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This blog is intended to provide easy access to information about maintenance and construction activities that are occurring around campus. Blog posts will primarily be focused on notices, outages, and disruptions; however, we will also include notable information about activities of interest to the campus community.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Northern Lights and UAA Dr. Intersection Update

There have been several inquiries regarding the Department of Transportation's work at Northern Lights and UAA Dr.
We received the following update from the project engineer:

In terms of work in the road way: work is done. Some detail work remains.
The main item left is installing the new signal system. There is no ETA, but when work on this does occur it will be conducted either during a weekend closure or 2 nightly closures.

Paving Around Relocatables near East Campus Central Lot week of August 25th

Before the end of the week crews will be paving the pathways around the recently moved relocatable buildings. This work will occur after 7:00 pm, minimizing the traffic impact. Most of the activity will be within the current site boundaries; however, trucks will be frequently coming and going from the area.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Minor Traffic Impacts as Materials are Delivered for EIB-HSB Spine

Beginning Monday, August 25th work on the foundations for the Health Campus Pedestrian Bridge will begin. At this time we do not anticipate changes to the existing construction footprints around the Engineering & Industry Building or the Health Sciences Building. We also do not anticipate any lane closures for the first week of the semester.

Materials delivery to the HSB-side of Providence Drive will require trucks to turn into the construction area from the roadway. This will result in minimal traffic impacts as trucks enter and leave the site. Please be aware of this when traveling east-bound on Providence Drive.


Friday, August 15, 2014

UPDATE: ML&P Maintenance on Light Poles Along Trail North of WFSC/SU

UPDATE: due to emergency line work elsewhere, ML&P was not able to complete this work. We will update when it has been rescheduled.

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On Saturday, August 16th ML&P will be conducting maintenance on light poles on the trail north of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex and Student Union. A portion of this trail is currently closed due to construction activities, so this activity will impact the western portion that is currently open. This work is expected to last one day.

Relocatable Buildings Being Moved Monday, August 18th and 19th

On Monday, August 18th, and Tuesday, August 19th, Neeser Construction will be moving the 2 relocatable buildings currently located north of Engineering to the recently cleared land next to the East Campus Central Lot. This move requires crossing UAA Drive and will occur in the mornings.

While we anticipate the time needed to move the structures between sites will be short, this activity will temporarily impact UAA Drive, the western section of Alumni Drive, and East Campus Central Lot.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Information on East Campus Central Lot Activities

We have received several questions regarding the different activities in and around East Campus Central Lot. There are currently 2 separate activities occurring in this area:

First: on the west side (near the NSB) we are moving relocatable buildings that have been located north of the Engineering Building to the wooded area next to the parking lot. At this point the site is mostly cleared and Neeser's crews are preparing the site for the structures. The row of parking next to this area has also been fenced off for staging for this activity and the construction of the new 485-space parking garage (located north of the Engineering building). These spaces will be unavailable for parking for approximately 1 year.

Second:  on the east side of the parking lot we are conducting repairs on a critical system failure. Earlier this summer we replaced heating equipment in Energy Module 2 (EM2; the small utility building north of the SSB) to improve heat delivery to Engineering. Unfortunately, when we recharged the heating lines this improvement turned into an example of what occurs with aging infrastructure: the lines that run under the parking lot failed. After lengthy investigation the extent of the break was determined.

We are currently waiting for new insulated pipe to be fabricated and delivered. These materials are expected to arrive early next week (week of August 18th). Our contractor hopes to have the repairs completed and the trench refilled before the start of the semester; however, this work is weather dependent and may very well extend into the fall semester. Students, faculty, and staff in and around the SSB should be prepared for this eventuality. These lines supply heat and cooling to NSB and Engineering, so we must proceed cautiously to ensure the buildings have heat by the time winter arrives.

Please be aware of personnel and equipment operating in and around both of these areas.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

South Lot and Spirit Way Paving, August 14 and 15

Neeser Construction will be paving a portion Spirit Way and South Lot at the corner of the job site on Thursday, August 14th and Friday, August 15th. During this time Spirit Way will be restricted to one lane and several parking spaces will be temporarily unavailable.

Please be aware of construction crews and heavy equipment in the area.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Water Outage for HSB the evening August 8th to morning of August 11th

The Health Sciences Building will experience a water outage starting the evening of Friday, August 8th to the morning of Monday, August 11th. This outage is to relocate where the water line connects to the building and is part of the Health Campus Pedestrian Bridge construction. The work will be conducted by Neeser Construction.

For questions please contact John Hanson at 786-4913.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Update: Alumni Loop Closure and Cooling Shutdown is now August 7th

Our contractor will begin work on the storm drains August 7th (tomorrow). With the revised timeline they expect the closure of Alumni Loop at UAA Drive to last only one day. East Campus Central Lot and Central Garage will remain accessible from the east. 

Cooling for Natural Sciences, Library, Arts, and Admin will be offline during this time. 

Parking Garage Construction and Extended Closure of Mallard Lane

On August 8th Neeser Construction will begin their second phase of mobilization for construction of the new 485-space parking garage. This project will have several significant impacts to the traffic flow around campus.

Mallard Lane will be closed for approximately 1 year. The existing alignment of Mallard Lane is not within the Municipality's road easement allocated for the roadway. This road will be realigned to the allocated easement creating a safer intersection at Mallard and UAA Dr. The current alignment of Mallard Lane also encroaches on the space needed for the garage.

The multi-use trail north of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex/Student Union will be closed at the bridge over Chester Creek. This closure will also last for approximately 1 year. Pedestrians traveling across campus must either utilize the spine or detour to the sidewalk along Providence Dr. (see map below).

The service lot behind the current Engineering building will be restricted access only (maintenance and coordinated deliveries).

Please be aware of construction personnel and heavy equipment in and around the site.

The new garage and the realigned Mallard Lane are expected to be open for use for the fall semester 2015. 
Garage Site Boundaries
Trail Detour Route