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Campus Construction Update for May 31-June 6

May 29, 2015
buses at bus stop
The bus shelter south of McWhinnie Hall replaces the East Union bus stop while the Wyoming Union parking lot is rehabilitated this summer.

These are among the construction activities scheduled May 31-June 6 at the University of Wyoming:

Wyoming Union Parking Lot (Simon Contractors, Cheyenne, August 2015) -- The Wyoming Union parking lot is closed for rehabilitation. Alternative parking is on Fraternity and Sorority Rows. Willett Drive is now one way from the McWhinnie/Wyoming Hall parking lot to 15th Street. The parking spaces immediately east of McWhinnie Hall will be designated bus parking only. Parking and detour information is located here.

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

High Bay Research Facility (General contractor Haselden Wyoming Constructors, Laramie; 19th Street; scheduled completion fall 2016) -- Construction office trailers are being placed on the site. A construction fence will be placed around the site in the next week. Vehicle tracking pads will be placed along 22nd and 19th streets where construction vehicles will access the site. A recycled asphalt pad will be placed in the staging area next to the construction office trailers. Excavation next to the Animal Science/Molecular Biology (ASMB) building will begin late the week of June 1, or early the week of June 8. This excavation will accommodate a tie-in to roof drains that will drain into a new storm sewer line that will be routed west of the ASMB building.

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 is now open on the east and will close again for asphalt repair in July. Subgrade work for the new east parking lot is underway.

New addition: Flooring/wall tile, ceilings, electrical, plumbing and mechanical trim-out installations are complete in the majority of the north-side addition. Interior painting, trim-outs, flooring and ceiling clouds continue in the majority of the south-side addition. High work in the Thrust Theater is complete; lower framing and seating bowl concrete are complete, and drywall/taping and rigging are now complete. Recital Hall shelf framing, upper painting and stage wood flooring installation are complete, with lower shelf wood louver panels continuing. HVAC controls wiring and programming continue, with air balancing and commissioning ongoing. Punch lists have begun in parts of the lower and upper addition. 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.

Existing building: Contractor access for new construction tie-ins will be through the west lobby and lower corridor leading to the new dance studio. Air balancing and heating water balancing are now complete. 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.

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.

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

The west entrance is closed for Phase 2 renovation. Current renovation activity is primarily deconstruction work. Additional construction and staging areas are being established. Completion of Phase 2 renovation is now scheduled for late summer 2015.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center

-- Laboratory 322 (General contractor Marshall Contracting, Laramie) -- Renovation to support research activities is underway. Current construction activities include floor finish and cleanup. Though the majority of construction activities will be confined to the room, noise and vibration can be expected in adjacent spaces.

-- Sculpture Installation (Artist Walczak & Heiss, Brooklyn, N.Y.) -- Installation of cast metal sculptures of animals around the building site and interior is underway. Each sculpture will have an internal mechanism for showing dynamic video-based content.

Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets; scheduled completion August 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. Installation of ceiling grid is complete on the first floor and second floor. Perimeter and cut-in tile is complete ahead of the field tile and lights. Ceiling grid work is underway on the third floor and the atrium. Grid is expected to start in corridors and public areas. Laboratory casework is almost complete on the first and second floors. Laboratory casework and hoods, along with lab tops, are being installed on the third floor. Drywall finishing continues on the third floor and atrium ahead of painting. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are finishing on the third floor ahead of the drywall. Installation of stairs and elevators continues. There will continue to be numerous man lifts around the perimeter of the building, allowing work to progress on the cornice, curtain wall and masonry. The mason will continue to work on numerous areas of the exterior as site work and glazing systems allow.

Roof membrane work is complete. Flashing and trim-out of the roof is proceeding on the penthouse and lower roofs as weather permits. Curtain wall and glass installation is proceeding 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. Site work has started on the east along 11th Street and south along Lewis. There will be disruptions to traffic on 11th Street between Lewis and Bradley streets due to site work on concrete and utilities on the east side of the street.

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.

Biological Sciences (General contractor Independent Heating, Laramie) -- The final roofing on the southeast side will be complete this week. There will be a small crane on part of the south sidewalk, with one lane traffic only. Use caution in this area. Contractor staging will be next to the southeast exterior doors.

The UW Physical Plant has 323 projects in progress valued at more than $42 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Campus -- Physical Plant crews are turning on campus irrigation sprinkler systems for the season. Overspray could create slippery spots on sidewalks and driveways. Please use caution.

