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Campus Construction Update for Nov. 22-Dec. 5

November 20, 2015
close up of bicycles covered with snow
With the arrival of winter, Physical Plant crews remind everyone to watch for snow-removal equipment and be careful and safe during snow events. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled Nov. 22-Dec. 5 at the University of Wyoming:

Cold Weather Preparation -- With the recent drop in temperatures, Physical Plant requests that all building occupants help ensure buildings and facilities are safe and secure. Please make sure all windows and doors are completely closed, and windows are latched. If you are unable to secure windows and/or doors, please contact the Physical Plant Service Desk at 766-6225. 

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. Call the Service Desk at 766-6225 to report icy spots and problem areas.

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) -- Storm drain No. 1 is a line that will extend south of the construction site along 19th Street and be routed into the detention pond at 19th and Willett. This work will begin in the next couple of weeks and continue into spring. The concrete floor slabs in the north and west wings of the building have been poured, with the exception of the electrical room and the remaining lift of concrete to complete the strong floor in the structural testing lab. Reinforcing rebar has been installed in the floor of the structural testing lab. Structural steel has been placed on the west wing of the building and is nearing completion. The elevated concrete floor slab for the west wing of the second floor has been poured. Site-cast concrete wall panels have been erected on the north wing of the building, and the structural steel has been placed. Steel bar joists for the penthouse on the west wing and the roof and penthouse for the east wing are beginning to be installed.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; Fine Arts Building renovation and expansion; scheduled completion August 2015) -- Substantial completion has been issued, and the new addition is occupied. Punch-list work is ongoing.

The parking lot on the east side of the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts is now open. Building visitors can enter through the main east entrance. Landscape plantings and boulder placement are ongoing. Be cautious with heavy equipment in the east parking area and sidewalks. Material staging is in the north parking lot.

The new box office located in the central lobby is open, with 15-minute parking in the east parking lot. Work in the west lobby for new lighting is complete.

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, October 2015) -- Full project information is available here.

Phase 1 of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center is open. Punch-list tasks and building technology subsystem 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 is open. Please observe temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions in areas where work continues.

The west historic entrance has reopened to allow access to new offices, training rooms and classroom. The pool remains closed until maintenance is complete. The refurbished gymnasium and expanded running track are open and in use. Upper and lower day parking lots are open.

Hoyt Hall Renovation (Elk Ridge Builders & Design LLC, Laramie; anticipated substantial completion July 22, 2016) -- An initial pre-construction meeting and walk-through of the building with the design and construction teams took place Friday, Nov. 6. A second pre-construction meeting prior to site mobilization will be scheduled in early December. The shop drawing/submittal process has begun and will be completed over the next two months. Required structural repairs to the lower level of Hoyt Hall are approximately 70 percent complete at this time and are being performed under a separate contract managed by the UW Physical Plant. Physical renovation work in Hoyt Hall will begin in mid-December, after all the structural repairs are finished, and be substantially complete by July 22, 2016. Please observe all temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions around the building where work is taking place inside.

Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets; scheduled completion October 2015) -- Please note that this project is being managed and administered by the State Construction Office.

Fencing around the building has been removed. Lewis Street will remain closed to through traffic. The construction office has relocated east to a staging area along Lewis.

Limited construction activities are taking place. The contractor is correcting minor issues throughout the building while the commissioning and testing of mechanical and electrical systems are underway. There will be man lifts on site at the perimeter of the building, allowing completion of the cornice, flashing and metal window surrounds.

The UW Physical Plant has 309 projects in progress valued at more than $45.3 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Physical Sciences Building (Mullen’s Heating Inc., Cheyenne; December 2015) -- Structural modifications to existing air filter banks are scheduled Dec. 5-6. Work to the building’s air-handling units will provide for structural stability. Supply and exhaust fans will be shut down for several hours during the day. Fume hoods will not be operational during work periods.

Jacoby Golf Course (UW Physical Plant; November 2015) -- Work will begin to remove bushes along 30th Street near the northwest corner of the course to prepare the area for new tree plantings in spring 2016. Please be aware of crews and equipment in this area. 

General Storage Transformer Replacement (Trident Electric, Laramie; December 2015) -- Work is ongoing to replace a transformer on the south side of the General Storage Building. This work includes an area that has been dug into the ground near the transformer. Please use caution near crews and equipment, as well as the hole that has been dug. Building occupants will be notified of an upcoming electrical shutdown that will place the building on generator power while the transformer replacement and wiring take place.

