Campus Construction Update for Dec. 8

December 6, 2013

These are among the construction activities scheduled Dec. 8-14 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, and call the Service Desk, 766-6225, to report ice spots and problem areas.

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

Education Annex Canopy (Scheduled completion December 2013) -- Construction activities continue on the project between the east entrance of the Education Annex and the north entrance of the Education Building, as well as interior renovation of the corridor in the vicinity of the Dean’s Office in the Education Building. Current construction activities include installation of canopy aluminum and glass ceiling/roof panels. Normal access to the Education Building and Annex is open, with temporary protections in place. Vehicular access and parking -- north and east of the Education Building and the Ed Annex -- have reopened to normal traffic, except that Lab School pick-up and drop-off activities are prohibited in this lot. Ongoing construction activities require temporary provisions to be put into place with limited notice to accommodate continuing construction. Pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution in the area.

Golf Practice Facility (Scheduled completion December 2013) -- Construction activities for the project continue in the vicinity of the Jacoby Golf Course clubhouse. Exterior and interior framing, interior rough-in, and building enclosure, are underway. Utility work in support of the project is complete; however, work being conducted by Ivinson Memorial Hospital along Willett Drive will require temporary and changeable traffic detours of the Jacoby parking lot and adjacent portions of Willett Drive as work progresses. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signage.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (Scheduled completion spring 2015) -- Full project information is available at Construction progress can be observed via the project webcam at Half Acre Gymnasium remains open and accessible via the west entrance. The day lot parking area and roadway immediately east of Half Acre Gymnasium are closed. Temporary day-use parking has been established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union.

Construction work for Phase I, consisting of the reconstruction of the east portion of the existing building, continues this week. Construction and staging areas north, south and east of the existing building have been established and are closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, except that which is construction related. Access to Prexy’s Pasture from the east Wyoming Union parking lot between Half Acre and the Wyoming Union is closed until further notice. Please use alternate routes through the Wyoming Union or between the Union and Coe Library. Temporary staging/construction areas also may be established, with limited notice, near the west entrance and along the pedestrian pathways north of Half Acre Gymnasium between Prexy’s Pasture and Willett Drive as required by the ongoing construction-related tasks.

Subgrade earthwork and foundation construction is nearing completion for the east addition. Structural shear wall construction has begun, followed by structural steel erection in late December through January. Heavy truck traffic, including concrete trucks, earth-moving equipment and other haulers, will be frequent on Willett Drive west of 15th Street and along the perimeter of the Wyoming Union parking lot. Temporary traffic controls and signs are either in place or will be established as needed by specific site activities. Please observe all posted traffic control, construction signs and temporary flagging.

University of Wyoming/Casper College Student Union (UW/CC Student Union, scheduled occupancy is winter break) -- Primary building construction is complete, including throughout UW/CC third- and fourth-floor spaces. Technology and furniture, furnishings and equipment (FF&E) packages will be installed in coming weeks

Education Annex -- Literacy Research Center and Clinic (lower floor, Education Annex; scheduled completion January 2014) -- The lower (first) floor of the Education Annex is closed for construction. Access to the alleyway and portions of related parking east and south of the Agriculture Building is closed, and a temporary access/egress detour has been established west of the Agriculture Building. The pedestrian sidewalk in the Education Annex vicinity is closed on the south side of Lewis Street, with pedestrian access rerouted to the north side of the street at the established construction limits. Parking in the vicinity is closed on the south side of Lewis Street at the construction limits. Project activities include interior finish construction, exterior curtain wall and storefront system erection, site work related to the exterior building addition, and improvements in the former alleyway. Work on the improvements in the former alleyway will result in increased construction traffic in the form of concrete trucks and other heavy equipment. The construction area is closed to all unauthorized parties. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signage.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (Completion is set for this month; fifth floor for January) -- Building users are encouraged to use the northwest entrance to avoid construction activities. Interior work is complete. Control wiring and programing is continuing. Testing and balancing of the air systems are continuing, and will continue through mid-December. Fifth floor duct, heating water lines and electrical are continuing.

