Suter Renovation Work This Week: 11/24-11/28

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Final inspection: Scheduled for late Tuesday afternoon (11/25).

Elevator: Final inspection was scheduled for Monday.  Inspection was completed and passed.  EMU gets access to it upon acquiring Certificate of Occupancy with final inspection.

Concrete floors: Floors in the foyer areas (elevator/stairways) and the 2nd floor hallway next to classroom 104 will be finished with a concrete stain and sealer.  However, this will be done during the EMU Christmas/New Years holiday break.

West wall of classroom 104

West wall of classroom 104

Cleaning: The first round of thorough cleaning of the two classrooms, foyers and restrooms begins on Monday.  This week’s 360 Panorama photo is of newly cleaned classroom 104.

Backup generator: Although it is technically part of the Phase 2 work, the backup generator being online is required for the emergency lights and exit signs in the Phase 1 work area.  The generator was scheduled to come “online” on Monday, which it did, and is now fully functional for the Phase 1 and Phase 2 work areas.  Other work areas will be added as they are renovated.  The “old areas” of Suter do not have any backup generator protection.

PHASE 1 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: Tuesday November 25

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Lab cabinetry: New England Labs continues to have a substantial crew of installation workers on site each day.  Progress this week is expected to include counter tops, fume hoods and lab tables.

Network cabling: TTM, our local network cable installation contractor, completed most of the network cabling terminations over the past weekend and should be finishing up in the classrooms this week and next.  They follow the New England Labs installation crew for the cabinets that have network connections attached to them.

Interior doors glass: Glass for the interior doors is expected to arrive this week.  This will mean removing the wooden coverings for doors located in the north corridor that enter into Phase 2 construction areas.  These doors will remain locked and should not be used until Phase 2 is released to EMU on December 12.

Construction “tunnel”: As we approach the anticipated December 12 Phase 2 turnover date, Harman Construction will be changing the configuration of the construction barriers in the concourse area and the east hallway.  Students and employees should be aware of new access patterns this will create.

PHASE 2 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: FRIDAY December 12
From upper left: cabinets in Dissection (room 049); Steve Gibbs installing projection system in SC 104; elevator ready and waiting for Certificate of Occupancy; second floor hallway heading north to existing SC 106 foyer.

From upper left: cabinets in Dissection (room 049); Steve Gibbs installing projection system in SC 104; elevator ready and waiting for Certificate of Occupancy; second floor hallway heading north to existing SC 106 foyer.

From upper left: classroom 104; tables in Physics Lab room 020; classroom 055; foyer on 2nd floor near elevator.

From upper left: classroom 104; tables in Physics Lab room 020; classroom 055; foyer on 2nd floor near elevator.

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 11/17-11/21

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Final inspection: A number of things are expected to come together to allow for a final inspection of the Phase 1 construction areas by Friday.

Sidewalks: Sidewalks to the South Entrance, the stair tower and the patio and exterior door to the lower level classroom 055 are now built.  Final excavation work around these areas will conclude this week.

Elevator: Contractor is expecting to have the elevator finished and pass its final inspection by the end of the week.

Painting: Final touch up work will be finished

Climate control: Final adjustments are continuing for the VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems that provide heat and air conditioning to the Phase 1 spaces.  These must be completed and operating consistently prior to final inspection.

Concourse drywall: The curved bulkheads in the North/South Concourse are being completed. The complexity of these bulkhead structures brings out the best in the fine art of dry wall finishing provided by the contractor.

Interior doors: Interior doors will be delivered and installed for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas.  Phase 1 doors will be the first to be installed ahead of the final inspection.

Ceramic tile: Tile will be installed in the South Entrance foyer

PHASE 1 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: FRIDAY November 21 (depending on final inspection.)

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Inspection: An inspection for everything installed above the ceiling grid will be done by Friday.

Electrical: Final connection of the emergency generator to the building electrical system should be completed by Friday ahead of Phase 1 final inspection.

Lab pods taking shape in Chemistry classroom 037.

Lab pods taking shape in Chemistry classroom 037.

Case goods: Cabinet installation continues with a large installation crew from the vendor, New England Labs.  Epoxy countertops are also being installed.  This week’s 360 degree panorama provides a view of the General Chemistry classroom lab (room 037).

Fume hoods: Most of the chemical fume hoods will be installed in the Phase 3 north corridor classrooms, however, a total of four will be installed in three labs (General Chemistry 037, Biology 043 and two small procedure rooms 047A and 047C).

