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Campus Construction Update for Aug. 24

August 22, 2014
Construction workers
Excavation is underway beneath the trees south of the Berry Center to prepare for the installation of a deck and ramp.

These are among the construction activities scheduled Aug. 24-30 at the University of Wyoming:

Water Off? -- Work on the Enzi STEM Facility may require water shutdowns affecting buildings along Lewis Street around Tuesday, Aug. 26. Building occupants will be informed of final time and duration of shutdowns as times are finalized.

Steam Coming Back On -- The UW Physical Plant reports that the annual campus steam shutdown will continue through the morning of Monday, Aug. 25. Most campus buildings bounded from 22nd to Ninth and Ivinson to Lewis streets do not have hot water or steam during the shutdown. A portable boiler is placed in the area of Washakie Dining Hall until Aug. 27.

Grand Avenue Reopens (Wyoming Department of Transportation) -- Major construction work is complete, and Grand Avenue has reopened between 15th and 21st streets. Landscaping, lighting and signage work will continue through early September as remediation from the street expansion project is completed.

15th and Lewis Street Closure (General contractor Mechanical Systems Inc., Cheyenne) -- The intersection of 15th and Lewis streets is scheduled to be open Aug. 24. Lewis Street will remain closed from 10th Street to 14th Street through Oct. 31. Traffic access on Lewis Street is expected to reopen from 14th-15th streets by Sept. 15.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 25, access to the Wyoming/McWhinnie Hall parking lots will be on the north side via 14th Street. Traffic will be one-way on 14th Street from Bradley proceeding to the drive lane between Wyoming and McWhinnie halls, continuing east on Willett Drive to 15th Street. A temporary bus stop will be located immediately east of McWhinnie Hall through Sept. 15, at which time the bus stop at 14th and Lewis streets will reopen. Pedestrian access will be via the sidewalk on the north side of Lewis Street, with crossings available at 14th Street and between 11th and 13th streets. Excavation work also will be ongoing west of 19th Street, and the sidewalk in the area will remain closed. Be aware of barricades, traffic signs and heavy equipment in these areas. UW transit routes will be redirected during construction. Please view a map of the traffic routes here.

Willett Traffic -- Site improvement work on Willett Drive west of 15th Street and south of Wyoming Hall has progressed to allow Willett Drive to be reopened to normal traffic Monday, Aug. 25. 

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

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center – Spruce Court (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie) -- Installation of deck foundation and site excavation are underway. Deck structure and ramp installation will follow. Service vehicles entering campus from the gate at 9½ Lewis St. should use caution. The Berry Center Green Roof will be closed for the duration of this project (fall 2014). Existing plants have been removed, and earthwork is scheduled to begin.

Visual Arts Center (22nd Street and Willett Drive near the Centennial Complex) -- Work has begun to replace metal siding on the northeast with stone. This work has been delayed due to late rains. Depending on weather, the work will be complete by Sept. 18. The contractor is using a portion of the northwest parking area as a staging area.

Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets; scheduled completion May 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.

Remaining major underground utilities, electrical, water, sewer and storm water are nearing completion along the north side of the building. Work started Aug. 13 on water line relocation in Lewis to prepare for construction of the utility tunnel connecting to main campus. Parking west of the site on Lewis will be impacted, along with access to the EIC/ES loading dock. Placement of underground utilities -- in addition to wall forms, steel reinforcing, fireproofing and concrete -- will continue. Structural steel erection is underway and has begun on the fourth floor mechanical rooms and roof. Most of the concrete placement for the floor slabs is complete. Concrete slabs at the fourth-floor mechanical penthouses will start Monday. Work on the interior walls, along with mechanical and electrical rough-in, has started throughout the first and second floors. Concrete, steel and material delivery will continue based on requirements to sustain the work in progress.

