Facilities Briefs

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Updates

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Progress Impacts Campus Streets and Parking

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is taking shape, and each phase brings adjustments to road and foot traffic.  The below grade pedestrian tunnel and utility work at Durham Research Plaza (formerly 45th Street) is now complete and ready to reopen.  Additional site utilities and building preparation along Dewey Avenue is set to begin this Spring, resulting in temporary street closure.  The following notifications will be posted as changes continue to occur.  Employees are asked to mention these updates to colleagues, and continue to observe all safety and directional signage around the site.

Road Reopens at Durham Research Plaza (formerly 45th Street)
Beginning Saturday 5/23, Durham Research Plaza (formerly 45th Street), including the west sidewalk, will reopen between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street. Access to Lot 2 (Patient/Visitor Green Parking) west of the Durham Outpatient Center will be maintained and construction traffic will continue. Pedestrians should exercise caution when crossing the street.

Temporary Road Closure of Dewey Avenue
Also, starting Tuesday 5/26, Dewey Avenue will be closed until Summer 2016. This will allow site utilities and other construction activities to progress. Those planning to park in Lot 31 (near the Munroe-Meyer Institute and J.P. Lord School) will need to utilize the reopened Durham Research Plaza (formerly 45th Street) to access parking.  Temporary road closure signage will be posted to assist with revised traffic flow, and to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

Enhancements to Lot 2 (Green) Visitor/Patient Parking at the DOC
Beginning the week of May 25, contractors will begin improvements and repairs to the Lot 2 (Green) Parking structure located adjacent to the Durham Outpatient Center (DOC). Improvements will include new traffic coatings, lighting, security upgrades, signage, and striping to improve both pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow. The enhancements are comprised of regularly scheduled maintenance, as well as upgrades related to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project.  Work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016.

Lot 2 will also have phased restrictions to the east entry/exit lanes from the DOC circle drive, as work progresses on the Emile Street skywalk.  An entry and exit lane will be maintained throughout the work.  Beginning the week of May 18, the impacts will be clearly marked, and run intermittently through the summer. <photo of Lot2DOC>

All questions should be directed to Mike Faber, University of Nebraska Medical Center Facilities at 402-559-4503 or Chris Johnson, Nebraska Medicine Facilities at 402-552-3292.

(Click on photo)2015 May 22-CCC UpDates-9295 DEWEY Construction Map_0515



(Info from Melinda Sommerfeld)


Autozero Module Recall / Replacement

Facilities Management and Planning along with the contractor, Siemens Industry, will be working in the Wittson Hall Building starting Monday, December 8, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m…  Siemens will need access to several spaces in the WHM building (see attached list) to replace the recalled equipment parts.  The technicians will need access to 1 or 2 ceiling tiles by ladder for approximately 45 minutes to an 1 hour per part to be replaced.  There may be several locations in one room.

When the technician arrives to do this work and access is not possible at that moment, please inform the technician and work with them to schedule an acceptable time to come back later.

If there are any questions regarding this interruption, please contact Kevin Kvasnicka at 402-619-0233 as soon as possible or myself (Jason Ray) at 402-681-6029. Since it is vital that everyone working on floors 3 and 4 of the WHM building be aware of the interruption, please mention it to your colleagues. (click on list to enlarge)

2014 Dec 8 WHM AHU 4-8 - JR-Siemens_Page_2PHOTO



Over the next four to six weeks, construction in front of the Durham Outpatient Center (DOC) will result in sidewalk and lane restrictions. In an effort to ease congestion during peak business hours, the majority of this work has been scheduled to occur over nights and weekends. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to exercise extreme caution and pay attention to posted signage as changes will be ongoing. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

2014 Aug 29 Skywalk-Emile


Saturday, Sept. 6: Emile street, Lot 50 and Durham Outpatient Center (DOC) circle drive
Construction of a new skywalk that will connect parking Lot 50 to the second level of DOC will kick off with deep foundation work starting Saturday, Sept. 6.  This work requires closure of the south lane of Emile Street and the south sidewalk leading to the intersection of 45th and Emile streets. As a result, pedestrians traveling from Lot 50 to DOC will be required to use the temporary Emile Street pedestrian walkway, shifted just east of its current location. Those traveling from Lot 50 to the Durham Research Center towers will use the northwest stair tower of Lot 50, exiting west of the construction at 45th and Emile streets. Work in this area may extend into the first week of October.

2014 August 29 Emile-Lot 50-Doc-2


Ongoing: 45th Street
Electrical work in the center lane of 45th Street continues. During this time, two-way traffic will be maintained, as will access to and from Green/Lot 2 Visitor Parking. Work is expected to continue into the first week of September.

Please direct all questions to Mike Faber, University of Nebraska Medical Center Facilities Management & Planning, at 9-4503, or Chris Johnson, The Nebraska Medical Center Facilities Management & Planning, at 2-3292.


Info provided by Mallory Car