Contractors completed construction work on Suter Science Center Renovation Phase 2 by the target date of December 12. Science faculty, staff, some students and support staff from departments such as Physical Plant and Information Systems worked feverishly between December 13 and 23 to move into the newly renovated spaces as well as move out of the rooms along the north hallway. Classes began January 5 in most of the newly renovated spaces, including the two new large classrooms SSC 104 and 055.
While EMU employees benefited from the Christmas/New Years holiday break, some contractor employees worked most weekdays except Christmas and New Years doing asbestos abatement work which involves isolating areas of the building containing the hazardous material. Special equipment was set up to provide reduced air pressure in the areas being worked on to ensure that any disturbed asbestos particles were contained. They were able to complete all but a few small, isolated areas prior to the return of employees and students for the new year.
PHASE 3 (north corridor classrooms): Expected completion date – July 15, 2015
Work for most of January will be demolition (referred to as “demo”) of the Phase 3 renovation rooms along the north hallway. This involves removing all the old lab cabinets, fume hoods, plumbing and most of the block walls that created these rooms when Suter was built more then 45 years ago. All cabinets with glass doors were removed from the building intact, along with a few select lab cabinets that will likely become home work benches for friends of EMU. Much of the material removed during the demo process is being sorted by type and recycled where possible to minimize what goes to the landfill.
A new service road is being constructed to provide access to the east side of Suter Science Center from Parkwood Drive, passing just east of the Turf Field.
This week’s pictures show rooms in various states of demolition, handling of demolition materials and grading for the new service road.