Central Campus Construction

Williams Science Hall Update 3/13/20

WSH activities from this week and looking forward:

Scheduled Building shut-downs:

  • 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 – will remain in place for the next 2-3 weeks.
  • The new exhaust unit has arrived – fans are expected in the next 2 weeks.

*We are making preparations for a crane to be onsite the first week of April to lift the exhaust equipment to the roof. More to come!

  • All floors:
    • 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 – 2 successful pressure tests this past week.
    • 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.
    • A boom truck is onsite to lift steel to support rooftop equipment.


  • 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
  • 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

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