Suter Renovation Work This Week: 06/29-07/03

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PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

Lab Cabinetry: Getting close to “done”.  Cleaning crews spent all day Wednesday (07/01) doing an initial deep cleaning of all rooms and cabinets which significantly improved the general appearance of the rooms as can be seen in the photos this week.

Concrete Floor Finishing: The concrete floor finishing contractor is working through the schedule posted on this blog last week.  The results are becoming visible as is shown in the second set of photos this week.

Clockwise from top left: Rooms on North Corridor from west to east - Microbiology Prep (019); Microbiology (021); Organic Chemistry Prep (025A); Organic Chemistry (025); Advanced Chemistry Prep (033A); Advanced Chemistry (033).

Clockwise from top left: Rooms on North Corridor from west to east – Microbiology Prep (019); Microbiology (021); Organic Chemistry Prep (025A); Organic Chemistry (025); Instrument Lab (033A); Advanced Chemistry (033).

Concourse awaiting concrete finishing process; South Corridor with concrete stain applied; 2nd floor SSC 104 hallway with completed concrete floor finish; finished floor in 2nd floor elevator lobby.

Clockwise from upper left: North/South Concourse awaiting the concrete floor finishing process; looking east into the South Corridor which has stain applied but not final sealer and burnishing; looking east on 2nd floor hallway next to SSC104 which as floor finishing process completed; 2nd floor elevator lobby with completed concrete floor finish.

Updated Floor Finishing Schedule for Suter

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The concrete floor finishing contractor started work on the Suter Science Center floors several days ahead of schedule.  With this early start the original work schedule has been revised and last week’s Campus Projects blog posting has been updated.  For your convenience it is also posted here:

Suter Science Center Renovation - Concrete Floor Finishing Schedule

Suter Science Center Renovation – Concrete Floor Finishing Schedule

The colors and names of the areas on the floor plan match the colors and names on the days of the calendar when work is scheduled for the areas.

Areas 1 through 3 will each require three days of work to complete and Area 4, which has more complexity, will require an entire week.  If you have any questions please use the Contact Us form on the home page for this Campus Projects blog.

A PDF version is available here: Concrete Floor Finishing Schedule (v2) 2015-06-25.

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 06/15-06/19

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NOTE: The concrete floor finishing schedule shown at bottom of this posting was updated June 26.
PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

Lab Cabinetry: The cabinet installation for the classroom labs is in the final stage of completion.  It is amazing to see the transformation that has taken place since the North Hallway classrooms were “demolished” back in January.  The space consists of three large classroom labs, Microbiology-Room 021; Organic Chemistry-Room 025; Advanced Chemistry-Room 033, with three corresponding preparation labs adjacent to each of them.  The installation work includes many connections to the lab workstations.  These include electric, data network, hot/cold water, drain, gas, vacuum and compressed air.  Some workstations also have a faucet connected to the reverse osmosis (RO) water loop.

North Entrance: Construction work on the North Entrance is nearly complete with new storefront doors and windows, a second set of doors creating a climate control air space, a new exterior canopy, handicap-assisted door controls and a new sidewalk connecting to the steps near the Turf Field.

Clockwise from upper left: Lab station connections, Electro-physiology Lab 030B; North Entrance; Research Lab 030.

Clockwise from upper left: Lab station connections, Electro-physiology Lab 030B; North Entrance; Research Lab 030.

Concrete Floor Finishing: The contractor who will grind, treat and polish the concrete floors in all the hallways, corridors and concourse (including the second floor hallways around Classroom 104) will begin June 29 and require nearly three weeks to complete about July 17.  The work will be done is sections and while work is being done on a section no access will be permitted.

UPDATE: The following revised schedule was posted June 26.  The colors and names of the areas correspond to the colors and names on the calendar days when work is scheduled for the areas.

Suter Science Center Renovation - Concrete Floor Finishing Schedule

Suter Science Center Renovation – Concrete Floor Finishing Schedule

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 06/01-06/05

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PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

Hoods, Hoods, Hoods: A total of 16 fume hoods are being installed in Phase 3 of the Suter Science Center Renovation.  Nine of them are located in the Organic Chemistry Lab (room 025) and are visible in the following panoramic photo of the lab.

Panorama view of Organic Chemistry Lab (room 025) from back of room towards south teaching wall.

