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Work progresses on student center, Little Niagara footbridges

RELEASED: June 23, 2011

Little Niagara footbridge
Workers used two cranes June 23 to install precast structures for one of three footbridges being built over Little Niagara Creek on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus as part of the university's new student center construction project. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)
View more student center construction photos on UW-Eau Claire's Facebook page.

EAU CLAIRE — Work on the second floor of the new W.R. Davies Student Center and footbridges over nearby Little Niagara Creek is under way as construction progresses on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's student center project.

Student center construction webcam linkThe concrete flooring of the student center's second level will be poured beginning today and into next week, said Christopher Hessel, construction project coordinator for UW-Eau Claire Facilities Management. After the concrete floor has cured, workers will begin installing the second-story exterior block wall and structural steel for the facility's third level, Hessel said. Workers then will begin installing exterior brick and natural stone on the facility's lower level.

Today workers also are installing precast structures for two of three footbridges being constructed over Little Niagara Creek just north of the new student center. Each bridge will span 36 feet across and measure approximately 15 feet wide.

The footbridge located at the west end of the student center site is expected to be open by July 15, providing a more direct route to UW-Eau Claire's Nursing Building from many locations on campus, Hessel said. Since construction began in March, pedestrian traffic to and from the Nursing Building has been routed around the east and southeast perimeter of new student center construction site and along Putnam Drive and Garfield Avenue to the west and northwest.

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