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Campus Construction Update for May 17

May 15, 2015
man standing in front of statue of woman on bucking horse breaking through wall
Artist D. Michael Thomas stands in front of his sculpture, “Breakin’ Through,” now permanently displayed north of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled May 17-23 at the University of Wyoming:

Wyoming Union Parking Lot (Simon Contractors, Cheyenne, August 2015) -- Phase 2 of the Union Lot Rehabilitation Project will begin next week. Please note: Starting May 18, Willett Drive will be one way from the McWhinnie/Wyoming Hall parking lot to 15th Street. The parking spaces immediately east of McWhinnie Hall will be designated bus parking only. Parking and detour information is located here.

-- Parking: All parking in the Union Lot will be closed beginning May 18. “A” (Faculty/Staff), “R” (Resident) and “M” (Motorcycle) permit parking will be available across 15th Street in Fraternity and Sorority Row throughout the closure. The Day Lot also will be closed beginning May 18 and is anticipated to reopen during late summer in its original location east of Half Acre. Temporary metered parking will be available on 13th Street between Coe Library and Knight Hall. Day permits are available at the Transit and Parking Services Office (462 N. 10th St.) or at the Wyoming Union information desk. Individuals requiring close-in disability parking during the closure should contact Transit and Parking Services at 766-9800 for more information.  

-- Transit: The East Union bus stop will be closed beginning May 18. All bus traffic will be diverted to the bus shelter south of McWhinnie Hall throughout the summer. The Union Express, South Express, Campus Commuter and Gem City Grand all will use the McWhinnie bus shelter. 

-- Updates: Information regarding closures will be updated as necessary throughout the summer on the UW Transit and Parking Services Web page,, and the Transit and Parking Services Facebook page, Please use caution near crews and equipment. 

Statue Dedicated -- “Breakin’ Through,” created by artist D. Michael Thomas, was dedicated during a ceremony Thursday on the north side of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. Read more.

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

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; Fine Arts Building renovation and expansion; scheduled completion May 2015) -- 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.

The parking lot south of the Performing Arts Center is now open on the east and will close again for asphalt repair during late May to early June.

New addition: Flooring/wall tile, ceilings, electrical, plumbing and mechanical trim-out installations are complete in the majority of the north-side addition. Interior painting, trim-outs, flooring and ceiling clouds continue in the majority of the south-side addition. High work in the Thrust Theater is complete; lower framing and seating bowl concrete are complete, with drywall/taping and rigging continuing. Recital Hall shelf framing, upper painting and stage wood flooring installation are complete, with lower shelf wood louver panels continuing. HVAC controls wiring and programming continue with air balancing continuing. Punch lists have begun in parts of the lower addition. The box office has moved to a temporary location just southeast of the old box office location. The Department of Theatre and Dance northwest office addition is complete, and offices are now occupied. Punch lists are nearly complete.

Existing building: Contractor access for new construction tie-ins will be through the west lobby and lower corridor leading to the new dance studio. Air balancing and heating water balancing are now complete. 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.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (General contractor Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody; Phase 1 east reconstruction/addition was substantially completed March 13; Phase 2, historic west renovation, summer 2015) -- Full project information is available here.

Phase 1 of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center opened Monday, March 16. Punch-list tasks, building technology and transitional work toward Phase 2 renovation will continue post-occupancy. Pedestrian access to the new south building entrance from Prexy’s Pasture and from the east Wyoming Union parking lot has reopened. Please observe temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions in areas where work will continue.

The west entrance is closed for Phase 2 renovation. Current renovation activity is primarily deconstruction work. Additional construction and staging areas are being established. Completion of Phase 2 renovation is now scheduled for late summer 2015.

Construction and staging areas north, east and west of the existing building have been established and are closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, except that which is construction related. Pedestrian pathways north and south of Half Acre Gymnasium remain open; however, the continuing construction activities in this vicinity will result in increased congestion. Temporary traffic controls, barricades 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.

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center
-- Laboratory 322 (General contractor Marshall Contracting, Laramie) -- Renovation work to support research activities is underway. Current construction activities include flooring. Though the majority of construction activities will be confined to the room, noise and vibration can be expected in adjacent spaces. This project also includes finish and other work in Room 138.

-- Sculpture Installation (Artist Walczak & Heiss, Brooklyn, N.Y.) -- Installation of cast metal sculptures of animals around the building site and interior is underway. Each sculpture will have an internal mechanism for showing dynamic video-based content.

Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets; scheduled completion May 2015) -- Please note that this project is being managed and administered by the State Construction Office. The intersection of 11th and Lewis is open for pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The sidewalk on the south side of Lewis is open, and there is access to the Earth Science/EIC loading dock. Street repair work will be limited to gravel fill until spring.

Construction activity continues throughout the building. Installation of ceiling grid is complete on the first floor ahead of the ceiling tile and lights. Ceiling grid work is underway on the second and third floors, and is expected to start in corridors and public areas. Laboratory casework is being installed, along with lab tops, on the second and third floors. Drywall finishing continues on the second and third floors ahead of painting. Wall framing and drywall work are nearly complete on the third floor. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are finishing on the third floor ahead of the drywall. Installation of stairs and elevators continues. Steel trim-out, including the installation of the cornice at the top of the exterior walls, is nearing completion. There will continue to be numerous man lifts around the perimeter of the building, allowing work to progress on the cornice, curtain wall and masonry. The mason will continue to work on numerous areas of the exterior as site work and glazing systems allow.