Watch for construction traffic on Lewis, 10th, 11th and Bradley streets. For safety, pedestrians should make eye contact with equipment operators and delivery drivers outside the fenced area so they are aware of their presence. There will be an increase in delivery materials and equipment delivered to site and storage yards along Lewis Street, with resulting heavy truck traffic. Job trailers, storage containers, materials and equipment are in storage yards east along Lewis Street. There will be equipment moving materials from storage to site.

The construction enclosure fencing has been expanded to include work areas directly in front of the west portion of the Energy Innovation Center. This will close the sidewalk along the south side of Lewis, along with closing access to the EIC loading dock. The contractor will construct a steam tunnel extension from the curb just north of the EIC to the north side of Lewis. Utility work and concrete tunnel construction will continue until late September.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; Fine Arts Building renovation and expansion; scheduled completion December 2014) -- The parking lot on the east side of the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts is closed and is being used for construction staging. Building visitors should use the parking lot on the north side of the building. Those entering the Performing Arts Center must now enter through the doors on the building’s west side. This will be the entrance for all building operations, including classes, ticket purchases and performances, until construction is complete.

The parking lot south of the building is partially closed through the end of August for new sanitary and storm sewer pipe installation. The building heating system is shut off for upgrades through mid-September. Part of the west sidewalk along the north end is partially closed to pedestrians through August. Exterior framing, sheathing and vapor barrier installation continue on the south and the middle addition. Masonry work is ongoing on the north side. Roofing is 95 percent complete. Interior framing/drywall, rough-in plumbing, duct work and electrical work are ongoing. Steel erection is complete on the east side of the addition and is nearly complete on the northwest addition. Work in the existing building will be complete next week. 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.

ESCo Project (Long Energy Solutions, Casper) -- Wyoming State Vet Lab air distribution and control work is complete. Engineering air distribution and control work continues. Non-lab area work has started on the sixth floor and is working down throughout the summer. The lab area work will be on a mix of floors throughout the summer. The heating system in the Engineering Building is down through August. New VAV installations for non-lab areas in the College of Agriculture Building are complete.

McIntyre Hall (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne) -- Window replacement is complete, with punch list work continuing from the 12th floor to eighth floor. Barricades are removed from the ground-level perimeter. Apartment remodeling punch lists have been issued, and work is nearly complete. The valve replacement is complete on floors two through 12 and is continuing in the mechanical room this week. The contractor staging has been removed on the south side of Orr Hall.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (General Contractor Independent Heating and Sheet Metal, Laramie) -- Fifth-floor ceiling grid, ceiling panels, duct modifications and lighting are complete; air balancing and sound testing also are complete. Two weeks of integration testing on the fifth floor will begin this week. Final roof installation will be ongoing for the next two weeks.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (General contractor Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody; scheduled completion of Phase 1, east reconstruction/addition, fall 2014; Phase 2, historic west renovation, spring 2015) -- Full project information is available here. Construction progress can be observed via the project webcam here. Half Acre Gymnasium remains open and accessible via the west entrance. The day lot parking area and roadway immediately east of Half Acre Gymnasium is closed. Temporary day-use parking has been established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union.

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. Heavy truck traffic, including construction materials transport, concrete trucks 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.

Construction work for Phase 1, consisting of the reconstruction/addition of the east portion of the existing building, continues. The general structural and supporting components of the addition are in place, including foundation, earthwork, under-slab building systems, building utilities, interior structural shear wall, structural steel frame, and interior slab-on-grade and slab-on-deck construction. Interior construction is continuing, with building systems rough-in, masonry, wall and ceiling systems framing, and fireproofing underway. Exterior building enclosure work continues, including exterior framing, envelope thermal and moisture protection systems, stone and brick masonry, openings and roofing. Specialty building equipment, including climbing wall/pinnacle components and penthouse HVAC units, has been delivered and is in the process of being installed.

