Construction Planning and Progress Meeting
B122 Wells Hall
January 12, 2011
Construction Junctions are the Physical Plant’s monthly public meeting designed to update/inform the public of various projects currently in design, nearing construction and under construction. Agenda items included:
Q: In the double left turn by Yakeley Hall, could you add some signage to help guide people through the area?
A: Yes, we have that in our signage plan.
Q: Will I be able to get to the Union from Abbott Road?
A: We are removing some trees that are diseased in that area, but we are going to put a temporary drive in place to allow access at all times.
Q: What are you doing in Morrill Hall?
A: We are putting a temporary vacuum pump in the tunnel that goes to the building, but we do not have much additional work planned because it is going to be demolished.
Q: Will pedestrian traffic be affected by this project?
A: We will have four passageways for pedestrians during the project, but some will be shifted to accommodate construction.
Q: Is the width of the existing roadway going to be expanded?
A: In the Circle Drive area, it will be expanded about a foot to a foot-and-a-half.
Q: Will the bike lane be five feet wide?
A: On most portions it will be five feet, but in some areas it will be four feet because we are pinched by the river, vegetation and sidewalks.
Q: Where are we going to put the signage for the detour?
A: The current plan is to put signs on West and East Circle Drive.
Q: Should we put some by Olin Health Center too?
A: We will look into that.
Q: Will pedestrian sidewalks be open?
A: Yes, all pedestrian sidewalks will be open. We are only closing the north lane, and there is no sidewalk on the side in front of the Broad.
Q: Is April 21 still the opening date?
A: Yes. UPDATE (as of 1/18/12): The opening will be delayed until fall 2012.
Q: When will staff be moving in?
A: In late March, the staff and the art work will be moved in.
Q: On one of the interior walls, I didn’t see any insulation. Is there interior insulation?
A: There is exterior insulation and interior insulation under the plywood.
Q: When will we bring the artist to look at the space?
A: An artist wants to visualize the piece she is creating for building. We are discussing when she can come in look at the space at a meeting later today.
Q: Are there a lot of window coverings in the offices?
A: There are retractable shades.
Q: Has there been additional bike loops added?
A: We added additional bike loops on the north side and removed the loops on the south side. When the weather gets warm, we may add more temporary loops on the south side.
Q: You mentioned a coffee shop on the third floor?
A: No, it is only on the first floor. It is a Starbucks.
Q: Does the building have a green roof?
A: Yes, we have four-inch trays that will allow it to be able to go four rainless weeks without needing water.
Q: How do you water it?
A: We have a hose on the roof to water it.
Q: Who maintains it?
A: The purpose of the green roof is to be maintenance-free. As long as we use the four-inch tray, we only need to water it about once a year, and it doesn’t need to be weeded. If it needs to be it watered, it will be taken care of by the Physical Plant's Landscape Services and Roof Maintenance crews.
Q: Does it need to be cut?
A: No, it does not grow high. There are very short plants that do not require much water, so no need to mow or cut.
Q: Are the in use or are they just art?
A: They are encased in steel and can slide, but they don’t swing open.
Q: Are there plaques on the doors?
A: Not yet, but we are discussing that.
Q: Is the lighting LED?
A: Most of it, but the driftwood chandeliers are not.
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