Central Campus Construction

Wittson/Wigton December 18 Update

Progress Update:

  • Library wallpaper work/cleaning will take place Dec 18 at 5pm. Work may produce an odor.
  • Tentative date of next water shutdown (drinking water, sinks, toilets, eye wash, showers etc. Planned for January 8 tentatively 11:30pm to 5:30am.
  • Level 8 – abatement complete, Construction starting. Center wall was removed due to asbestos. Working on intumescent fireproofing on steel.
  • L8 Rare book room HVAC. Drawings are at 100% stage from SES. Given to contractors. Recurring coordination has been setup with the contractors. System pricing has been submitted to UNMC for backup cooling and is currently under review.
  • L7, L6 – Punchlist, Furniture, McGoogan staircase work ongoing, few small items left to do.
  • Level 5 – Drywall tape and finish. Painting inside Wittson. Framing and installing drywall inside Heritage including Multitaction Wall, Restroom work including partitions and countertops.
  • 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. Finishing last steps, plumbing, electrical etc. Chairs scheduled for Dec 28.
  • L4 working on west side construction of new connection point to heritage. MEP work,  ceiling framing. Restroom work including partitions and countertops. 
  • L3 currently a construction zone in the center of the east-west hallway. Stair access is closed to L3 at center stair.    
  • L3 working on ceilings/paint/flooring in Hospitalist PH2 part 1. Phase 2 part 2 code fixes are in progress.
  • L2 Punchlist work in progress on locker rooms, Doing another coat of paint on Dec 16. L2 family RR and CM breakroom working on plumbing, electrical.
  • L2 Sterilizer. Installation of sterilizer in progress. The unit is complete pending the delivery of the sheetmetal enclosure. The enclosure is custom built by the sterilizer vendor/installer.
  • Dimensional Innovations – Working through exact needs and coordination with construction – ongoing. Need/Waiting on schedule info from DI to coordinate restroom and exhibit 4.9.
  • AVISPL – coordination in progress
  • 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, ETA Jan 23. Some areas are moving in on L6, 5 etc. Still work to do on L3, juggling some furniture in offices to make room to finish construction. Wallpaper removal and cleanup to start soon
  • University Tower L3 hallway – Will be renovated by Core Construction
  • University Tower – east façade restoration work continues. Users please keep windows closed. Signs are posted.
  • Heritage, currently painting high ceiling. Working our way down as we finish.
  • Exterior – South Courtyard – working on retaining walls. Nearing completion there then moving to N plaza
  • Exterior – Northwall Plaza – finishing with UT cleaning, hardscape


  • Wittson Hall – level 8 south (library collections) –tentatively furniture moves February 19th to 25th.  
  • Wittson Hall – level 8 NM Pulmonary space – 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 – vendor is being selected – official notice should come soon on company providing service.
  • 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) – Late-December to mid 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 April.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 – Hospitalist project phase 2 part 1, furniture install Dec 30, opening January. Part 2 – Furniture in early Feb.  Move in Mid-Feb.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 elevator lobby construction –December 18 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 – Dec 18 to Feb
  • Wittson Hall – Level 2 – Family RR and CM breakroom complete in Dec. Will move computer to breakroom shortly after.
  • Wittson Hall – main center staircase closed for construction – Now until Feb
  • University Tower – Levels 3,4,6 – Move in dates are being coordinated with individuals/groups
  • University Tower Level 5 – Furniture install January 5.
  • Heritage Center furniture install starts mid-February 2021
  • Heritage Center first use of space – 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
  • 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 –
    • 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(material deliveries mostly impacted)
    • Budget – no contingency left.

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