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Campus Construction Update for Week of Nov. 16-22

November 14, 2014
two story apartment building
This apartment building at 12th and Lewis streets is scheduled to be demolished. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled Nov. 16-22 at the University of Wyoming:

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.

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) -- Please note that this project is being managed and administered by the State Construction Office. Lewis Street remains closed between 10th and 11th streets. There will be continuing utility work on 11th Street, along with steam line and stormwater work in the intersection of 11th and Lewis streets. Existing stormwater manhole and line replacement was not completed. There may be further delay due to weather. It is expected the closure at 11th and Lewis will be until Nov. 21 depending on weather. This will restrict access across Lewis at 11th streets. With the arrival of winter, asphalt will not be available for patching and street repair will be limited to gravel fill to match the elevation of the adjacent asphalt.

Construction activity on site is increasing as the building is starting to be enclosed. Structural steel work is nearly complete. It is expected that the crane will be removed before Christmas. Building enclosure is proceeding on the west with sheathing and masonry work. Roof work is proceeding on the west and will move east as areas are complete. Installation of curtain wall and glass will start as weather permits. Construction of interior walls is continuing on all floors in conjunction with the rough-in of mechanical and electrical systems. 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.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center -- Spruce Court (General Contractor: Arcon Inc., Laramie) – Scheduled activities include railing and generator screening installation. Service vehicles entering campus from the gate at 9½ Lewis St. should use caution.

Berry Center Sculpture Installation (Artist: Walczak & Heiss, Brooklyn, N.Y.) -- Installation consists of cast metal sculptures of animals placed predominately around the building site. Each sculpture will have a mechanism for viewing unique video-based content. Current activities include site preparations, including installation of exterior buried conduit.

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 November for new sanitary and storm sewer pipe installation. Paving is scheduled within the next two weeks depending on weather. Exterior framing, sheathing and vapor barrier installation is complete. Masonry stone work will begin in the next two weeks on the east side. Exterior glazing will continue on the south side this week. Roofing is complete. Interior framing/drywall/taping, rough-in plumbing, duct work and electrical work are ongoing. Interior painting and floor/wall tile installation has begun on the north. The northwest addition wall framing is complete, with electrical and plumbing rough-in work ongoing. Work in the existing building is ongoing, with display boards, curtains, acoustic wall panels, AV 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) -- Final roof installation will begin Dec. 1. Animals are moved back into the Vivarium.

ESCo Project (Long Energy Solutions, Casper) -- Engineering air distribution and control work continues. Non-lab and lab area work on all floors is complete in occupied areas. Exhaust upgrades will continue for one more week in the penthouse. Lewis Street, between 11th and 12th streets, will be closed Nov. 19 for a large crane to remove demoed coils and fans off the Engineering Building roof.

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. 30. 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.

Visual Arts Center (22nd Street and Willett Drive near the Centennial Complex) -- Installation of stone is complete. Cleanup will be completed during the next several weeks.

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 299 projects in progress valued at more than $40.7 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

College of Business Building (Mullen’s Heating Inc., Laramie, this month) -- Energy efficiency and air quality upgrades to the air-handling units are scheduled this week. Building occupants may notice periodic interruptions to air flow within the building.

Biological Sciences (Mullen’s Heating Inc., Laramie, November 2014) -- Energy efficiency and air quality upgrades to the air-handling units are scheduled through Nov. 21. Building occupants may notice periodic interruptions to air flow within the building.

1217 Lewis Street Apartments (Summit Trucking and House Moving, May 2015) -- The apartments at 1217 Lewis Street are being deconstructed. Asbestos remediation for the interior of the foundation structure has been completed. Additional abatement will coincide with excavation for demolition. The top portion of the apartments will be moved off site, the remaining foundation demolished and the site cleared and leveled. The project is scheduled to be substantially complete by May 1, 2015. Please use caution near this area.

Visual Arts Building (General contractor D.C. Drilling LLC, Lusk; scheduled completion December 2014) -- Well drilling will begin between the Centennial Complex and the Visual Arts Building. The western half of the Visual Arts parking lot will be blocked off. Please use caution near equipment in the area.

Casper Family Practice (WWC Engineering, Laramie, November 2014) -- Weather permitting, work will begin to replace ADA features at the main entrance after business hours Nov. 19. Concrete work will commence Nov. 20 and is scheduled to be complete the same day. Building access will be via the west entrance Thursday.

Cheyenne Family Practice (Simon Contractors, Cheyenne, November 2014) -- Parking lot pot hole repairs will commence, weather permitting. Use caution near equipment in the area.

Energy Innovation Center (General Contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie, November 2014) -- Work is in progress to install a new floor sink in the ground floor mechanical room. Be aware of crews working in this area.

Information Technology Center (Arcon Inc., Laramie, November 2014) -- Installation of a double door, on the main floor’s south hallway, is ongoing. Use caution near crews and equipment.

Lewis Street (Mechanical Systems Inc., Cheyenne, June 2015) -- Lewis Street will remain closed from 10th Street to 12th Street through Nov. 21. 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 Street is closed at Lewis Street.

Health Sciences Building (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie, November 2014) -- Excavation for the perimeter drain is complete on the south side of the Health Sciences Building. Foundation waterproofing and installation of a perimeter drain will take place when weather permits. 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 emergencies. Be cautious around the traffic control barricades and fencing.

Health Sciences (UW Physical Plant, December 2014) -- Work will continue through December to renovate Room 483 to create three additional rooms. Construction of walls, electrical and plumbing work will be ongoing. Please use caution near work areas.

Ross Hall -- Painting of bathroom stalls is ongoing. Be aware of crews in these areas.

Engineering Building (General contractor Independent Heating and Sheet Metal, Laramie; scheduled completion November 2014) -- Air management and digital control upgrades to improve building efficiency are substantially complete. Air balancing and commissioning will continue through November. Old fans and mechanical infrastructure are scheduled to be removed from the roof Nov. 19. A crane will be staged on Lewis Street between 11th and12th Streets. The street at that location will be closed and the vehicular path on the north side of Engineering will be closed.

Grand Avenue (UW Physical Plant, November 2014) -- Lighting work will continue through November as remediation from the street expansion project is completed.

Jacoby Golf Course (Simon Contractors, Cheyenne, November 2014) -- Installation of a paved cart path from the clubhouse to the Indoor Golf Practice Facility is complete.

Gateway Center (Sweckard Excavation, Laramie, November 2014) -- Installation of a bus stop and crosswalk on 22nd Street is complete.

Shipping and Receiving/General Storage (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie, scheduled completion November 2014) -- The main entrance off of 15th Street, northwest of General Storage, is now open and work is complete.

Visual Arts Building (Mullen’s Heating Inc., Laramie, November 2014) -- Energy efficiency and air quality upgrades to the air-handling units are complete.

Ford Stadium Parking Lot (UW Physical Plant, November 2014) -- Phase I of upgrades to the solar panels at the east end of the parking lot are complete.


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