Suter Renovation Work This Week: 12/15-12/19

& Suter Science Renovation.

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

PHASE 1 COMPLETED!
Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms): Completion tasks by 12/12 accomplished!

Certificate of Occupancy: The temporary Certificate of Occupancy was received last Friday (12/12).  The general contractor (Harman Construction Inc) turned the Phase 1 classroom spaces over to EMU for move-in.

Moving in: Students, faculty and staff are in “full move-in mode” this week.  See

PHASE 3 (north corridor classrooms): Expected completion date – July 15, 2015

Asbestos abatement: As soon as the move-in activities planned for this week (12/15-19) are completed on the 19th, the asbestos abatement contractor will begin asbestos abatement work in Phase 3 areas.  This will begin with the east corridor serving classroom 037 (General Chemistry) on Saturday, 12/20 with the expectation that it will be completed in this area by Wed, 12/24.  Work will then begin after Christmas in the north corridor and classroom 021 and several small rooms (027, 029) off of the north corridor.  This phase is expected to be completed before Monday, 01/05.  Asbestos abatement work involves sealing off the areas where the work is being done which prevents access by anyone, other than the abatement workers.  Signs will be posted in this regard for these areas and need to be fully respected by other persons in the building.

Move-In Pictures:
Students assisting faculty with classroom setup, incoming equipment awaiting final location, Cadaver Room setup.

Top photos: Students assisting Dr Roman Miller with setup in Biology Classroom (043).
Bottom left: “incoming” equipment waiting to be moved into classrooms.
Bottom right: first two cadaver tables moved into Cadaver Room (049A).

 

Classroom cabinets stocked with equipment and supplies.

Classroom cabinets stocked with equipment and supplies.

 

Information Systems setting up projection system, Cheryl and Tony working on room security, Brint stocking supply shelves, Cheryl and Diane holding forth in "logistics central".

Top left: Caleb and Steve from Information Systems setting up interactive projector system in General Chemistry Room (037).
Top right: Cheryl and Tony “taking care of details” for securing rooms, now that valuable contents are being moved into them.
Bottom left: Brint stocking supply shelves in Biology Prep Room (041).
Bottom right: Moving-logistics-central . . . Cheryl and Diane keeping track of who is doing what and where things are coming from and going to.

 

Boots and nets in Field Prep Room (041A), Dr Stephen Cessna sorts glassware, temporary classroom 030 contents await transfer to new classrooms.

Top left: Boots and nets await organization in Field Prep Room (041A).
Top right: Dr Stephen Cessna sorts through glassware, storing only items that are “worth being there”.
Bottom: Contents of temporary classroom 030 created for Fall 2014 classes await transfer to new classrooms.

 

Dissection Lab (049); hood in Biology Prep Room (041), stocked supplies cabinet in Biology Prep Room (041), Concourse as staging area.

Top left: Dissection Lab (049).
Top right: Hood in Biology Prep Room (041).
Bottom left: Stocked supplies cabinet in Biology Prep Room (041).
Bottom right: Concourse as staging area for incoming boxes and equipment.

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 12/08-12/12

& Suter Science Renovation.

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

PHASE 1 COMPLETION DATE: Tuesday November 25 (temporary Certificate of Occupancy received)

The Fall Student Research Symposium was the first officially scheduled event held in the new large classroom, SSC 104, on Friday afternoon, December 5.

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Lab cabinetry: New England Labs will finish installation of case goods and lab equipment this week ahead of the scheduled Phase 2 turnover date of Friday, December 12.

Final inspections: Final city inspections for mechanical systems and complete building for Phase 2 are planned for Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Cleaning: Several days of cleaning of rooms and cabinets will be needed between Wednesday and Friday before the Phase 2 is turned over to EMU.

Moving in: Moving EMU classroom contents will likely begin immediately after the planned Friday turnover.  Although ten faculty office rooms will be completed with Phase 2 construction, faculty have chosen to remain in their current locations for the remainder of the academic year.  All moving efforts between the December 12 turnover date and start of classes January 5 will focus on setting up the new classrooms.  Dr Tara Kishbaugh and Cheryl Doss are coordinating these efforts which they hope will complete most of the new classroom setup by Friday, December 19.

PHASE 2 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: FRIDAY December 12

Writing on walls will be encouraged . . . with some caveats.  “Wink” is a special surface coating that turns nearly any material into a writable dry-erase surface.  Eleven wall surface areas, some as long as an entire room (south wall of Engineering Classroom – 050) will be painted with this unique coating.  The product was applied to most of the west wall of the Concourse Learning Space/Conference Room last week and the results were quite positive.  But . . . only dry-erase markers may be used.  Other markers will permanently mar the surface.

