Chemistry Building Project: Weekly Updates

Update 3/18/2019

Partial shutdown of electrical power systems in the chemistry complex – now confirmed for Tues Mar 19th from 2:00 am until 12:00 noon.

New information regarding expanded scope of work:  in addition to the power shutdown, the UW Plumbing Shop will conduct an important maintenance repair of cold water supply, which requires a complete shut-down of the cold water supply in the Daniels building.  This shutdown will affect all cold water taps in fume hoods, lab sinks, restrooms (sinks and toilets), etc.  The RO-DI water system in Daniels / Mathews will also be offline.

Because the shutdown affects the ventilation system, there are safety implications for building occupants and for construction workers.

The following instructions pertain to all occupants of the chemistry complex (Shain, Mathews, Daniels):

  1. As of 9:00 pm on Mon Mar 18th, all chemical vessels must be capped / closed / sealed.  No reactions may be conducted.  No discharge of vapors in fume hoods or in laboratories.  Fume hood sashes closed.  No tap water flowing in any equipment or apparatus.
  2. Each group’s Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) must confirm to Jeff Nielsen, by email, that their research group is compliant with these requirements, no later than 9:00 pm on Monday.
  3. Everyone must be out of the building complex by 9:00 pm on Mon Mar 18th.
  4. You may not reenter the building complex until you have been notified that it is OK to do so. 

If all goes according to plan, the building complex will be reopened at 12:00 noon on Tue Mar 19th.

This information is up-to-date as of Monday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.

John Moore and Bob McMahon

Update 3/11/2019

Construction PhotosWork continues along the corridors in the basement and first floor at the north end of Daniels. There is now a doorway in the middle of the entryway to the demo lab and the concrete-block wall on the first floor near where the vending machines used to be is partially demolished. This week we expect the rest of the wall to be removed in preparation for pouring a concrete floor that will widen the first-floor exit corridor from the Daniels north stairway toward the loading dock. Exit-arrow signs, two exit lights, and an emergency light have been installed in this corridor and signage outside the building shows the exit path, which goes toward the loading dock and then out the loading-dock driveway to Charter Street. Unless you need to exit through them in case of an emergency, please avoid the north corridors in Daniels on the basement and first-floor levels and warn others to do the same.

More construction materials have been delivered to the mock-up of the exterior of the new tower in parking lot 45, across Mills Street from the Charter Street power plant. The rows of spheres surrounded by a mesh of steel reinforcing bars are an interesting feature of construction in our new tower: concrete floors will be filled with these spheres to reduce the mass of the building. In a poured concrete floor, the steel rebar at the bottom is in tension while the concrete at the top is in compression. The middle of layer does not contribute significantly to strength and can be filled with hard-plastic spheres a bit larger than a basketball, reducing the mass of concrete. Because 35% less concrete is used, greenhouse-gas emissions are reduced significantly.

Work in the sub-basement of Daniels has been slowed because asbestos-containing material was discovered below the concrete floor. Apparently this material was installed when Daniels was constructed in the late 1960s to prevent water from coming up through the floor. Fortunately, the asbestos is not in a form that releases dust and there is no need for complete isolation of the sub-basement area where the floor is being excavated; however, the concrete slabs must each be wrapped to prevent escape of asbestos before they are hauled to a hazardous waste landfill. This will slow excavation of the sub-basement for installation of utilities connecting to the new tower.

On the Mills Street side of our building gravel has been backfilled around the south area well, covering utilities ducts that were recently installed. Backfilling required use of a diesel-powered machine with more fumes coming into the building. The workers are doing their best to prevent intake of diesel fumes, turning machines off when not in use and warming up machines well away from the Daniels air intake (which is at the first-floor level next to Seminar Hall). The north area well remains open to allow concrete slabs to be removed and machines and equipment to go in and out of the sub-basement.

Construction Photos

The tower excavation along University Avenue is significantly deeper. A steady stream of trucks enters and leaves the site at the corner of Mills St. and University Ave. The number of trucks was augmented  by those bringing in backfill for use along Mills St. Continue to be vigilant in these areas and watch for construction workers directing traffic.

Remember that there will be a short shutdown of the entire chemistry complex (Shain, Mathews, and Daniels) tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 19. Nobody should be in the building during the shutdown from 2 am until an all-clear announcement (which probably will happen at 12:00 noon). See an email dated February 27 from Bob McMahon to everyone for details of the shutdown and make certain that your research group’s labs are prepared for the loss of ventilation.

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.

John Moore and Bob McMahon

Update 1/28/2019

This week lots of work has been done on the Mills Street side of the building. The south area well is essentially complete, and forms to contain concrete pours are being moved from the south to the north area well. Temporary stairs have been set up so workers can move up and down the north area well. This work has the unfortunate side effect that large, diesel-powered equipment is operating very close to the air intakes for the Daniels wing, which has resulted in significant intake of diesel exhaust. Carbon-monoxide monitors are in place in locations within the building and have not indicated dangerous levels, but the nauseating fumes are very unpleasant. Workers are doing their best to reduce use of diesel-powered equipment near the air intake.

