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SIUE Major Construction Update

Fall 2018

Founders Hall Renovation

12/10/18

Facilities Management (FM) has received new particulate matter data from tests performed by Emergency Management and Safety on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Results indicate that all areas were below our testing threshold of 10,000 parts per million (ppm), with the exception of one location in the southwest corner of the building that was slightly above at 10,050 ppm.

After receiving complaints from occupants of the smell of diesel fumes on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, FM tracked the source to a diesel powered chop saw our contractor was using to cut steel beams at the southwest tower. We also identified the saw as the source of elevated particulate matter in the area. In response, and in our expectation that this does not occur again, we have done the following:

·         Located and sealed holes cut in walls for electrical conduit in the area to restrict air movement from construction areas to occupied areas.

·         Held a meeting with our contractors to stress the importance of caution when using diesel powered equipment near occupied areas to maintain air quality.

·         Are in the process of sealing windows with exterior caulking at several locations where we found leaky windows allowing infiltration of exterior fumes.

As your safety and wellbeing are paramount to our mission, FM and Emergency Management and Safety will continue to monitor air quality in Founders Hall and share results and actions we take to maintain a safe environment.

11/30/18

Over the next 30 days, now that both west tower pier caps are in-place, the contractor will continue to construct the walls for both of the west towers.  Penthouse demolition is ongoing and the contractor will begin to remove parts of the roof in late December.  Pier construction for the two east stair towers is progressing and should be complete within the next month. Tunnel mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is ongoing.  

We continue to monitor particulate matter data throughout the building. We expect the next round of results soon, at which time we will share the findings.

11/15/18

During the next 30 days, we will pour the west towers’ pier caps and start building tower walls. Currently, the penthouse mechanical, electrical and plumbing demolition is nearly complete. Additionally, northeast demolition is complete as well as construction of piers at both towers on the east side. Tunnel mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is ongoing.  

We are currently installing steel caging for the northwest tower foundation and will begin pouring foundation concrete at the southwest tower on Monday, November 19. 

Inside, we will continue mechanical, plumbing and electrical work on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Over the Thanksgiving break, we will complete structural reinforcement of columns on the first floor. During the Christmas Break, we will reinforce columns to support the new penthouse on the lower floor. Additionally, extensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation work will continue. 

We continue to monitor particulate matter data throughout the building. The most recently collected data (11/14/2018) showed all locations but one were below 6,000 parts per million (ppm), with most well below 4,000 ppm. The one location over our screening criteria is close to the north entrance, and a result of outside air infiltration. Outside air has been shown to be regularly higher in particulate matter than inside the building.  As always, University Emergency Management and Safety will continue to monitoring levels of particulates throughout the construction process and address any issues that may arise.

11/08/18

Final drilling and emplacement of support piers concludes today with completion of the northeast tower piers. Because this process has been muddy, we have asked the contractor to keep the sidewalks and roadways clean.

Over the next 30 days, we will pour the west towers’ pier caps and start building tower walls. Additionally, we will complete penthouse demolition and have roof steel delivered onsite.

Inside, we will continue mechanical, plumbing and electrical work on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Over the Thanksgiving break, we will complete extensive electrical work throughout the building. During the Christmas Break, we will reinforce columns to support the new penthouse on all levels. Additionally, extensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation work will take place.

Particulate Matter data collected on 11/2/2018 showed most locations were below 5,000 parts per million (ppm), and all but two were below 10,000 ppm (approximately 90% of the test locations). Of the two that were over our screening criteria, one was in an enclosed space where welders were working. We increased ventilation to mitigate particulate levels at this location. The other was just under 12,000 ppm and did not appear to be an ongoing issue. University Emergency Management and Safety will continue to monitoring levels of particulates throughout the construction process.

10/31/18

Founder’s Hall construction progress continues with several milestones achieved since last week. 

Most significantly, Silica testing is complete and the results are in; no Silica levels were detected (Silica Quartz, Cristobalite or Tridymite).  The results were completed by SGS Galson, Syracuse, New York, a leading lab for Silica analysis. 

