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Campus Construction Update for Sept. 6-12

September 4, 2015
group of people in hard hats and neon vests listening to a man talk in a lab under construction
Bryan Shader, special assistant to UW’s vice president for research and economic development, leads a tour of the new studio physics classroom in the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled Sept. 6-12 at the University of Wyoming:

Grand Opening for Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts -- UW President Dick McGinity will host a grand opening event Thursday, Oct. 8, for the expanded and renovated Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. An open house will begin at 5 p.m. with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m.

Tours and refreshments will be offered.

Traffic Alert -- With the start of a new semester, the UW Police Department reminds everyone that the speed limit around the perimeter of campus is 20 miles per hour. It will be strictly enforced.

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

High Bay Research Facility (General contractor Haselden Wyoming Constructors, Laramie; 19th Street; scheduled completion fall 2016) -- Over lot/rough grading activities are ongoing. The building’s shear walls have been poured up to the second floor level. Form work erection began the week of Aug. 31, to extend these shear walls to the roof level. Excavation and grading for a detention pond on the northeast portion of the site is nearing completion. Work continues for a storm line that is being installed on the west side of the Animal Science Building. Utility connections will be made across 19th Street the week of Sept. 2. This work will require a partial closure of 19th between Gibbon and the Animal Science building. The work is anticipated to take one week.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; Fine Arts Building renovation and expansion; scheduled completion August 2015) -- The parking lot on the east side of the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts is now open. Building visitors can enter through the main east entrance.

The new box office located in the central lobby is open, with 15-minute parking in the east parking lot.

Substantial completion has been issued, and the new addition is occupied. Punch-list work is ongoing. AV (audio visual) commissioning is complete, with punch lists issued.

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, October 2015) -- Full project information is available here.

Phase 1 of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center is open and well used this summer. Punch-list tasks and building technology subsystem 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 historic entrance is closed for Phase 2 renovation. Additional construction and staging areas are being established. Phase 2 deconstruction activities are complete. Renovation is underway throughout Phase 2, including mechanical and electrical rough-in and interior layout and framing. Concrete topping has been poured at the running track in the gym, which has been raised 3 feet to match the third floor of the addition. Aquatics subcontract work related to the existing pool, new pool plumbing and the new whirlpool is underway. Completion of Phase 2 renovation is now scheduled for fall 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 remain open; however, continuing construction 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.

ASUW Memorial Plaza (General contractor Arcon Inc., Laramie; scheduled completion Oct. 1) -- All granite boulder placement and the vertical stone alpine planting walls are complete. The underground sprinkler system and new poured concrete sidewalks also are complete, with the exception of the center ASUW medallion inset design. Work on the flagstone paving sections is approximately 75 percent complete. Planting work and new sod have recently been installed at the site. This project is scheduled to be complete (with the exception of alpine planting) by Oct. 1. The alpine planting will take place during spring 2016 due to growing season requirements. Please observe all temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions in areas where work is taking place.

Hoyt Hall Renovation (General contractor TBD, anticipated completion summer 2016) -- A new bid date for this project has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. A second pre-bid meeting with interested contractors is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, to clarify changes in project scope and schedule requirements. Required structural repairs to the lower level of Hoyt Hall are being completed under a separate contract managed by the UW Physical Plant. It is anticipated that the structural repairs work will be completed in both the south and central portions of the building by mid-November and in the north portion by mid-December. Please observe all temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions in areas of the building where work is taking place.

Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets; scheduled completion August 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. The construction office is relocated to the west on 10th Street, with access on the north from Bradley Street.

Landscape and site work is proceeding around the building. Planting of trees and shrubs is underway, with sod to follow. This will cause intermittent disruptions to traffic on all surrounding streets.

Construction activity continues throughout the building. Installation of ceiling grid is complete in the labs on all floors and is nearing completion in the atrium. Ceiling grid work is beginning in corridors and public areas. Laboratory casework is complete on the first and second floors. Laboratory hoods, along with lab tops, are being finished on the third floor. Final drywall work continues in the atrium ahead of painting and installation of acoustic wall paneling. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are finishing, and trim-out is underway throughout. Finishing of the installation of stairs and elevators continues. 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 the final installation of stone and coping. Penthouse metal siding is nearing completion, and cornice soffits are underway. Curtain wall and glass installation is nearing completion on the south. Work on the atrium interior walls and detail continues in conjunction with the completion of mechanical and electrical systems.

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 340 projects in progress valued at more than $47.9 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Arts and Sciences (Shepard Construction, Rawlins; October 2015) -- A ramp is being constructed for access to the north side of the A&S auditorium stage. Part of Room 118 will be converted for this space. Temporary barriers will be constructed for dust. Please use caution around crews and equipment.

Visual Arts Building (GE Johnson; September 2015) -- Work will be ongoing to replace exterior lighting and sealing the exterior envelope. Use caution near crews and equipment.

