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Campus Construction Update for Oct. 26-Nov. 1

October 24, 2014
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UW Foundation President Ben Blalock demonstrates one of the unique interactive features located in the new Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled Oct. 26-Nov. 1 at the University of Wyoming.

Gateway Open House -- University of Wyoming employees and students are invited to take an up-close look at UW’s new “front door” Monday, Nov. 3, from 3-5 p.m. Read more.

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

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (General contractor Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody; scheduled completion of Phase 1, east reconstruction/addition, Jan. 20, 2015; 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 are closed. Temporary day-use parking has been established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union.

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. Heavy truck traffic, including construction materials transport, concrete trucks 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.

Phase 1 east reconstruction/addition construction is now focused on interior finish and/or preparatory work for finishes in all areas. Drywall finishing, specialty plaster, priming and painting, ceiling systems, tile and specialty flooring, casework and building specialties, and building systems work are progressing on all floors. Though exterior building enclosure has been “dried-in” for a number of weeks as is necessary to facilitate interior finish work, exterior building finish work -- primarily stone and brick masonry -- continues from south to east to north. Specialty building equipment, including climbing wall/pinnacle components, are in process toward final installation. Building HVAC start-up is pending as necessary to begin conditioning of spaces in preparation for temperature- and moisture-dependent finish work. Subgrade exterior site work is generally complete, allowing hardscape and non-weather dependent landscaping to proceed.

Pedestrian pathways north of Half Acre Gymnasium between Prexy’s Pasture and Willett Drive remain open; however, the continuing construction in this vicinity will result in increased congestion. Willett Drive west of 15th Street and south of Wyoming Hall has reopened to normal traffic. Site improvement work along the south perimeter of Willett Drive will continue. Site improvement work will impact portions of the parking lot east of the Wyoming Union through Nov. 15. Normal vehicular access to the parking lot will remain open; however, construction work along the north perimeter of this lot will require some temporary detours in that area. Temporary traffic controls and signs will be established as needed by specific site activities. Please observe all posted traffic control, construction signs and temporary flagging in the affected areas.

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. There will be utility work in 11th Street, along with steam line and storm water work in the intersection of 11th and Lewis streets, beginning approximately Oct. 20. Due to conflicts with existing utilities requiring them to be relocated, it is expected the closure at 11will be until the end of November. This will restrict access across Lewis at 11th streets. There will be restriction to access across Lewis at 12th at some point during the week while the cut in Lewis is being paved.

Watch for construction traffic on Lewis, 10th, 11th and Bradley streets. For safety, pedestrians should make eye contact with equipment operators and delivery drivers outside the fenced area so they are aware of their presence. There will be equipment moving materials from storage to site. You can visit the webcam here.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; Fine Arts Building renovation and expansion; scheduled completion March 2015) -- The parking lot on the east side of the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts is closed and is being used for construction staging. 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.

The parking lot south of the building is partially closed through mid-November for new sanitary and storm sewer pipe installation. Exterior framing, sheathing and vapor barrier installation is complete. Masonry work is ongoing on the south and east sides. Exterior glazing will continue on the south side this week. Roofing is complete. Interior framing/drywall, rough-in plumbing, duct work, and electrical work are ongoing. The northwest addition wall framing is complete, with electrical and plumbing rough-ins ongoing. Work in the existing building is ongoing, with display boards, curtains, acoustic wall panels and carpeting 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.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (General Contractor Independent Heating and Sheet Metal, Laramie) -- Two weeks of integration testing on the fifth floor will start again this week. Final roof installation and moving of animals back into the Vivarium will now be scheduled since the air handler leaks are now fixed.

ESCo Project (Long Energy Solutions, Casper) -- Engineering air distribution and control work continues. Non-lab and lab area work on all floors is 95 percent complete in occupied areas. Exhaust upgrades will continue through October in the penthouse.

Visual Arts Center (22nd Street and Willett Drive near the Centennial Complex) -- Installation of stone will continue this week. Progress on this work is dependent on the weather and may be further delayed. The contractor is using a portion of the northwest parking area as a staging area.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center -- Spruce Court (General contractor: Arcon Inc., Laramie) -- Current site activities for the Spruce Court include installation of framing and decking. Service vehicles entering campus from the gate at 9½ Lewis St. should use caution.

Education Annex -- Literacy Research Center and Clinic (General contractor Shepard Construction Inc., Rawlins) -- This project is substantially complete and occupancy has been taken, with all access and site restrictions removed. Some minor work is yet to be completed by construction crews. Please observe any temporary provisions in place to accommodate the work.