Also, tests received this week for formaldehyde levels show results are well below the US Occupational Health and Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limits of 940 ng/L (750 ppb). All tested areas except one were in the 30s for both ng and ppb. The one room that was slighter higher showed a level of only 50 ng/40 ppb, still well below OSHA exposure limits. This room is also currently unoccupied. While construction materials can be a major source for formaldehyde in buildings, other sources include air fresheners, cleaning products, clothing, upholstered furniture, skin care, nail polish, toothpastes, baby wipes, markers, copiers and even certain foods. FM is satisfied that the levels in the building are in line with other modern office spaces. However, we intend to test again when new materials are being brought into the space. 

Weekly particulate matter testing by SIUE Emergency Management and Safety also was completed. The table below shows the indoor air testing results:  

Date 

Reading 

Notes 

09/18/2018 

271 to 3,060 ppm 

No issues 

09/24/2018 

162 to 1,760 ppm 

No issues 

09/28/2018 

1,930 to 14,300 ppm 

Two locations above 10,000 ppm (Both common spaces) 

10/01/2018 

1,210 to 2,070 ppm 

No issues 

10/05/2018 

106 to 25,700 ppm 

One location above 10,000 ppm (Elevator, while plywood was being applied to walls) 

10/10/2018 

863 to 7,800 ppm 

No issues 

10/17/2018 

2,590 to 17,200 ppm 

Taken during heating cutover caused levels to elevate briefly  

10/23/2018 

700 to 6,000 ppm 

No issues 

Heating and venting systems have been completely reconfigured to independently serve the ground and 1st floors from the 2nd and 3rd floors. Therefore, we are no longer requesting occupants leave their lights and computers running. Additionally, connection of the heating and vent systems has allowed us to increase the makeup air from outside, which should help reduce dust accumulation from overnight construction activities. 

Construction Progress  

Pier drilling to support seismic towers continues to move at great pace. The southwest corner pad that sits on top of the piers is being formed. The northwest tower piers are complete and work to prep the pad for forming has begun. The southeast stair tower is demolished and work on the piers has started. Demolition of the northeast stair tower is almost complete, with just the foundation left to remove. Inside the building, demolition is nearly complete on upper floors and penthouse demolition has started. HVAC, plumbing and electrical work is ongoing. Additionally, the wood ceiling on the third floor is down and being palletized for storage; it will be reinstalled after utility work is completed. 

Next 30 days 

The southwest and northwest tower pads will continue to be formed with steel for placement of concrete and caps. This should be in place by the end of the month when wall construction of seismic towers will begin. On the eastside, both tower foundations (piers and caps) will be complete.  Penthouse demolition will also be complete, and roof steel should be on-site. 

10/16/18

The renovation is moving along and great progress has been made both outside and inside the building. First and foremost, while the contractor is completing steps necessary to isolate the bottom two floors for heating this winter, the sudden drop in temperatures this week have resulted in lower temperatures in the building than what we would like. While the cross-over is on-track to be completed by the end of this week, in the meantime we have undergone the following steps to try to improve the situation: 

  • Facilities has authorized overtime for the mechanical contractor to finish the cross-over of heating more quickly. Additionally, SIUE plumbers are working to bring up the heat on the air handlers (normally the building is heated by the radiant heat only). This backup heat, which has not been operational for years will provide supplemental heat to keep the building warm through the winter; 
  • The contractor is currently working to improve the “buttoning up” of the building to reduce heat loss in the occupied space; 
  • Adjustments to cold air intake have been made, and we are opening up the tunnel between Alumni and Founders (along with increasing Alumni’s heating operating hours) to share heating; 
  • We have supplied additional heaters at point of use for those areas in the building experiencing the coolest temperatures. 

Additionally, Facilities asks that occupants leave their lights on and computers running this week, which will also help with temperature levels. 

Construction Progress 

The drilled piers to support the seismic towers are moving along at a great pace, currently averaging just over two a day which puts them on or slightly ahead of schedule for completion. The southeast stair tower is halfway down, and excavation for the northwest tower continues. Inside, most of the second and third floors are gutted.  

