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Chad Baldwin
Room 137, Bureau of Mines Building, Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2929
Email: cbaldwin@uwyo.edu

Campus Construction Update for June 23-29


June 21, 2013 — These are among the construction activities scheduled June 23-29 at the University of Wyoming:

Road Closure -- 22nd Street, between Grand Avenue and Arrowhead Drive, will remain closed through early July to connect to utilities in the street for the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center construction project.

One-lane traffic at 22nd and Willett streets: Workers will continue to install the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps on three of the four corners. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction. At 20th and Willett streets (entrance between Arena-Auditorium and Rochelle Athletic Center), work is under way to repair to the southwest corner of the entrance, and traffic will be reduced to one lane. The Arena-Auditorium ticket office entrance, exit and travel lane is closed for construction of ADA parking. Be aware of equipment and crews in these areas.

Grand Avenue Patching -- The Wyoming Department of Transportation this week begins patching Grand Avenue in Laramie. Initially, crews will be in various locations between Fourth and 15th streets repairing the surface as needed. The work will be conducted during daylight hours and motorists are urged to watch for flaggers and workers. When the patching is completed, the project will move east between Boulder Drive and the I-80 on- and off-ramps. This will be a more extensive rehabilitation, including a mill and overlay. Travelers should allow themselves a little extra time to reach their destinations as single lane closures in the work zones may be in effect and speeds lowered.

Access to area businesses will remain throughout the entire length of both project areas although side street parking may be occasionally required. If necessary, work will be suspended during Jubilee Days. The contractor is Simon of Cheyenne. The project is paid for by federal funds.

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

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (22nd and Grand, scheduled completion fall 2014) -- Additional project information is available here. Site excavation and site utility work, and concrete foundation work, is under way. The concrete walls for the elevators and stairs topped out at 62 feet above the first floor. The installation of the structural concrete walls will continue for several more days. Underground utility work is under way. Many of the main electrical conduits, air ducts and plumbing drain lines are in place. This work will continue during the next several days.

Biological Sciences Building Mechanical Modifications (Scheduled completion mid-August) -- Staging is established on the south side of the building (with no pedestrian access) and part of the Ivinson parking area. Traffic will be rerouted along the east side of Biological Sciences. Building users are encouraged to use the northwest entrance to avoid construction activities. Concrete will be placed on the equipment platform during the week. Interior work continues.

Enzi STEM Facility (Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets, scheduled completion June 2015) -- Little activity is scheduled. The project remains on hold depending upon availability of asphalt.

Half Acre Gymnasium Addition and Renovation (Scheduled completion spring 2015) -- Full project information is available at www.uwyo.edu/ha-renovation. Half Acre Gymnasium remains open and accessible via the west entrance. Construction work for Phase I, consisting of the demolition and reconstruction of the east portion of the existing building, continues this week with abatement and deconstruction work under way. 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. The construction and staging area south of the existing building may expand this week as required by ongoing construction and abatement-related tasks, which potentially could temporarily close access to Prexy’s Pasture from the east Wyoming Union parking lot. 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. The day lot parking area and roadway immediately east of Half Acre Gymnasium is closed. Temporary day-use parking will be established in the lot east of the Wyoming Union, which may require limited closing of portions of that lot. Please use caution in the vicinity of Half Acre Gymnasium.

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, and 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. 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 Fine Arts Building is a secured construction zone with restricted access. The excavation earthwork will be complete this week. Drilling and concrete pouring of piers will continue over the next several weeks. Underground utility work is complete for this phase of work. Heavy truck traffic will be frequent near War Memorial Fieldhouse, 22nd Street and Willett Drive.

White Hall Renovations -- New installations are complete on the basement through first floors. Punch-list items are being completed on all floors. Re-roofing activities continue. The new east entry is complete. Fencing is placed around the area. The west parking lot will be closed until the end of July.