15th and Lewis Streets (Arcon Inc., Laramie, June 2015) -- Work will begin to reinforce the electrical vault located near this intersection, weather permitting. Please use caution near crews and observe posted traffic control.

Arts and Sciences (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie, July 2015) -- Drainage and water intrusion issues will be corrected on the southeast corner of the building. Excavation, irrigation system rerouting and concrete work will be in progress. Traffic control barricades will be in place. Please be cautious around the area.

Student Health First Floor Reception (Marshall Contracting, Laramie, August 2015) -- Construction has begun to renovate the first-floor reception area. Please use caution around crews and equipment.

Landmark Apartments (Highland Landscaping, Laramie, May 2015) -- Tree planting and xeriscape landscaping will occur. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Service Building Roof “E” Replacement (Big Horn Roofing, Laramie, Physical Plant, June 2015) -- Roof gravel has been removed. Roof replacement is planned to continue through June. Lewis Street 15-minute parking and the sidewalk will be barricaded during crane operation. Building entrances will remain open. Use caution around the equipment.

19th Street (UW Physical Plant, May 2015) -- Work will continue to extend the sidewalk on the west side of 19th Street from Gibbon Street to Harney Street. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Wyoming Union (UW Physical Plant, May 2015) -- Upgrades around the east dining room are ongoing. Please use caution near crews and equipment. 

Indoor Practice Facility (Laramie Heating & Sheet Metal, Laramie, May 2015) -- Hydronic unit heaters are being added to the building’s mechanical and storage spaces. The air-handling units will be off for two days during the week of June 1. Very little work will be conducted in the field area. Please keep mechanical rooms clear of stored materials.

Cowboy Field (Highland Landscaping, Laramie) -- The infield closure at Cowboy Field has been extended due to cold weather and snow delaying the newly installed sod properly taking root. Please stay off of the infield grass.

Biological Sciences (Elite Waterproofing, Aurora, Colo., May 2015) -- The entire north elevation of the Biological Sciences Building is being recaulked. The work will be done from a hanging stage system via the roof. Traffic control barricades will be in place on the ground level to prohibit pedestrian traffic from walking under the work in progress. Please be cautious around workmen and barricades in the area. Anticipated completion is June 5.

Buchanan Center for Performing Arts (Arcon Inc., Laramie, July 2015) -- Parapet wall restoration, demolition and reconstructions are ongoing. The staging area for this portion of the project is set to relocate to the west of the ADA spaces south of the building. Primary work activity has been moved to the southwest portion of the building. Please watch for crews and equipment, and avoid work areas.

Health Science Living House (UW Physical Plant) -- Work will be ongoing to install a new valve box in the grassy area south of the retaining wall, weather permitting. Please use caution around the barricaded area south of the retaining wall.

Physical Sciences (Electrical Solutions, Trident Electric, Fremont Electric, Laramie, June 2015) -- Work on the first floor is complete. Work will be ongoing to upgrade LED lighting on the second and third floors. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Lewis Street (Mechanical Systems Inc., Cheyenne, July 2015) -- Pipe installation in the alley west of the Education Annex will begin the week of June 1. Work along Lewis Street from 11th to 15th streets continues. Crews and equipment will be working on the main drive in Greenhill Cemetery. Please be aware of temporary barricades, crews and vehicles in the area.

White Hall (Arcon Inc., Laramie, June 2015) -- One hatch installation is pending. Patching and painting will occur when outdoor temperatures warm up. Please use caution around work areas.

Downey Hall (Arcon Inc., Laramie, June 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.

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.

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

Classroom Upgrades Project (UW Physical Plant and JC Construction, Laramie, May 2015) -- Construction is underway in Education Rooms 06, 45 and 47, Agriculture auditorium and Room 229, and the first floor of the Classroom Building. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area of these classrooms. Work is complete in Wyoming Hall Rooms 204 and 434, and Engineering Room 1044.

History Building (Arcon Inc., Laramie, June 2015) -- Renovations to the first-floor restroom and Rooms 57, 60, 152, 155 and 156 are in progress. 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. have been removed. Foundation demolition and site work will be ongoing through the first week of June. Please use caution near this site.

UniWyo Sports Complex (Ponder Company Inc., Denver, June 2015) -- Resurfacing of the gym floor is complete.

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