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Foundation installation to begin on student center construction project

RELEASED: April 14, 2011

webcam graphicEAU CLAIRE — New activities will begin April 18 in the construction of the W.R. Davies Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Workers will begin installing the foundation of the approximately 170,000-square-foot facility, a process that is expected to take six weeks, said Christopher Hessel, construction project coordinator for UW-Eau Claire Facilities Management.

Also, a directional drilling machine will be used to install chilled water lines from the university's McIntyre Library to the new student center. The chilled water line installation is expected to take one week.

In preparation for these and upcoming construction phases, Kraemer Brothers LLC, the project's prime contractor, transported a crane to the work site April 13. The crane, which was delivered in pieces and is to be assembled on site, will be used for the duration of the project.

"The crane will be used for moving foundation materials, structural steel and decking, setting mechanical equipment on the fourth floor, placing precast concrete panels and hoisting bricks and other materials to the workers on every floor of the building," Hessel said. "It will be used during every step of the construction process."

Work continues on installation of Geopiers that will support the building's foundation. That process began March 28 and was expected to take four weeks.

Looking ahead, construction of the first of three footbridges over Little Niagara Creek is scheduled to start the first week of May. Installation of the concrete precast stairwell panels is scheduled to start the second week of May. Structural steel installation will start the third week of May, Hessel said.

Progress on the new student center construction project can be viewed online anytime via webcam.

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