The sub-phase of the Phase 1 reconstruction/addition to build out the northwest corner adjacent to the retained existing stone walls continues. The Lab School playground has reopened, and adjacent pedestrian pathways north of Half Acre Gymnasium between Prexy’s Pasture and Willett Drive remain open; however, the continuing construction in this vicinity will result in increased congestion. Temporary traffic controls and signs will be established as needed by specific site activities. 

Site improvement work on Willett Drive west of 15th Street and south of Wyoming Hall has progressed to allow Willett Drive to be reopened to normal traffic Monday, Aug. 25. Site improvement work along the south perimeter of Willett Drive will continue. Site improvement work will impact portions of the parking lot east of the Wyoming Union through Sept. 30. Normal vehicular access to the parking lot will remain open; however, construction work along the north perimeter of this lot will require some temporary detours in that area. Temporary traffic controls and signs will be established as needed by specific site activities. Please observe all posted traffic control, construction signs and temporary flagging in the affected areas. 

Education Annex -- Literacy Research Center and Clinic (General contractor Shepard Construction Inc., Rawlins) -- This project is substantially complete and occupancy has been taken, with all access and site restrictions removed. Some minor work is yet to be completed by construction crews. Please observe any temporary provisions in place to accommodate the work.

Arena-Auditorium Renovations (General contractor Haselden Constructors, Casper; Willett Drive; scheduled completion fall 2014) -- Phase 1 of the Arena-Auditorium renovations is approximately 75 percent complete. The ADA seating platforms are being constructed within the arena at the concourse level. The lower bowl railings are installed and painted. The upper bowl railings are currently being installed. Demolition and reconstruction of the room housing the sump pump are underway adjacent to the truck tunnel. Drywall in the women’s basketball locker room and the visiting team locker is 95 percent complete. Drywall work in the remaining sub-concourse level areas is underway and approximately 95 percent complete. Casework and built-in wood lockers are currently being installed. The framing and first layer of sheathing has been installed on the basketball floor, and the maple wood floor has been “racked,” meaning that it has been laid out to fit the floor but has not yet been nailed. The installation of the sub-floor framing will begin next week, with installation of the wood floor scheduled to begin in two weeks. Tile installation in the lower level/locker rooms is underway and approximately 75 percent complete.

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (General contractor Haselden Constructors, Casper; 22nd and Grand; scheduled completion fall 2014) -- The Gateway Center is approximately 85 percent complete. Metal trim enclosures and caulking are taking place on the exterior of the building. The remaining fiber cement panel siding is being installed on the north side of the building. Stone caps for the light pole bases are being installed. Landscaping and irrigation are being installed around the building. Masonry work on the monument sign north of the building is underway and will be complete before the end of the week. The large projection from the southeast corner of the building facing Grand Avenue is being installed. This feature will hold a large Steamboat logo welcoming visitors to the UW campus.

Flooring throughout the building is now complete. Installation will begin soon for the treads for the main and south stairs. Installation of the environmental graphics and related casework has started in the Memorial Concourse. Acoustic ceiling tile work is being finished on the second floor and is approximately 80 percent complete on the third floor. Additional project information is available here. Click here for updated images taken by the construction cam.

The UW Physical Plant has 344 projects in progress valued at more than $33 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Visual Arts (General contractor Arcon, Inc., scheduled completion date August 2014) -- Work will begin on ADA improvements near the southwest entrance of the building. Please use caution near crews and demolition equipment.

Cowboy Baseball Field (General contractor Highland Landscaping & Contracting, Laramie; scheduled completion October 2014) -- Infield improvement work continues. The project scope includes removing grass, topsoil and infield dirt; installing drainage and irrigation; and replacing grass and infield dirt. Please use caution near staging area, and watch for heavy equipment entering and exiting the site.

Swimming Pool Closing -- The Corbett Building swimming pool has been drained to perform maintenance work and minor upgrades. The pool is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. This work will affect the pool area only.

Health Sciences Building -- Work has begun to renovate Room 483 to create two additional rooms with the space. Work to remove lab benches and flooring is ongoing. Please use caution near work areas.

