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Chad Baldwin
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Phone: (307) 766-2929
Email: cbaldwin@uwyo.edu

Campus Construction Update for May 26-June 1


May 24, 2013 — These are among the construction activities scheduled May 26-June 1 at the University of Wyoming:

Electrical Outages -- Areas of campus will be without power intermittently for electrical switch cleaning. Expect power outages in the following areas. Building contacts have been notified:
Tuesday, May 28 -- McWhinnie Hall and Wyoming Hall, 5:10-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 1 -- Arts & Sciences, Biological Sciences and Science Library, 7-9 a.m.; Old Main, Aven Nelson and Williams Conservatory, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Merica Hall, 12:30-2 p.m.; Student Health, Cheney Center and Hoyt Hall, 2-3:30 p.m.; Ross Hall and Knight Hall, 3:30-5 p.m.

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

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Fine Arts Building, renovation and expansion, scheduled completion December 2014) -- Additional project information is available here. The parking lot on the east side of the UW Performing Arts Center is closed. It is being used for construction staging and will be converted into a green area following construction. Building visitors should use the lot on the north side of the building. Those entering the Performing Arts Center must now enter through the doors on the west side of the building. This will be the entrance for all building operations, including classes, ticket purchases and performances, until construction is complete. The east side of the Fine Arts Building is a secured construction zone with restricted access. The deconstruction and excavation earthwork is under way. Underground utility work will continue over the next few weeks, which will require a water shutdown affecting Corbett, Centrex and Campus Green House all day Wednesday, May 29. Heavy truck traffic will be frequent near the College of Law and on Willett Drive.

ESCo Project (Energy Services Company) -- Long Energy Services Co. employees and contractors will continue to work on lighting retrofits in the Engineering and Agriculture buildings, which will impact building occupants. Workers will wear identifying badges.

White Hall Renovations -- New installations continue on the basement through third floors. Window replacement is complete. Punch-list items are complete on the fourth through 12th floors. Re-roofing activities have begun, with more truck traffic on the south side of the building. The new east entry metal framing is complete, and work is starting on the exterior wall and roof finish. Fencing is placed around the area. The west parking lot will be closed until late summer.

Orr Hall Apartment Renovation and Window Replacement – Apartment demolition work has begun and will continue over the next few weeks. Window replacement has started on the 12th floor and will continue down each floor. The contractor staging is on the south side of Orr Hall.   

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (22nd and Grand, scheduled completion fall 2014) -- Additional project information is available here. Site excavation and site utility work, and concrete foundation work, is under way. The vertical concrete structural sheer walls and the 60-foot-tall concrete shaft walls for the elevators are being constructed. All of this type of site work will continue through May.

Enzi STEM Facility (Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets, scheduled completion June 2015) – Workers are waiting for the asphalt plant to fire up before patching streets.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (Scheduled completion spring 2015) -- Full project information is available at www.uwyo.edu/ha-renovation. Half Acre Gymnasium remains open and accessible via the west entrance. Pre-construction activity at the project site will continue this week. Phase I, consisting of the demolition and reconstruction of the east portion of the existing building, continues with the establishment of construction and staging areas north, south and east of the building. Temporary staging also may be defined near the west entrance as required by the ongoing construction-related tasks. The day lot parking area and roadway immediately east of Half Acre Gymnasium are closed. Temporary day-use parking will be established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union. Please use caution in the vicinity of Half Acre Gymnasium, as pre-construction activities continue.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (Scheduled completion mid-August) -- The building’s mechanical system will be extensively modified over the next several months. The contractor has started the major portion of the work. Staging is established on the south side of the building (with no pedestrian access) and in part of the Ivinson Parking Area. Traffic will be rerouted along the east side of Biological Sciences. Building users are encouraged to use the northwest entrance to avoid construction activities. Asbestos abatement in the basement and sub-basement has begun. Demolition of ceilings on the first floor, parts of the second floor, and on the third floor will take place with removal of duct work following the demolition of the ceilings. Labs on the compressed schedule will not be involved with the ceiling work.

Education Annex Canopy (Scheduled completion August 2013) -- Construction activities have begun on the project, including the erection of fencing and temporary barricades defining the construction and staging areas. Vehicular access and parking availability in the lot north of the Education Building will be limited throughout construction and will be subject to frequent revision as construction activities dictate. During construction, pedestrian access to the north entrance of the Education Building and the east entrance of the Education Annex will be maintained. However, ongoing construction activities will require access to be limited to designated pathways. Pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution in the area.

Education Annex – Literacy Research Center and Clinic (lower floor, Education Annex; scheduled completion January 2014) -- The lower (first) floor of the Education Annex is closed for construction. Pre-construction asbestos abatement has been completed in advance of renovation construction. Limited and sporadic pre-construction activity at the project site will continue to occur before the start of renovation construction in late May.

University of Wyoming/Casper College Student Union (UW/CC Student Union, scheduled completion November 2013) -- The primary building enclosure is complete, allowing interior construction activities to proceed on or ahead of schedule. Rough-in construction is generally complete throughout UW/CC third- and fourth-floor spaces, and preliminary finish construction has started. Overall project construction is approximately 80 percent complete.

Energy Innovation Center (formerly ERC, at 1020 Lewis St.) -- Lewis Street remains closed during construction. The School of Energy Resources and Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute are now located in the EIC. First-, second- and third-floor labs are being occupied. Access to main campus now includes the passage between Engineering and the new EIC, along with access between Earth Sciences and the Berry Center. Access to the EIC north entrance will be from the east along Lewis. Parking will be limited in areas around construction. Audio-visual systems and 3-D visualization systems are installed with operational testing under way. Congestion and traffic on Lewis continues due to street closure and ongoing construction. Watch for UW and contractors’ trucks and equipment.

The UW Physical Plant reports the following activities for the week. Please direct questions to the service desk, 766-6225.

Centennial Complex (American Heritage Center and art Museum) -- Roof replacement operations will begin. Crews will set scaffolding on the cone portion of the building, which will be in place until November. The stair entry will be closed for several days during scaffold replacement. Elevator access will remain open. Roof drain re-sets will take place in the Art Museum offices and archives storage area. Staging area will be placed on the north side of the building. Please use caution in work areas.

Union Parking Lot -- Striping operations will begin this week. Areas of the lot will be closed during painting. Use caution in the area.

Health Sciences Building -- Air handling units will be shut down periodically during the week of May 27 for maintenance. Room temperatures may fluctuate. The cadaver and animal labs will not be affected. Building contacts have been notified.

Old Main/Arts & Sciences -- Weecycle Environmental Consulting will sample non-destructive lead base paint through the end of May, starting in Old Main.

College of Agriculture Building -- Moving of the wind tunnel to the Lutz Building will begin this week. The driving lane between the Education Annex and the Agriculture Building will be the center of the move. Expect periodic closures in this area. Please use caution around moving equipment.

Early Child Care Center -- The southwest sidewalk will be closed to install a new concrete ramp. Please use caution in the area.

Landmark Apartments -- Roof replacement and attic upgrades will continue on the 12-unit complex. Crews will begin with units 445-452 and move to 453-460. Please use caution around equipment, barricaded work zones and fenced staging areas. Project completion date is Friday, Aug. 16.

Campus -- Crews continue to activate irrigation sprinkler systems for the summer season. Overspray onto sidewalks and driveways could create slippery areas. Turf brooming is complete; weed spraying will begin.

Landmark and Spanish Walk Apartments -- Weather permitting, utility potholing, trenching and conduit installation will continue this week. Heavy equipment will be in the area, and sidewalk closures are possible. Use caution around heavy equipment and crews. This project will continue through May.

West Campus Electrical Relocation -- Potholing for utilities, excavation and horizontal drilling in the area of Ninth-11th/Lewis-Flint streets will continue. Heavy equipment will be in the area, and partial sidewalk and street closures are possible.

Old Main -- Reconstruction of the men’s fourth-floor restroom will continue this week, and it will remain closed until complete. Please use caution around crews and equipment in the area.

Ross Hall Cafe -- Ross Hall Cafe renovations continue. The facility will be closed through the summer and is scheduled to reopen for the fall semester. The contractor staging and parking area will be on the north side of the building. Use caution in the area.

Cooper House -- Painting will continue throughout the building this week. Use caution around crews and materials.

Earth Sciences Building -- Painting will be ongoing in the hallways. Please use caution around painting crews and equipment.

Geology Building -- Renovations to Classroom 216 are ongoing. Use caution around crews and equipment in this area.

Sorority Row -- Work is complete with the exception of follow-up landscaping.

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