Central Campus Construction

Wittson/Wigton Update October 23

Progress Update:

  • Level 8 – abatement nearly complete, cleaning up and moving out. Delayed the construction about 40 days. Other work is happening on L8 area. Mechanical and electrical. 
  • L8 Rare book room HVAC. Submittals are reviewed. Equipment had 17 notes from the engineer to incorporate. Drawings are being finalized with stamps from SES as well. Due date on those is Oct 30.
  • L8 non-library space – Hausmann has submitted pricing to UNMC – work is approved. Contracts are being put into place to incorporate this new work.
  • L7, L6 Punchlist, Furniture, McGoogan staircase construction ongoing, punch list walk scheduled for next week. Several small items left to do/improve.
  • Level 5 – Framing new offices currently. Mechanical and electrical rough ins continue.
  • Wittson Hall – Level 4 – Closed for construction on main east west hall. Abatement taking place. Working on 42nd street vestibule (exterior wall is removed). Relocations are starting for MEP on areas where floor is to be removed.
  • Lab 4004 Constructing new HVAC and Electrical, ceilings, lighting. Casework starts 1st week of Nov.
  • 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 grid/lights work is in progress.
  • L3 working on ceilings/paint in Hospitalist PH2
  • L2 working on locker rooms, touchup and small items. Completion Oct 25. There will be some small items left to do. Soap dispensers will be hand pump style until new ones arrive. Locker trims on order, installation soon.
  • L2 Sterilizer. Moves Oct 28.
  • Dimensional Innovations – Designing proposal request with HDR to incorporate into drawings.  Everything is very close. Pending cable/fiber pull spreadsheet from DI.
  • AVISPL – Proposal request has been issued. Next scheduled walk through will be on Oct 30.
  • University Tower L3-L6 – working on terra cotta façade and windows, mechanical, electrical, framing, demo. Some windows were mis-measured by contractors and are being re-ordered, still no ETA on those. Potentially relocating one user on L3 to 3130. Schedule on UT work is forthcoming.
  • University Tower – east façade restoration work started. Users please keep windows closed. Signs are posted.
  • Heritage, working on glass, mechanical and electrical. Focusing on high ceiling work first. (Perforated drywall, lighting). Historic replica terra cotta pieces about 90% installed.


  • Wittson Hall – level 8 south (library collections) – TBD – this has been delayed for multiple weeks due to abatement work taking place in the space. Schedule on this to be cleaned up late next week once contractors can gain traction. Still removing debris from demo.
  • Wittson Hall – level 8 Neb Med space – TBD – pending multiple phases. Will update schedule once we are further down. Summer of 21 most likely.
  • Wittson Hall – level 5 offices/catering/reception – Furniture starts in Late 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) until 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.
  • Wittson Hall – Level 3 – piping work above ceilings in 3010 area Oct 26-30
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 – Hospitalist project phase 2, furniture install in December, opening late December. Several L3 offices will be unavailable (3067, 3066) Oct 19-29.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 elevator lobby construction –December 18 to Feb
  • 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 – Dec 18 to Feb
  • Wittson Hall – Level 2 – Completion of Locker rooms open for use on Oct 26. Punchlist completion by early Nov.
  • Wittson Hall – main center staircase closed for construction – Now until Feb
  • 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 – April 2021
  • Heritage Center Grand Opening – Late May 2021
  • University Tower – Levels 3-6 – TBD. Currently having issues with windows that were mis-measured.
  • Exterior – South Courtyard – Work has started. Completion date coincides with Heritage.
  • Exterior – installation of plantings – likely May 2021 depending on weather for North and South Courtyard. Working on foundation pricing for art pieces.

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 hot and cold with construction workers but still an issue. Workers are now being monitored over lunchtime for proper separation.
    • Quality – punchlist timeliness has been an issue   
    • Schedule – Many areas have work happening. Covid has been an on and off issue for a couple months now with certain key workers (foremen, office help)
    • Budget – no contingency left.

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