Central Campus Construction

Wittson/Wigton January 29 Update

Progress Update:

  • Level 4 – Work taking place in ceiling near service elevator. Elevator still in service for deliveries.
  • L8 – working on framing, door frames, top out drywall.
  • L8 – Rare book room HVAC. Equipment submittals have been approved. Equipment is on order.
  • L7, L6 – Punchlist, Furniture, McGoogan staircase work ongoing, few small items left to do.
  • L5 – Drywall tape and finish. Painting inside Wittson.  Flooring.
  • L4 – 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. Structural work at vestibule continues. Work in ceilings, electrical, sprinklers, mechanical.
  • L3 currently a construction zone in the center of the east-west hallway. Stair access is closed to L3 at center stair. Flooring, Fire valve cabinets, Laminating drywall starts soon over old zolotone paint, then wall guard.
  • L3 working on punchlist in Hospitalist PH2 part 1. Phase 2 part 2 Electrical/Mechanical/ceiling installation.
  • L2 laminate on order to do trim between lockers.
  • L2 Sterilizer. Installation of sterilizer in progress. Sheetmetal enclosure complete on 1 side. Installation of condensate cooler/trap complete. Working soon on additional light requested, waiting on card access.
  • Dimensional Innovations – DI has given us wrong cabling information – DI should be revising most recent set of drawings and sending to UNMC asap.
  • AVISPL – complete with pre-wiring.
  • University Tower L3– working on mechanical/electrical for new HVAC system.
  • UT L5, 6 – Windows arrival ETA Feb 3.
  • University Tower L3 hallway – Will be renovated by Core Construction, coordination in progress.
  • University Tower Exterior Restoration –South side will start once south sitework is complete.
  • Heritage – Flooring on L4 has made a big improvement, also working on removing shoring posts, finishing areas from where posts were located, lighting at bases of columns.
  • Exterior – South Courtyard – Removing snow.  
  • Exterior – Northwall Plaza – Re-engineering drainage design from conflict with existing underground electrical.


  • Wittson Hall – level 8 south (library collections) – Tentative schedule. Floor grinding/polish starts March 8. Punchlist start March 15. Furniture moves start March 22.
  • Wittson Hall – level 8 NM Pulmonary space – Aug 21’ – pending multiple phases.  
  • Wittson Hall – level 5 offices/catering/reception – Furniture starts March 8.
  • Wittson Hall – level 4 – construction in east-west corridor including elevator lobby (elevators will be offline level 4) until March.
  • Wittson Hall – level 4 – Coffee Cart – vendor “Dunkin Donuts” has been selected. Current completion date of Dunkin work is June 7 but discussions are going to be had to accelerate this date. Currently waiting on development of plans from Dunkin Headquarters
  • Wittson Hall – level 4 – Lab 4004. Completion in Feb.
  • Wittson Hall – Level 4 – Construction in skywalk between Wittson and – date will coincide with closure of L4 restrooms once new RR are able to be used.(Late Feb) – 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 to April.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 – Hospitalist project phase 2 part 1, installation of technology/data port activation progressing, moving mid-Feb. Part 2 – Furniture in March, move in late March.
  • Wittson Hall – level 3 elevator lobby construction –December 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. – Dec to Feb
  • Wittson Hall – Level 2 – Family RR and CM breakroom complete in Feb. Will move computer to breakroom shortly after.
  • Wittson Hall – main center staircase closed for construction – Now until Mid-Feb
  • Heritage Center furniture install starts March  8
  • Heritage Center first use of space – mid-March
  • Heritage Center punchlist completion – April
  • Heritage Center Completion of exhibits and audio visual – April – Screen installation start March 1, Dimensional innovations start Feb 11.
  • Heritage Center Grand Opening – Late May
  • Exterior – South Courtyard – Completion date coincides with Heritage.
  • Exterior – Northwall Plaza – completion late May
  • Exterior – installation of plantings – likely April/May 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 – Covid has been an issue more and more it seems as the year goes on(material deliveries mostly impacted, manpower becoming more scarce)
    • Budget – no contingency left.

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