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Campus Construction Update for Jan. 11-17

January 9, 2015

These are among the construction activities scheduled Jan. 11-17 at the University of Wyoming.

Fire Alarm Testing -- Annual fire alarm testing of campus facilities resumed Jan. 5. Intermittent alarms will sound throughout various building locations while devices are being tested. Schedules will be sent to building contacts for notification of test dates and times. Signs will be posted before testing takes place.

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.

Campus -- Replacement of light bulbs and lamps by Physical Plant crews throughout various building classrooms resumed Jan. 5. Work is scheduled to be ongoing through Jan. 23. Technicians will notify building contacts prior to work to avoid unnecessary interruptions.

Buildings Affected by the Winter Closure Freeze -- (Physical Plant is undergoing a thorough review of the cause of each freeze-up, including the use of outside consultants, to help address future issues.)

-- Cheney International Center (Student Health) -- Restoration process is underway by Physical Plant through January.

-- Coe Library -- The first-floor reading room and the sixth-floor computer lab restoration process by Physical Plant will be underway through January.

-- Coe Library (History Addition) -- Hallways and Room 60 require ceiling work. A contractor (to be assigned) and Physical Plant will restore hallways.

-- Education Annex -- Belfor Inc. is completing demolition and drying, and will take the lead on restoration. There is no completion date established yet. The building is closed to the public at this time.

-- Jacoby Club House -- Belfor Inc. is completing demolition and drying. Physical Plant will restore this by March 1.

-- State Veterinary Laboratory -- Restoration process is underway by Physical Plant through January. Long Technologies and Physical Plant will evaluate and make necessary repairs.

-- Visual Arts -- Restoration process is underway by Physical Plant through January.

-- Washakie Dining Center -- Restoration process is underway by Physical Plant, with completion scheduled Jan. 21.

-- White Hall -- Restoration process is underway by Physical Plant through January.

Water Shutdown -- Water meter replacement by the city is complete. 

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

Michael B. 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. The intersection of 11th and Lewis is open for pedestrian and vehicle traffic. There will be minor utility work to complete steam line and stormwater work in the intersection of 11th and Lewis streets. With the arrival of winter, asphalt will not be available for patching, and street repair work will be limited to gravel fill to match the elevation of the adjacent asphalt.

Construction activity on site continues as the building is starting to be enclosed. Structural steel work is complete. The crane will remain on site to facilitate lifting of mechanical and roofing materials. Building enclosure is proceeding on the west, south and north with sheathing and masonry work. East and west roof work is complete. Roof work is proceeding on the penthouse and lower north and south roofs. Installation of storefront and glass is proceeding on the west as weather and adjacent work permit. Preparation for curtain wall and glass is underway. Materials are stocked on site, and installation is waiting for glass fabrication. Temporary enclosure is continuing on the west portion of the building to facilitate winter work as the wall systems are being constructed. Construction of interior wall framing is continuing on all floors in conjunction with the rough-in of mechanical and electrical systems. Work on the atrium enclosure is underway. 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.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (General contractor Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody; scheduled completion of Phase 1, east reconstruction/addition, February 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 remains 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 the 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 as weather allows.

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 early January. 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.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center:

-- Spruce Court (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie) -- Substantial completion is pending.

-- Exhibits (Designer: Ozark Museum of Natural History, Cedar Creek, Mo.) -- Installation of museum-style exhibits throughout the building is scheduled to begin in February. Minor modifications required to accommodate the exhibits are underway within the building.

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 until next week for new sanitary and storm sewer pipe installation. Masonry stone work is complete on the east side, with the south side ongoing. Exterior glazing will continue on the east side for the next two to three weeks. Interior framing/drywall/taping, rough-in plumbing, duct work and electrical work are ongoing on the south side of the addition. Interior painting, flooring/wall tile, ceiling grids, electrical trim out and plumbing trim out installations are ongoing in the north side of the addition. The box office has moved to a temporary location just southeast of the existing box office. The northwest addition interior painting is complete, exterior glazing is ongoing, and exterior stair installation has begun. Move-in for the northwest addition is scheduled for the week of Jan. 20. 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 is ongoing. Please be aware of hammer drilling noise occurring daily. Staging at ground level will be on the southeast corner of the building. Exercise caution around the equipment and activities in the staging area. Animals are moved back into the Vivarium.

ESCo Project (Long Energy Solutions, Casper) -- Engineering air distribution and control work is complete, with air balancing 75 percent complete. Exhaust upgrades are complete. Punch lists have been issued.

