Campus Construction Update for Nov. 14

November 12, 2010

These are among the construction activities scheduled Nov.14-20 at the University of Wyoming:

Groundbreaking -- A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, for the new Energy Resources Center (ERC), to be located between 10th and 11th streets on the south side of Lewis Street. The $25.4 million ERC will serve as the permanent home for the School of Energy Resources and the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute.

Dedication -- Dedication of the $25 million biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. The laboratory, at 1174 Snowy Range Road in Laramie, will allow research into select agents, including brucellosis.

More Parking at South Shuttle Lot -- The South Shuttle Lot expanded parking area is now open for parking (where the demolition of the old Albertsons occurred at 15th and Spring Creek). It is a gravel surface, but a parking grid has been painted to show people where to park. The additional spaces should provide ample parking for the shuttle riders. This is a temporary solution until complete reconstruction of the lot can occur.

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

Energy Resources Center (1020 Lewis Street, former site of the old power plant) -- Groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Site cleanup will take place with Berry Center contractor removing stored materials and equipment upon completion of the Berry Center. Fencing will be reconfigured to secure site.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center (Faculty scheduled to move in during December, facility will be open for spring semester) -- 9-1/2 alley is now open. Lewis Street remains closed from 10-1/2 to 11th Streets for contractor staging area for the ERC project. The following work and installations are scheduled to take place next week:
All floors -- Punch list work, cleaning and commissioning. Furniture will be delivered to the building and will cause some congestion on Lewis Street during offloading.
Exterior: Vault relocation and power shut down is scheduled for Nov. 21, which will shut down the 9-1/2 alley and parts of Lewis street for most of the day. The power will also be off to the Berry Center and some surrounding buildings during this time.

UW Tennis Facility (Armory Road across from Little League Complex, scheduled completion: Feb. 15, 2011) -- Damaged materials have been removed; workers continue to repair the foundation.

Downey Hall Renovation -- Exterior work at the front entrance will continue. At the interior, framing for new walls and setting door frames will begin.

Visual Arts Center (22nd Street and Willett Drive near the Centennial Complex, scheduled completion is late fall, 2011) -- Foundation work and new excavation will continue during the week. Relocating utilities will continue along with some new utility work. There will be frequent heavy construction traffic for delivery of materials throughout the week. Additional materials and equipment will start arriving onsite to prepare for steel erection and masonry work. Be aware that there will be construction traffic throughout the construction period. Foot and vehicular traffic will not be permitted across the site. There may be extended workdays and, weather permitting; there may be work on weekend days.

Education Annex (Scheduled Completion: This fall) -- Access is open for scheduled classes. Installation of art design and related finish upgrades continues on the second and third floors. All major installations (aside from the feature wall) are complete. Feature wall installation is scheduled to begin this week. Work continues on punch list items.

Summit View Apartment Deconstruction Phase II (South of Willett Drive between Crane and 22nd streets to Arrowhead) -- The entire four blocks are fenced off, so pedestrian and vehicle traffic will need to go around the area. Abatement is complete and the deconstruction is nearly complete. Fencing is being placed east of Crane from Coe to Arrowhead for deconstruction of the two remaining blocks so pedestrian and vehicle traffic will need to go around this area also.

Biological Safety Lab, Level Three (BSL3) additions to the State Veterinary Laboratory -- Building dedication ceremony is set for Friday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. Final cleaning and inspection plus operational testing will begin for phase two -- the old necropsy area.

Kendall House (Southeast corner of 8th and Fremont streets, is the new home of the Ruckelshaus Institute and Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Wyoming Conservation Corps) -- Personnel have moved into the basement; and basement punch list items are nearly complete.

The UW Physical Plant reports the following activities for the week:

College of Engineering Building -- Stair tread replacement continues at the main building entrance on the west side. Treads to the basement have been completed; first and second floor treads will be completed next week. Please use the east stairway to access the basement.

State Vet Lab -- Removal of the chain link fence and other exterior objects around the round building will continue. Parking spaces to the north of the round building are closed. Please use caution around the construction traffic, including a dump truck and a front end loader.

South Shuttle Lot -- Two additional light poles will be erected in the gravel part of the lot at the end of the week. Please avoid barricaded construction area.

Coe Library -- Modification of the air handling system in the penthouse mechanical rooms of the old building will continue. Painting of the southeast central stairway will continue for about one more week. That stairway will be closed to thru traffic, but will be usable in case of emergency. Please use alternate stairways.

Corbett P.E. Building -- Lights in the gymnasium are being replaced. Work will continue throughout November. Please use caution around this area.

Long-Term Parking Lot -- A utility conduit will be installed under the parking lot north of Willett and west of 30th Street. Please avoid the work area.

College of Agriculture -- Electrical work will occur in the electrical rooms on the fifth and sixth floors at the east end of the corridor. Short power outages will be required; occupants will be notified before any outages.

College of Agriculture Building -- Painting will continue in the fourth floor hallway next week. Please use caution around work areas.

War Memorial Fieldhouse -- The lighting replacement project continues. Access to the infield is being coordinated with the athletics department.

Campus -- The house foundations at 9th and Grand, the east side of 13th Street between Lewis and Bradley, the southeast corner of 13th and Bradley and the southwest corner of 11th and Bradley will be removed and the lots will be filled and graded over the next several weeks as weather permits. Parking will be affected and heavy equipment will be in use in these locations.

Campus -- Mechanical room surveys around core campus will continue for several more weeks. Surveys have been completed in Earth Sciences, Pharmacy, Hoyt Hall, Aven Nelson and Physical Sciences. Surveys will continue in Agriculture, Animal Science, Arts & Sciences, Biological Sciences, Classroom Building, Education, Engineering, Geology, History, Law School, and McWhinnie Hall. There should be no changes in normal building operations.

Please direct questions to the service desk, 766-6225.

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