Central Campus Construction

Update on Williams Science Hall


Williams Science Hall was built in 1975 as the College of Pharmacy and was renamed in 2016 when the Lozier Center for Drug Discovery opened.

The current project is a 3-Phase renovation that includes HVAC, electrical, IT, and fire system upgrades.  The main entrance, front landscaping, and exterior EIFS finish will all be improved as well.

  • 62,500 total square feet is impacted
  • Total cost is $12.7 million
  • Meco-Henne is the General Contractor (GC)
  • Mobilized June 24, 2019.
  • Projected completion is Fall 2020

Current Activities – Week of 8/19 – Phase 1 (West wing)


  • Fire suppression system isolated in construction area on 3 floors, the 4th is scheduled for Monday, 8/26
  • Abatement of tile flooring and “black glue” (asbestos) will start 8/28
  • A trench was dug to connect building electrical services from the transformer to what will be the new electrical room on the 1st floor.
  • Furniture in the auditorium was removed for temp storage to allow complete demo of above the ceiling
  • There has been some extra “building sweat” which is condensation on the ductwork above the ceilings which has dripped on to ceiling tiles
    • UNMC and M-H met on Wednesday, 8/21, and are implementing 2 ideas to minimize
    • We will continue to monitor the situation to make sure efforts are effective

Fume Hood Removal and Re-balancing

  • 10 fume hoods in the construction area will be disconnected
  • A meeting is scheduled for 8/28 to formulate the execution of the this work. (I will provide more details following the discussion).

Exterior Work on South Façade: Progress continues

  • Scaffolding and cones with tape delineate safe pathways
  • Area 1 expected completion on/by Tuesday, 8/27

Schedule & Budget

  • Phase 1 anticipated completion is 8-10 months from start, so roughly February to April of 2020
  • No concerns at this time for either

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