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Campus Construction Update for March 2-8

February 28, 2014
Construction site in winter
Construction workers finish water and sewer line modifications at the intersection of 15th Street and Grand Avenue to prepare for the Grand Avenue reconstruction project that begins March 3. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled March 2-8 at the University of Wyoming:

Grand Avenue Project -- Pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic will be interrupted during the Grand Avenue construction project that begins Monday, March 3. UW Transit and Parking Services will reroute both the Classroom Express and the Gem City Grand from the stops on King Street and Grand Avenue to north of the Information Technology building along Sorority Row. For more information about residence hall access, pedestrian access and other activities affected by the project, click here.

University Store Remodeling -- (General contractor Arcon Inc. Laramie; scheduled completion this April) -- With the exception of spring break week, the University Store in the Wyoming Union anticipates remaining open for business with standard operating hours (Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) during a remodeling project that begins Monday, March 3. Phase 1, the lower level/textbook area, begins the week of March 3; Phase 2 includes the east half of the store’s main level; and Phase 3, the west half of the main level. Phase 2 is anticipated to begin the week of March 10. Key remodeling activities include flooring replacement, new register counters, paint and new fixtures. Signs will be posted to direct patrons around construction operations. Please use caution in the area.     

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. Placement of foundation wall forms, steel reinforcing and concrete is underway, and will continue into June. Steel erection is expected to start in late March to early April. 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, are fenced and slowly filling with materials and office trailers. Watch for materials being moved from storage to the job site. 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 remains on the north of Bradley Street. Utilities will be done in conjunction with planned north campus utility work. For a webcam view, click here.

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 1, 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.

Anticipating the start of work on project utilities, the project’s north construction and staging area will expand to its full extent to extend the limits of construction northward to the pedestrian sidewalk between Half Acre Gymnasium and McWhinnie Hall; however, the pedestrian sidewalk will remain open. This planned expansion of the construction area will be in place through the summer.

Though hampered by weather and wind, structural steel erection is progressing on the Phase 1 east reconstruction portion of the project. Steel erection will continue through early March, raising the building frame from south to north to its full three-story height. First-floor under slab and slab-on-grade construction, as well as decking and concrete placement of upper floors, will continue as weather and erection sequence allow.

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 March) -- The lower (first) floor of the Education Annex remains closed for construction; substantial completion inspections are scheduled the week of March 3. 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 final close-out activities in advance of project substantial completion, testing and verification of building systems, 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.

Education Annex Canopy (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders & Design LLC, Laramie; scheduled completion this March) -- 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.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; 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.

Part of the west sidewalk along the north end will be closed to pedestrians for two months during the exaction and installation of an electrical equipment screened wall.

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. Exterior framing has begun on the north. Concrete slabs on grade and on metal decking are ongoing 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, Casper) -- Wyoming State Vet Lab, air distribution and control work is ongoing -- running control wiring through corridor ceilings, replacing heating valves and installing exhaust variable volume boxes is 95 percent complete. Programming controllers will be ongoing.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (General Contractor Independent Heating & Sheet Metal, Laramie) -- Interior work is complete along with the corridor heating unit modifications. Control wiring and programming continue. Testing and balancing of the air systems is complete. Heating water balancing will continue intermittently through the next few weeks. 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.

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 finishes and building systems installation are underway. Site work will resume as weather and ground conditions allow. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signage.

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.

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (General contractor Haselden Constructors, Casper; 22nd and Grand; scheduled completion fall 2014) -- The curtain wall and glazing systems continue to be installed on the north elevation of the building. The window frames and glazing for the windows in Legacy Hall on the building’s south portion will begin installation early in the week. The masonry on the exterior of Legacy Hall will be complete by the end of the week and is approximately 90 percent complete on the interior of the space. The suspended grid ceiling is complete in the north portion of the building, allowing lighting fixtures and vents to be installed. The epoxy flooring was installed in the kitchen, and the kitchen equipment has been ordered. Drywall has been installed in the upper portions of the ballroom. Drywall finish and base layers of paint are being applied. Framing of the walls in the Grand Atrium are approximately 90 percent complete, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are underway. Drywall finishing and painting continue in the Memorial Concourse. Both elevators are completely installed and operational. The suspended ceilings are complete on the first floor of the building’s south portion. Drywall finishing and painting activities are ongoing on the second floor. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in work is nearing completion on the third floor, which will allow for the installation of drywall in the next week or two. Additional project information is available here. Click here for updated images taken by the construction cam.

The UW Physical Plant has 307 projects in progress valued at more than $20.5 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.

Prexy’s Pasture Project -- Work will continue south of the Agriculture Building near the main sidewalk to locate and repair a broken steam condensate line. Work is expected take a couple of weeks. Please use caution near heavy equipment.

Hill Hall -- Removal of the south exit stairs is underway. Demolition of the stairs is necessary as part of the improvements for the Grand Avenue reconstruction project. Please use caution in the area and near the masonry crew.

Engineering Building (Contractor Fremont Electric, Laramie) -- Work may continue through the week to re-feed the electrical distribution gear for the Sawtooth portion of the building. The work will block the main north-south inclined corridor for both days during the week. Please use alternate routes during maintenance activities.

War Memorial Fieldhouse (General contractor Haselden Construction, Casper; scheduled completion April 2014) -- Electrical rough-in to begin this week. An electrical shutdown is scheduled March 7 and will affect the southeast corner of the building. 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. Re-installation of the posts is expected to be complete by March 10.

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 contractors 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.


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