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Campus construction projects update

RELEASED: Sept. 14, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The following information provides updates to current and planned construction projects on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.

View a time-lapse video showing progress on the W.R. Davies Student Center project from the start of construction through Sept. 13. The video also can be viewed on YouTube in a larger format. (Video created by UW-Eau Claire Learning and Technology Services)

W.R. Davies Student Center
Construction crews are installing steel and pouring the concrete deck on the fourth floor of the building. Brick and stone are being applied to the exterior wall, and a pathway and bridge over Little Niagara Creek have been installed to improve access between the Nursing Building and other areas of lower campus. The new student center is expected to be fully enclosed sometime in October, and the $48.8 million project is on schedule for completion in August 2012.

Education Building
On Aug. 11, the State Building Commission approved the design report and authorized construction for the $44.5 million project. The architecture and design team is proceeding to 100 percent design. The building will be located between Zorn Arena and Schneider Hall, and Campus School will be razed to make way for the new facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2012 and be completed in fall 2013.

Children's Center

The Children's Center project, originally scheduled to begin in late May or early June, has been delayed and is under review. Bids for the project, which opened Aug. 10, exceeded the $3.8 million budget, and options on how to best proceed are being explored. Those options include redesign, value engineering and other cost-reduction measures. Because Campus School, which currently houses the Children's Center, will be razed in spring 2012 for the Education Building project, off-campus sites are being explored for possible relocation.

Schofield Auditorium

Renovation of Schofield Auditorium, originally scheduled to be completed this summer, has been delayed due to higher-than-anticipated electrical costs. Enhanced audio and video systems (including a video wall) included in the plans required more electrical service than was available in 95-year-old Schofield Hall. On Aug. 11, the State Building Commission approved additional funding for the electrical work and several additional components of the project. Work has progressed, including removing the old seating, carpeting, lighting and asbestos floor tile, as well as skim coating and painting walls and trim. The project is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of fall semester.

Chippewa River footbridge

Repairs to the footbridge deck surface and a support pier beneath the water line began in mid-May and were scheduled to be completed by Aug. 26. Not all scheduled work on the bridge has been completed, including repairs to the support pier beneath the water line. That work will continue into the fall, while remaining repairs to the deck surface will be completed in spring 2012.

Garfield/Park intersection

Reconstruction of the Garfield Avenue/Park Avenue intersection and associated improvements along both streets are complete, with the exception of installation of new streetlights. In addition to repaving the intersection, colored stamped concrete was installed in the boulevards that had previously been planted with grass. The grass died every winter and had to be replanted every spring, and it was difficult to maintain the grass due to lack of irrigation. Ash trees were removed as part of the city's emerald ash borer management plan, and damaged and diseased maple trees also were removed. Large planters were constructed for newly planted trees. This fall two new streetlights will be installed to better illuminate the intersection.

For additional information, contact Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire assistant chancellor for facilities, at 715-836-4742 or rindomj@uwec.edu.

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