In fall 2012, the College of Engineering and Applied Science will be reworking the lobby and entrance to the dean's office in the Engineering Center (click image above for larger version) in order to add more space for seating and key administrative functions. Construction is expected to continue into early 2013.
What will students, faculty, and staff get from this renovation?
As construction progresses, watch this page for updates (listed in reverse chronological order below) and check our Facebook page for the latest details. We look forward to welcoming you to our new, expanded lobby area in the spring!
Construction Update | Jan. 10, 2013:
Construction is nearly complete! Please bear with the last of the dust while finish work is completed. The new stairs should be open by Jan. 22. Please note that the main doors to the reception area and Dean's office suite are now open, and that the previous detour access door is now locked. All reception staff previously located upstairs in the old Real McCoy location have now returned to the main reception area off the lobby.
Noise Advisory | Week of Dec. 17, 2012:
We are on schedule and the construction should complete before the start of the spring semester! The new steel stairs will be installed Wednesday through Friday – there will be drilling, banging, grinding and generally moderately noisy work in the stair area. The noise should not carry into ECCE, ECCR, ECOT, or ECEE.
Noise Advisory | Week of Dec. 10, 2012:
There is a small amount of noisy bolt drilling and anchor drilling next week, but this work will all be done prior to 8 a.m.Interior finish, mechanical, and electrical work will continue throughout the week. This work will not be noisy. There will be drywall installation all day Saturday. The new glass is installed, so all the work areas are now protected, just in time for winter!
Noise Advisory | Week of Dec. 3, 2012:
The noisiest work is over! Duct installation will be ongoing in the new expanded lobby area. Any drilling work will be done before 8 a.m. Bolts will be installed into the new concrete between 6 and 8 a.m. Window glass will be installed next week, so there will be quite a bit of forklift traffic around all affected areas.
Noise Advisory | Week of Nov. 19, 2012:
Noise Advisory | Week of Nov. 12, 2012:
The structural steel work is complete and floor concrete is being poured!
Noise Advisory | Week of Nov. 5, 2012:
There will be very noisy construction work every morning from 5:30-8:00 a.m.. The noisy work will be in all the construction areas. In addition:
Noise Advisory | Week of Oct. 29, 2012:
Update | October 24, 2012:
We now have entered the structural steel/concrete construction for the new spaces. This work will continue through November 9, as long as the weather allows all the outdoor work to continue. This work is the noisiest part of construction, and needs to be done both during the week and weekend in order to keep the project on schedule.
The noise level will vary day-to-day and area-to-area as the structural steel work is undertaken in the three areas (lobby expansion, ECAD expansion, and new entrance) over the next two and a half weeks. Keep watch on this page for the latest details.
Update | October 9, 2012:
Effective Monday, Oct. 15, the double-door entrance to the ECAD administration will be blocked off for construction. Please the back entrance to ECAD, which is located on the east end of the first floor of ECEE. This entry will be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and there will be signs to direct you to this entrance. The main ECAD lobby entrance will remain closed until the end of the construction project.
Also beginning Monday, Oct. 15, the east side of the lobby area closest to ECME (roughly one-third of that area of the lobby) will also be blocked off for expansion. All the rectangular tables and gray chairs currently in that area will be moved to other locations in the lobby.
Update | October 3, 2012:
Caissons for the northern expansion of ECAD will be drilled on Thursday, October 4. The caisson work will go on the entire day beginning at 7 a.m., with periods of loud noise totaling about 3-4 hours. We cannot predict the exact time(s) that will be noisiest; it depends on what the soil conditions are, which will be discovered during the drilling.
Update | September 20, 2012: