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Campus Construction Update for Oct. 25-31

October 23, 2015
man standing beside bench outdoors
Former UW President Tom Buchanan stands next to a new bench located between Merica Hall and Old Main. The bench was recently dedicated to honor members of the Buchanan family. (UW Photo)

These are among the construction activities scheduled Oct. 25-31 at the University of Wyoming:

Cold Weather Preparation -- With the recent drop in temperatures, Physical Plant requests that all building occupants help ensure buildings and facilities are safe and secure. Please make sure all windows and doors are completely closed, and windows are latched. If you are unable to secure windows and/or doors, please contact the Physical Plant Service Desk at 766-6225. 

Power Outage -- An electrical outage is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 25, for the following buildings: Centennial Complex, Visual Arts and Wyoming Technology Business Center. The outage is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and will last 8-10 hours. This is a continuation of the work that began this summer. Backup generators will be active in these buildings during this time. If you have any questions or conflicts regarding this outage, please email Steve Fletcher.

Campus -- Blowout of irrigation sprinkler systems is complete for the season.

Coe Street (Simon Contractors, Cheyenne; October 2015) -- Asphalt repairs are scheduled to begin on Coe Street, between 29th and 30th streets, weather permitting. Please use caution in the area.

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. Excavation for a detention pond on the north side of the site has resumed and is nearing completion. Storm drainage lines are nearing completion around the building and will begin to extend to the south on the west side of Animal Sciences in the next couple of weeks. The concrete floor slabs in the north and west wings of the building have been poured. Sacrificial concrete slabs are being formed around the north wing of the building. These slabs will be used to build precast concrete panels that will become structural walls for the north wing of the building. Reinforcing rebar and formwork are being installed around what will become a reaction wall for the structural testing lab in the north wing of the building. Structural steel erection began on the west wing of the building Oct. 5 and is nearing completion on the west wing. Installation of a steel deck for the second floor will begin the week of Oct. 26.

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (General contractor Sampson Construction, Cheyenne; Fine Arts Building renovation and expansion; scheduled completion August 2015) -- Substantial completion has been issued, and the new addition is occupied. Punch-list work is ongoing.

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. Landscaping boulder placement will begin next week on the east landscape areas. Be cautious with heavy equipment in the east parking area and sidewalks.

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

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. 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, electrical and interior finishes. Work on the old gym continues with paint and lighting upgrades. The existing gym floor refinishing is complete. Running track expansion is complete. 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 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.

Hoyt Hall Renovation (Elk Ridge Builders & Design LLC, Laramie; anticipated completion July 22, 2016) -- An agreement with the selected general contractor is being prepared, and a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled in the next few weeks. Required structural repairs to the lower level of Hoyt Hall are being completed under a separate contract managed by the UW Physical Plant. Renovation of the building is anticipated to begin in early January 2016, after all the structural repairs are finished, and be substantially complete by July 22, 2016. Please observe all temporary barricades, cautionary signs or other posted instructions around the building where work is taking place inside.

Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility (General contractor AP Wyoming, Cheyenne; Lewis Street between 10th and 11th streets; scheduled completion October 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 Sciences/EIC loading dock. The construction office is relocated east to a staging area along Lewis.

Landscaping and minor site work is finished around the building. Construction fencing around the building will be removed. Lewis will remain closed between 10th and 11th streets.

Final construction activity continues throughout the building with cleaning, trim work and operational testing of building systems. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing commissioning and testing are underway throughout, and will continue for several weeks. Finishing of the stairs and elevators continues. There will be man lifts on site at the perimeter of the building, allowing completion of the cornice, flashing and metal window surrounds.

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 327 projects in progress valued at more than $46.8 million. Following is a list of ongoing construction activities in areas of campus that may impact you:

Anthropology Building (Stonehouse Inc., Laramie; November 2015) -- Traffic control barricades will be set up and selective demolition will begin Oct. 28 to expose and repair a water leak into the building. The affected area will be the south center of the building along Lewis Street. Barricades will prohibit parking in the area south of the building. The repair is anticipated to be complete by the middle of the week of Nov. 9. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Downey Hall (KONE Inc.; October 2015) -- Repairs are being made to elevator 2. The elevator will not be operational until repairs are completed. Repairs are expected to take 1-2 weeks.