Panorama view of Organic Chemistry Lab (room 025) from back of room towards south teaching wall.

Significant effort is required to install each hood.  In addition to being heavy and bulky they also have a large number of utility connections such as power, exhaust, gas, water, drains and compressed air.  The crew from New England Labs will likely finish their installation work this week but then several weeks of work will be required by the plumbers for the hoods to be operational.

Casework: In addition to the fume hood work, the crew from New England Labs is looking to finish installing the remainder of the cabinets and countertops.

SSC Week of 2015-06-01

Clockwise from top left: lab sinks and tables in Microbiology Lab (room 021), fume hoods on west wall of Organic Chemistry Lab (room 025), bench lab tables in Advanced Chemistry Lab (room 033), workstations surrounding teacher workstations in Organic Chemistry Lab (room 025).

The final major construction task will be finishing the concrete floors in all the hallways.  The goal is to begin this work the last week in June and conclude it shortly after the July 4th holiday.

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 05/18-05/22

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PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

North Entrance: Things are shaping up nicely with the re-constructed North Entrance to Suter Science Center.  New outside doors have been installed and a second set of interior doors will be installed within next two weeks, creating the energy-saving “air lock” for this entrance to match that of the previously re-constructed South Entrance.

Casegoods: The cabinet installation contractor returned to the job site on Monday (05/18) after being away for a week.  Countertops and fume hoods will arrive mid-week.  They expect to complete their work by end of the month (May 29).  When the cabinets, countertops and fume hoods are installed the local mechanical contractor will have significant work to do to connect all the plumbing and ductwork to these units which will likely require a number of days in June.

HVAC Systems Balancing: As was done in December and January, a special contractor will be used to “test and balance” the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.  This work will be started in the later part of June and continue for a number of days, hopefully not as long as the multi-week process last December and January.

Hallway/Concourse Floor Finishing: The last major construction activity for the Suter Science Center East (Phase 1, 2, 3) Renovation will be to grind, stain and polish the concrete floor surfaces of the North, East and South Hallways as well as the North/South Concourse and the second floor hallway surrounding classroom 104.  This work will be done in two groupings of floors.  All but the North Hallway, East Hallway and the east end of the South Hallway will be finished the last week in June and the contractor will return the following week (first week in July) to complete the job.  With this completed the contractor will likely consider Suter Science Center East Renovation “substantially completed”.  July 10 is the target date to begin moving into the Phase 3 labs and classrooms.

As is always the case, there will be a list of small items  on the “punchlists” to be worked on after “substantial completion” date.

North Entrance doors, Microbiology (room 021) cabinets, Organic Chemistry (room 025) workstations, Advanced Chemistry (room 033) "bench" stations.

Clockwise from top left: new doors on North Entrance; cabinets on north wall of Microbiology (room 021); Organic Chemistry (room 025) center-of-room workstations; Advanced Chemistry (room 033) “bench” cabinets.

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 05/04-05/08

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PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

Flooring: The flooring contractor worked all last weekend to have several classrooms ready for the arrival of casegoods (cabinets and fume hoods) scheduled for early this week.  This work requires significant skill because the flooring is continuous along the walls to form the “base cove” as well, making cleaning and spill control much easier than a traditional vinyl cove base installed on top of the flooring.  Classrooms on the north side of the North Hallway will be completed by the end of this week and installation of the interior rooms (Chemical Storage 035A-C and Research Labs 030/030A-D) will continue into next week.

Casegoods: A tractor trailer arrived on Tuesday morning with delivery of the cabinets from New England Labs.  The 15 fume hoods are expected to arrive sometime next week.  Because flooring is not installed in all the rooms where the casegoods will be installed, staging of the cabinets is taking place in the North/South Concourse.

North Entrance: With the reduced pedestrian traffic into Suter, Harman Construction has begun building the North Entrance.  Access to Suter should now be done only through the West Entrance (along Park Road) or the new South Entrance.  The North Entrance is a construction zone and not available to the public.  Construction involves placing some steel structures, masonry and brick and ultimately “store front” doors and glass.

Clockwise from top left: Start of flooring in Microbiology (021), flooring nearly complete in Organic Chemistry (025), start of snorkels in Advanced Chemistry (033), flooring completed in Organic Chemistry (033).

