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Campus Construction Update for Oct. 16-22

October 14, 2016

These are among the construction activities scheduled Oct. 16-22 at the University of Wyoming:

Water Outage (UW Operations) -- UW Operations will change the fire hydrant on the south side of McWhinnie Hall Friday, Oct. 21. Water will have to be shut off to McWhinnie Hall, the Education Building and Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Signs will be posted in these buildings. Please use adjacent buildings for restroom use: Wyo Hall, Education Annex, Agriculture and the Wyoming Union. The sidewalk going into Prexy’s Pasture will be blocked by repairs. Please use alternate routes. Use caution in this area.         

Sprinkler Winterization (UW Operations, Plumbing Shop) -- The plumbing shop has started to blow out the sprinkler lines for the winter. Crews currently are on the west side of campus and will continue to move throughout campus until all the lines are completed. Please use caution if you see water on the sidewalk or concrete areas, especially in the early morning hours, as they may be slippery due to the colder temperatures at that time. Also, use caution around these crews as they perform this work.

Colder Weather (UW Operations) -- As we approach the colder weather months, UW Operations asks building occupants to assist with ensuring buildings and facilities are safe and secure. Make sure all windows and doors are completely closed with windows latched at the end of each day, and report any doors or windows that you are unable to close and secure to the Service Desk (766-6225).

Ross Hall/North Side Fire Hydrant Leak (UW Operations) -- Old Main, Merica Hall, Student Health/Cheney International Center, Hoyt Hall, Ross Hall and Knight Hall -- repairs are complete, with the exception of the placement of the fire hydrant. Once the hydrant is set, backfill and concrete placement will complete the project. Completion won’t be until the middle of October. Please use caution when in this area. Thank you to all for the cooperation with the water outage.

UW Operations reports the following activities for the week:

Education Building (Arcon Inc., Laramie; November 2016) -- Construction is ongoing for the Education Building window replacement project. Scaffolding will remain on the south side of the building to enable ongoing awning repairs. Window replacement on the third floor south side is complete. Window replacement will continue in the dean’s office for the next week. Replacement of these windows is expected to improve energy efficiency and occupant comfort. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

Agriculture Building (Mastec, Denver, Colo.; November 2016) -- Installation of an AT&T Cellular site on the east roof of the building is underway. A man lift will be staged between the Agriculture C and Education buildings all week to facilitate antenna installation. Pedestrian traffic will not be allowed during operations to the east side of the building. Please be cautious of work crews and equipment in the area.

Gibbon Street East of 15th Street (Equipment Services) -- Installation of the culvert at the RMMC storage building is complete. Maintenance activities on the gravel portion of Gibbon Street east of 15th Street will be ongoing. Please use caution around crews and equipment in the area.

Agriculture Building (Summit Sealants Inc., Montrose, Colo.; November 2016) -- Building exterior surface repairs; window glazing joints/window perimeter re-sealing, control joint re-sealing; and a new elastomeric coating are being applied to the Agriculture Building addition. There will be three hanging stages and associated rigging on the north and south elevations of the Agriculture Building addition. Traffic control and falling debris protective infrastructure will be in place. Summit Sealants will demobilize for the season due to temperature constraints for applying the building coatings. The company will return in spring 2017 to finish both buildings. Please be cautious around crews and equipment.

Arts and Sciences Building (Arcon Inc., Laramie; November 2016) -- Construction on the upper balcony railing now will begin. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area, and observe posted closures.

Southeast Corner of Bradley and 13th Street (Equipment Services) -- Concrete work to replace a damaged sidewalk is complete, and asphalt patch back is scheduled for next week. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

McWhinnie Hall (UW Operations Paint Shop) -- Painting of interior public spaces is underway. Painters will focus on the corridors and stairwells of the upper level and work their way down. The third floor is complete, and work is progressing on the second floor. Painting is expected to continue for several weeks. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

Hoyt Hall Renovation (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders & Design LLC, Laramie; July 22, 2016) -- This project is substantially complete. The general contractor is completing punch-list items that were identified by the design team. After all punch-list items are complete, and other required documentation is provided by the general contractor, the project will be closed out. 

High Bay Research Facility (Haselden Wyoming Constructors, Laramie; scheduled completion Jan. 4, 2017) -- Rock cobble is being placed within the landscape beds. Topsoil placement is nearing completion on the east side of the building. Painting and striping of the west parking lot will begin next week. Concrete masonry is complete for the screen wall at the mechanical yard, and finish masonry work has begun. Metal panels have been installed on the north electrical room, and trim panels are being installed. Ceiling tile installation continues on the second floor of the west wing. The first coat of epoxy flooring is being installed on the first floor of the west wing. Work is nearing completion on the service carriers within the first floor of the west wing. Built-in casework is being installed within the lounge. Perforated metal panels to enclose the staircases are on site and being prepped for installation. Steam service has been turned on within the building, and major systems are being activated. Doors and hardware are being installed within the first floor of the west wing. Mobile casework is being assembled for the west wing. Curtain wall sunshade installation continues on the north wing, with finish flashing being installed on the east elevation of the west wing. Metal panel installation at the main and southeast entries is nearing completion. The bifold garage doors are installed on the High Bay portion of the building, and the finish panels are being installed. Exterior masonry on the main building is complete.

Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB) Site Clearing/Demolition (General contractor Wyoming Earthmoving Corp., Rozet; October 2016) -- Regrading of the site in preparation for the start of construction of the EERB is complete. Installation of a new sanitary sewer line in 12th and Bradley streets, to replace an abandoned sewer line in the former alley that bisected the site, is complete. A new sanitary sewer manhole has been installed at the intersection of 12th and Bradley streets. Pavement replacement in Bradley Street and in 12th Street is being completed this week. Pavement repairs to Bradley and 12th streets are scheduled this week, weather permitting. Removal of the abandoned sanitary sewer line in the former alley is nearing completion. All work on this contract will be complete, and the contractor will demobilize off the site, by the end of the week. Please observe all temporary barricades, construction fencing, cautionary signs or other posted instructions around the site where work is taking place. 

Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB) (Construction manager GE Johnson Construction Wyoming, Casper; spring 2019) -- A formal groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility took place Friday, Oct. 7. The construction manager has mobilized by setting several construction job trailers at the site. Bid package No. 1, work consisting of earthwork, site utilities and building foundations, is planned to start during the week of Oct. 17. Bid package No. 2, for structural steel, was released to the construction manager Friday, Sept. 30. Bids for this work are expected Thursday, Oct. 20. Please observe all temporary barricades, construction fencing, cautionary signs or other posted instructions around the site where work is taking place.

Wyoming State Vet Lab Renovations (BSL-3) (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; June 2017) -- All temporary protection measures are in place. Demolition within the BSL-3 space is ongoing, with plumbing, electrical and ductwork layouts continuing. Excavation for the emergency exit vestibule addition and EDS manhole relocation, both on the southeast side of the building, is complete. Manhole placement and addition concrete footing forms will be placed this week. Be cautious around heavy equipment. A fence will be placed around the excavated areas. Masonry wall installation will begin in the cage wash area this week. There is a full building steam shutdown scheduled Oct. 22 for new tie-ins. Contractor access to the building will be on the east side.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; September 2016) -- The project includes the installation of a sanitary lift station for the building. The south side of the Performing Arts Center will be fenced off. Use caution around equipment and work activities.   

Arena-Auditorium Addition and Renovations (General contractor Sletten Construction of Wyoming Inc., Cody; October 2017) -- The project includes an addition to the east side of the building, which will provide a new major façade to the facility. The concourse will be renovated to provide improved concession areas, merchandise areas, restrooms, way finding and an upgraded appearance. A new central ticket office will be created to serve the A-A as well as War Memorial Stadium. A concession commissary will be developed within the southeast portion of the addition to serve the A-A, War Memorial Stadium and other athletics events. A limited-use elevator will be installed to provide access for patrons seated on or near the arena floor. A new smoke evacuation system also will be installed within the facility. Parking on the east side of the building will be blocked for the project duration. Access to the A-A will remain open during the project, but be cautious of equipment, vehicles and construction crews in the area. The temporary construction wall on the inside is complete. Excavation and demolition continue on the exterior of the building. Pilasters and ground beams are being formed this week on the east side.

Veterans Memorial Relocation (GE Johnson, Casper; October 2016) -- This project is in anticipation of the start of construction of the High Altitude Performance Center in late November. It includes relocation of the existing Veterans Memorial on the north end of War Memorial Stadium. The obelisks and all associated stonework, plaques and infrastructure will be relocated to the west-southwest of the Indoor Practice Facility adjacent to Warburton Plaza. A fence perimeter has been established around the new memorial location. Site work, underground utilities and foundations are complete. The memorial spires have been relocated, and adjacent concrete flatwork has begun. Please be cautious around equipment and crews in the area.    

Biological Sciences Building (Spiegelberg Lumber & Building, Laramie; November 2016) -- Caulking to alleviate leakage and window washing will be done on the south center wall exposure, weather permitting. A man lift will be used. One-lane vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be directed south of lift barricades. Contractor parking will be in the unloading area southeast of the entrance. Use caution around equipment and work crews’ activities.

Sigma Phi Epsilon (Carpenter and Paint Shops; September 2016) -- Mold abatement is complete in the basement storage area, and wall reconstruction will begin. Use caution around equipment and work crews’ activities.

Engineering Building Petroleum Wing -- Finish work and painting are scheduled for the southwest stairwell of the Petroleum (west) wing of the Engineering Building. The process will take several weeks. Finish work is 75 percent complete. Material and equipment will be stockpiled in the work area. Please use caution near crews and equipment in this area.

Pharmacy East Area (The Plumbing Company, Laramie & Equipment Services; October 2016) -- A drain basin will be installed to prevent water from ponding on the east end of Pharmacy. Traffic is restricted to one lane in this area. Please be cautious around equipment and work crews in the area.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Gem City Roofing, Laramie; November 2016) -- A stairwell inset roof on the southwest corner of the building will be replaced, time and weather permitting. A man lift will be utilized. Use caution around equipment and work activities.

General Storage Building (Southeast Wyoming Insulation, Laramie; October 2016) -- Ceiling insulation will be installed in the mover’s storage area, affecting no one but the movers. The project will be completed as quickly as possible.

Ross Hall (Colorado Hazard Control, Denver; October 2016) -- The flooring in Room 252 of Ross Hall will be abated Thursday, Oct. 20-Friday, Oct. 21. New flooring will be installed the following Monday, Oct. 24. There may be some noise with workers moving in and out of the building. Please be cautious around equipment and work crews in this area.


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