Suter Renovation Work This Week: 02/23-27

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

Dry Wall: Hanging drywall on the metal frame stud walls inspected last week is the newest stage of work on Phase 3 classrooms.  Drywall finishing will follow immediately so that painting can be scheduled.

Above-ceiling Rough-In Work: The in-wall rough-in work was completed and inspected last week for plumbing, electrical and gas utilties so that drywall hanging could begin this week.  Contractor crews continue to do rough-in work for the above-ceiling utilities which primarily involve heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) components.

Data Network Cabling: The network cabling contractor should finish pulling nearly seven miles of network cables into the Phase 3 construction area this week.

Roof-top HVAC Units: Preparations are underway to schedule crane work within the next 7-10 days to remove the last of the 40 year old HVAC roof-top “PAC” units and replace them with a new state-of-the-art multi-ton HVAC unit.

Chemical Storage Room Hazardous Contents signChemical Storage Logistics: One of the most challenging tasks for Phase 3 construction is to remove all chemicals from the three chemical storage rooms on the east end of Suter Science Center.  Under the leadership of Dr Steve Cessna, Professor of Biology and EMU’s current Chemical Hygiene Officer, the complete inventory of stored chemicals was finalized late last year.  After evaluating the inventory details it became apparent that a strategy of disposing of the most hazardous chemicals and temporarily storing others would be required.  It was also determined that significant outside expertise would be needed to safely dispose of the most hazardous chemicals.  Contracts have now been signed with Clean Harbors to remove these chemicals the week of March 9-13.  This operation will likely impact the activities around the Chemical Storage rooms when they are on site to physically remove the chemicals being disposed of.  Appropriate notifications to the campus community will be provided near the actual times for this activity.

Front-of-room east wall of Advanced Chemistry, room 033; North Hallway study nooks; looking toward front-of-room south wall of Microbiology, room 021.

From top left: Advanced Chemistry (room 033) front-of-room east wall dry wall partition; North Hallway study nooks; dry wall installation in Microbiology (room 021, looking towards front-of-room south wall) .

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 02/16-02/20

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

This update is very late this, in part due to the various weather events experienced this week . . . snow, ice and extreme cold.  This has also had some impact on the construction work, although not significantly.

Rough-In Work: This continues to be the most significant construction activity this week . . . contractor crews doing rough-in work on the complete range of building utilities — mechanical (HVAC), electrical, plumbing and sprinkler systems.

Metal Stud-wall Partitions: The main stud-wall framing is completed and the inspections for in-wall utilities will be completed by end of week in preparation for the dry-wall installation expected to begin early next week.

Data Network Cabling: The network cabling contractor begins pulling nearly seven miles of network cables into the Phase 3 construction area this week.

Study nooks in North Hallway and infrastructure of Organic Chemistry lab (Room 25).

From upper left: emerging study nooks in North Hallway; plumbing for Organic Chemistry lab (Room 25); ductwork for 3 of the 9 fume hoods in O-Chem lab; panorama view of O-Chem lab.

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 02/09-02/13

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

Rough-In Work: The most significant construction activity this week is with contractor crews doing rough-in work on the complete range of building utilities — mechanical (HVAC), electrical, plumbing and sprinkler systems.

Masonry: A new section of floor-to-ceiling block wall is now in place at the west end of the North Hallway where it will join the North/South Concourse near the new north entrance to Suter.

Metal Stud-wall Partitions: The main stud-wall framing is completed and secondary partitions, such as waist-high walls for the Organic Chemistry (Room 025) workstations, are being constructed.

Roof Preparations: In the coming weeks a crane will be used to place a very large HVAC unit on the roof.  Ahead of that significant operation, roof work is being done for smaller exhaust system fans and some additional sky-lights.

Hallway air ducts; water fountain mounting stands; new masonry wall in North Hallway; temporary sprinkler system workshop; Organic Chemistry lab station partitions.

Clockwise from upper left: Large air ducts in North Hallway ceiling for to connect to lab fume hoods; North Hallway water fountain mounting stands; new masonry wall at west end of North Hallway; temporary sprinkler system workshop in room 33; waist-high lab station partitions in Organic Chemistry room 25.

 

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 02/02-02/06

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

Steel Stud Wall Framing: Most of the steel studded walls are in place.  Carpenters are adding wooden blocking where cabinets will be hung after the dry wall is installed.

Masonry: “In-filling” is nearly complete (places where doors or openings previously existed) and an entirely new block wall will be constructed between the west end of the north hallway and the north entrance to the Concourse.

Electrical, plumbing, HVAC Rough-In: Installing all the plumbing, electrical, gas and HVAC components that are hidden above ceilings, in walls and below the floors is the lion’s share of the contractors’ activity this week.  The HVAC system is particularly large and complex due to the number of fume hoods (about a dozen) for the labs and classrooms along the north hallway.

