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Campus construction August update

Posted on Aug 8, 2013
Facilities Management Construction Project Update By: Tom Fennessey, Director of Facilities Management August 2013
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Construction update August 2013

Construction update August 2013

Ross & Hawkes Renovation Design: Construction is well underway! The project began with the renovation of Hawkes Hall and the construction of the one-story link/commons area between Hawkes and Ross Halls. The link being constructed between the two residence halls is currently being enclosed with an architectural design that mimics the Yellowjacket Union. The renovation of Hawkes Hall will be completed for the 2013 fall semester and the construction of the link is expected to be completed October 2013. Two floors of Ross hall will be complete and ready for students this fall with the last two floors to be renovated completed in November, 2013. This overall renovation project will provide increased on-campus housing, upgraded residence rooms, kitchenettes, laundry facilities and expanded common and program spaces…to mention a few.

New Greenhouse: The new greenhouse is complete and fully stocked. All plants and large tropical trees were successfully moved to their new house with the gentle and patient help by many. The demolition of the old greenhouse has now been completed and final landscaping is in process. The open area where McCaskill and the old Greenhouse once stood will be open green space for now.

More Steam Line Replacement: Beginning late May, 2013, an extensive campus steam line repair/replacement project began across campus. This project consists of excavating portions of existing underground campus steam lines damaged by the June 2012 campus flood. This project is necessary to correct damaged pipe and insulation due to the steam line vaults being totally flooded during the June flood.

Summer of 2013 steam line work

There will be three (3) main campus locations for this project

  1. Steam line replacement from the Halbert heating plant west along Faxon Street to the southwest corner of Faxon St. and Catlin Ave (Hawkes Hall)
  2. Steam line repair from the west side of Marcovich Wellness Center (MWC) across Catlin Ave to Holden Fine Arts Center (HFAC), along the north side of HFAC toward the Jim Dan Hill Library
  3. Steam line repairs from the front of Crownhart Hall south along Catlin Ave, west across Catlin Ave to Barstow Hall

This project will create three (3) road closures along Catlin Ave at certain points of construction. One will be between Crownhart and CMO, a second will be between MWC and HFAC, and the third will be at the intersection of Catlin Ave and Faxon Street near Hawkes Hall. These closures will provide detour routes for vehicles. Some limitations will be set on these closures to accommodate school bus traffic and other peak vehicle times. The Duluth Transit Authority will temporarily reroute Catlin Ave bus traffic during construction and will publish alternate routes.

Several sidewalks will be closed to pedestrian traffic in and near the construction sites. Alternative pedestrian routes will be open to allow access to all campus buildings.

The project is running a couple of weeks behind but the contactors are attempting to increase staffing on the job site to catch up. Delays have been caused by weather and unexpected underground city utilities.

NERR Remodeling: The "blue" NERR building located on Barker's Island (old Boathouse restaurant) will be undergoing an internal remodel project. This project will provide a laboratory for research, administrative offices and a conference room. The design for this project is in final stages with remodeling expected to begin in September of this year.

Holden Fine Arts building foundation repair: Shortly after the June 2012 flood, the South side of the Holden Fine Arts building foundation settled, causing wall cracking and basement floor settling. Immediately after the foundation settlement was detected the campus and State had a structural engineering firm assess the damage. It was determined the building was not structurally compromised and it was safe to continue to occupy the building. After many tests of the soils below the building foundation and footings a conclusive cause of the issue was not determined, but it is felt the June 2012 flood may have had some effect on the surrounding soils, causing the settlement. As a result, it was determined the South side of the building foundation will need to be stabilized to eliminate any future settlement. The process will be to have the exterior of the north basement wall excavated and exposed to allow metal pilings installed. These pilings will be fastened to the building foundation to stop any additional settlement. Facilities Management has not yet received a confirmation on a proposed start date for this project. As details of this project are finalized notices to the campus will be posted.

Miscellaneous building masonry repairs: Facilities Management is excepting approved funding for various exterior masonry repairs to some campus buildings, including possible heating plant chimney repairs. As the projects are approved and scheduled, notices will be sent to the campus.

Story and information provided by Tom Fennessey, Director of Facilities Management

News Contact: Tom Hansen | 715-394-8260 | thansen7{atuws}
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