This week, we had an open university forum on the coming construction. Representatives from Cahill Contractors and our own project manager Kristy Vivas, gave a presentation on what’s to come and then took a bunch of questions from the audience (of staff, faculty, and students.)
The goal is to complete the new Center within 2013, if all goes well. When it opens for business is a different story, since we’ll have a lot of equipment to move and systems to check, etc. But that’s only two years away — unbelievable.
- 20,000 cubic yards of material will be excavated from Harney plaza.
- That will be hauled away in about 1800 dump truck sorties.
Most of that, ideally, will be complete about six months from now, before Fall 2011 classes begin on campus.
Near-term dates to remember
- Spring break will see the construction camp take shape in the parking lot adjacent to University Center. That will be the staging area for equipment, materials, and work crews.
- In April, the crew plans to install the large underground cistern that will store rainwater for the new Center (winning some LEED points and complying with new city regulations, as I understand it.) This big tank will live under the eventually-restored UC parking lot, nestled between Harney, University Center, and Memorial Gym.
- May 24 will be the first day of our “big dig.”
- During July of this year, we’ll witness the installation of an enormous construction crane. It will dominate our skyline for the next couple of years, and the installation will be site to behold. Maybe we can have some sort of picnic: Gin and tonics, croquet, and gawking at a crane the size of St. Ignatius church.