PHASE 2 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: FRIDAY December 12
From upper left: cable work in Data Closet, cabinets in Biology 039, lab fixtures in Biology Prep 041, sidewalks to South Entrance.

From upper left: cable work in Data Closet, cabinets in Biology 039, lab fixtures in Biology Prep 041, sidewalks to South Entrance.

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From upper left: concourse curved bulkhead, stainless steel cabinets in Cadaver Lab (049A), epoxy countertop in Biology Lab (039), chemical fume hoods queued for installation.

From upper left: concourse curved bulkhead, stainless steel cabinets in Cadaver Lab (049A), epoxy countertop in Biology Lab (039), chemical fume hoods queued for installation.

 

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 11/10-11/14

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Carpet: Large classroom on 2nd floor, SC104, will get carpet mid-week.

Ceiling: Hallways on 2nd floor will get ceiling grid by end of week.

Roofing: The final procedure for the roof will be the installation of the perimeter metal capping.

Technology: Cable installers are terminating the network cables in the rooms and in the wiring closet.  Nearly 300 network cables have been pulled to the rooms in Phase 1 and 2 construction areas.

Site work: Sidewalks providing egress for the South Entrance, south stair tower and lower level classroom 055 are being installed.

Suter classroom 104 ready for carpet.

Suter classroom 104 ready for carpet.

A 360 degree view from the center of the SC104 can be viewed in this photo taken with Occipital’s 360Panorama app on an iPhone.  Click and drag left and right anywhere on the photo to “spin” the picture for the full 360 degree view.  Depending on your browser there may also be links at the top of the picture to view upward and downward views.  You can also zoom in and out using mouse wheel or pinch gesture on a touch-enabled device.

PHASE 1 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: WEEK of NOVEMBER 17, depending on final inspection.

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Electrical: The emergency generator to be installed at the northeast corner of the building arrived on Monday.

Floors: Installation of the vinyl sheet flooring in classrooms continues.

Case goods: The cabinets for the labs arrived on Tuesday and installation began immediately and will continue for at least the next two weeks.  They have been distributed to the rooms where flooring is installed, otherwise they are lining the corridors and hallways.

Dock: The concrete driveway to the loading dock west of the greenhouse has been poured.

SSC Week of 2014-11-10

From top left: Unloading the emergency generator; vinyl flooring in physics lab (SC020); concrete loading dock driveway; first cabinets installed in engineering lab (SC050).

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 11/03-11/07

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Elevator: Expected to become operational middle of next week, probably by 11/12.

Cloud ceiling: The cloud ceiling feature of second floor classroom 104 is progressing nicely.  It is similar to the ceiling in the large 3rd floor classroom that was part of the recent Roselawn renovation.

Walls: Final inspection of the interior sprinkler system was received on Monday.  Drywall is now being installed in soffit areas and drywall finishing should be completed throughout Phase 1 by early next week.  Painting will closely follow drywall finishing and be wrapped up to middle to end of next week.

Floors: Carpet tile has already been installed in classroom 055 (lower level of Phase 1).  Will be installed on second floor as soon as painting is completed.

PHASE 1 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: WEEK of NOVEMBER 17, depending on final inspection (about a week later than previously published)

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Electrical: Work done last weekend during the Saturday/Sunday 30 hour power outage was completed ahead of schedule and without complications.  The emergency generator expected shortly.

Gas line: The additional trenching required to provide city gas to the emergency generator is in process.  This requires a trench from the south side of Suter around the east side to the emergency generator location on the at the northeast corner of the building.

Loading dock: The concrete deck for the loading dock was poured on Tuesday (11/04).

Lab snorkels: The above-ceiling installation of ductwork for classroom lab snorkel units is proceeding providing some of the first visuals of what the labs will look like when completed.

Climate control: HVAC units are now operational throughout the Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas of construction.  This is a critical milestone which enables the vinyl floor material, now stored in rooms in the Phase 2 area, to acclimate to the operational temperature of the rooms prior to installation next week.

Case goods: New England Labs will be delivering cabinets for the lab classrooms next Tuesday (11/11).  Installation of the case goods will closely follow the installation of the vinyl flooring in the lab classrooms.

Concourse: The “storefront” framing for the learning space/conference room in the North/South Concourse has been installed and drywall is in the process of being installed for the overhead sweeping curved “bulkheads”.

