and 40 percent parallel parking on the south side of Ivinson Street.

Student Apartments -- The contractor has set up fencing around the three-block area south of Willett between Crane and Soule. Site utilities are continuing along with apartment building concrete footings and foundations. Wall framing will begin this week. There will be a total of 15 apartment buildings (332 beds) and a commons/maintenance building.

Summit View Apartment Deconstruction Phase II -- Final grading for the four blocks east of 22nd Street is complete. Fencing along the west side of Crane Street will be complete this week.

ESCo Project (Energy Services Company) -- Long Energy Services Company will not be on site this week.

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

Service Building/Fleet Operations -- Work to remove inactive fuel tanks will start Monday and should be complete by the end of September. The ramp to the back of Physical Plant will be closed to all traffic starting Sept. 19. The ramp will reopen about Sept. 26. Traffic control and barricades will be placed in work areas. All shops and stores have been notified of the ramp closure. During construction the entrance and exit to the Physical Plant back lot will be off 15th Street.

Corbett Building -- Various hallways within the building are being painted. Please use caution in these areas.

Fine Arts Building -- Repairs to the broken storm drain at the southeast corner of the building continue. The work area is blocked off. Please watch out for moving equipment.

McWhinnie Hall -- Roof access door installation continues. A staging area will be set up between the Education Building and McWhinnie Hall as needed during the work.

Biological Sciences Building -- Floor tile replacement is on hold until the end of September.

Wyoming State Vet Lab -- Work continues to construct a new parking area south of the Vet Lab. Traffic control and barricades will be placed around the work area. The new parking area should be complete by the end of September.

Aven Nelson Building -- Painting in the building is complete.

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

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