ESCo Project (Energy Services Company) -- Long Energy Services Co. employees will continue working AHU control wiring at AG. Work on the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory boiler replacement is complete. Installation of boilers and unit heaters at the Isolation building is complete with building automation tie-ins ongoing.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Fine Arts Building, renovation and expansion, scheduled completion December 2014) -- Additional project information is available here. The parking lot on the east side of the UW Performing Arts Center is closed, is being used for construction staging and will be converted into a green area following construction. Building visitors should use the parking lot on the north side of the building. The large crane has arrived and is in the southeast part of the north parking lot through mid-December. Steel erection has begun. Those entering the Performing Arts Center must now enter through the doors on the west side of the building. This will be the entrance for all building operations, including classes, ticket purchases and performances, until construction is complete. The east side of the building is a secured construction zone with restricted access. Footing excavation, rebar placement and pouring continue, along with foundation walls. Grade beam exaction and forming is continuing. Backfill on the north is complete and continuing on the east side. Heavy truck traffic will be frequent near War Memorial Fieldhouse, 22nd Street and Willett Drive, and along the road west of the College of Law Building.

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (22nd and Grand, scheduled completion fall 2014) – Stone masonry is complete on the south side of the building. Brick masonry has begun on the west side of the building that will extend the full height of the building at the curved wall. Window frame/mullions of the smaller windows are being installed on the east and south sides of the building. Wall framing and exterior sheathing continue to be installed on the west side of the south portion of the building. The roof over the south portion of the building is completely installed and work is beginning on the entry element on the south side of the building. The loading dock and related service drive work is in progress on the north side of the building. MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) in-wall rough-in work is being installed on the second floor of the south portion of the building. The drywall for the ceilings and soffits are being installed in the ballroom. Additional project information is available here. Click here for updated images taken by the construction cam.

Enzi STEM Facility (Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets, scheduled completion June 2015) -- Lewis Street remains closed between 10th and 11th streets. Please note that this project is being managed and administered by the State Construction Office. The preliminary site work has been completed. Subcontractor bids are under review by the construction manager, architect and State Construction Office for the building and site development. Contractor mobilization is expected in early December, and site work, utilities and foundations will start shortly after mobilization. Utilities for STEM will be done in conjunction with planned north campus utility work.

Agriculture Buildings A, B and D (on Lewis between 12th and 13th streets) -- Deconstruction is complete. Four HC parking spaces will be open in the alley along with one “U” and two state/federal spaces. The fire department access loop will remain until site work along the west of the Education Building is complete. Access to the alley along the north side of the Agriculture Building will remain open. This site will be used for construction storage for the STEM project beginning in December. Portions of the site will be used for construction staging for other projects and construction parking. The site will not be open for general parking.

The UW Physical Plant has 279 projects in progress valued at more than $20 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you. Please call the Service Desk at (307) 766-6225 with questions.

Alarm Testing -- Annual fire alarm testing throughout campus will continue through Jan. 10. Alarms will sound intermittently as crews check systems. Building contacts have been notified and provided with schedules before testing.

Knight Hall -- Electrical work to bring generator power to KUWR will be ongoing in the basement.

Aven Nelson Building -- The light posts south of the Williams Conservatory have been removed for restoration. Repair work is expected to take approximately two months.

Visual Arts Kiln and Sculpture Canopies -- Roof membrane installation will be ongoing, weather permitting. Expect construction equipment and material to congest the east drive. Use caution in work areas.

Centennial Complex (American Heritage Center and Art Museum) -- Roof replacement operations continue, weather permitting. Removal of the scaffolding on the cone portion of the building is ongoing. Steep slope roof envelope assembly, skylights and metal panel installation is complete. Main entry and elevator access remains open. The main project staging area is on the north side of the building. Use caution in work areas.

Centennial Complex -- Painting is ongoing in public areas. Work is scheduled to be complete Dec 16. Use caution near painting crews and equipment.

Washakie Basement -- Painting operations will be ongoing this week and will continue for several weeks. Please use caution near painting crews and equipment.

General Storage Addition (Scheduled exterior completion December 2013) -- The south side of the existing building is accessible from the west driveway. Shipping and Receiving operations will continue throughout construction. Please limit traffic on Gibbon Street between 15th and 19th streets to building users only. Always use caution around the construction site and construction vehicles, and observe all posted speed limits.

College of Law Building -- Lighting replacements and upgrades of existing fixtures in the basement are complete.

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