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Campus Construction Update for March 6-12

March 4, 2016
line of people cutting a large ribbon in a building
The recently renovated and expanded Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center was formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. Half Acre is home to Campus Recreation, which includes club and intramural sports, open recreation, group fitness, aquatics, wellness and the Outdoor Program. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled March 6-12 at the University of Wyoming:

Recycling Competition -- The University of Wyoming once again is competing in RecycleMania, a collegiate recycling competition to promote waste reduction activities on campus. Click here to read more.

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:

Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets) -- Please note that this project is being managed and administered by the State Construction Office. The intersections of 10th and 11th and Lewis are open for pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Vehicle traffic on Lewis between 10th and 11th will be limited to bus and service vehicles. Parking will not be allowed on Lewis. “No parking” signs and bollards are in place. No-parking enforcement continues. The sidewalks around Enzi and the south side of Lewis are open. There is access to the Earth Sciences/EIC loading dock.

Minor construction activity may continue randomly. Watch for these activities. Departments occupying Enzi have moved in, and classes started Jan. 25.

Hoyt Hall Renovation (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders & Design LLC, Laramie; anticipated substantial completion July 22, 2016) -- New wall layout, framing for new door openings, acoustical ceiling grid, painting, along with electrical, lighting and plumbing rough-in, are taking place. In addition, existing pneumatic zone control valves are being replaced on all fin-tube radiators with new direct digital control units. Renovation in the building is progressing from the third floor down and is about 30 percent complete. Interior stud wall framing has begun throughout the building. Please observe all temporary barricades, construction fencing, cautionary signs or other posted instructions around the building where work is taking place.

High Bay Research Facility (General contractor Haselden Wyoming Constructors, Laramie; 19th Street; scheduled completion spring 2017) -- Storm drain No. 1 -- that will extend from the site south to a detention pond at 19th and Willett -- will begin construction March 7. This work will continue through May/early June. Concrete slabs are being placed in the north electrical and mechanical rooms. Mechanical ductwork is being installed on both the first and second floors of the west wing. Light-gauge framing for the priority walls on the west wing of the building began the week of Feb. 22. Curtain wall framing is being installed on the west side of the west wing, while glazing is being installed on the east. Exterior stone masonry is being installed on the south portion of the north wing. Roof cover board and rigid insulation installation is nearing completion, allowing for the completion of the roof membrane. Reinforcing for the reaction wall/floor is nearing completion in the structures lab. The remaining concrete for the strong wall will be poured in early March, allowing the form work to begin on the reaction wall in the structures lab.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (General contractor Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody) -- The Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center is open. Pedestrian access to the new south building entrance from the southeast Wyoming Union parking lot is open. The west historic entrance has reopened to allow access from Prexy’s Pasture to new offices, training rooms and a classroom. The refurbished gymnasium and expanded running track are open, along with the pool. Upper and lower day parking lots are open.

The UW Physical Plant has 329 projects, valued at more than $44.2 million, in progress. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Energy Innovation Center (Mullen’s Heating Inc., Laramie; UW Physical Plant; March 2016) -- Mechanical upgrades to the evaporative cooling system will be made in the penthouse units. The units will be shut down for several hours during the week of March 14-18. Building occupants should not be affected.

Aven Nelson Building (UW Physical Plant, March 2016) -- Broken and/or floating tiles in the first floor corridor will be replaced March 14-18. Work will occur primarily in the corridor. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

Wyoming Hall (UW Physical Plant; March 2016) -- The first-floor women’s restroom will be under construction the week of March 7-11. Work will include removal of a stall and partition replacement. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in this area.

Downey/Orr Halls (KONE Inc., Moline, Ill.; March 2016) -- Elevator No. 2 in both Downey and Orr halls will be shut down March 14-18 to replace the governors. Please use caution around work crews and exercise patience with longer elevator waits.

Fieldhouse North/Arena-Auditorium (UW Physical Plant Plumbing & Electric Shops; March 2016) -- Domestic water, hot and cold, and the sanitary waste disposal system serving the Fieldhouse North Facility and the Arena-Auditorium will be shut down beginning at 7 a.m. March 9-11, to install a new sanitary sewage lift station serving both facilities. War Memorial Fieldhouse will be unaffected by the interruption, and restrooms will be available in that facility. Building contacts have been notified.

Engineering Building (UW Physical Plant Paint Shop; March 2016) -- Painting of interior public spaces is underway. Primary focus will be the central and south corridors and stairwells. Painting is expected to continue for several weeks. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

1118 Bradley St./1112 Bradley St./1108 Bradley St./456 N. 12th St. (Colorado Hazard Control and Summit Trucking and House Moving; May 2016) -- Asbestos abatement and minor interior demolition are scheduled to be completed to facilitate removing the top floors of the structures. Top floors of the structures are to be removed by May 31. Please be aware of equipment in the area, and observe posted street and parking closures.

Bureau of Mines Building (Marshall Contracting, Laramie; The Plumbing Company, Laramie; Fremont Electric, Laramie; March 2016) -- A renovation to satisfy ADA compliance in the existing basement-level men’s restroom has begun. The restroom will be bisected to accommodate an ADA-accessible men’s and women’s restroom. Selective demolition and framing are complete. Plumbing and electrical rough-ins are now in progress. Please be cautious of work crews and equipment in the area. 

White Hall (KONE Inc.) -- Due to vandalism, elevator No. 3 will not be operational for an undetermined amount of time. Service to the elevator will be restored once the ceiling panel has been repaired.

Fieldhouse North (JC Construction, Laramie; April 2016) -- Construction is ongoing in the volleyball locker room. Staging will be on the east side of the building. Please be aware and use caution around crews and equipment, particularly in the central stairwell.

Animal Science Building and the Centennial Complex (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie; April 2016) -- The new electric vault -- to the north of the sidewalk that bisects the Animal Science Building and the Centennial Complex -- has been poured, waterproofed and backfilled. Traffic-control barricades and fencing will remain in place until the new conductors are pulled in late March, weather permitting. Please use caution around staged vehicles and equipment.

Biological Sciences Building (UW Physical Plant; March 2016) -- A supplemental/emergency cooling system has been installed in Room 427A. Work on controls remains.

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