Central Campus Construction

Williams Science Hall Update 2/7/20

WSH activities from this week and looking forward:

Phase 1 update:


  • Noise levels are constant and vary day-to-day
  • Smells: there is a welding crew working on the steel frame of the feature wall (see pic below) which has a distinct smell you will notice over the next couple of weeks.
  • All floors:
    • Demolition in atrium is ongoing
      • All storefront (glass walls) have been removed (see pic below)
    • Metal stud framing, walls and ceiling soffits, and drywall is being hung
    • Steel for feature wall in atrium is almost complete and the ductwork installation is in-progress (see pic below)
    • Electrical and plumbing rough-ins – copper water line installation and conduit is ongoing
    • Fire sprinkler system design is complete and under review

Williams Science Hall construction in atrium

Williams Science Hall construction in atrium

Williams Science Hall construction in atrium


  • Only authorized personnel in the construction areas and only with PPE
  • Please continue to report any issues (e.g. unexplained odors) as they arise
    • 1st floor experienced some power fluctuation – this is being investigated from a building standpoint as construction is only running conduit currently.

Other issues/items:

  • New building exhaust unit expected to arrive onsite by mid-March – correction: a boom truck will be onsite to lift the units to the roof top.

**NOTE: We are looking at a building HVAC transition to the new unit April 13-17** – more to come!

  • This date may shift so we are over a weekend
  • What does this mean? The existing building exhaust will have to be shut down for a period of time in order to connect to the new.
  • The current date is an estimate for when and how long.
  • I will schedule additional meetings with occupants as this will affect hood usage during this window only and general building occupancy for this window only.

Schedule & Budget:

  • Phase 1 anticipated completion June 2020
    • Lead time on glass railings may have impact on occupant relocations
    • Exhaust fan and AHUs – March 9-13, approximate
      • Exhaust transition to new unit April 13-17, approximate
    • Phase 2 & Substantial Completion is August 2020
    • Final completion: Fall 2020
    • Budget items:
      • Firewatch – currently absorbing in contingency
      • Fume hood infrastructure for teaching and 4th floor vacant labs in SW corner
      • Furniture plans are starting – more to come!

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