Air Testing 

Emergency Management and Safety and Farmer Environmental Services, LLC, are continuing to conduct air quality in the building. Results from the air testing completed by Farmer Environmental Services for Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, and total volatile organic compounds (VOCs) fell well below safety standards set by OSHA. Hydrogen Sulfide and LEL (combustibles) were not present at the time of testing. Oxygen levels were found to be normal. Facilities intends to retest these again as the project progresses and new materials enter the building. 

Safety Standard

Test Result

Oxygen

20.9%

20.9%

Carbon Monoxide

50 ppm

6 ppm

Carbon Dioxide

1,000 ppm

0 to 400 ppm

Hydrogen Sulfide

20 ppm

0 ppm

LEL (combustibles)

0 ppm

0 ppm

Total VOCs

0.5 ppm

0 to 0.4 ppm

Testing for Formaldehyde has been contracted through Farmer. This test will be completed tomorrow, with results in approximately 10 days. Additional testing for Silica is currently be conducted by the contractor, with results by the end of the week. 

Particulate matter testing is being completed by SIUE Emergency Management and Safety on a weekly basis. Results have been published showing a safety standard of 10,000 ppm, which although is not a published standard by OSHA, has been used by SIUE in the past to show a “Baseline” condition for determining if additional testing for hazardous materials is needed. It should be noted that OSHA is interested in prolonged exposure over an eight hour period. This testing is a snapshot. The table below shows the results of Indoor air testing: 

Date

Reading

Notes

09/18/2018

271 to 3,060 ppm

09/24/2018

162 to 1,760 ppm

09/28/2018

1,930 to 14,300 ppm

Two locations above 10,000 ppm (Both common spaces)

10/01/2018

1,210 to 2,070 ppm

10/05/2018

106 to 25,700 ppm

One location above 10,000 ppm (Elevator, while plywood was being applied to walls)

10/10/2018

863 to 7,800 ppm

It should also be stated that outdoor particulates tested during this period were as much as five times the indoor levels. Additionally, those three locations that tested above our screening standard of 10,000 all returned to levels below 10,000 ppm on retest, and none are permanently occupied spaces. We will continue to monitor the levels, and address any negative trends as they arise. However, with the completion of the barrier to the second and third floors in the atrium, we anticipate levels to remain low.  

Next Week 

Heat crossover will be complete. Construction on the drilled piers will continue and the southwest corner pier drilling is anticipated to be complete. Demolition of the rest of the Southeast corner stairwell be complete.

10/11/18

Facilities Management is in the process of hanging emergency egress floor plans at the north and south exits of Founders Hall. These large signs show the fastest route to evacuate the building in case of an emergency.

We continue to make progress on the excavation for the southwest tower and began pier drilling on October 10, 2018. Also, the atrium barriers between the first and second floors in Founders Hall are now complete, mitigating the amount of noise, dust, and debris entering occupied areas from the construction zone.

10/04/18

Construction of the 2nd floor atrium barriers is complete and scaffolding has been removed. The installation of the drilled pier foundations for the seismic towers will start with mobilization of drilling equipment on Monday, October 8, and drilling anticipated starting on Tuesday, October 9. We continue to test the air quality and will have another week’s worth of results to report soon.

9/28/18

 As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a safe working environment, Facilities Management, in partnership with Emergency Management and Safety and Farmer Environmental Services, LLC, has conducted air quality tests for Founders Hall. Results indicate low levels of particulate matter, Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, and total volatile organic compounds (VOCs) below safety standards set by OSHA. Hydrogen Sulfide and LEL (combustibles) were not present at the time of testing. Oxygen levels were found to be normal. 

Safety Standard

Test Result

Particulate Matter

10,000 ppm

271 to 3060 ppm

Oxygen

20.9%

20.9%

Carbon Monoxide

50 ppm

6 ppm

Carbon Dioxide

1,000 ppm

0 to 400 ppm

Hydrogen Sulfide

20 ppm

0 ppm

LEL (combustibles)

0 ppm

0 ppm

Total VOCs

0.5 ppm

0 to 0.4 ppm

 As you may know, VOCs are present in common office and household products such as alcohol wipes, perfume, and hand sanitizer. Therefore, the presence of some VOCs is to be expected.

