MARCH/APRIL 2011 CLIPBOARD
UPDATES FROM FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
The contractor has begun work on the first phase of the Peck Hall window replacement project. All windows and glass doors in Peck Hall will be replaced by late fall. The first phase is removing the soffits. These are the bottoms of the extended platforms outside the windows. The plaster material in the soffits contains asbestos. The work is being done by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor, under a State permit, and with the oversight of Farmer Environmental LLC. Work is being sequenced to minimize disruption during critical times to the extent possible. For example the soffits outside of classrooms will be done between semesters in May. Actual replacement of the windows is not expected start until after finals. When the project is complete, heat loss and gain through the windows should be reduced by about 70%. Vestibules are being constructed on the major high traffic entrances that do not have the air locks.
Replacement of most of the windows in the Engineering Building had already started. Many of the windows in the building have failed and are being replaced by the suppliers and contractors involved in the original installation under the warranty. All of the large windows on the South side will be replaced along with windows that have failed on the west and north sides of the buildings. None of the smaller windows in offices are being replaced.
Work is expected to start this summer on replacing the windows in the Dunham Hall Theater lobby. The windows in the offices and classrooms will be replaced in the spring/summer of 2012. The Music Addition is not included in the project; it already has better windows. The glass in the lobby is so large that it is no longer commercially available. One pane has already broken and been replaced with plywood, and duct tape is being used to patch another cracked pane.
Science Lab Building West
The 537 concrete augers (2’ diameter concrete shafts) have been drilled and the concrete has been poured. The augers extend about 70’ down to bedrock. The contractor is forming the pile caps which rest on the augers and provide the base for the building columns and structure. Underground plumbing will be installed in conjunction with the pile caps. The electrical contractor will be extending existing electrical service from the north side of the existing Science Building to the west and then south to the “back” of the new building. Large chucks of earth have been removed to permit access to building the pile caps and most will be returned once the pile caps and underground plumbing is completed. Work is still scheduled for completion in late May 2012; the contractor is working overtime to offset time lost due to weather and other issues. CDB is negotiating with the architects for their contract to design what is called Phase III, the renovation of the existing Science Lab Building.
Another reminder to pay attention on the entry road to Lot E; there will be an increase in construction traffic. Contractors have been instructed to have the workmen park in the west end of Lot E and have hang tags on display. Until the construction site has dried sufficiently, the contractor will be using a back hoe to clear mud from the entry road on rainy days; be alert for this piece of equipment on the road at irregular times.
Engineering Building Addition
Money has been released to move forward on the design of the Engineering Building addition. Architects will finalize their designs and cost estimates for approval by the University with a goal in mind of bidding the construction this fall.
Vadalabene Center Addition
Architects and engineers are completing the construction documents for the Board of Trustees’ architect to review; the expected delivery date of the review documents is late April. Plans are for the addition to be bid in May with construction likely to begin in July.
Morris University Center
All is quiet at the MUC right now, but that will change when classes end in May this year. Over the summer, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell will be renovated. Pizza Hut will be enlarged and feature Wing Street; Taco Bell will be reorganized with new equipment and a different internal layout that will improve efficiency. The Taco Bell menu may be expanded to add several more favorites. Cougar Den will also be closed through the summer to allow the contractors a storage area and a work place for the Pizza Hut/Taco Bell renovation.
Art & Design West
Architects and engineers are completing the contract documents and will submit them in April for the Board of Trustees’ Architect review. An industrial hygienist visited the facility and had many excellent suggestions that will be incorporated into the new building. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer.
Heating & Refrigeration Plant
The old boilers were removed and large floor openings were filled in with steel structure and concrete resulting in a spacious area for Engineering students to work on their Formula One car, solar powered car, and concrete canoes. Not glamorous, but important to the efficiency of the school is a plan to replace some circulation pumps and piping for the refrigerated water system. This change will improve the storage system of cold water which enhances the chilled water circulated through campus for the building air conditioning systems.
The new season is well on its way. A new building for the locker rooms and training facilities is now open. The building looks good against the bright green of the new artificial turf infield. New black fences surround the outfield. The team should enjoy its new “old” quarters and look forward to a good season—Go Cougars!
A few small projects are in progress on the Alton campus. The basement corridor of the Science Building is being updated; a computer/testing lab was finished about a year ago, but the hallway was not touched. Now it has been freshened with new flooring, new ceiling and lighting, repainting and new lockers. Great progress has been made in eliminating water intrusion in the Library basement. A small area is to be waterproofed and caulked to stop what is believed to be the last source of water entering the building. Overall, the campus has been enhanced with window replacement in all buildings except five tract houses which are scheduled for window replacement later this year. The University and the City of Alton are working together to add a stop light at the College Avenue crosswalk. Fortunately, no one has been struck by a vehicle, but there have been a few close calls and lots of waiting for a kind driver to stop. Several governmental agencies are involved in the reviews, so it could be fall before the stop light is erected.
The University has been enjoying the new fence and gates for a few weeks now. The police were able to close and lock the gates at night. Unfortunately, someone slammed into one set of gates, breaking them loose from their hinges, breaking a cable used to lock the gates, and causing damage to a number of pickets in the fence. The repaired gates are scheduled to be reinstalled within the week. Some interior remodeling projects are in the process of development, but are early in design and it would be premature to announce the plans.
A contract has been awarded for the construction of the Cougar Business Resource Center in Founders Hall to serve Business students; construction should begin within the month. Construction of the Observatory has been completed. Parking Lot P-11 will be expanded this summer and Residence Road extension will be repaved from the stop sign to Woodland Hall. Once the school year ends, many smaller renovation and modification projects will begin in order to complete them before fall classes resume.
Know As You Go…
Both directions of I-55/70 will be closed from west of IL-203 to the I55/70/64 split in East St. Louis beginning 9PM, Friday, April 8, 2011, through Monday, April 11, 2011, at 5AM, weather permitting, to remove the RR bridge over I55/70 near Exchange Ave. ALL TRAFFIC will be detoured using I-255 and I-64.
Those who travel to or through St. Louis are aware of the many current road construction projects, and that more are planned. To avoid work zones, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT or visit their website at www.modot.org/stlouis/ .
Get up-to-the-minute traffic information on interstates or major state routes by dialing 5-1-1 from most cell phones; if 5-1-1 isn’t available, dial 877-478-5511 (877-4STL-511).
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Temperature Control, Work Order Control, Customer Service/650-3711
Utilities & Energy Management/650-3329
Business Manager, Alicia Wainright/650-3161
Janice LaRiviere/650-3804 (Maintenance)
Steve Brandenburg/650-2069 (Building Services, Grounds)
Ed Matecki/650-2258 (Utilities)
Frank Zaloga/7252 or 6350 (Alton SDM and ESLHEC)
Facilities Management Fax: 618-650-2595
After hours/week-end building problems: 650-3324