Central Campus Construction

Wittson/Wigton October 9 Updates

Progress Update:

  • L3 electrical work on Oct 12 – lighting will be off (except emergency egress lighting) from 6pm to midnight.
  • Level 8 – demo still in progress. Working on abatement. Starting mechanical installation
  • L8 Rare book room HVAC. Submittals are reviewed. Sent to Hausmann for ordering equipment.
  • L8 non-library space – Hausmann has submitted pricing to UNMC
  • Punchlist, Furniture, Move-in on Level 7 and 6 – still HCI working on punchlist items, a few extras are being planned/quoted, McGoogan staircase construction ongoing. Several small items left to do/improve.
  • Level 5 – Framing new offices currently. Mechanical and electrical rough ins have started.
  • Wittson Hall – Level 4 –Working on closing main east west hall. Working on 42nd street vestibule (exterior wall is removed). Removing flooring will take place soon. Date will be given so users know when the noisy work will start up again.
  • Lab 4004 Constructing new HVAC and Electrical services.  
  • L4 working on west side construction of new connection point to heritage. MEP work.
  • L3 currently a construction zone in the center of the east-west hallway. Stair access is closed to L3 at center stair.   Ceiling soffit framing work is in progress
  • L3 working on ceilings/paint in Hospitalist PH2
  • L3 working on office 3077 wall/door. Fire sprinkler lines in southwest corner of L3 is complete
  • L2 working on locker rooms, ceilings and inspections. Lockers on L2 will be moved into the L2 locker rooms on Oct 14-16.  Completion Oct 19.
  • L2 Sterilizer. Meeting Tuesday to walk the path that the unit can take from ESH through PYH and into WHM on level 2.
  • Dimensional Innovations –Reviewing plans with HDR to incorporate into drawings. HDR asking for additional funds to incorporate plans. UNMC believes this should be in scope
  • AVISPL – HDR is very close to issuing the proposal request with details on the infrastructure adds.
  • University Tower L3-L6 – Vertical riser duct complete. Damper motors installed. Completing shaftwall work can start.
  • University Tower – east façade restoration work starts Monday with workers on a swinging stage outside the building. Users please keep windows closed. An email notice will be sent.
  • Heritage, working on glass, mechanical and electrical. Focusing on high ceiling work first. (Perforated drywall). Historic replica terra cotta pieces about 70% installed. Restoration work on UT columns continues.


  • Wittson Hall – level 8 south (library collections) – TBD – this has been delayed for multiple weeks due to abatement work taking place in the space.
  • Wittson Hall – level 8 Neb Med space – TBD based on design change approvals.
  • Wittson Hall – level 5 offices/catering/reception – Furniture starts in January 2021, move in February 2021.
  • Wittson Hall – level 5 – work in elevator lobby, elevators will be unavailable Nov 30 to end of December.
  • Wittson Hall – level 4 – construction in east-west corridor including elevator lobby (elevators will be offline level 4) Oct 12 to Feb
  • Wittson Hall – level 4 – Coffee Cart – completion will depend on vendor selected.  
  • Wittson Hall – level 4 – Lab 4004. Completion in late December.
  • Wittson Hall – Level 4 – Construction in skywalk between Wittson and Bennett (closed for construction) – Mid-December to early January – Sorrell skywalk will not be out of service at any time.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 – 42nd street entrance/vestibule construction – coincide with opening of Heritage Center. Connection between hallway and vestibule will be under construction Dec to Feb 1.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 – Hospitalist project phase 2, furniture install in early December, opening late December.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 elevator lobby construction – Mid December to Feb 1.
  • Wittson Hall – Level 3 corridor tie in with vestibule – North/South Hallway closed in middle section to tie in the 42nd street vestibule to east west hallway. (rooms will be available – Mid Dec to Feb 1
  • Wittson Hall – Level 2 – Moving L2 lockers to new locker rooms Oct 14-16. Completion of Locker rooms open for use on Oct 19. Punchlist completion by November 6.
  • Wittson Hall – main center staircase closed for construction – Late-October to Feb 15, 2021
  • Heritage Center furniture install starts mid-February 2021
  • Heritage Center first use of space – early March 2021
  • Heritage Center punchlist completion – late March 2021
  • Heritage Center Completion of exhibits and audio visual – early April 2021
  • University Tower – Levels 3-6 – furniture starts November 15, occupancy in December.
  • Exterior – South Courtyard – Work has started. Completion date coincides with Heritage.
  • Exterior – installation of plantings – likely spring of 2021 depending on weather for North and South Courtyard. Working on foundation designs for art pieces with HDR. Design for  phase 1 foundation piece is in final stages

Budget Status:

  • Approved Budget = 31.4M
  • Planned Spend = 31.4M

Key Risks or Issues:

  • Insert any project risks or issues being tracked, and any updates or action on issues since last update
    • Safety – mask wearing has been better with construction workers but still an issue
    • Quality – punchlist timeliness has been an issue,  
    • Schedule –   
    • Budget – no contingency left.

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