Central Campus Construction

Williams Science Hall Update 3/27/20

COVID19 Note: Constructions activities continue on the WSH project. All workers have been advised by UNMC and by Meco-Henne the same guidelines re: handwashing, social distancing, staying home if feeling ill, etc..

WSH activities from this week and looking forward:

Scheduled Building shut-downs: No change – we are still on schedule for this timeline.

 Thank you all who have responded with freezer electrical information! If you have not, please send to me ASAP.  Thank you!

  • Electrical shut-down: Thursday, April 16 (8 hours – max)
    • 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, but looking at installing generators to power certain panels for the freezers. 
      • I have completed a spreadsheet of quantities and locations
  • 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 nor are building temperatures

Phase 1 update:

Construction: Not much change this week.  All trades continue to progress.

  • Noise levels are constant and vary day-to-day
  • Welding smells have been consistent with all of the steel work
    • Atrium ceiling still under construction (2 more weeks expected).
  • The new exhaust unit has arrived – fans are expected to ship any day

*We are making preparations for a crane to be onsite the first week of April, 4/6, to lift the exhaust equipment to the roof.

  • The crane will be located on the East side of the building and will block the dock area for the duration
  • If you have scheduled deliveries – please re-schedule for the week of 4/13
  • All floors:
    • Drywall is going up on all floors – inspection pending
    • Electrical and plumbing work is ongoing
    • Ductwork insulation is in-progress.
    • Fire sprinkler system design is complete and installation is in-progress.
  • Exterior:
    • No definitive date on exterior start-up with current temperatures


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

Schedule & Budget:

  • Phase 1 anticipated completion – shifting to May; Atrium the end of June
    • Relocation schedule draft in-progress for Phase 2
  • 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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