Roof membrane work is complete. Flashing and trim-out of the roof is proceeding on the penthouse and lower roofs as weather permits. Curtain wall and glass installation are proceeding on the north and south as adjacent work and weather permit. Materials are stocked on site, with installation proceeding as glass is fabricated. Work on the atrium interior walls and detail continues in conjunction with the rough-in of mechanical and electrical systems. Site work has started on the east along 11th Street and south along Lewis. There will be disruptions to traffic on 11th Street between Lewis and Bradley streets due to site work on concrete and utilities on the east side of the street.

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 equipment moving materials from storage to site, along with ongoing delivery of materials to site from vendors. You can visit the webcam here.

The UW Physical Plant has 306 projects in progress valued at more than $40.9 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Campus -- Physical Plant crews are turning on campus irrigation sprinkler systems for the season. Overspray could create slippery spots on sidewalks and driveways. Please use caution.

Landmark Apartments (Highland Landscaping, Laramie, May 2015) -- Tree planting and xeriscape landscaping will occur. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Service Building Roof “E” Replacement (Physical Plant, CHC, Denver, Colo., June 2015) -- Pre-cleaning of roof gravel will occur. Use caution at building entrance locations.

19th Street (UW Physical Plant, May 2015) -- Work will begin to extend the sidewalk on the west side of 19th Street from Gibbon Street to Harney Street. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

UniWyo Sports Complex (Ponder Company Inc., Denver, June 2015) -- The gym floor is being resurfaced. There will be no access to the gym May 1-June 1. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Wyoming Union (UW Physical Plant, May 2015) -- Upgrades around the east dining room are ongoing. Please use caution near crews and equipment. 

Indoor Practice Facility (Laramie Heating & Sheet Metal, Laramie, May 2015) -- Hydronic unit heaters are being added to the building’s mechanical and storage spaces. The air-handling units will be off for two days during the week of May 18. Very little work will be conducted in the field area. Please keep mechanical rooms clear of stored materials.

Cowboy Field (Highland Landscaping, Laramie) -- The infield closure at Cowboy Field has been extended through May 30 due to cold weather and snow delaying the newly installed sod properly taking root. Please stay off of the infield grass.

Biological Sciences (Elite Waterproofing, Aurora, Colo., May 2015) -- The entire north elevation of the Biological Sciences building will be re-caulked beginning May 18. The work will be done from a hanging stage system via the roof. Traffic control barricades will be in place on the ground level to prohibit pedestrian traffic from walking under the work in progress. Please be cautious around workmen and barricades in the area. Anticipated completion is May 29.

Buchanan Center for Performing Arts (Arcon Inc., Laramie, July 2015) -- Parapet wall restoration, demolition and reconstructions are ongoing. The staging area for this portion of the project is set to relocate to the west of the ADA spaces south of the building. Please watch for crews and equipment, and avoid work areas.

Health Science Living House (UW Physical Plant) -- Work will be ongoing to install a new valve box in the grassy area south of the retaining wall, weather permitting. Please use caution around the barricaded area south of the retaining wall.

Physical Sciences (Electrical Solutions, Trident Electric, Fremont Electric, Laramie, June 2015) -- Work will be ongoing to upgrade LED lighting on the first, second and third floors. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Lewis Street (Mechanical Systems Inc., Cheyenne, July 2015) -- Work in vaults along Lewis Street from 11th to 15th streets continues. Crews and equipment will be working on the main drive in Greenhill Cemetery. Please be aware of temporary barricades, crews and vehicles in the area.

White Hall (Arcon Inc., Laramie, April 2015) -- One hatch installation is pending. Patching and painting will occur when outdoor temperatures warm up. Please use caution around work areas.

Downey Hall (Arcon Inc., Laramie, April 2015) -- Replacement of insulation on the east-end soffit and replacement of soffit hatches are complete. Removal and repair of soffit vents and east-end painting will occur when outdoor temperatures warm up. Please use caution around work areas.

Centennial Complex (Marshall Contracting, August 2015) -- Renovations are ongoing in the existing kitchen and dining areas on the first floor of the complex. These areas will be renovated to be used as a classroom and studio to support the Art Museum’s K-12 programs and other education initiatives. Construction is mostly contained within the existing kitchen and dining areas. Please use caution around crews and equipment in the area.

Animal Science/Molecular Biology (Fremont Electric, Laramie, May 2015) -- Installation will be ongoing for LED retrofitting in the existing lights throughout the building. Work is anticipated to take several weeks.

Classroom Upgrades Project (UW Physical Plant and JC Construction, Laramie, May 2015) -- Construction is underway in Wyoming Hall Rooms 204 and 434 and Engineering Room 1044. Please be aware of crews and equipment in the area of these classrooms.

History Building (Arcon Inc., Laramie, June 2015) -- Renovations to the first-floor restroom and Rooms 57, 60, 152, 155 and 156 are in progress. The first-floor restroom will be closed throughout the renovation. Please use caution near crews and equipment in the basement and first-floor areas.

Information Technology Center (Encore Electric, Englewood, Colo., June 2015) -- Improvements to the UPS system are ongoing. Work will be mainly above the ceiling space on the first floor, east side of the building. Local coordination will be via Jerome Lindsey. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

1217 Lewis St. Apartments (Summit Trucking and House Moving, May 2015) -- The apartments at 1217 Lewis St. have been removed. Foundation demolition and site work will be ongoing through May. Please use caution near this site.

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Bureau of Mines Building, Room 137


Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2929


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