Ross Hall (UW Physical Plant) -- A split-unit A/C system will be installed in Room 247. Crews will be working in Rooms 247, 347, 447 and on the roof. Please use caution around equipment moving in and out of the area.

Old Main (UW Equipment Services) -- Work is ongoing to clean the roof and gutter areas of debris with power wash equipment. Crews will use a snorkel lift, which will require a temporary closure of sidewalks in the immediate area of the building while operations are ongoing. Work is anticipated to be in progress through Oct. 30. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Classroom Building (UW Physical Plant) -- Repairs to the water main have been completed. The area is now open to pedestrians. Vehicular traffic will be limited until early November. Repairs to the light pole are ongoing. Please use caution around equipment moving in and out of the area.

History Building (UW Physical Plant, October 2015) -- Work will be ongoing for control upgrade on the rooftop exhaust fans. This is a freeze prevention measure to monitor and control the exhaust fans during cold spells.    

Coe Library (Arcon Inc., Laramie; Commercial Flooring, Cheyenne; October 2015) -- Work to correct floating carpet tiles in the basement is underway. All carpet tiles on the north end, west of Digital Collections, are to be corrected. Work will affect the location of books in this area, and access will be limited. If you are unable to obtain a desired book, journal, magazine, etc., please contact Coe Library staff for retrieval through the duration of this project. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Animal Science/Molecular Biology (Fremont Electric, Laramie; November 2015) -- Lighting replacements and upgrades in the main entryway are underway. Please use caution around equipment staged on the north side of the building.

Health Sciences Complex (Simpson Electric Co., Cheyenne; October 2015) -- Work is scheduled to begin Oct. 28 to perform control upgrades on different units in the complex. Work will start in the Pharmacy Building penthouse unit. The air-handling unit will be shut down for several hours to perform the upgrade. This upgrade is part of a recommissioning project of the whole complex to increase system performance and energy efficiencies.

Physical Sciences Building (Colorado Hazard Control, UW Plumbing Shop, Electrical Solutions; November 2015) -- Room 129 is being remodeled to accommodate new research. Plumbing and electrical work is ongoing. Please use caution near crews and equipment.

Arts and Sciences Building (Shepard Construction; Rawlins; November 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; October 2015) -- Work will be ongoing to replace exterior lighting and sealing the exterior envelope. Use caution near crews and equipment.

Biological Sciences Building (Laramie Heating and Sheet Metal; October 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.

Jacoby Golf Course (Christensen Irrigation Co., Costa Mesa, Calif.; May 2016) -- Mainline pipe is being installed between fairways 17 and 18. Lateral piping is being installed in fairways 7, 8 and 9. 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.

Coe Library (Laramie Heating & Sheet Metal, Laramie; October 2015) -- Work is ongoing 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.

Knight Hall Student Financial Operations (JC Construction, Laramie; November 2015) -- Renovation of the cashiers’ area and the Office Suite 172 is underway. The move into the office suite and punch-list items are in progress. Ceiling tiles and electrical trim work will continue in the cashiers’ areas during weekends and holidays through December. Casework delivery and installation will take place in mid-November. 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. Playground mulch, tree surrounds and seasonal cleanup are in progress. 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 units A, B, C and D is complete. Work will be ongoing on unit E, 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.

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

College of Agriculture Building -- Repairs have been made to the water main located between the Agriculture Building and Education Annex; the area is open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. 

Biological Sciences Building (Lance’s Painting, Laramie; October 2015) -- Re-sealing of windows, concrete control joints and expansion joints on the east side of the building is complete. 

Wyoming State Vet Lab (Southeastern Wyoming Insulation, Laramie; October 2015) -- Work to install soffit insulation for freeze prevention is complete. 

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