Clockwise from top left: Early stage of flooring in Microbiology Lab (021); Flooring nearly complete in Organic Chemistry (025); Installing snorkels in Advanced Chemistry (033); Flooring completed in Advanced Chemistry.

Clockwise from top left: Cabinets staged in Concourse, cabinets before being set in Advanced Chemistry, cabinets set in place in Advanced Chemistry, Steve Gibbs (IS) studies teacher workstation details.

Clockwise from top left: Casegoods (cabinets) are staged in North/South Concourse; start of cabinets in Advanced Chemistry (033); cabinets set in place in Advanced Chemistry; Steve Gibbs, classroom technologist, studies details of teacher workstation in Organic Chemistry (025).

Clockwise from top left: Old north entrance removed, North Hallway without construction barrier, new steel supports for North Entrance, forklift putting curved steel beam in place.

Clockwise from top left: Old north entrance removed; North Hallway with construction barriers removed, start of steelwork for North Entrance, fork-lift-becomes-crane to lift steel radius beam into place.

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 04/20-04/24

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PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

A Bit of a Holding Pattern: The major infrastructure systems are basically completed and floor coverings are the next big construction event. However, the work schedule of the flooring contractor is such that they won’t be able to start until May 1.  The construction workers spending the most time on the job this week are the painters who are wrapping up their work.

HVAC Systems: The large roof units are now connected to components in the room and contractors have completed their startup routines, however, the systems need to be tied into the security systems before they can be turned on 24 X  7 which is expected closer to May 1.

Autoclave: One of the most expensive individual pieces of equipment to be installed in Phase 3 is a new autoclave.  After much research and many conversations with four different vendors a purchase order for a Geneva Scientific Beta Star LS2020 sterilizer was placed this week for delivery sometime in late June or early July.

Faculty Office Furniture: A “mock up office” has been installed in room 026F to show faculty what the new systems furniture looks like.  Cheryl Doss and Jack Rutt will be meeting with individual faculty to assist with selecting their specific component configurations beginning on Friday (04/24).  Installation of furniture begins May 4.

Case Goods: New England Labs will begin delivering and installing fume hoods, cabinets (case goods) and work tables the week of May 4.  It is estimated that nearly the entire month of May will be needed for them to complete their installation work.

Microbiology Prep Lab (019), Faculty Offices Hallway (026A-H), Special Research Labs (030A-d)

Clockwise from top left: Microbiology Prep Lab (room 019) awaits new autoclave; Faculty offices hallway awaits office furniture; Research Labs (030A-D) await case goods, workstations and fume hoods.

When all the fume hoods (there are 15 of them in Phase 3) are connected and operational and the hallway doors and windows are installed a team of special HVAC workers will begin “testing and balancing” the systems in Phase 3 areas as well as going back to the Phase 2 units to re-balance them now that all of Phase 2 and Phase 3 areas are completed.  The testing and balancing work will likely require 2-3 weeks of work.

The last two major work areas will be constructing the North Entrance and grinding/finishing the concrete floors of the Concourse along with the North, East and South corridors.  The North Entrance will be worked on in May/June and the floors will be worked on in July . . . and then it will almost be time to begin setting up for Fall Semester 2016 classrooms!

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 04/13-04/17

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PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

Inspections: Above-ceiling inspections were completed and passed last week, clearing the way for ceiling tiles to be installed in all rooms.  This changes the appearance of the rooms dramatically.

HVAC Systems: Work continues, primarily on the roof, to connect the massive Annex Air roof-top unit for heating and air conditioning to the above ceiling ductwork.  Roof work also includes completing the large ductwork system providing exhaust air handling for the 15 fume hoods installed in the north hallway classrooms and prep labs.  April 20 is the target date for having the Annex Air unit operational so that the rooms can begin continuous climate control which is needed for up to a week to allow the vinyl floor material to acclimate prior to being installed.

Flooring:  As noted in the description of the HVAC systems work, the special vinyl floor covering material must acclimate for several days in the climate controlled rooms before being installed.  Installation is now scheduled to begin the first week in May.

Case Goods: Following close behind the floor installers will be the crew from New England Labs who will install the classroom case goods which includes cabinets, countertops, fume hoods and lab tables.

Overall, the Phase 3 work is proceeding nicely and basically on schedule.

