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Campus Construction Update for March 29-April 4

March 27, 2015
rock climbing wall
A 38-foot-high rock climbing and bouldering wall is among new features offered at the newly renovated Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled March 29-April 4 at the University of Wyoming:

Cowboy Field (Highland Landscaping, Laramie) -- The infield at Cowboy Field will be closed through May 15 to allow newly installed sod to properly take root. Please stay off of the infield grass. 

15th/Ivinson Streets (UW Physical Plant) -- Beginning Monday, March 30, equipment will be in the area east of the College of Business to remove tree stumps. The sidewalk immediately adjacent to the College of Business and the sidewalk on the west side of 15th Street will be closed from the stoplight at Sorority Row to Ivinson Street. Pedestrians will need to use an alternate route. Work is anticipated to take most of the week.

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. The sidewalk on the south side of Lewis is open, and there is access to the Earth Science/EIC loading dock. Street repair work will be limited to gravel fill until spring.

Construction activity continues throughout the building, with the temporary enclosure being replaced with storefront and curtain wall to provide weather enclosure as work progresses. Work in progress varies from floor to floor. Drywall finishing is proceeding ahead of painting on the first floor. Installation of ceiling grid has started. Laboratory casework is stocked throughout. Casework installation is underway on the first floor. Drywall work continues on the second floor ahead of painting. On the third floor, wall framing is nearly complete and drywall work is underway. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are progressing on the third floor ahead of the drywall. Installation of stairs and elevators continues. Steel trim-out, including the installation of the cornice at the top of the exterior walls, is nearing completion. There will continue to be numerous man lifts around the perimeter of the building, allowing work to progress on the exterior building skin ahead of the masonry installation. The mason will continue to work on several areas of the exterior as the sheathing (yellow board) and air barrier (gray rolled-on membrane) are completed. The mason is working in tented and heated scaffolding as needed to prevent freezing of the fresh mortar.

Final exterior wall system shell enclosure is proceeding on all sides, with sheathing and masonry work. Roof membrane work is complete. Flashing and trim-out of the roof is proceeding on the penthouse and lower roofs as weather permits. Installation of storefront and glass is proceeding on the west and east as weather and adjacent work permit. Curtain wall and glass installation will proceed on the north and south as adjacent work and weather permit. Materials are stocked on site, with installation proceeding as glass is fabricated. Work on the atrium interior walls and detail continues in conjunction with the rough-in of mechanical and electrical systems. As masonry and glazing are completed on the east, preparation for site work will start.

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, along with ongoing delivery of materials to site from vendors. 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 May 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.

The parking lot south of the Performing Arts Center will be partially closed on the east for storm sewer pipe installation through May.

Flooring/wall tile, ceilings, electrical, plumbing and mechanical trim-out installations are nearly complete in the majority of the north side addition. Interior drywall/taping and painting, with trim-outs to follow, continue in the majority of the south side addition. High work in the Thrust Theater is complete, with lower framing nearly complete and seating bowl concrete ongoing. Recital Hall shelf framing will continue through this week, with wall framing to follow. HVAC controls wiring and programming are continuing. The box office has moved to a temporary location just southeast of the old box office location. The Department of Theatre and Dance northwest office addition is complete, and offices are now occupied. Punch lists are nearly complete.

Work in the existing building will include contractor access through the west lobby and lower corridor leading to the new dance studio for new construction tie-ins. Air balancing is complete, with heating water balancing starting in two weeks. Commissioning of existing building AV systems is complete, with deficiency reports issued and being addressed. 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.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center -- Laboratory 322 Renovations -- Laboratory 322 is being renovated to support research activities. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin next week. Though the majority of construction activities will be confined to the room, noise and vibration can be expected to propagate to adjacent spaces.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (General contractor Independent Heating and Sheet Metal, Laramie) -- Roof installation is nearly complete, with final existing roof insulation repairs occurring on different days through the next three weeks. Staging at ground level will be on the southeast corner of the building. Exercise caution around the equipment and activities in the staging area.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (General contractor Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody; Phase 1 east reconstruction/addition was substantially completed March 13; Phase 2, historic west renovation, summer 2015) -- Full project information is available here. Construction progress can be observed via the project webcam here.

Phase 1 of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center opened Monday, March 16. Punch-list tasks, building technology and transitional work toward commencement of Phase 2 renovation will continue post-occupancy. Access to Prexy’s Pasture from the east Wyoming Union parking lot between Half Acre and the Wyoming Union has reopened. Please observe temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions in areas where work will continue post-occupancy.  

Phase 2 renovation of the historic western portion of Half Acre Gymnasium has begun, and the west entrance is closed for the Phase 2 renovation. Additional construction and staging areas on the west side will result in increased congestion. Construction signage will be established as needed by specific site activities. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signs in the affected areas. Completion of Phase 2 renovation is now scheduled for late summer 2015.

Construction and staging areas north, east and west of the existing building have been established and are closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, except that which is construction related. Temporary day-use parking has been established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union. 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. 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.

The UW Physical Plant has 307 projects in progress valued at more than $42.9 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

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.

Tree Trimming -- Physical Plant crews will trim trees as part of annual maintenance. Please watch for crews and equipment, and avoid work areas.

