Construction Updates

Construction Update

March 2013

Ballard & Fay House Remodel
The renovation of both historic buildings will provide twenty beds for Gallaudet students and living quarters for visiting scholars and faculty to support select living and learning programs. Construction is planned to begin April 8, 2013 and will continue through the summer months with the buildings ready for occupancy at the beginning of the 2013 fall semester. The construction contractor, Coakley Williams, will prepare the site for construction beginning April 1, 2013. During this time the contractor will construct a security fence around the houses and a temporary site office trailer will be set up in the parking area at the rear of the houses. Construction access will only be located at the rear parking area.

Athletic Field Improvements
Significant improvements are being made to Gallaudet's track and field facilities east of the Field House to meet NCAA standards. The scope of work includes a new javelin runway, a shot put circle, and a hammer/discus circle with cage that will replace the underutilized tennis courts. These improvements will support Gallaudet athletes by allowing the university to host NCAA track and field events on campus that are not allowed with our current facilities. Construction dates for these improvements are not yet finalized but are anticipated for the summer months.

Phase II baseball and softball fields will begin late April - early May of this year. These improvements-primarily focused on the construction of baseball and softball dugout buildings will continued a phased effort to bring Gallaudet's fields up to league standards.


HMB - Department of Interpretation
The Department of Interpretation is relocating from its current location in the Conference Center (GUKCC) to the first floor of Hall Memorial Building (HMB) to accommodate its rapid growth in enrollment. The project will include the development of state-of-the-art interpretation learning lab spaces and upgrades to offices and public spaces in the north and east wings of HMB. The project will also include improvements to the English, ELI, and Foreign Language computer lab spaces located on the second floor of HMB.

Renovation work is planned to begin after this spring semester classes have ended. The new spaces will be ready for occupancy the first week of August 2013. The portions of the first and second floor affected by the renovation will be closed to Gallaudet students, faculty and staff during this time. The remainder of the building will remain open to summer activities. Security barriers, signage and ventilation will be put in place to ensure a safe and secure workplace. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to daily operations during these summer months. The project manager and Campus Design and Planning staff will contact HMB occupants in April to provide further information and address any concerns about the summer work.

Kellogg Conference Center - Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS)
In preparation for construction the Gallaudet Interpreting Service offices have been relocated from the Fay and Ballard Houses to temporary locations in Hall Memorial Building, Jordan Student Academic Center, Dawes House and the E. M. Gallaudet Building until their new offices in the Kellogg Conference Center are ready for occupancy in December 2013.


Sorenson Language and Communication Center ASL lab Renovations
Renovation of the ASL Lab (Room 3102) which began this spring break will provide expanded video lab and state of the art lecture space to accommodate increased enrollment in the ASL/Deaf Studies program. The project included the relocation of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences' conference room currently located adjacent to the ASL Lab space to allow for the lab expansion. Construction crews assembled the new HSLS conference room on the third floor SLCC atrium terrace during the week of spring break.

In cooperation with the ASL Deaf Studies Department the ASL Lab (SLCC Room 3102) will be closed to regular departmental activities until summer classes begin. During this time construction crews will complete the renovation. Disruptive work causing adverse conditions will continue during evening hours only.

JCI Energy Saving Performance Contract
The University has undertaken an energy savings program that retrofits existing buildings by improving electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems to significantly reduce Gallaudet's energy usage. Johnson Controls International (JCI) is the nationally-respected firm performing this work for the University. Updates regarding their work include :
• Solar system drawings and design are complete. Construction permits are in progress. Surveryors are reviewing the roof areas to ensure the arrays do not exceed height limitations.
• The exterior and interior lighting energy conservation measures are in contract review.
• Boiler replacements are staged and awaiting permits.
• New campus-wide energy management software is in the final installation stages with mid-April as the target for completion.
• The community energy kiosk, "Green Scene Kiosk", is complete, "G" area prepared to receive the monitor, and the teams are planning a technology meeting by mid-April.

Campus-Wide update from Facilities Department:
• Initial discussions to review our campus-wide underground piping infrastructure system are complete. Follow-up discussions with a soil specialist are being planned.
• Benson Hall/SLCC crosswalk re-design is underway and is expected to be complete this week, weather permitting.
• The solar Big-Belly trash unit located at the GUKCH bus stop is demonstrating positive results by reducing staff time in changing bags. The Grounds' team will continue the pilot for two more months.
• Initial discussions to review the KDES roof for a photovoltaic solar array is complete. The solar and FD teams will survey the KDES roof areas and prepare a proposal to demonstrate electrical and consumption savings projections.
• The Sustainability Council's kick-off meeting is scheduled for this week to share and highlight our many campus-wide sustainability efforts.

 

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