Central Campus Construction

Williams Science Hall Update 4/17/20

WSH activities from this week and looking forward:

Scheduled Building shut-downs:

  • Electrical shut-down: Thursday, April 16 – COMPLETE!
  • HVAC (Exhaust only) shut-down: Friday, April 17-21 (max) – underway!
    • The exhaust impacts fume hoods and restroom exhausts
    • Regular supply and return air is not affected nor are building temperatures

Phase 1 update:


  • Atrium ceiling still under construction
  • The new exhaust unit and fans are in position on the roof and Falcon is working on connecting the equipment to the new ductwork in Phase 1 as well as the existing ductwork in Phase 2.

Elevators and Elevator lobbies:

  • Both passenger elevators are planned to be shut down entirely until the end of Phase 1 (June) to allow elevator lobby above ceiling work to begin, starting on 1st floor.
    • Actual shut down start date is TBD (week of 4/20 or 4/27)
    • Why shut down? The elevators are original to the building (1975) and do not allow us any control on locking out floors or even adjusting the fire recall floor, etc.
    • With the reduced population on campus, this is the best time to proceed. Occupants can utilize the central and east stairtowers as well as the service elevator
  • Card Access work is moving forward on the elevators
  • The service elevator is not be impacted at this time
  • All floors:
    • Drywall is going up on all floors; 3rd and 4th complete – moving down to 1st and 2nd
    • Electrical and plumbing work is ongoing – new electrical room on 1st floor is live
    • Ductwork insulation is complete
    • Fire sprinkler system design is complete and installation is in-progress
      • 4/18 – General Fire will be onsite to complete work on all floors and in the atrium
      • Fire panel will be on hold 7am-4pm (firewatch already active; CRA was held 4/16)
  • Other:
    • Signage for Phase 1 ordered (room numbers and stair tower / egress signs only)
    • AV has begun ordering equipment
    • New IT equipment on campus – install expected late April or early May
    • I will be scheduling Key meetings for all departments so door hardware can be ordered
  • Exterior:
    • No definitive date on exterior start-up with current temperatures.
    • Southwest corner on 2nd floor is demoed out for new break room area


  • 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: No changes at this time.

  • Phase 1 anticipated completion – shifting to May; Atrium the end of June
    • Relocation schedule draft in-progress for Phase 2
    • Planning for Phase 2 lab work in occupied labs in-progress
  • Phase 2 & Substantial Completion is August 2020
  • Final completion: Fall 2020
  • Budget items: no current issues.

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