Storefront framing for learning space/conference room in North/South Concourse

Storefront framing for learning space/conference room in North/South Concourse

 

A 360 degree view from the center of the Concourse can be viewed in this photo taken with Occipital’s 360Panorama app on an iPhone.  Click and drag left and right anywhere on the photo to “spin” the picture for the full 360 degree view.  Depending on your browser there may also be links at the top of the picture to view upward and downward views.  You can also zoom in and out using mouse wheel or pinch gesture on a touch-enabled device.

PHASE 2 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: DECEMBER 15
Gas line trenching, SC104 ceiling cloud, classroom 037 snorkel installation, loading dock concrete deck.

From top left: emergency generator gas line trenching; cloud construction in classroom 104; above-ceiling snorkel installation in classroom 037 (General Chemistry); south side loading dock.

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 10/27-10/31

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Elevator: Installation of initial elevator setup is complete.  Door frames are in place, waiting for masonry walls to be constructed around them.  Elevator contractor will return next week to complete the installation.

Tile: Contractor will begin installation of ceramic tile on restroom walls and floors.

Drywall: Sheetrock finishing is being pushed so that painting can begin as soon as possible.  Many of the final processes for Phase 1 are dependent upon the painting being completed (carpet installation, network connection terminations, electrical switch and receptacle installation, hanging room doors).

PHASE 1 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: NOVEMBER 7

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Painting: Final touch-ups should be completed by Friday.  Network connection terminations in counter-top raceways and wall receptacles will begin on Monday.

Replacement floor: Part 2 of the cadaver room floor repairs will be done this week when “self-leveling” concrete aggregate is poured to correct a sloping floor.

Waterline: Trench is now closed. Next up – sprinkler contractor will install the “riser” to connect the six inch waterline to the building sprinkler infrastructure and call for fire marshall inspection by Friday.  A number of things in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 (like installation of ceiling tile and final drywall enclosures) are dependent upon the sprinkler system inspection.

Climate Control: Progress is slower than expected towards startup of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the non-lab spaces. This needs to be done ahead of the vinyl floor installation in order for the vinyl floor material to become acclimated to the environment where it will be installed.  The “make-up-air” units are en route for the complex lab classroom HVAC systems.  They are now expected to arrive on Wednesday.  Installation will proceed rapidly so that climate control can begin in the lab classrooms.

Carpet: Carpet tile will be installed in the faculty offices and hallway.

30 Hour Power Outage: The entire Suter Science Center will be without power beginning 8:00am Saturday (11/01) while a 40 year old major electrical power component called “switch gear” is replaced.  There will be no public access to the building during this outage which may last until 2:00pm Sunday, 11/02.

Next-Big-Things: Delivery of lab classroom “case goods” (cabinetry) and emergency generator– November 3 and 6 respectively.  Installation of “case goods” will require two to three weeks of intense work.  Installation of the emergency generator is separate from and not dependent upon the “switch gear” replacement this weekend.

PHASE 2 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: DECEMBER 15
Elevator doors, closed waterline trench, exterior insulation finish system, drywall finish in classrooms, faculty hallway office tile, Engineering classroom LED lights, switch-gear component arrival.

Clockwise: walls around elevator doors; closed waterline trench; white EIFS on S104 and South Entrance nearly done; drywall finishing in S104; carpet tile in faculty offices hallway; Engineering (room 050) classroom LED lights and doors installed; 2000 amp switch-gear component arrives ahead of 30 hour weekend power outage.

Development & Church Relations Move to Campus Center 3rd Floor

& Advancement Relocation, Office Moves.

Not all the campus renovation activities are happening at Roselawn and Suter Science Center. A group of planners, rehabbers, movers and technicians have been quietly, but earnestly, working in the northwest corner of the Campus Center 3rd floor so that a month after the Language and Literature department moved to Roselawn, the space has become the new home of the Development and Church Relations departments.

Cindy Smoker, Development office coordinator, lead not only persons from her own team, but also painters, custodians, electricians, carpenters and movers from Physical Plant along with Information Systems technicians, to transform the former academic space to a well designed set of work stations and offices for about a dozen employees.

For Phil Helmuth, executive director of Development, it was a “coming home experience”.  He noted that prior to 1996 the offices of Development, Marketing, Alumni/Parents and Church Relations all worked out of this same space.  He also observed that he is the only current employee of the departments moving into the space to have worked there previously.  Times have certainly changed and it is an understatement to say that the new residents are very pleased with their new home.

The careful planning and resourceful thinking of the planners allowed this department move to be a relatively low cost operation. No new furniture was purchased and yet everyone has the desks, chairs and office resources they need to do their jobs.

