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Chad Baldwin
Room 137, Bureau of Mines Building
Laramie, WY
Phone: (307) 766-2929
Email: cbaldwin@uwyo.edu

Campus Construction Update for Feb. 16-22


February 14, 2014 — These are among the construction activities scheduled Feb. 16-22 at the University of Wyoming:

Grand Avenue Project -- Work begins Monday, March 3, to reconstruct Grand Avenue from 15th to 21st streets. Access to all businesses will remain during construction, but road closures will significantly impact travel in the work area until late August. Sheridan Street will be the designated detour route between 15th and 21st. A pedestrian crossing will be installed on 19th Street, making signalized crossings available every two blocks between 15th and 21st streets.

Failed Pipe Update (Belfor Inc., Cheyenne) -- Restoration is underway on damage caused by a failed sprinkler pipe in Coe Library. Work is concentrated around the IT closets on all floors of the ’70s addition along with some corridor work. Belfor also is completing final punch-list items following a sprinkler pipe failure in the Health Sciences Pharmacy Wing.

High-Bay Planning -- Plans for a high-bay research center on UW’s east campus were discussed in a recent Laramie Boomerang article. Click here to read the full article.

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

Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets; scheduled completion May 2015) -- Lewis Street remains closed between 10th and 11th streets. Please note that this project is being managed and administered by the State Construction Office. Drilled pier and excavation work is ongoing. Work on foundation walls will start this week and will continue into June. Steel erection is expected to start in late March. Concrete and reinforcing steel delivery will continue based on requirements to sustain the work in progress. Watch for construction traffic on Lewis, 10th, 11th and Bradley streets. There will be materials and equipment delivered to site, with resulting heavy truck traffic. Job trailers, storage containers, materials and equipment are on site. The fenced construction area and fenced storage yards along Lewis will be secured construction areas. The storage yard north of Lewis between 11th and 12th, and the storage yard south of Lewis between 12th and 13th will be fenced this week. The width of 10th, 11th and Bradley streets around the Enzi STEM Facility site has been reduced to two-way traffic. Vehicles cannot park along 10th and 11th streets. Parking will remain on the north of Bradley Street. Utilities will be done in conjunction with planned north campus utility work. For a webcam view, click here.

Agriculture Buildings A, B and D Deconstruction (General contractor Grant Mackay Demolition Co., Bountiful, Utah; Lewis between 12th and 13th streets) -- Deconstruction is complete. Four HC parking spaces are open in the alley, along with one “U” and two state/federal spaces. The fire department access loop will remain until site work along the west of the Education Building is complete and allows relocation of the fire department access loop. Access to the alley along the north side of the Agriculture Building will remain open. This site will be used for construction storage for the Enzi STEM project and Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation. Portions of the site may be used for construction parking. The site will not be open for general parking.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (General contractor Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody; scheduled completion of Phase 1, east reconstruction, fall 2014; Phase 2, historic west renovation, spring 2015) -- Full project information is available here. Construction progress can be observed via the project webcam here. Half Acre Gymnasium remains open and accessible via the west entrance. The day lot parking area and roadway immediately east of Half Acre Gymnasium is closed. Temporary day-use parking has been established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union.

Construction work for Phase I, consisting of the reconstruction of the east portion of the existing building, continues this week. 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. Access to Prexy’s Pasture from the east Wyoming Union parking lot between Half Acre and the Wyoming Union is closed until further notice. 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.

Structural steel erection is progressing on the Phase I east reconstruction portion of the project. Steel erection will continue on the project through February, raising the building frame from south to north to its full three-story height. First-floor under slab and slab-on-grade construction also continues as weather and erection sequence allows.

Heavy truck traffic, including structural steel transport, concrete trucks, earth-moving equipment and other haulers, will be frequent on Willett Drive west of 15th Street and along the perimeter of the Wyoming Union parking lot. Temporary traffic controls and signs are either in place or will be established as needed by specific site activities. Please observe all posted traffic control, construction signs and temporary flagging.

Education Annex -- Literacy Research Center and Clinic (General contractor Shepard Construction Inc., Rawlins; scheduled completion this month) -- 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 finish construction, exterior curtain wall and storefront system erection, site work related to the exterior building addition, and improvements in the former alleyway. Work on the improvements in the former alleyway will result in increased construction traffic in the form of concrete trucks and other heavy equipment. The construction area is closed to all unauthorized parties. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signage.