 We will continue to measure Carbon Dioxide levels in classrooms and will conduct formaldehyde testing and share those results in our next report. However, preliminary results are favorable. Since the building was abated of asbestos in an earlier project, we don’t expect to find any more asbestos. However, if we do, it will be immediately abated using the proper safety procedures.

 What’s Next?

 Construction activity to isolate work areas from interior occupied spaces with sound reducing walls is nearly complete.  Once completed noise and disruptions to the offices and classrooms should be reduced dramatically. These barriers will also lessen dust and debris from entering occupied areas.  Reminder: While the 2nd and 3rd floors are closed for construction, please use the stairs and elevators to access the 1st floor and lower level.

Starting Sunday, September 30, 2018, demolition work will begin on the east stair towers followed by drilling for structural piers during the week of October 8. Demolition work will be completed at night and pier drilling will take place during the day. The work on the seismic towers will continue through December.

Hot and chilled water systems are being isolated to the lower two floors of Founders Hall to continue providing heating in winter months and air conditioning in warmer months during construction. This work is also being conducted at night to avoid interfering with office and classroom activity.

Finally, remember that the Skywalk Diner is still open and can be accessed from the Alumni Hall side.

Again, thank you for continued patience. As you can imagine, any construction project of this size will have unforeseen issues arise that will need to be addressed. Rest assured that we have and will continue to take all issues seriously, but if we’ve missed something, please contact Facilities Management at ext. 3711.

9/21/18

Water service for Founders Hall will be shut off on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 5 a.m. Water service should be restored by 8 a.m. Please use restroom facilities and water fountains in Alumni Hall during this period.

9/13/2018 

Construction activity to isolate the work areas from the interior occupied spaces is ongoing.  Once completed the noise and disruptions to the offices and classrooms should be reduced dramatically.   Please be advised the 2nd and 3rd floors are closed for construction.  Please use the stairs and elevators only to access the 1st floor and lower level of Founders Hall.

Starting Monday, September 17, 2018 demolition work will begin to remove portions of the precast concrete exterior panels.  The following week around 9/24 large drill rigs will begin excavation for the new structural piers on the west side of Founders Hall.  During this same week demolition is to start on the East stair towers as well.    

Access between Founders Hall and Alumni Hall to Parking LOT A will remain with an opening in the construction fencing, but will be periodically closed as construction progresses, cutting off direct access to Lot “A”. During these times, Parking Lot “A” may be reached through the north entrance to Alumni Hall and south entrance to Founders Hall.  Access to Founders Hall is restricted to the lower level and 1st floor as only authorized construction personal may access the 2nd and 3rd floors during the first phase of construction.

8/18/2018 

Starting Monday, August 20, 2018 construction to renovate Founders Hall building will effect pedestrian foot traffic around Founders Hall, Alumni Hall and Parking Lot “A”.  Please be advised that a construction fence is installed in Parking Lot “A” and around portions of Founders Hall.

Access between Founders Hall and Alumni Hall to Parking LOT A will remain with an opening in the construction fencing, but will be periodically closed as construction progresses, cutting off direct access to Lot “A”. During these times, Parking Lot “A” may be reached  through the north entrance to Alumni Hall and south entrance to Founders Hall. Access to Founders Hall is restricted to lower level and 1st floor as only authorized construction personal may access the 2nd and 3rdfloors during the first phase of construction.

FM will continue to publish updates throughout the construction project via the announce-bounces listserv and on our website, which may be reached at https://www.siue.edu/facilities/. Additionally, if you wish to be included on our project direct email list, please send your email information to fmserv@siue.edu. 

Summer 2018

  • The Science East classroom installation continues and will be ready for the fall semester
  • The temporary swing spaces are nearly ready for the School of Business faculty to move into, so the renovation of Founders Hall can begin this fall
  • Sidewalk, water valves and fire hydrants are being replaced, while synthetic turf has been installed to refresh the Korte Stadium soccer field
  • At the MUC, you’ll notice a big wooden box that is safety protection as the skylights and the Goshen Lounge floor and seating areas are being replaced
  • On the Alton campus, building boilers and concrete repairs are underway
  • At the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, resurfacing of the asphalt roads will begin July 9

 

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Last Update: 27 August 2012
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