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Spring weather makes way for campus projects

By : Karen Fennie

Worker Rob Brong completes electrical bending in Mountainview College’s new Collegiate Center, which is 40 percent complete.
Construction of Mountainview College’s additional buildings continues with the two residential halls at 60 percent completion and the Collegiate Center approximately 40 percent finished. All buildings are on track to open this fall.

Activity at Windham and Cascade halls include drywall and ceiling grid installation, ductwork, boiler room piping and work on elevator systems. At Appalachian, the installation of exterior windows are being installed, ductwork is underway, gypsum board is being installed, electrical rough-ins are underway, ground floor bathroom tile is being installed and work on ceilings and elevators along with electrical work associated with kitchen equipment needs is occurring.

Work is also continuing on the completion of the new Events Center, which began hosting basketball games in January. Work is underway on the power supply and installation of the curtain system that can subdivide the event space for various types of activities or athletic practices.

Events Center advertising signs are being installed and work to install rubber floor material on the concourse level will begin in mid-March. Review and purchasing of weight training and sports medicine equipment is also progressing. Design work is continuing on the Bearcat Den and Bearcat boxes, as well as the food service commissary and third concession stand.

Most of the asbestos removal has also been completed at the Innovative Technologies Complex’s alpha building, located on the eastern edge of campus. Assisted by the Dormitory Authority, BU is in the final stages of hiring a construction manager to oversee the renovation project that will begin later this spring. Restoration work will begin in about two weeks in the study area of the Library’s Reserve Reading Room. Remediation of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) residual from the light fixture ballasts is near completion.

A consultant working on a site utility study will complete some additional survey work once weather improves. Consultants are examining the exact location, size, condition and capacity of underground utilities including electrical, high temperature and domestic water, gas and signal, and plan to analyze and recommend improvements that are needed for the current and future utility needs of the campus.

An electrical shutdown affecting some buildings is tentatively planned from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The shutdown will allow Physical Facilities to perform preventive maintenance on electrical equipment in the Science buildings. The contractor for the PCB transformer replacement project will also use the opportunity to perform contractual work.

Affected buildings include the commissary/warehouse; Hinman College (all buildings); Lecture Hall and the Student Wing; Library Tower; Science 1, 2, 3 and 4; Science Library; Physical Facilities and Visitors Paid Parking. For more information, contact project coordinator Joe Batchelder at 777-2513 or email Phase three renovation work is also continuing at Clearview, where the remainder of psychology’s clinicians now located in Science 4 will be relocated once renovations are complete.

Physical Facilities is reviewing the available manpower to progress with campus-wide priority design and construction projects during the spring and summer. Service requests must be initiated immediately if there are individual requests needed for the fall. The vice presidents will finalize workload priorities within the next two to three weeks.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08