Biological Sciences (Laramie Heating and Sheet Metal; September 2015) -- A supplemental/emergency cooling system is scheduled to be installed in Room 427A. Work will be ongoing in this area and in the mechanical chase in the center of the building. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Coil Cleaning (Common Cents Energy Recovery, Frederick, Colo.; September 2015) -- Coil cleaning in various campus air-handling units will continue this week. Occupants may experience temperature fluctuations in their areas. Buildings scheduled for improvements are the College of Law Building, Bureau of Mines and Anthropology Building. Work is complete in the following areas: Rochelle Athletics Center, Coe Library, Knight Hall, Biological Sciences, Corbett, Aven Nelson and Williams Conservatory. This project will improve energy efficiency of building systems and help conserve energy.

Jacoby Golf Course (Christensen Irrigation Co., Costa Mesa, Calif.; May 2016) -- The contractor is laying out pipe in areas of the course. Trenching and installation of pipe in the rough areas is ongoing on fairways two and three. Piping and material are stockpiled in the staging area west of the clubhouse and around the course. Improvements are expected to decrease water consumption, reduce system maintenance and enhance aesthetics. Please use caution near crews and equipment in this area.

Sigma Phi Epsilon (Marshall Contracting, Laramie; September 2015) -- Repairs, replacement and repainting of the gutters, downspouts and fascia are in progress. Use caution around crews and equipment in the area.

College of Agriculture Building -- Crews are working to repair a broken water main located between the Agriculture Building and the Education Annex. Water has been restored to all facilities. A complete repair has not been made due to difficult access to utilities. Water interruptions are anticipated, and repairs continue. Building occupants will be notified of any outages. Access to the area is limited, and the sidewalk between Agriculture and Education will remain closed. Please use caution around heavy equipment.

Coe Library (Laramie Heating & Sheet Metal, Laramie; September 2015) -- Work will begin on duct and plumbing modifications to all floors to resolve building pressurization issues. Work is anticipated to create noise and dust in work areas. Crews will begin on the sixth floor and move to the first floor as work progresses. Expect all floors to be affected. Use caution in work areas and around equipment.

Biological Sciences Building (Lance’s Painting, Laramie; September 2015) -- The east side of the building will be re-sealed at all windows, concrete control joints and expansion joints. A lift will be staged on the sidewalk east of the building throughout the project. Please be cautious around the lift and workers in the area.

Knight Hall Student Financial Operations (JC Construction, Laramie; September 2015) -- A renovation of the cashiers area and the Office Suite 172 is underway. Moving crews will relocate the furniture, and temporary barriers will be established. Construction crews will enter and exit through the southwest Knight Hall corridor. Three parking spots have been reserved for contractor vehicles and a construction waste trailer. Traffic control barricades will be in place. Please be cautious of crews and equipment in the area.

Landmark Square Apartments (Highland Landscaping, Laramie; June 2016) -- Landscape improvements and a new sprinkler system are being installed for the entire Landmark Apartments property. Concrete removal and horizontal boring are complete. Sod removal and regrading will continue. Traffic control barricades are in place. Please be cautious around excavation areas and equipment.

Spanish Walk Apartments Exterior Building Repairs (Shepard Construction, Rawlins; November 2015) -- Work on Unit A is complete. Work will be ongoing on the remaining units, weather permitting. The staging area will be in the northeast corner of the complex. Lift equipment will be used to access the mansards at building perimeters. Use caution near crews and equipment.

Energy Innovation Center (UW Physical Plant; Custom Fabrication, Laramie; Trident Electric, Laramie; September 2015) -- A five-row solar array is being installed on the southeast roof of the building. This array will be used for solar power research and to supplement the electricity demand at the building. All mechanical installation work is complete. Commissioning and final connections are still in progress.

Hoyt Hall (UW Physical Plant, Arcon Inc.; October 2015) -- Repairs to the basement interior steel frame structure are expected to begin in early September. Staging will be north of the building and south of Student Health. Please use caution around crews and equipment.

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

Water Shutdown (UW Physical Plant and Groathouse Construction Inc., Cody, August 2015) -- A water shutdown, scheduled Saturday, Aug. 29, near Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center is complete. 

Student Health/Cheney Center (The Plumbing Company, Laramie; September 2015) -- Replacement and upgrade of heating system components is complete.

1217 Lewis St. (Big Huhnks, Laramie; September 2015) -- Placement of road base and blocks on the empty lot is complete.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (Big Horn Roofing, Laramie; UW Physical Plant; August 2015) -- Roof replacement operations are complete.

Parking Lot Striping (UW Physical Plant) -- Lot striping operations in the Summit View Lot are complete.

Student Health First Floor Reception (Marshall Contracting, Laramie; September 2015) -- Renovation of the first-floor reception area and two exam rooms is complete.

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