Center Building Updates

Center Building Updates

Project Status - In Progress

The CLASS Update – Week of January 23

Construction update Jan. 23A Remarkable Project and an Important Opportunity to Make A Difference

Light has returned to the heart of the campus in the wake of the demolition completed over winter break! The dark and heavy terraces and walkways on the north and west sides of the Center Building have been replaced by beautiful, natural light that has found its way into the nooks and crannies of the cafeteria and other nether regions of the facility.

We're incredibly happy to report that, in alignment with our core value of sustainability, and in order to meet LEED standards for the CLASS project, more than 99.7% of the nearly 1800 tons (over 3.5 million pounds) of waste removed from the project to date--including miscellaneous debris, concrete, steel and other metals--has been diverted for reuse and recycling here in the local community. Artwork has been moved or stored for re-staging as the project progresses and plants and trees have been relocated to new homes around campus, too.

The project is entering a phase that mirrors the season--a kind of "winter of hibernation" where things are quieter than the brash demolition phase. But under the surface, there is a lot going on as we press toward the next phase of construction: the new Titan Store is set to break ground in June. Meanwhile, lots and lots of meetings to determine the hopes, dreams and needs of the various stakeholders continue as the design moves closer toward the realities of time, space and budget.

This next week, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 28-29, we're offering four meeting opportunities to the entire campus community to both understand the scope and breadth of the project and to help finalize the shape of its eventual outcome:

  • Tuesday, January 28 from 12 noon to 1:00 PM.
  • Tuesday, January 28 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
  • Wednesday, January 29 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
  • Wednesday, January 29 from 12 noon to 1:00 PM.

All of these meetings will take place in Building 17, Room 308. Each meeting will begin with a helpful briefing about the project, then provide opportunity for small group interaction with a summary of findings and suggestions as we wrap up. If you're on campus and have the chance, please join us!

As you make your way across campus, you may want to keep this map with you that shows the accessible routes to and around the Center Building this week.

View/download the modified LCC map showing construction area
near Center Bldg and accessible pathways

Modified LCC map showing construction area near Center Bldg and accessible pathways

Construction Schedule Overview - as of Jan. 2014

Here's what you'll want to know about construction-related activities this week:

  • You've probably already noticed new signage in place in select spots around campus. The "signs of the times" are an important tool in our communications toolkit going forward so please DO pay attention to this signage! The sign you read today may have been updated with new and urgent information tomorrow.
  • Remember that any temporary fencing is designed to protect you from potentially dangerous activities and equipment and it will continue to migrate based on the area currently under construction. It is important that you honor these protected areas for your own safety and the safety of others.
  • Even beyond the general signage, there will be specific, directional signage that will always point the way(s) around any construction obstacles you'll find. Watch for this signage when you feel "stuck".
  • There will also be representatives of our primary construction firm, Lease Crutcher Lewis, on site in various locations throughout the project, flagging traffic, aiding pedestrians and keeping things safe. Please—for your protection—pay attention to any directions from the construction staff as you navigate through the area.

ear plugsHEARING PROTECTION: Believe it or not, most of the noisiest work impacting buildings and spaces outside of the Center Building is already done, but if you find yourself distracted by noise at any time over the next couple of weeks, you should know that we have supplied key departments/locations with a small supply of ear plugs, and you are welcome to ask for a pair that you're free to hang on to and use any time the sound becomes distracting. Look for these in Building 1 at reception, in Building 19 at the CML desk, in Building 3 in the Human Resource office, in the Center Building Titan Store, in Building 11 at ABSE/GED office, and in Building 7 at the reception desk in the Facilities Management and Planning office.

You're always welcome to ask questions or express your concerns during the course of the project. Feel free to email or leave a voice message at (541) 946-3868. Urgent construction-related issues should be routed to the Facilities Management and Planning office at (541) 463-5216; and as always, emergency matters only should be reported to Public Safety at (541) 463-5555.

For additional information about the bond, contact Lane's Bond Project Managers.

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