ESCo Project (Energy Services Company) -- Long Energy Services Co. employees and contractors will continue to work on lighting retrofits in the Engineering and Agriculture buildings, which will impact building occupants. Workers will wear identifying badges. Work on the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory boiler replacement will begin this week. Staging will be on the west side of the building.

Wainwright/Willett Bungalows (Future parking lot) -- Abatement has begun and will continue for the next few weeks. Deconstruction will follow.

Energy Innovation Center (formerly ERC, at 1020 Lewis St.) -- Lewis Street remains closed during construction. The School of Energy Resources and Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute are now located in the EIC. First, second and third floor labs are occupied. Access to main campus now includes the passage between Engineering and the new EIC, along with access between Earth Sciences and the Berry Center. Access to the EIC north entrance will be from the east along Lewis. Parking will be limited in areas around the EIC. Congestion and traffic on Lewis Street continues due to the street closure.

Education Annex Canopy (Scheduled completion August 2013) -- Construction activities continue on the project, including reconfiguration of fencing and temporary barricades defining the construction and staging areas. Vehicular access and parking availability in the lot north of the Education Building will be severely limited throughout the remainder of construction and will be subject to frequent revision as construction activities dictate. During construction, pedestrian access to the north entrance of the Education Building and the east entrance of the Education Annex will be maintained via designated pathways. However, accessible access to the Education Building is limited to the south entrance only. Pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution in the area.

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. Demolition activities, including waste removal-related traffic, are under way. Please observe all posted traffic control and construction signage.

University of Wyoming/Casper College Student Union (UW/CC Student Union, scheduled completion November 2013) -- The primary building enclosure is complete, allowing interior construction activities to proceed on or ahead of schedule. Rough-in construction is generally complete throughout UW/CC third and fourth floor spaces, and preliminary finish construction has started. Overall project construction is approximately 80 percent complete.

The UW Physical Plant reports the following activities for the week. Please direct questions to the service desk, 766-6225.

Agriculture Building -- Moving the wind tunnel to the Lutz Building will occur June 24-28. Please use caution in the area.

General Storage Addition -- Mobilization and site preparation is under way. Shipping and Receiving operations will continue throughout construction. Please use caution around the construction area. Scheduled completion is November 2013.

22nd and Willett Street Landscaping -- Landscaping work will begin at the southwest corner of the intersection. Use caution around equipment and construction area.

War Memorial Stadium -- Replacement of turf at Jonah Field is ongoing.

Centennial Complex (American Heritage Center and Art Museum) -- Roof replacement operations have begun. Crews are setting scaffolding on the cone portion of the building, which will be in place until November. The stair entry will be closed for several days during scaffold placement. Elevator access will remain open. Roof drain re-sets are complete. The staging area is on the north side of the building. Use caution in work areas.

Union Copy Center -- Remodeling of the Copy Center is ongoing throughout June. The Copy Center will remain open, secured in an enclosed area outside of the entrance during renovations. Use caution in the area.

Landmark Apartments -- Roof replacement and attic upgrades will continue on the 12-unit complex. Crews will be working on units 450, 454, 2902 and 2906. Please use caution around equipment, barricaded work zones and fenced staging areas. Project completion date is Friday, Aug. 16.

West Campus Electrical Relocation -- Surface restoration and cleanup activities in the area of 9th-11th/Lewis-Flint streets will continue. Heavy equipment will be in the area. Partial sidewalk and street closures are possible.

Old Main -- Reconstruction of the men’s fourth floor restroom will continue this week, and it will remain closed until complete. Please use caution around crews and equipment in the area.

Ross Hall Cafe -- Ross Hall Cafe renovations continue. The facility will be closed through the summer and is scheduled to reopen for the fall semester. The contractor staging and parking area is on the north side of the building. Use caution in the area.

Cooper House -- Painting will continue throughout the building this week. Use caution around crews and materials.

Geology Building -- Renovations to Classroom 216 are ongoing. Use caution around crews and equipment in this area.

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