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November 14, 2013

Thursday, November 14 | 8:30 a.m. | 112 Brody Hall

Construction Junctions are Infrastructure Planning and Facilities’ monthly public meeting designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction.

Campus Snow Plan

  • Do not dart out in front of or behind snow-removal equipment. It is large, loud and difficult to stop quickly.
  • Make eye contact with a snow-removal equipment operator before crossing in front of him/her.
  • Do not park so close to the sidewalk that your car’s bumper hangs over it.
  • Avoid parking in the part of a lot that has not yet been cleared.
  • Park where it’s plowed or wait a few minutes for the driver to finish and then park freely in the cleared lot.
  • Parking is prohibited in residence hall loops between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Dial 353-1760 to request services or report icy spots on campus.

Veterinary Medical Center – Replace Fire Alarm Systems

  • Current system has reached the end of its life and is becoming difficult to maintain and obtain replacement parts.
  • Will upgrade to the latest fire and smoke detection technology.
  • Work can be done after hours to minimize disruptions.
  • Work will begin in February 2014 and be completed February 2015.

Q: As far as accessibility, will there be fire alarms that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

A: We will look into having ADA features built into the system for the visually-impaired and the hearing-impaired.

Bessey Hall – Renovate Third Floor

  • Comprehensive renovation of 11 classrooms in Bessey Hall to include rooms 304, 305, 306, 307, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316 and limited renovation to 317.
  • Four existing classrooms will be converted into two REAL (Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning) classrooms.
  • Limited noise to second-floor offices, classrooms and third-floor classrooms.
  • Updates to furniture in corridor for students waiting for class in the hallways.
  • Construction to begin May 5, 2014, with a substantial completion August 2014.

Q: What kind of constraints will there be for the furniture that will be in the corridor?

A: We are currently talking with interior designers and fire marshals about our options.

Q: Will accessibility be considered for this project?

A:  We are currently looking into accessibility.

West Circle Housing Complex – Infrastructure Improvements – 2014 (Phase 2 of 2)

  • Second phase of a two-phase project.
  • New steam tunnel, electric service, communication ducts, and water main replacing 50-year-old services.
  • Improved reliability for all utility services.
  • Some early work to begin in March 2014.
  • Visible construction will be complete by August 2014.

North Campus Infrastructure Improvements – West Circle Drive 2014 (Phase 3 of 4)

  • The north campus arch-style steam tunnels are 87 to 102 years old and have significantly deteriorated.
  • The structural anchors, pipe supports and steam equipment within these tunnels are also severely deteriorated and require replacement or repair for safe and reliable operation of the steam-distribution system.
  • The project includes road reconstruction (pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicular safety improvements), communication, water and electrical-distribution improvements to the north campus region.
  • This is the third segment of a four-segment project.
  • Early project construction is scheduled for November 2013 through April 2014.
  • Site construction scheduled May 2014 through mid-August 2014.

Chittenden Hall – Renovation

  • Renovations to support and create a visible location for the Graduate School.
  • Consistent with comprehensive renewal projects completed at Eustace-Cole Hall and Marshall-Adams Hall.
  • Comprehensive renewal while preserving its historical character.
  • Building has been vacant since 1999 to present and is waiting renewal.

Bio Engineering Facility

  • Project includes a four-story research laboratory building that is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research and interaction among all occupants/users, and the sharing of specialized research equipment, such as imaging.
  • The building will be physically connected to the existing Clinical Center C-Wing and Life Science B-Wing, with proximity to the Radiology building to facilitate the sharing of core research resources.


  • Construction started Sept. 30, 2013.
  • Construction to be completed September 2015.

Auditorium – Alterations to Fairchild Theatre

This project included:

  •          Installation of an orchestra pit with lift system.
  •          An orchestra shell and acoustical upgrades.
  •          Renovation of existing and construction of additional restrooms.
  •         Fire suppression and fire-alarm systems throughout the building rewiring the entire building.
  •         Installation of a snowmelt system on sidewalks adjacent to the new barrier-free access that includes the installation of an elevator at the northeast corner of the building.


  • Construction began Sept. 10, 2012.
  • Construction was completed Oct. 25, 2013.

Transportation Services – New Fuel Station

This project included:

  • Decommissioning the existing fueling station and underground fuel tanks on east side of stadium.
  • Creating new fueling station on Service Road, including:
    • gas pumps,
    • an overhead canopy paved,
    • circulation space for large and small service vehicles (including buses),
    • a new car wash to replace the existing facility.

Currently reviewing car-wash operations with a goal to open as soon as possible.

Meeting presentation

November 14, 2013 (PDF)