Physical Sciences (Electrical Solutions, Laramie, April 2015) -- Work will begin to upgrade LED lighting on the first floor. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Jacoby Golf Course (Hamaker Excavation Inc., Laramie, April 2015) -- Preparations for installation of concrete spillways and an additional stormwater drainage crossing will begin March 30. Access to greens 6 and 7 will be prohibited. The stormwater drainage crossing will be across fairway 12, and there will be vehicle and equipment traffic on the far east access road to the fairway. Improvements are scheduled to be complete April 10. Please use caution in these areas.

Beta House (UW Physical Plant) -- Excavation has been delayed until mid-April to locate and replace a broken sanitary sewer main.

Student Health First Floor Reception (Marshall Contraction, Laramie, April 2015) -- Abatement is complete, and construction is scheduled to begin in early April. Please use caution around crews.

Lewis Street (Mechanical Systems Inc., Cheyenne, July 2015) -- Pipe installation continues in the Green Hill Cemetery. Work in vaults along Lewis Street from 11th to 15th streets also continues. Please be aware of temporary barricades, crews and vehicles in the area.

Coe Library History Addition (UW Physical Plant) -- Painting operations in the northeast stairwell are ongoing.  Please use caution near crews and equipment.

White Hall (Arcon Inc., Laramie, April 2015) -- Installation of one insulated hatch remains. Please use caution around work areas.

Downey Hall (Arcon Inc., Laramie, April 2015) -- Replacement of insulation on the east end soffit and replacement of soffit hatches are complete. Removal and repair of soffit vents and east-end painting will occur when outdoor temperatures warm up. Please use caution around work areas.

UW Conference Center (Arcon Inc., Laramie, March 2015) -- A new security door is being installed to separate the UW Conference Center area from the main part of the Hilton Garden Inn. Framing of the entry door began March 18 and is expected to be complete by March 31.

Health Sciences/Pharmacy (UW Physical Plant, March 2015) -- Work will continue through April to renovate Room 483 to create three additional rooms. Electrical, mechanical and plumbing work will be ongoing. Please use caution near work areas.

Geology/Earth Sciences (UW Information Technology; Trident Electric, Laramie, this month) -- Work is in progress on the east and west doorways to the atrium area. Please use caution near workers and equipment in this area.

Centennial Complex (Marshall Contracting, August 2015) -- Renovations are ongoing in the existing kitchen and dining areas on the first floor of the complex. These areas will be renovated to be used as a classroom and studio to support the Art Museum’s K-12 programs and other education initiatives. Construction is mostly contained within the existing kitchen and dining areas. Please use caution around crews and equipment in the area.

Education/McWhinnie Hall (Elk Ridge Builders, Laramie) -- Warranty repair to the sidewalk was unable to be completed during spring break. Contractor has rescheduled for summer 2015.

Animal Science/Molecular Biology (Fremont Electric, Laramie, April 2015) -- Installation will be ongoing for LED retrofitting in the existing lights throughout the building. Work is anticipated to take several weeks to complete.

Classroom Upgrades Project (Marshall Contracting, Spiegelberg Lumber & Building, Arcon Inc., Laramie, February 2015) -- Construction is underway in Wyoming Hall Rooms 204 and 434, Engineering Room 1044 and Ross Hall Rooms 108 and 109. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area of these classrooms.

History (Arcon Inc., Laramie, June 2015) -- Renovations to the first-floor restroom and Rooms 57, 60, 152, 155 and 156 are underway. The first-floor restroom will be closed throughout the renovation. Please use caution near crews and equipment in the basement and first floor areas.

Information Technology Center (Encore Electric, Englewood, Colo., June 2015) -- Improvements to the UPS system are ongoing. 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 St. Apartments (Summit Trucking and House Moving, May 2015) -- The apartments at 1217 Lewis St. are being deconstructed. To facilitate work, 13 parking spaces in the southeastern-most part of the parking lot north of the Anthropology Building will be blocked off. Please use caution near this site.

Health Sciences Building (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie) -- Base preparation for concrete placement will begin March 30. The southeast grade-level entrance to Health Sciences will be cordoned off. The concrete placement will occur in two pours: April 1, and again the following week. Please use caution around the barricades and construction personnel in the area. 

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Wheat Enterprises, Laramie) -- Potholing of the storm sewer located in the parking lot east of the Information Technology Building is complete.  

Education Annex West Stairwell (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie, scheduled completion March 2015) -- The west stairwell remodeling project is complete.

Wyoming Union (H&H Hardwoods, Laramie) -- Repair work in CJ’s and Rolling Mill is complete.

Student Health (Colorado Hazard Control, Denver, March 2015) -- Abatement and replacement of the flooring in the first floor nurse’s station is complete.

Downey/Orr/McIntyre Halls -- Elevator indicator lights replacement is complete.

Knight Hall (Physical Plant and Arcon Inc., Laramie, February 2015) -- Construction of the ADA ramp and floor refinishing are complete.

Visual Arts (GE Johnson, Jackson, March 2015) -- Demolition to selected portions of the building’s interior and exterior is complete.

Engineering (UW Physical Plant) -- Ceiling tile replacement in the corridors and all rooms of the Engineering addition is complete.

Petroleum Engineering (Trident Electric, Laramie) -- Mechanical and control-related upgrades on the unit ventilators are complete.

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