Central Campus Construction

Williams Science Hall Update March 3

By Erin Peters, facilities

Scheduled Building shut-downs – updated information:

  • Electrical shut-down: Thursday, April 16 (8 hours)
    • Through our meetings this week we identified the biggest concerns are for all freezers / refrigerators.
    • The team will devise a plan for the shut-down – more to come!
  • HVAC (Exhaust only) shut-down: Friday, April 17-21 (max)
    • The exhaust impacts fume hoods and restroom exhausts
    • Regular supply and return air is not affected

Phase 1 update:


  • Noise levels are constant and vary day-to-day
  • Welding smells have been consistent with all of the steel work
  • Scaffolding in the atrium was installed to begin construction of new ceiling in the atrium
  • The new exhaust unit arrives Monday or Tuesday next week
  • Water Shutdown from 2/29 went smoothly and is complete.
    • I understand there was a hot water issue, but it has been resolved.
  • All floors:
    • Demolition in atrium is ongoing
    • Metal stud framing, walls and ceiling soffits, and drywall is being hung
    • Electrical and plumbing rough-ins – copper water line installation and conduit is ongoing
    • Ductwork insulation is in-progress
    • Fire sprinkler system design is complete and installation is in-progress
  • Exterior:
    • As we start to have consistently warmer temperatures, exterior work (especially on the North and West facades) will begin again.


  • Only authorized personnel in the construction areas and only with PPE
  • Please continue to report any issues (e.g. unexplained odors) as they arise

Other issues/items:

  • None

Schedule & Budget:

  • Phase 1 anticipated completion June 2020
    • Lead time on glass railings should not impact occupant relocations as this affects the 1st and 2nd floors only.
      • 3rd and 4th floor glass has a shorter timeframe
    • Exhaust fan and AHUs – March 9-13, approximate
      • Exhaust transition to new unit April 17-20, 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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