Central Campus Construction

Wittson/Wigton Project Update November 13

Progress Update:

  • Level 8 – abatement complete, Construction starting. Center wall was removed due to asbestos. UNMC/HCI working on removing 2 adjacent room walls which will allow more open/large space.
  • L8 Rare book room HVAC. Drawings are at 100% stage from SES. Given to contractors. Recurring coordination has been setup with the contractors.
  • L7, L6 – Punchlist, Furniture, McGoogan staircase construction ongoing, punch list walk complete. Several small items left to do/improve.
  • Level 5 – Framing new offices currently. Mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue. Topping out Drywall.
  • Wittson Hall – Level 4 – Closed for construction on main east west hall. Working on 42nd street vestibule (exterior wall is removed). Relocations in progress for MEP on areas where floor is to be removed.
  • Lab 4004 Constructing new HVAC and Electrical, ceilings, lighting. Casework is now installed.
  • L4 working on west side construction of new connection point to heritage. MEP work.
  • L4 – Conference 4013 – working on cabling and jack activation. AV install is next step.
  • L3 currently a construction zone in the center of the east-west hallway. Stair access is closed to L3 at center stair.   Work pending pricing for CPR 65. CPR 65 incorporates needs for Dimensional Innovations.
  • L3 working on ceilings/paint/flooring in Hospitalist PH2 part 1. Phase 2 part 2 working on framing this week. Masonry next week.
  • L2 working on locker rooms, touchup and small items. Punchlist walkthrough scheduled for next Thursday. L2 family RR walk through week of Nov 23
  • L2 Sterilizer. Installation of sterilizer in progress. Met with Primus/Spire regarding needs for electrical last week. Main Electrical components are complete. The bulk of the work left to do is by Primus-Spire.
  • Dimensional Innovations – Working through exact needs and coordination with construction – ongoing.
  • AVISPL – We met on Nov 12 to discuss low voltage/conduit/cabling needs. We have a 2nd walk scheduled on Nov 16 to review pipe, wiring and data.
  • University Tower L3-L6 – working on terra cotta façade and windows, mechanical, electrical, framing, demo, flooring, cleanup. Some windows were mis-measured by contractors and are being re-ordered, still no ETA on those.
  • University Tower L3 hallway – this was recently renovated to the west of the construction zone. Per current plans, the hallway inside the construction zone does not get finished. Working on a pricing to match UT1 hallway.
  • University Tower – east façade restoration work continues. Users please keep windows closed. Signs are posted.
  • Heritage, currently installing mechanical and electrical. Focusing on high ceiling work first. (Perforated drywall, lighting).
  • Exterior – Northwall Plaza – rebar being procured for artwork foundations
  • Exterior – South Courtyard – working on retaining walls


  • Wittson Hall – level 8 south (library collections) –tentatively furniture start late February. Move in Feb/Mar.
  • Wittson Hall – level 8 Neb Med space – July/Aug 21’ – pending multiple phases.  
  • 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, furniture in January.
  • 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 – Hospitalist project phase 2 part 1, furniture install in December, opening late December. Part 2 – Furniture in late January, move in Feb early.
  • 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 – Family RR and CM breakroom complete in late Nov. Will move computer to breakroom shortly after.
  • 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 – April 2021
  • Heritage Center Completion of exhibits and audio visual – April 2021
  • Heritage Center Grand Opening – Late May 2021
  • University Tower – Levels 3-6 – Some areas will be ready for furniture after Thanksgiving.
  • Exterior – South Courtyard – Completion date coincides with Heritage.
  • Exterior – Northwall Plaza – completion late May 2021
  • Exterior – installation of plantings – likely April/May 2021 depending on weather for North and South Courtyard.  

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 issue more and more it seems as the year goes on.
    • Budget – no contingency left.

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