"Construction" Archive

Construction on Hearn Plaza and Benson University Center stairs

The following updates are shared on behalf of Facilities and Campus Services:

Hearn Plaza: East stairs

Construction will begin on the Hearn Plaza east side stairs on Friday, Nov. 27. Both levels of the east stairs between Reynolda Hall and Kitchin Residence Hall will be closed during the construction period, which is expected to continue through the first week of Feb. 2021. Access to Reynolda Hall through the loading dock is not expected to be adversely impacted; however, parking in Lot M will be limited. Pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic through that area should exercise extreme caution and adhere to all safety signage.

For questions about the Hearn Plaza stairs reconstruction project, please contact Kim Jackson at 336.408.4172.

Benson University Center: South stairs

A winter break project to rebuild the exterior south Benson University Center steps to the Tribble courtyard is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 30 and continue through early Feb. 2021. The project will also rebuild the concrete accessibility ramp from the ZSR Library to the Tribble courtyard at Benson. The north half of the Tribble courtyard will be used for storage of construction materials with heavy equipment onsite to move and install materials.

Foot traffic will be directed to the center stairs from the ZSR Library to the center and south pathways of the Tribble courtyard. Although the exterior south steps to Benson will be closed, the post office will remain open to public access from the south side of Benson via the sidewalk beside Shorty’s.

The accessibility ramp from the ZSR Library to south Benson and the Tribble courtyard will be closed during this time. For an accessible pathway between the ZSR Library and the Tribble courtyard, please use the ramp located at the north entrance of Benson.

For questions about the Benson University Center stairs reconstruction project, please contact Chris Looper at 336.816.7187.

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Carroll Weathers Drive resurfacing

Access to Carroll Weathers Drive will be limited to one lane while resurfacing takes place from the intersection of Wake Forest Rd. to Palmer-Piccolo on July 27 – 28.

Construction crews will begin working at 7 a.m. on July 27 and continue until 5 p.m. on July 28. Wake Forest Rd. will experience a temporary one-lane interruption as crews are working on the intersection, during which time, personnel will help safely direct traffic through paking lot W1.

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Update on capital projects

The following message is shared on behalf of John Shenette, vice president, facilities and campus services, and Hof Milam, Executive Vice President:

As stated in the message to faculty and staff on April 8, the University is reviewing all capital projects to determine whether or not they should proceed. Projects that are deemed necessary for the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff, or are deemed critical to campus infrastructure are proceeding. Based on this guidance, the University has suspended most projects with the exception of the following:

  • Bostwick and Johnson: Bostwick and Johnson residence halls (currently closed) and neighboring buildings on Gulley Drive (among the first original buildings to open on the Reynolda Campus) will receive new heating and cooling equipment to improve indoor air quality and increase control of indoor environments. Work began on these structures the week of May 4 and will continue throughout the summer.
  • Greene Hall: This project will focus on failing structural conditions and water infiltration issues. The project will include new water proofing, exterior wall panel replacement and repairs to the large skylight above the atrium. Two elevations of the building will be addressed: (1) east – facing the Athletics facilities and (2) west – facing Manchester Plaza. Access to the building will remain available. Phase One was completed over winter break. Phase Two of the project begins the week of May 18 and will continue throughout the summer.
  • Chilled water line extension: The line runs underground along Carroll Weathers Drive past the Worrell Professional Center and will be extended from the Wake Forest Road/Carroll Weathers Drive intersection to Wellman Way. This is the final phase of the 2009 Campus Master Plan to connect the North and South Chiller Plants. This connector is intended to expand chilled water capacity to buildings on the eastern side of campus including Worrell Professional Center, Alumni Hall, Sutton Sports Performance Center/Shah Basketball Complex and Palmer/Piccolo.  The extension will also greatly improve chilled water distribution challenges across campus. Intermittent road closures are likely during the project. Work began in early May and will continue throughout the summer.
  • Sutton Sports Performance Center completion: The remainder of the natural turf practice field to the west of Sutton Sports Performance Center will be completed this summer. Completion of this project is necessary to return the construction staging site to its pre-project use and to provide proper storm water management for the area to the east of Manchester Athletic Center.
  • Wake Downtown: The final phase of build-out for the Department of Engineering at Wake Downtown will be completed later this summer. This work is necessary to provide instructional spaces for the junior and senior classes and to meet accreditation requirements of the program.
  • Renovation of Palmer/Piccolo: The renovation of these former residence halls began before COVID-19 and will be continued to provide much needed classroom, lab space and offices for the Department of Anthropology and The Museum of Anthropology.

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Facilities & Campus Services updates for the week of June 18

Updates provided by Facilities & Campus Services via email.

Miller Center: A construction crew will be sealing the ramp going from the northwest corner up to the patio of Miller Center. Only the ramp will be closed. The stairs will remain open. This work will begin on Monday, June 18, and should be completed by Friday, June 22. Please try to avoid this area if possible.

Z. Smith Reynolds Library: The circle drive at the front/main entrance to the ZSR Library will be closed on June 21 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m to lift scaffolding materials for an exterior painting project. The loading dock area at Benson will remain open for deliveries. The main entrance doors and the balcony doors cannot be used at this time for safety purposes. The Library can be accessed from the east end (Tribble courtyard side).

Please contact Wendy Wooten ext. 5689 (Miller Center project) or Phil Atkins ext. 3488 (ZSR project) with questions.

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Categories: Inside WFU

Reynolda Campus summer 2015 construction projects

Reynolda Campus faculty and staff should expect significant construction activity and related closures of parking lots and roads on campus this summer. A number of projects are already underway, and others are scheduled to begin shortly after Commencement on May 18.

Among the most substantial of these projects will be the start of construction on a new freshman residence hall, planned for the south side of campus next to Collins Residence Hall, on the current site of Parking Lot H. The Board of Trustees has approved funding for this new building, scheduled for completion in January 2017. This approximately 75,000 square foot, 225-bed facility will create new revenue for the University, as well as provide needed swing space for future residence hall renovations. University officials are currently working on a plan to replace Lot H parking spaces in another area on campus.

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