Great results from test of "Wink" dry-erase coating applied to west wall of Concourse Learning Space/Conference Room (SSC 053).

Great results from test of “Wink” dry-erase coating applied to west wall of Concourse Learning Space/Conference Room (SSC 053). Eleven wall spaces will be “Winked” with this dry-erase coating throughout the renovated Suter Science Center spaces to encourage learning and problem solving in new ways.

Phase 3 work (north corridor classrooms):

Asbestos abatement: Phase 3 (classrooms along north hallway) work will begin on Saturday, December 20, or as soon as classroom moving is completed.  Extracting asbestos from Suter is a demanding and expensive process.  The contractors hope to complete a significant portion of this work before the start of classes on January 5.  Part of the work requirement is to seal off the areas where asbestos is being removed so that surrounding areas are not contaminated with asbestos particles.  When classes resume January 5 there will be “Keep Out” signs posted where asbestos abatement work continues.  It is expected to be concluded mid-to-late January.

Pictures for the week:
From upper left: fume hood, combo surface for dry-erase and projection screen, Engineering Classroom and south hallway, fully equipped SSC 104, Concourse with soon-to-be "Winked" dry-erase hexagon.

From upper left: state-of-the-art fume hood; dry-erase & projection screen combo surface on teaching wall of General Chemistry lab (room 037); looking east from Concourse into south hallway and Engineering Classroom; panorama view of fully equipped SSC 104; looking south from center of Concourse with soon-to-be “Winked” hexagon surface on east wall.

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 12/01-12/05

& Suter Science Renovation.

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

Final inspection: Completed and approved on Tuesday, 11/25.

Classroom seating: Chairs and tables for classrooms 055 (lower level) and 104 (upper level) have been received and will be assembled this week and placed in the classrooms.  No classes are being re-assigned to these rooms before the end of the semester, but the rooms are available for scheduling events using the 25Live room scheduling system.  One event has already been scheduled in 104 for Friday afternoon, December 5.  Both classrooms will be used significantly for spring semester classes.

Classroom technology: Information Systems has installed standard classroom projection systems and teacher workstation carts in both classrooms.  Whiteboards are ordered and expected to arrive either late this week or early next week and will be installed promptly upon arrival.

Wrap-up tasks: Final construction tasks include installing external sun shades on the 2nd floor windows and treating the concrete floors in the 1st and 2nd floor foyer areas.  It is expected that these tasks will be completed during the Christmas break.

PHASE 1 COMPLETION DATE: Tuesday November 25 (temporary Certificate of Occupancy received)

Phase 2 work (south corridor classrooms):

Lab cabinetry: New England Labs should finish installation of case goods this week.  The mechanical, electrical and cabling contractors return to the installed cabinets to make the final utility connections.

Interior doors/glass: Doors and glass located along the north hallway leading to the newly renovated rooms will be installed this week.

Writing surfaces: Beginning this week, a variety of writing surfaces will be installed throughout the newly renovated areas.  These will include:

  • One classroom (Biology 039) with chalkboards saved from the original building.
  • Four classrooms with Epson short-throw interactive projectors on walls with Elite Screens Versa White projection & writing surfaces.
  • One classroom (Engineering 050) will have dry-erase paint coating applied the entire width of the south wall and half of the north wall.
  • A combination of dry-erase paint coating, chalkboard paint and tackable wall surface will be used on sections of walls in the north and south corridors, the north-south concourse and the 1st and 2nd story foyer areas outside the elevator.

Room descriptions and numbers for the three phases of construction have been posted on the Suter Science Renovation 2013-2015 page for your reference.

PHASE 2 EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE: FRIDAY December 12

In preparation for the transition to Phase 3 construction (which begins January 12 on the North Entrance to the concourse and the classrooms on the north side of the north corridor, the construction tunnel will be removed and replaced with red tape defining the new areas of construction.  Nearer to the January 12 date a smaller version of the construction tunnel will be installed to connect the north corridor to the North Entrance for use by contractors.

EMU employees and students are asked to continue to respect the construction zones cordoned off by tape or construction barriers.  The administration and contractor management have very much appreciated the cooperation they have received from these EMU groups during the fall semester construction work.

2014-12-01 SSC Sink,Shower,Wink,055 Seating

From upper left: Sink installed in epoxy countertop; safety shower; painters applying dry-erase paint coating on west wall of concourse conference room; tables and chairs installed in lower level classroom 055.

 

 

 

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.

If you have any questions please use the Campus Projects online Contact Us form.