Geology Building (Marshall Contracting, Laramie; February 2016) -- Demolition is underway to renovate Room 11. The staging areas are located on the south and west sides of the building. Please be aware, and use caution, around crews and equipment, particularly in the west stairwell.

Animal Science Building and the Centennial Complex (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie; December 2015) -- Excavation and concrete work are underway for a new electric vault to the north of the sidewalk that bisects the Animal Science Building and the Centennial Complex, weather permitting. Traffic-control barricades are in place, and equipment is staged and active to the east of the new vault location. Please be cautious around the site.

Foundation House, War Memorial Fieldhouse and Education Building (UW Equipment Services) -- Fall roof and gutter cleaning will occur with a snorkel lift, weather permitting. Expect delays and/or temporary closure of parking and vehicle drives around the perimeter of the buildings. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Ross Hall (UW Physical Plant) -- A split-unit air-conditioning system will be installed in Room 247. Crews will be working in Rooms 247, 347, 447 and on the roof. Please use caution around equipment moving in and out of the area.

Coe Library (Arcon Inc., Laramie; Commercial Flooring, Cheyenne; November 2015) -- Work to correct floating carpet tiles in the basement is underway. All carpet tiles on the north end, west of Digital Collections, are to be corrected. Work will affect the location of books in this area, and access will be limited. If you are unable to obtain a desired book, journal, magazine, etc., please contact Coe Library staff for retrieval through the duration of this project. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Health Sciences Complex (Simpson Electric Co., Cheyenne; December 2015) -- Work is ongoing to perform control upgrades in the Health Sciences wing of the building. Work is complete in the Pharmacy Building penthouse unit. The air-handling unit will be shut down for several hours to perform the upgrade. This upgrade is part of a recommissioning project of the whole complex to increase system performance and energy efficiencies.

Physical Sciences Building (Colorado Hazard Control, UW Plumbing Shop, Electrical Solutions; November 2015) -- Room 129 is being remodeled to accommodate new research. Electrical work is ongoing. Floors will need to be cut in order to accommodate electrical floor boxes. Work will be scheduled for before hours, after hours or over weekends to limit noise and dust disturbances for occupants.

Arts and Sciences Building (Shepard Construction; Rawlins; November 2015) -- A ramp is being constructed for access to the north side of the A&S auditorium stage. Part of Room 118 will be converted for this space. Please use caution around crews and equipment.

Visual Arts Building (UW Physical Plant; November 2015) -- Caulking will be done on outside windows and doors. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Biological Sciences Building (Laramie Heating and Sheet Metal; November 2015) -- A supplemental/emergency cooling system is scheduled to be installed in Room 427A. Work will be ongoing in this area and in the mechanical chase in the center of the building. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Coe Library (Laramie Heating & Sheet Metal, Laramie; December 2015) -- Work is ongoing on duct and plumbing modifications to all floors to resolve building pressurization issues. Work is anticipated to create noise and dust in work areas. Crews will begin on the sixth floor and move to the first floor as work progresses. Expect all floors to be affected. Use caution in work areas and around equipment.

Knight Hall Student Financial Operations (JC Construction, Laramie; December 2015) -- Renovation of the cashiers’ area is underway. The move into the office suite is complete, and punch-list items are in progress. Casework delivery and installation will take place in mid-November. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

Hoyt Hall (UW Physical Plant, Arcon Inc.; December 2015) -- Repairs to the basement 1915 and 1921 portions of the interior steel frame structure are nearing completion. Wall demolition, floor repair and wall patching will be ongoing. Staging will be north of the building and south of Student Health. Access to the building is restricted. Please use caution around crews and equipment.

Indoor Tennis Complex (UW Paint Shop) -- Lot striping will be rescheduled as weather permits.

Anthropology Building (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie; November 2015) -- Repairs to correct moisture intrusion into the foundation are complete.

McIntyre Hall (KONE Inc.; November 2015) -- Repairs to elevator 2 are complete. 

Downey Hall (KONE Inc.; November 2015) -- Repairs to elevator 1 are complete.

Half Acre Gym (Common Cents Energy Recovery, Frederick, Colo.; November 2015) -- Coil cleaning is complete.

Washakie Center (Common Cents Energy Recovery, Frederick, Colo.; November 2015) -- Coil cleaning is complete.

Engineering Building (Common Cents Energy Recovery, Frederick, Colo.; November 2015) -- Coil cleaning is complete.

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