Some updates about PHASE 1 and 2 activity:

Window treatments (blinds) arrived last weekend and were installed on all south-facing windows in classrooms along the south hallway and in rooms 104 and 055.  This will significantly improve the projection screen viewing in those rooms on bright, sunny afternoons, particularly during the winter months when the sun’s path is lower toward the horizon.

A sewer leak was discovered in the crawl space under the south end of the North/South Concourse on Tuesday. The new restrooms, near the first floor elevator, were closed Tuesday afternoon but were returned to service mid-morning on Wednesday when repairs were complete. Fortunately the leak was well contained within a limited area of the crawl space and did not harm any building systems or occupants. Professionals were consulted by the contractor and EMU, and best practice protocols are being used for the cleanup operations.

The final task to be done with any large-scale, complex heat/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system is “testing and balancing”.  This activity has been underway since early December for the HVAC systems in the Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas of the renovation project.  The Phase 2 areas (classrooms, labs and faculty offices on the south half of the building) pose the greatest challenges because of the fume hoods installed.  The professional specialist contracted to do this work hopes to complete testing and balancing this week.

From upper left: HVAC duct work rough-in; gas piping rough-in; window shades in SSC 104; electric panel rough-in boxes; metal stud framing with wood blocking to anchor wall-hung cabinets.

Top row: HVAC duct work rough-in; gas piping rough-in. Bottom row: metal stud framing with wood blocking to anchor wall-hung cabinets; electric panel rough-in boxes; window shades in SSC 104.

Suter Renovation Work This Week: 01/26-01/30

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

Gravel Service Road: Construction of the gravel service road from Parkwood Drive to the east end of Suter Science Center is finished.

Chemical Storage Logistics: A way must be found to safely remove and store chemicals now located in the Chemical Storage Area while this area is being renovated.  This includes disposing of chemicals not needed and moving all others to a secure and safe temporary storage location.  A small group of faculty is exploring options that might be available from an organization with expertise in this highly specialized area.

Demolition: Mostly completed except for the Chemical Storage Area, pending the removal of chemicals.

New Stud Walls: The framing contractor has quickly installed new metal stud walls to create new classrooms:

  • 019 Micro Prep
  • 021 Microbiology
  • 025 Organic Chemistry
  • 033 Advanced Chemistry
  • 030 Research and its related small labs 030A-D
Phase 3 Floor Plan

Phase 3 Floor Plan (click for larger)

Ductwork: As in Phase 2, these classroom labs have very complex heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, all of which require significant ductwork.   Several weeks of work will be required to “rough in” these systems.

Electric and Plumbing: Nearly all the electrical circuits are replaced in Phase 3, along with the plumbing systems.  The decision to build Suter with a crawl space instead of what could have been slab-on-grade, provides significantly more flexibility for a major renovation project.  However, working for long hours in this space, that ranges from barely three feet to nearly six feet, is difficult.  This work is now well under way.

Masonry: Phase 3 requires cutting new doorways into the North Hallway concrete block walls as well as filling in some of the old doorways.  Masons will build a section of new masonry wall where the North Hallway joins the North/South Concourse created in Phase 2.

Job foreman, Phil Reece, has led his teams effectively and they are, for the moment, slightly ahead of the planned job schedule.  But as is always the case in renovations, surprises could still be lurking.

From upper left: metal stud walls; service road; aligned lab-to-lab doors; North Hallway

From upper left: Block walls down – metal stud walls going up; gravel service road; lab-to-lab aligned doors for rooms 033A, 025, 025A, 021 and 019; North Hallway looking east, lab 021 immediately on left.

New Year! New Suter Renovation Area – Phase 3

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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.

Clockwise from top: large fan systems for asbestos abatement; workers consulting the drawings; rubble from old Room 31.

Clockwise from top: large fan systems for asbestos abatement; workers consulting the drawings; rubble from old Room 31.

From top left: block rubble awaiting removal; new doorway cut into north hallway; new doorways to special research labs; filling in old doorway in north hallway.

From top left: concrete block rubble from wall of old Room 25; new doorway cut into new Microbiology Lab (new Room 21); three of four doorways in west wall of Room 30 for small special research labs; old doorway filled in for new Organic Chemistry lab (new Room 25).

 

From top left: new service road to Parkwood Drive; dumpsters for sorted demolition materials; temporary bar joist shoring after removal of supporting block walls; demolition of fume hoods.

From top left: grading for new access road from Parkwood Drive to east side of Suter; dumpster bins of sorted demolition materials; shoring temporarily holding bar joist for roof; demolition of fume hoods from old rooms 25 and 25A.

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.