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Campus Construction Update for May 1-7

April 29, 2016
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Volunteers handed out a variety of environmentally friendly products and goodies during the April 22 Earth Day fair on Simpson Plaza. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled May 1-7 at the University of Wyoming:

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:

Hoyt Hall Renovation (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders & Design LLC, Laramie; scheduled substantial completion July 22, 2016) -- New wall construction; painting; installation of new door frames, acoustical ceiling grid, new fire alarm system and light fixtures; along with rough-in of electrical and data wiring are taking place throughout the building. Ceramic tile work is being completed in the restrooms. Plumbing rough-in on the second and third floors is complete. Building renovation is progressing from the third floor down and is about 60 percent complete. The second and third floors are scheduled to be substantially complete (excluding restrooms) by May 25, with the first floor and basement levels substantially complete by mid-July. 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 -- began construction March 7. The crew is currently performing underground exploration to determine the location of a water line in the parking lot south of Animal Science. Once it’s complete, the crew will begin installation of the line across the drive. Work on this storm line will continue through early June. Installation/tie-in of a chilled water line is underway and will be complete in the next week. Mechanical ductwork is being installed on both the first and second floors of the west wing. Drywall, including lead-lined shielding, is being installed throughout the second floor of the west wing. Wall framing for the first floor of the west wing is ongoing, with drywall starting on the priority walls. Curtain wall framing is being installed on the west side of the west wing, followed by glazing installation. Exterior stone masonry is wrapping up on the south portion of the north wing and will continue on the south and west walls of the west wing. Metal panels for the mechanical penthouses have started to be installed on the west side of the building. Tying of rebar and installation of concrete formwork is beginning on the reaction wall in the Structural Testing Laboratory.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; Fine Arts Building renovation and expansion) -- Remaining landscaping installation is in progress on the east side of the building, with completion in early May, depending on the weather. Staging is on the north side of the building. UW Operations is installing chilled water lines by vending and the men’s restroom next to vending. 

ASUW Student Memorial Plaza Alpine Planting (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie; scheduled substantial completion May 31, 2016) -- The remaining alpine planting work at the vertical dry-stack stone walls will begin during the week of May 9. This work is expected to take about two weeks. The contractor will begin work at the north half of the plaza before moving to the south. Please observe all temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions around the site where work is taking place.

The UW Physical Plant has 340 projects, valued at more than $45.8 million, in progress. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Agriculture Building (Big Horn Roofing, Laramie; May 2016) -- The contractor will use the east elevator to transport and load additional roof pavers for installation of the AT&T Cellular site, which is to be installed this summer, weather permitting. Please be cautious of work crews and equipment in the area.

Central Energy Plant (ITC Electrical Technologies, Casper; September 2016) -- New transformers, generators and switchgear are being installed at the UW Central Energy Plant. The landscape area to the south and west of the plant will be partitioned off for construction activities. There will be storage containers, vehicles and equipment on the adjacent roadway. Please observe traffic-control barricades, and watch for crews and equipment in the area.

Jacoby Golf Course (Jordan’s Tree Service, Fort Collins, Colo.; May 2016) -- New spruce trees will be planted along the east side of 30th Street over the next few weeks, weather permitting. Please use caution around crews and equipment in the area.

Education Building (Arcon Inc., Laramie; August 2016) -- Staging areas are being constructed on the north and south ends of the building in preparation for window replacement this summer. Staging south of the building will be in place by mid-May. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

465 N. 11th St./459 N. 11th St./1102 Bradley St./1122 Bradley St. (Colorado Hazard Control, Denver, Colo.; May 2016) -- Asbestos abatement will be conducted on these structures April 29-May 13. Please be aware of equipment in the area, and use caution.

Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center (UW Physical Plant and Scotch Boy Inc., Cheyenne; May 2016) -- Crews have begun landscape improvements east of Half Acre and around the Wyoming Union Day Lot. Please anticipate lane narrowing or full closure at times. Please use caution near crews, equipment and materials.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Shepard Construction Inc., Rawlins; June 2016) -- Window and door replacement on the west side of the building will continue through June 30. The windows and doors on the west side of the building, which were not impacted by the east expansion project, are the primary focus. Replacement of these windows and doors is expected to improve energy efficiency and occupant comfort. Please use caution near crews and equipment in this area.

Physical Sciences Building (Arcon Inc., Laramie; May 2016) -- Construction will begin to repair water damage in the corridor that links the Classroom Building to the Physical Sciences Building. This corridor is adjacent to the UW Planetarium main entry. Selective demolition, framing, drywall and painting will be performed on the south wall. One of the corridor entry doors will remain active throughout the project. Dust and traffic-control barricades will be in place. Please be cautious around crews and equipment in the area.

Landmark Square Apartments (Highland Landscaping, Laramie; June 2016) -- Landscape improvements and new sprinkler system installation will begin in remaining Landmark Apartment areas. Irrigation main, lateral line installation and pump station infrastructure are complete for the large central areas. The smaller areas adjacent to the center and the perimeter will be stripped of existing landscaping, and sprinkler infrastructure will be installed. Traffic-control barricades will be placed, and equipment will be staged. Please be cautious around excavation areas and equipment.

Jacoby Golf Course (Christensen Irrigation Co., Costa Mesa, Calif.; June 2016) -- Construction continues with installation of the pumping equipment and lateral irrigation piping near the clubhouse. Piping and material are stockpiled in the staging area west of the clubhouse and around the course. Improvements are expected to decrease water consumption, reduce system maintenance and enhance aesthetics. Please use caution near crews and equipment in this area.

American Heritage Center (The Plumbing Co., Laramie; June 2016) -- Construction of a new pump house between the American Heritage Center and the Visual Arts Building continues. Piping and material will be stockpiled in the area. Please use caution near crews and equipment in this area.

Engineering Building (UW Physical Plant Paint Shop; May 2016) -- Painting of interior public spaces, specifically painted doors and frames, will be ongoing in the recently painted corridors and stairwells. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

1112 Bradley St./1118 Bradley St./1108 Bradley St./456 N. 12th St. (Summit Trucking and House Moving; May 2016) -- Removal of these structures is ongoing and is scheduled to be complete by May 31. Fencing will be installed around each remaining foundation. 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; May 2016) -- A renovation to satisfy ADA compliance in the existing basement-level men’s restroom is in progress. The restroom will be bisected to accommodate an ADA-accessible men’s and women’s restroom. All drywall, paint and electrical work is complete. Plumbing trim and toilet partition work is in progress. Please be cautious of work crews and equipment in the area.

Animal Science Building and the Centennial Complex (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie; May 2016) -- A new electric vault, 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 May, weather permitting. Please use caution around staged vehicles and equipment.

Fieldhouse North (Gem City Roofing, Laramie; May 2016) -- Replacement of roofs over the Cowgirl soccer office and Conference Room 101 is 90 percent complete. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Please be cautious of work crews and equipment in the area. 

Casper Family Practice (GW Mechanical, Mills, Wyo.; May 2016) -- Installation of a new chiller at the Casper Family Practice program site is complete.

Energy Innovation Center (UW Physical Plant; April 2016) -- Mechanical upgrades to the evaporative cooling system are complete.

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