Golf Practice Facility (General contractor Spiegelberg Lumber and Building Co., Laramie; scheduled completion March 2014) -- Construction activities for the project continue in the vicinity of the Jacoby Golf Course clubhouse. Exterior masonry and finish work, interior rough-in, interior finishes and building systems installation are underway. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signage.

Education Annex Canopy (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders & Design LLC, Laramie; scheduled completion this month) -- Construction activities are nearly complete on the project between the east entrance of the Education Annex and the north entrance of the Education Building, as well as interior renovation of the corridor in the vicinity of the Education Dean’s Office. Normal access to the Education Building and Annex has been reopened. Vehicular access and parking -- north and east of the Education Building and the Ed Annex -- have reopened to normal traffic. Pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution in the area as minor remaining construction issues are addressed.

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (General contractor Haselden Constructors, Casper; 22nd and Grand; scheduled completion fall 2014) -- The curtain wall and glazing systems on the north elevation are being installed this week. Suspended grid ceilings and light fixtures are being installed in the north portion of the building. An epoxy floor will be poured in the kitchen area this week. Drywall has been installed in the upper portions of the ballroom to create a sound barrier between each of the dividable spaces. Walls are currently being framed in the Grand Atrium and will begin in the Legacy Hall next week. The interior masonry work is nearing completion in Legacy Hall. Once the masonry is complete in this area, the plastic tenting will be removed. In the south portion of the building, paint and suspended grid ceilings are being installed on the first floor. Drywall installation is nearing completion on the second floor. Walls are being framed and mechanical, electrical and plumbing installed on the third floor. Additional project information is available here. Click here for updated images taken by the construction cam.

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. It 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 building’s west side. This will be the entrance for all building operations, including classes, ticket purchases and performances, until construction is complete.

Footing excavation, rebar placement and pouring continue, along with foundation walls. Grade beam exaction and forming will be complete this week. Backfill on the north is complete and continuing on the east side. Steel erection is ongoing on the east side and middle area of addition. Concrete slabs on metal decking have begun on the north side of the building. Work on the existing practice rooms, one quad at a time, is ongoing. Heavy truck traffic will be frequent near War Memorial Fieldhouse, 22nd Street and Willett Drive, and along the road west of the College of Law Building.

ESCo Project (Long Energy Solutions, Cheyenne) -- Installation of boilers and unit heaters at the Isolation Building is complete, with building automation tie-ins ongoing. At the Wyoming State Vet Lab, air distribution and control work has begun -- mainly running control wiring through corridor ceilings and replacing heating valves.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (General Contractor Independent Heating & Sheet Metal, Laramie) -- Interior work is complete with the exception of corridor heating unit modifications. Control wiring and programming continue. Testing and balancing of the air systems is complete. Heating water balancing will continue through the week. Occupants may experience hot and/or cold areas in the building. Punch lists for the fifth floor will be complete this week. Commissioning work will continue for the entire facility through the end of February.

The UW Physical Plant has 299 projects in progress valued at more than $19.4 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you. Please call the Service Desk at (307) 766-6225 with questions.

Snow Removal -- Physical Plant crews will remove snow as needed throughout the season. Watch for snow removal equipment, be careful and safe during snow events, and call the Service Desk, 766-6225, to report ice spots and problem areas.

War Memorial Fieldhouse (General contractor Haselden Construction, Casper; scheduled completion April 2014) -- Demolition work will begin to convert two locker rooms into a single area. There will be no heat Feb. 18 on the east side of Memorial Fieldhouse to allow the contractor to make connections to the existing heating system. Four parking spaces between the Fieldhouse and War Memorial Stadium will be used for staging.

Aven Nelson Building -- The light posts south of the Williams Conservatory have been removed for restoration. Repair work is expected to take approximately one more month. The light posts will be fitted with LED lighting, painted and put back in place.

General Storage Addition (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie; scheduled completion April 2014) -- Interior work will continue this week. The south side of the existing building is accessible from the west driveway. Shipping and Receiving operations will continue throughout construction. Please limit traffic on Gibbon Street between 15th and 19th streets to building users only. Always use caution around the construction site and construction vehicles, and observe all posted speed limits.

Centennial Complex -- American Heritage Center and Art Museum (General contractor D&D Monarch Sheet Metal, Commerce City, Colo., and Big Horn Roofing, Laramie; scheduled completion May 2014) -- Roof replacements are complete, with the exception of archive storage areas. Site reclamation and remaining low-slope roof replacements will resume in the spring. Use caution in work areas.

Photo:
A video screen projects a table from a nearby classroom as high-tech audio and video equipment is tested in the new Literacy Research Center and Clinic in the Education Annex. (UW Photo)

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