The UW Physical Plant has 313 projects in progress valued at more than $36.9 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Jacoby Golf Course (Simon Contractors, Cheyenne, November 2014) -- Installation of a paved cart path from the clubhouse to the Indoor Golf Practice Facility will begin. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Information Technology Center -- (Arcon Inc., Laramie, November 2014) – A double door is scheduled to be installed on the main floor, south hallway. Use caution near crews and equipment.

Gateway Center (Sweckard Excavation, Laramie, November 2014) -- Installation of a bus stop and crosswalk is scheduled to begin in the area of 22nd and Arrowhead Streets. The parking lane on the west side of 22nd from Arrowhead Street to Grand Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Health Sciences Complex (Mullen’s Heating Inc., Laramie, November 2014) -- Energy efficiency and air quality upgrades to the air handling units are scheduled Oct. 27-Nov. 4. Building occupants may notice periodic interruptions to air flow within the building.

Health Sciences Penthouse (Laramie Heating and Sheet Metal., Laramie, October 2014) -- Replacement of a new air tight damper system in the penthouse is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus -- Physical Plant crews will continue winterizing and blowing out irrigation sprinkler systems through October. Overspray onto sidewalks and driveways could create slippery areas. Please use caution, especially in shadowed areas when overnight temperatures drop.

Lewis Street -- Lewis Street will remain closed from 10th Street to 13th Street through Oct. 31. Access to Wyoming/McWhinnie Hall parking lots and Willett Drive is open for normal traffic. Parking on Willett will remain closed. Excavation work on 19th Street is complete, and the sidewalk is now open. Crews will be working within the Greenhill Cemetery for the next few weeks. It is recommended that pedestrians access campus at 10th or 12th streets; 11th may be open at Bradley, but access will be closed at Lewis. Tunnel and vault construction will continue in Lewis through mid-November. Parking west of the site on Lewis will be impacted, along with access to the Energy Innovation Center loading dock.

Health Sciences (Stonehouse Inc. Laramie, November 2014) – Excavation and equipment staging are underway on the entire south side of the Health Sciences Building. The work will consist of foundation waterproofing and installation of a perimeter drain. During this project, building access and egress will be prohibited at the northwest doors of the Classroom Building and the south center doors to Health Sciences. Doors may be used only in case of emergency. Work is scheduled to be complete Nov. 14. Please be cautious around the traffic control barricades and fencing.

Health Sciences (UW Physical Plant, October 2014) -- Work will continue through October to renovate Room 483 to create three additional rooms. Removal of lab benches and flooring is ongoing. Please use caution near work areas.

Shipping and Receiving/General Storage (General Contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie, scheduled completion November 2014) -- The new parking area north of the General Storage Addition will be closed Oct. 27-28, to allow for planting of trees and re-vegetation efforts. Building occupants have been notified. A new concrete approach will be installed at the entrance off of 15th Street. The main entrance off of 15th Street, northwest of General Storage, remains closed. Storm water infrastructure improvements and site work will be ongoing. Delivery trucks will need to use 19th Street for access. View a map of the detour here.

Ross Hall -- Painting of bathroom stalls has begun. Please be aware of crews in these areas.

Wyoming Hall -- Painting of the elevator lobbies has begun on all floors. Please be aware of crews in these areas.

Cowboy Baseball Field (General contractor Highland Landscaping and Contracting, Laramie; scheduled completion October 2014) -- Infield improvement work is ongoing. The project scope includes removing grass, topsoil and infield dirt; installing drainage and irrigation; and replacing grass and infield dirt. Please use caution near staging area, and watch for heavy equipment entering and exiting the site.

Fieldhouse North (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders, Laramie; scheduled completion October 2014) -- Renovations are nearing substantial completion in the wrestling room, break room (047) and support spaces. Demolition operations may cause noise in adjoining areas. Construction will be contained mainly within the west end of the fieldhouse basement. Staging will be located on the exterior of the building’s east side. Proceed with caution in and around this area, especially on the staircase directly adjacent to the work area.

McWhinnie Hall/Education (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders, Laramie; scheduled completion October 2014) -- Installation of the benches and final punch-list items are scheduled Oct. 25-26. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area as the project is completed.

Engineering Building (General contractor Independent Heating and Sheet Metal, Laramie; scheduled completion October 2014) -- Air management and digital control upgrades to improve building efficiency are ongoing. Be aware of ladders and equipment in the corridors.

Grand Avenue (UW Physical Plant, October 2014) -- Landscaping, lighting and signage work will continue through October as remediation from the street expansion project is completed.

Biological/Physical Sciences Building -- Painting of bathroom stalls is complete.

Wyoming Union (Mullen’s Heating Inc., Laramie) -- Upgrades to the main air handler unit are complete.

Energy Innovation Center (General contractor The Plumbing Company, Laramie; scheduled completion September 2014) -- Work is complete to replace HVAC equipment in Room 377.


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