The UW Physical Plant has 293 projects in progress valued at more than $43.7 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Wyoming Union -- Painting of handrails will continue through Jan. 16. The west entryway doors and south stairwell walls are complete. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Washakie Center (UW Physical Plant, January 2015) -- Work began Jan. 5 to replace two tunnel entrance doorways in the lower level of the Washakie Center. The work is expected to be complete Jan. 16. The doors to be replaced include the lower tunnel entrances to Downey and Orr halls. These entrances will be inaccessible throughout this time period. A door replacement at White Hall is scheduled for summer 2015. Please use caution near these work areas.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Colorado Hazard Control, LLC, Denver & Voltech Electric, Laramie, January 2015) -- The main lobby is closed as of Jan. 5. Vinyl/plastic walls will enclose the work area to enable crews to clean the entire space. The ticket booth will be removed, and holes will be cut into the ceiling for lighting. Access to the theater office and stage shop will be through the theater department hallway. Access to the lower level via the lobby staircase will be blocked. Operations are scheduled to be complete Jan. 19.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Mighty Ducts, Cheyenne, January 2015) -- Cleaning of the ductwork and air-handling unit will occur throughout the building. Building occupants may notice periodic interruptions to air flow within the building. Please use caution near workers and equipment.

Coe Library (Mullen’s Heating, Laramie, January 2015) – Energy-efficiency and air-quality upgrades to the air-handling units began Jan. 5 and are scheduled to be complete Jan. 28. Building occupants may notice periodic interruptions to air flow within the building.

Physical Sciences (Mullen’s Heating, Laramie, January 2015) – Energy-efficiency and air-quality upgrades to the air-handling units are scheduled to begin Jan. 12. Building occupants may notice periodic interruptions to air flow within the building.

Classroom Upgrades Project (Marshall Contracting, Spiegelberg Lumber & Building, Arcon Inc., Laramie, February 2015) -- Construction is underway on the first three classrooms to receive upgrades as part of this project. Work will be ongoing in Law School Room 191, Ross Hall Rooms 108/109 and Arts and Sciences Room 209. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area of these classrooms.

Visual Arts (UW Physical Plant) -- Investigation of a cold draft will continue on the southwest end of the second floor. Please use caution near workers and equipment in this area. 

Pharmacy (UW Physical Plant, January 2015) -- Painting of restrooms on all floors is ongoing. Bathrooms will be closed during maintenance operations.   

Tennis Facility (Trident Electric, Laramie, December 2014) -- Installation of two exterior lights is ongoing. Construction crews will trench and erect two light poles on the west side of the building near the entrance. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Education Annex West Stairwell (General Contractor, Arcon Inc., Laramie, scheduled completion February 15, 2015) -- The west stairwell will be remodeled to match the east stairwell, including an upgrade to energy-efficient lighting. Painting is complete, and installation of the handrail is ongoing. The west stairwell will be closed except for emergency exiting. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area.

Spanish Walk, River Village and Landmark Apartments (UW Physical Plant, January 2015) -- Maintenance work is ongoing in various buildings of the apartment complexes. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Wyoming Union (UW Physical Plant, January 2015) -- Renovations to Rolling Mill Café and CJ’s convenience store will continue through Jan. 16. Rolling Mill and CJ’s will be closed for the duration of the renovation. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Student Health (Commercial Flooring, Cheyenne, January 2015) -- Flooring renovations began Dec. 22 and will continue through Jan. 19. Corridors may be closed for a short time. Please use caution around crews.

Information Technology Center (Encore Electric, Englewood, June 2015) -- Improvements to the UPS System are underway. Work will be mainly above the ceiling space on the first floor, east side of the building. Local coordination will be via Jerome Lindsey. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

1217 Lewis Street Apartments (Summit Trucking and House Moving, May 2015) -- The apartments at 1217 Lewis St. are being deconstructed. The top portion of the apartments will be moved off site, and the remaining foundation will be demolished in January. Final site clearing and leveling will follow in the upcoming months. Several parking spaces in the lot north of Anthropology will be closed Jan. 1-23. Please use caution near this site.

Lewis Street (Mechanical Systems Inc., Cheyenne, June 2015) -- Lewis Street will remain closed from 10th Street to 11th Street. Excavation work is suspended until spring. Portions of Lewis Street and the main drive in Greenhill Cemetery will be barricaded temporarily for ongoing work in vaults. 

Health Sciences Building (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie, November 2014) -- Base and concrete placement have been delayed due to snow and cold weather. Construction will begin when weather allows. Traffic control barricades will remain in place until all flatwork has been completed and cured.

Health Sciences (UW Physical Plant, January 2015) -- Work will continue through January 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.

Engineering Building (General contractor Independent Heating and Sheet Metal, Laramie; scheduled completion December 2014) -- Air management and digital control upgrades to improve building efficiency are substantially complete. Hot water balance for the heating system is still in progress. This requires all control valves to be open, leaving some parts of the building hotter or colder than normal. Balancing is expected to be complete by Jan. 16. 

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

College of Business (UW Physical Plant) -- The existing atrium light upgrades are scheduled to be complete Jan. 8.

Visual Arts Building (General contractor D.C. Drilling LLC, Lusk) -- Well construction is complete between the Centennial Complex and the Visual Arts Building.

Fieldhouse North (Elk Ridge Builders & Design, Laramie, December 2014) -- The wrestling lounge wall and work within the hallway are complete.

Animal Science/Molecular Biology (Mullen’s Heating, Laramie, December 2014) -- Energy-efficiency and air-quality upgrades to the air-handling units are complete.

East Campus Electrical Distribution Center (Rocky Mountain Power, Laramie, December 2014) -- Rocky Mountain Power crews have completed work on the overhead feed for east campus.

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