Biological Sciences Building (Big Horn Roofing, Laramie) -- Installation of the roof around HVAC equipment began Aug. 4. Staging is on the southeast side of the building near the disposal chute. Use caution near the staging area during debris removal.

White Hall  (A&R Metal and Voltech Electric, both of Laramie; scheduled completion August 2014) -- Work to install raceways, grounding, air conditioning and power for a new satellite TV provider, “Campus Televideo,” is complete. Additional runs into the lobbies of all eight- and 12- story residence halls are ongoing. Use caution around work areas.

Wyoming Union -- Renovation activities will continue in the breezeway lounge areas. There will be no additional interruptions to the air handling system. Please use caution around crews and equipment.

Rochelle Athletics Center (Marshall Contracting, Laramie, Phase 1 scheduled completion September 2014) -- Work continues to renovate the north wing of the second level. Construction operations may cause noise in adjoining areas. Construction will mostly be contained within the northwest wing of the second level. Staging will be located on the exterior of the building’s north side. Please proceed with caution in and around this area, especially on the elevator directly adjacent to the work area.

Rochelle Athletics Center (Arcon Inc., Laramie, scheduled completion September 2014) -- Work continues in the southeast end of the weight room to add a nutrition center and office area. Staging will be located on the exterior of the building’s west side. Please proceed with caution in and around this area.

Fieldhouse North (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders, Laramie; scheduled completion October 2014) -- Renovations are ongoing in the wrestling room, break room (047) and support spaces. Demolition operations may cause noise in adjoining areas. Construction will mostly be contained within the west end of the fieldhouse basement. Staging will be located on the exterior of the building’s east side. Please proceed with caution in and around this area, especially on the staircase directly adjacent to the work area.

Landmark Apartments -- Painting of exterior doors is ongoing. Please use caution near painting crews and equipment.

McWhinnie Hall/Education (General contractor Elk Ridge Builders, Laramie; scheduled completion September 2014) -- Work is nearly complete to ADA parking enhancements and landscaping improvements north of McWhinnie Hall. The construction fencing is scheduled to be removed by Aug. 22. Landscaping and punch-list items will continue through September. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area as the project nears completion.

Spanish Walk, River Village and Landmark Apartments -- Maintenance work will be ongoing throughout the summer in various buildings of the apartment complexes. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

UW Planetarium (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie; scheduled completion September 2014) -- The planetarium dome replacement began Aug. 11, which will require large sheets of aluminum to be brought in and out of the area. Aesthetic improvements will continue through the summer in the planetarium and adjacent elevator lobby. Please use caution near crews and materials in the area.

Engineering Building (General contractor Independent Heating and Sheet Metal, Laramie; scheduled completion September 2014) -- Air management and digital control upgrades to improve building efficiency are ongoing. The hot water circulation system for building heat will be disabled and drained until the end of summer following installation of new devices. Be aware of ladders and equipment in the corridors.

Energy Innovation Center (General contractor The Plumbing Company, Laramie; scheduled completion September 2014) -- Work is ongoing to replace HVAC equipment in Room 377. Be aware of crews in the area.

General Storage Addition (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie; scheduled completion September 2014) -- Construction is complete. Landscaping is complete. Parking area and drainage work continue, as will punch-list items. Shipping and Receiving operations will continue throughout construction. Remaining exterior site work includes drainage work on the west side of the parking/drive area, additional parking locations to the north, and construction of a “Z-wall.” 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.

Sigma Phi Epsilon -- The steam line replacement and landscape repairs are complete. Fill dirt removal will be complete and barricades removed this week.

Sidewalk Closure between Classroom Building/Health Sciences (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie) -- The pedestrian walkway is now open, and irrigation repairs are complete.

Wyoming Union (Vasquez Construction, Laramie; August 2014) -- Construction of a new dock area and handrail installation are complete.


Contact Us

Institutional Communications

Bureau of Mines Building, Room 137


Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2929


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