Clockwise from top left: Advanced Chem (033); Microbiology Prep Lab (019); Microbiology Lab (021); Research Lab (030).

Clockwise from top left: Advanced Chem (033); Microbiology Prep Lab (019); Microbiology Lab (021); Research Lab (030).

With nearly all ceiling tile installed these rooms suddenly begin to look like classrooms.  Hard to believe that just three months ago many of these spaces were piles of rubble.

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 04/06-04/10

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PHASE 3 (North Hallway classrooms): Expected completion – July 15, 2015

Inspections: Critical above-ceiling inspections by fire marshall and city building department are in process this week.  The space above the ceiling gridwork in some of the classrooms is proving to be a bit of a challenge to find ways for everything to function and meet unit clearance code requirements.

Ceiling Grid: Ceiling grid has been hung in most spaces, and some rooms have the first lay-in LED ceiling lights installed.

Roof-top Ductwork: A total of 15 fume hoods will be installed in the Phase 3 (north hallway classrooms) renovation spaces, nine of which will be installed in the Organic Chemistry classroom (025).  Very large stainless steel ductwork is being installed on the roof to connect all of these to a huge exhaust fan system.

Roof-top HVAC: The climate control system is separate from the fume hood exhaust system.  Its centerpiece is the 11,000 pound unit that was installed on the roof by crane on Saturday, March 21.  Mechanical contractor workers are working to have this system operational by April 20 so that all the Phase 3 spaces will be under climate control so that the special vinyl floor covering can be placed in the rooms for up to a week to become acclimated for temperature and humidity prior to installation.

Case Goods: Case Goods will again be installed by New England Labs who are scheduled to deliver and begin installing classroom cabinetry and furniture the last week in April.

Very large roof-top ductwork for 15 Phase 3 hoods, Level-5 preparation for dry-erase/projection surface, massive roof-top HVAC unit, ceiling lights installed in Organic Chem lab (Room 025).

Clockwise from top left: very large roof-top ductwork for 15 Phase 3 fume hoods; level-5 finish installation for Advanced Chemistry (Room 033); massage HVAC unit for north hallway rooms; first Phase 3 classroom with installed ceiling lighting (LED).

 

Super Saturday Suter Science Center Crane Work

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Construction workers began an unusual Saturday workday at 6:30AM on March 21, under partly cloudy skies at EMU’s Suter Science Center where the third phase of renovation is underway.  Their task was to remove two 47 year old heating and air conditioning units from the north side of the lower level roof and replace them with a new larger unit.  Planning began weeks ahead of the event which was delayed until the weather became suitable.

The winter’s significant precipitation turned the site area on the north side of Suter into a soft muddy mess and it was clear that a long period of relatively dry weather would be needed before contractors could consider placing a crane for removing the old units and lifting the new 11,200 pound unit in place.  An alternate location on the south parking lot could work also, but the crane’s reach would need to be significantly longer.  This meant that a much larger crane from farther away would need to be substituted for the ordinary crane’s available locally.

In addition to the crane operators from Digging and Rigging, the day’s contractors included general contractor Harman Construction, mechanical contractor Blauch Brothers and roofing contractor Don Largent Roofing.

The well-planned operation was executed perfectly and the work was completed by 11:00am.

Crane operations staging area, overhead view of Digging and Rigging crane, job superintendent Phil Reece on the phone, crews preparing the roof base for the new 11,200 pound HVAC unit.

Clockwise from top left: Staging area for crane work; large crane from Digging and Rigging; Harman job superintendent, Phil Reece, a very capable “conductor” for the operation; crew preparing the curb base for the new 11,200 pound Annex Air unit.

Removing old HVAC unit; roof opening after removal of old HVAC unit; base for new Annex Air unit installed; cutting opening in roof decking for ductwork to new HVAC unit.

Clockwise for top left: Moments before removing one of the old HVAC units; roof opening after HVAC unit removal; new roof curb base installed prior to arrival of new 11,200 pound Annex Air unit; cutting hole in roof decking for ductwork to new HVAC unit.

New unit "flying in"; within inches of its final destination; in its final place.

Clockwise from top left: New 11,200 pound Annex Air unit “flying in”; lowering new unit into place; all done!

View the four hour operation in four minutes: