Central Campus Construction

Williams Renovation Update 4-24-2020

Scheduled Building shut-downs:

  • Electrical shut-down: Thursday, April 16 – COMPLETE
  • HVAC (Exhaust only) shut-down: 4/17-21 – COMPLETE

Elevators and Elevator lobbies:

  • Both passenger elevators are will be shut down Monday, 4/27 until approx.. the end of Phase 1 (June).
    • Elevator lobby above ceiling work to begin, starting on 1st floor. (more updates to come re: other floors)
    • 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 stair towers as well as the service elevator
  • Card Access work is moving forward on the elevators
  • The service elevator is not impacted at this time

Crane onsite on 42nd St. tentatively scheduled for 5/8-9 – Street closure required between Dewey & Emilie Streets. The crane will pick and lift the new Air Handler Unit 1 for installation.

Construction Activities:

  • All floors:
    • 4/27 – concrete demo on 5th floor above previous Alumni Relations area this week
    • Air Handler Unit 1 – demolition and removal is underway
    • 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
    • New exhaust unit connected and running to entire building
    • Fire sprinkler system design is complete and installation is in-progress
  • Other:
    • Key meetings scheduling in-process for all departments so door hardware can be ordered (Phase 1 first)
  • Exterior:
    • EPHIS and other exterior work expected to start-up in the next few weeks


  • 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 new issues

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