“It really feels good to be here,” declared Helmuth, although he did admit to having some concerns about how it was all going to fit together.  When it was done, however, it worked and a lot of the credit for that goes to Smoker for her thorough and careful planning over the last several months.

Development Move to CC340

The northwest corner of Campus Center 3rd floor, formerly occupied by the Language and Literature department, is now home to the Development and Church Relations departments.

October 20th move-in to Campus Center Suite 340

Move-in teams hard at work on October 20th in Campus Center 3rd floor, suite 340. At the end of the day . . . all is well!

Scheduled Multi-Day Power Outage for Suter Science Center 11/01-02

& Employees, Notifications, Students, Suter Science Renovation.

A multi-day complete electrical outage at Suter Science Center has been scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, November 1 and 2.

Outage Details:

Outage scheduled begin time: 8:00am, Saturday, 11/01
Outage scheduled end time: 2:00pm, Sunday, 11/02
Outage duration: about 30 hours

Impact: The Suter Science building will be completely without power for the duration of the outage.  Because the Turf Field lights and its resources that require electricity are fed from Suter, these will also be without power.  There will be no general public access to the building during the outage.

Reason: The electrical service from HEC to Suter needs to be upgraded as part of the Phase 1/Phase 2 renovation.  A large transformer located in the northeast basement maintenance room of Suter needs to be replaced by the electrical contractor, Trumbo Electric, Inc.

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Suter Renovation Work This Week: 10/20-10/24

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Windows and doors: Glass has been installed in the classrooms and foyer windows and the storefront structure and doors of the South Entrance are in place.

EIFS: The Exterior Insulation and Finish System will be done by Saturday.  This is the top of the wall above the brick that ties into the roof and will, with the installation of glass in windows and doors, bring Phase 1 spaces to their “dried in” state, ready for climate control systems (HVAC) to operate.

Elevator: Installation of the elevator will begin on Thursday (10/23) and will require about 9 workdays to complete.

PHASE 1 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: NOVEMBER 7

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Replacement floor: Part of the cadaver lab classroom floor needed to be re-built. Concrete was poured on Monday and the remainder of the floor will be amended with self-leveling concrete material by middle of next week.

Climate control systems: The wait continues for the make-up-air units, a key component of the classroom labs HVAC system.  They are scheduled to arrive next week (Oct 27-31).  It is somewhat urgent that these HVAC units be brought online as soon as possible so that existing floors and new floor covering material can acclimate several days before installation.  Floor coverings must be in place before installation of lab case goods (cabinets, lab tables, etc) begins.

Waterline:  Trenching for the water and gas lines has proceeded east along the driveway to the point where it will turn north to enter the Suter mechanical systems room.  It is expected to be completed and connected to the sprinkler system and be ready for inspection by the Fire Marshall next Wednesday (10/29).

Natural gas line: Installation of the new gas line is following right behind the waterline work and is expected to be completed next week.

Concourse: The curved ceiling bulkheads are taking shape in the North/South Corridor.  The storefront glass walls for the learning space/conference room have been measured and ordered.  Installation could happen as early as next week.

PHASE 2 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: DECEMBER 15
Clockwise from upper left: glass in P1 windows and doors, painted ceiling in classroom 104, waterline trench, start of curved ceiling bulkhead in Concourse.

Clockwise from upper left: glass is installed in windows and doors of foyers, classrooms and South Entrance; open portion of classroom 104 ceiling is painted white; waterline trench from driveway to mechanical room; first of two curved ceiling bulkheads is taking shape in Concourse near the framing for glass-walled learning space/conference room.

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 10/13-10/17

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Windows and doors: Installation of the South Entrance “storefront” structure was begun last week and will conclude this week, including the installation of the glass.  This, along with installing glass in the tall windows of the 2nd floor foyer will bring the new structure to its “dried in” state.

Drywall: Hanging of drywall in classrooms, restrooms and foyers should be completed by Friday.  Next up: drywall finishing.

Air conditioning: The heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in Phase 1 are much simpler than those for Phase 2 because there are no laboratory classrooms.  These systems, based on variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, should be close to operational by the end of the week.

Elevator: Installation will begin as soon as the infrastructure systems needed to support it are in place, which is mainly electrical power and is expected to be available sometime this week.  Once installation begins, about three weeks is needed for completion.

