Construction Update - June 11

​​​​​Big thinking. Big Progress.

Demolition of one of the Washington Apartments buildings and the launching of a construction progress website top this week's update.

The new website​ will include weekly updates on construction, project descriptions, special announcements, traffic detours, and periodic videos and photos. Featured this week is a time-lapse video of the first apartment building being demolished.

Traffic changes:

  • Reminder - Ottawa and Ojibway drives will become two-way streets Thursday.

Biosciences Building — the $95 million building is the largest capital project ever in CMU's 120-plus year history. The four-story, 158,000-square-foot building will address escalating student demand and dramatically improve the quality and quantity of instructional learning and scientific research space.

  • As mentioned, demolition of Washington Apartments began Monday. One building will be demolished each week with the site cleared by July 9.
  • Fencing around the construction site is being installed.

Grawn Hall Bloomberg Terminal Room — a state-of-the-art financial trading floor, complete with Bloomberg terminals:

  • Refinishing of the plaster in the corridor is near completion and wall painting will follow.
  • Mechanical preparation for installation of a new ventilator continues.

Dow Active-Learning Classrooms — improved teaching and learning facilities where faculty serve as coaches while students spend class time problem solving:

  • New walls are being installed to create two prep rooms, one for a chemistry stockroom and another for the active-learning classroom in Dow 135.
  • Holes for windows have been cut from the corridor to Dow 135, which will allow for activity in the classroom to be more visible.
  • Work on plumbing, electrical and conduits for technology continues.

Moore Hall Room improvements — a project upgrading two classrooms and two auditoriums:

  • Lecture halls 101 and 105 have been painted and rooms 203 and 206 are being prepared for painting.
  • Chalkboards in the lecture halls will be laminated creating updated marker boards that will reduce the chalk dust.

East utility loop — A new utility loop is being added to the university's steam and condensate system to improve the reliability of the system, provide redundancy, and meet current and future capacity demands.

  • Jacking and boring of 30-inch and 24-inch-diameter casings 12 feet underneath Woldt Hall has been completed.