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Campus Construction Update for July 14-20

July 12, 2013
Construction area keep out and hard hat area
Signs such as these are familiar sights on the UW campus this summer. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled July 14-20 at the University of Wyoming:

Steam Off -- The UW Physical Plant will shut down the campus steam system beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, through 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Buildings connected to the steam system will not have building heat or domestic hot water.

The residence halls and cafeterias will have steam via a temporary boiler during the shutdown.

The steam distribution system runs through the core campus and supplies buildings within the following areas: South of Lewis and Willett, north of Ivinson and Grand, east of Ninth Street, and west of 22nd Street, plus the Physical Plant and Anthropology buildings; and between Willett Drive and Harney Street from 19th Street to the west side of 22nd Street.

For more information, contact Forrest Selmer, Physical Plant deputy director of utilities management, phone (307) 766-2077, email

Road Closure -- 22nd Street, between Grand Avenue and Arrowhead Drive, will remain closed through approximately Aug. 13 to connect to utilities in the street for the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center construction project.

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

Agriculture Building A, B & D -- (on Lewis between 12th and 13th streets) will be deconstructed this summer/fall. Asbestos abatement has begun. Parking areas between Ag A and B and north of Ag A will be used for staging by the abatement contractor. Access to the alley -- along north of the Agriculture Building -- will remain open.

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (22nd and Grand, scheduled completion fall 2014) -- Additional project information is available here. The concrete slab for Area B, the larger northeast portion of the building, has been poured. The concrete slab for Legacy Hall will be poured this week. The concrete slabs for Area A, the smaller southwest portion of the building, will be poured in the next week. The utility work in 22nd Street is ongoing.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (Scheduled substantial completion (reoccupied is mid-August, final completion is set for October) -- Building users are encouraged to use the northwest entrance to avoid construction activities. The crane will be back on site to lift air handling units on to the roof Tuesday and Wednesday. Interior work will continue throughout the week.

Enzi STEM Facility (Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets, scheduled completion June 2015) -- The site work has been completed and bidding/contracting for the main project is in progress. The main project is scheduled to start in August.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (Scheduled completion spring 2015) -- Full project information is available at Half Acre Gymnasium remains open and accessible via the west entrance. Construction work for Phase I, consisting of the demolition and reconstruction of the east portion of the existing building, continues this week with abatement and deconstruction work underway. Construction and staging areas north, south and east of the existing building have been established and are closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, except that which is construction related. As required by ongoing deconstruction tasks, access to Prexy’s Pasture from the east Wyoming Union parking lot is temporarily closed. Please use alternate routes through the Wyoming Union or between the Union and Coe Library. Temporary staging/construction areas also may be established with limited notice near the west entrance and along the pedestrian pathways north of Half Acre Gymnasium between Prexy’s Pasture and Willett Drive as required by the ongoing construction-related tasks.

The day-lot parking area and roadway immediately east of Half Acre Gymnasium is closed. Temporary day-use parking will be established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union, which may require limited closing of portions of that lot. Temporary day-use parking has been established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union. Significant deconstruction activities include site demolition and removal of existing improvements and landscaping necessary to make way for new construction. Please use caution in the vicinity of Half Acre Gymnasium.

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, and is being used for construction staging and will be converted into a green area following construction. Building visitors should use the parking 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 excavation earthwork is complete. Drilling and concrete pouring of piers will continue over the next several weeks. Underground utility work is complete for this phase of work. Heavy truck traffic will be frequent near War Memorial Fieldhouse, 22nd Street and Willett Drive.

White Hall Renovations -- Punch-list items are continuing on all floors. Re-roofing activities continue. Fencing is placed around the area. The west parking lot will be closed until the end of July.

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. Work on the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory boiler replacement continues with contractor staging on the west side of the building.

Wainwright/Willett Bungalows (Future parking lot) -- Abatement is complete, and deconstruction has begun. The parking lot design is 95 percent complete.

Education Annex Canopy (Scheduled completion August 2013) -- Construction activities continue on the project, including foundation placement, reconstruction of sidewalks and the erection of structural steel canopy framing. Vehicular access and parking availability in the lot north of the Education Building will be severely limited throughout the remainder of 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 via designated pathways; however, access to the Education Building is limited to the south entrance only. 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. Access to the alleyway and portions of related parking east and south of the Agriculture Building is closed, and a temporary access/egress detour has been established west of the Agriculture Building. The pedestrian sidewalk in the Education Annex vicinity is closed on the south side of Lewis Street, with pedestrian access rerouted to the north side of the street at the established construction limits. Parking in the vicinity is closed on the south side of Lewis Street at the construction limits. Project activities include interior framing and rough-in, as well as foundation and site work related to the exterior building addition, and improvements in the former alleyway. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signage.

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. Interior finish construction is progressing throughout UW/CC third- and fourth-floor spaces. Overall project construction is approximately 87 percent complete.

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

22nd Street and Willett Drive -- Asphalt patching will finish at the corners of 22nd Street and Willett Drive. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction. Concrete work in the area of the Arena-Auditorium ticket office is complete. Asphalt patching and crack sealing will begin at the Little League parking lot. Landscaping work continues at the southwest corner of the 22nd and Willett intersection. Use caution around equipment and construction area.

South Shuttle Lot -- Work is ongoing to move and re-install the bus shelter for concrete work. Please use caution in the area.

Anthropology Building -- Utility work directly north of the building will temporarily close the alley and areas of the parking lot the week of July 22-26. ADA spaces will be temporarily relocated within the lot. Please use caution around excavation equipment in the area.

Landmark Apartments -- Modifications will be made to boiler flue venting systems in each of the buildings the week of July 15-19. Minimal temperature changes in the domestic hot water may be noticed. Tenants have been notified. Roof replacement and attic upgrades will continue on the 12-unit complex. Crews will work on units 453, 457, 2602, 2606, 450, 454, 2902, and 2906. Please use caution around equipment, barricaded work zones and fenced staging areas. The project completion date is Friday, Aug. 16.

General Storage Addition -- Excavation and site work is underway. The loop around the construction area should only be used by vehicles directly involved in the project. Access to the south side of the existing building should be only from the west driveway. Shipping and Receiving operations will continue throughout construction. Please use caution in the area. Scheduled completion is November 2013.

Centennial Complex (American Heritage Center and Art Museum) -- Roof replacement operations continue. Scaffolding on the cone portion of the building is complete and will remain in place until November. Removal of the existing roof has begun. Elevator access will remain open. The staging area is on the north side of the building. Use caution in work areas.

West Campus Electrical Relocation -- Surface restoration and cleanup activities in the area of Ninth-11th/Lewis-Flint streets will continue. Heavy equipment will be in the area. Partial sidewalk and street closures are possible.

Washakie Center -- Painting will begin in the main offices in the basement. Use caution around crews and materials.

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 is on the north side of the building. Use caution in the area.

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


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