Phase 1 expected completion date: November 7

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Climate control systems: The HVAC systems for Phase 2 construction areas are far more complex than in the Phase 1 areas because more than 30 fume hoods will installed in the labs.  The purpose of these hoods is to exhaust the room air contaminated by the work being done in the labs.  In order to exhaust the “bad air”, “good air” needs to come into the labs and this fresh air needs to be heated or cooled depending on the weather conditions. To do this, “make up air” units must be included in the lab classroom HVAC systems.  These units are scheduled to arrive at Suter on October 24 and installation is expected by October 28.  This is an important milestone because the Phase 2 construction area must be under full climate control for at least a week so that the lab flooring material can be brought into the space and “acclimated” during this time to stabilize its temperature and humidity levels.  Lab floors must be installed before the lab cabinetry can be installed, a process expected to require about three weeks to complete in November.

Concourse: A central feature of the Suter Science Center renovation is the broad concourse connecting the north and south entrance doors.  Within this concourse will be several interesting features including walk-up computer kiosks on the northwest wall, hexagonal dry-erase public writing surfaces and a learning space/conference room with three sides of glass.  The hexagonal writing areas and the walls for the learning space/conference room are already taking shape.

Concrete stains: The floors of the two east-west lab corridors (north and south) and the north-south concourse will be finished with concrete stain.  Selection of two colors for these stains will be made from the samples that have been applied to room 037, the General Chemistry lab.  The sample areas are only temporarily visible and will be covered completely with the final

Waterline: Complications and surprises continue to develop with the sprinkler system water line trenching.  Extra time was required last week to find the correct 6 inch city main to connect to.  This week’s surprise involved the location and condition of cable conduits for phones, optic fiber for data and coax cable for television.  The rainy weather also adds to the challenges for the excavation company installing the waterline.  The good news is that installation of a new fire hydrant to the southwest of the Suter building has been without difficulty.

Gas line: In addition to Park Road being dug up by the waterline excavator, a different contractor has begun installing a gas line across Park Road which includes holes being dug in the lawn area to the east of Hartzler Library and to the west of Suter.  So far, no complications have been encountered and work is expected to be completed by Friday, assuming there are no delays due to weather.

Phase 2 expected completion date: December 15
gas line, concrete stain samples, concourse conference room, fire hydrant and waterline trench

Clockwise from top left: gas line across Park Road, concrete color stain samples for corridors, new fire hydrant and trenching for sprinkler system waterline, start of framework for concourse learning space/conference room.

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

& Suter Science Renovation.

Phase 1 work (two-story classroom addition and South Entrance):

Brickwork: Is largely complete.  Waiting for mortar to cure so that surface can be cleaned.

Windows: Window frames are being installed.  Installation of glass should follow near the end of week.

Interior walls: Drywall installation will begin.

Roofing: Roofing is complete which will allow the building to be “dried in” as soon as the installation of the doors and windows is complete.  This will be a big milestone.

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Ceilings: The ceiling grid will be completed by mid-week.

Generator: The concrete pad for the new emergency power generator at the northeast corner of the building is poured and ready for arrival of the generator.

Waterline: A hole has been dug in Park Road in search of the water main that will feed the new 6 inch sprinkler system waterline.  Monday’s work yielded the unfortunate surprise to find the pipe under the street shown on the city drawing was only 2 inches in diameter.  But not to worry, there are more pipes in the street.   It just means more digging will be required than was originally planned.  Eldon Kurtz, Director of Physical Plant, was not totally surprised to find the “real world” of underground utilities not exactly as shown on historical drawings.  Before the City of Harrisonburg annexed Park View in 1983, the area was known as the “Park View Sanitary District”.  There may have been times when things were done more “expeditiously” than “correctly” and documentation was, perhaps, a bit sparse.

Windows: The original windows have been replaced and the clear glass panels of the upper sections has been installed.  The lower panels should be installed late this week or early next.

Climate Control: As soon as all the windows and external doors are installed the Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas will be “dried in” and ready for climate control systems to operate.  There is currently a bit of delay on one of the climate control components called a “make-up air unit”.  It is critical that this unit arrives in a timely manner so that climate control can begin.  This is needed in order for moisture content and temperature of the concrete floors to be stabilized for a number of days prior to installation of the special floor coverings in the lab classrooms.

Gas line: The age of Suter Science Center shows up in a number of areas of the building’s infrastructure.  At the moment, there is no operating gas line feeding the building boilers because there was a failure of the original gas line early in the summer.  In the coming days another ditch will be dug across the front lawn of Suter to connect to the city gas line on the west side of Park Road.

 

Clockwise from upper left: sprinkler system waterline, window frames, emergency generator, climate control systems.

Areas of work at Suter Science Center week of October 9: sprinkler system waterline, window frames, emergency generator, climate control systems.