Construction Photos

The driveway to the chemistry loading dock is now open and should remain open for the rest of the project. (The temporary driveway from University Avenue is also open but will soon be closed so that excavation for the new tower can begin.) Charter Street is still closed to through southbound traffic, so anyone turning left into Charter from University can only go to the loading dock or turn around and go back to University Avenue. Vehicles on Charter Street will also encounter heavy equipment, as seen in the photos below, and the loading-dock driveway will remain unpaved until the ground thaws in spring. Please do not use the loading-dock driveway unless you need to deliver something large to the loading dock.

Construction Photos

Work in the demolition zone where the library and lecture rooms were located slowed this week because a pipe at the sub-basement level contained mercury and required careful abatement. All the water draining from the Daniels wing ended up in this pipe, as did significant quantities of broken glass and mercury (most likely from when mercury thermometers were in use in the teaching labs many years ago). In a photo below a crew from Dirty Ducts, our asbestos and mercury abatement contractor, can be seen manually excavating the pipe in the bottom of the excavation. Later in the week they built a plastic tent because of colder weather. Lengths of pipe are carefully sealed, extracted, and placed in drums for transport to a hazardous waste facility. When mercury abatement is complete excavation for the new tower will swing into high gear.

Construction Photos

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.

John Moore and Bob McMahon

Update 1/22/2019

Construction

Construction of our new instructional facility is now in full swing and a lot of workers are on the job. The photo below shows those who participated last Wednesday in the weekly safety meeting for the jobsite. Remember that nobody is allowed on the jobsite without a hard had, bright-colored safety clothing, and safety glasses. Anyone entering the site is required to sign in (and later sign out) so that in the event of an emergency everyone on the site can be accounted for. For the time being this means that none of us can leave the building via the loading dock because the only way to a street is through the construction area.

Last week there was a brief closing of the loading dock so that Miron Construction could move a larger construction trailer into the area behind the loading dock. There are now two trailers in that location; they provide space for administrative functions of the construction team. Sign-in logs for anyone on site are also in the trailers.

Some things that nobody can see have potentially large impacts on our facility. Last week a cross-connection of water pipes

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was made between Daniels and Shain so that the fire department can provide water throughout our complex of buildings from either the Mills Street side (Daniels) or the Charter Street side (connection to Shain along the driveway to the loading dock). Also, steel beams in the concrete block wall at the north end of Daniels have been covered with a fire-protective material. These are major steps in ensuring everyone’s safety, should there be a fire.

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Demolition and construction are moving rapidly on the west, north, and east sides of the Daniels wing. On the Charter Street (west) side, a set of electrical/communications ducts has been installed,

connecting a manhole outside the psychology lecture rooms to an area across from our loading dock. The ducts will eventually be extended to the new tower to provide for networking and other functions.

On the Mills Street (east) side concrete has been poured for the south area well and some forms are in place for the north area well. On the University Avenue (north) side there is now a pit down to the sub-basement level and demolition equipment is operating from the bottom of the pit. The entirety of the wall that separates construction from the occupied part of the building is now exposed, in preparation for building the new tower right next to it. Steel beams in this area also have been covered with fire-protective material (blue in the photograph). Because this pit has limited space around it and is so deep it is impossible to put tape around the edge to warn against falls and still operate excavation machines. Consequently, construction workers have been told not to walk through the area: to get from the construction trailers to Mills St. construction workers use the temporary pedestrian walk along University Avenue like everyone else. The construction site is a very dangerous area—keep out of it!

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.

John Moore and Bob McMahon

 

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Update 1/14/2019

A lot is happening on the Mills Street side of our building. Excavations for area wells outside the organic labs have been extended to the sub-basement level and the area wells are being enlarged to allow heavy equipment to be moved into the sub-basement. Footings have been poured for the south area well and forms are now in place for the concrete sides of the well. Once these area wells are complete, they will open into the sub-basement and will become the main route for access of construction materials and personnel to our building. We expect that this will reduce construction traffic on the first floor between the loading dock and the freight elevator in Daniels.

Building Construction

Demolition continues on the north side of the Daniels wing—where the library and lecture rooms used to be. By the end of the week all the steel beams and columns and all the concrete had been torn down from what were the first and second floors. Much of the debris had been sorted and placed into different dumpsters for recycling. Rubble is now being removed from the basement area. There remains an issue of mercury abatement from a pipe running under the basement floor, but once that is resolved demolition should require only a week or two more.

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Work is proceeding in the excavation in the parking lot behind “The Crossing”. Forms are being built for the sides of the tunnel that will provide steam, chilled water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer utilities to the new tower.

Building Construction

This week work was completed on the stone veneer on the wall of “The Crossing” facing toward the Daniels wing. The scaffolding that allowed workers to install the stone veneer is being removed and the east side of “The Crossing” is now completely restored. The last vestiges of what was, until its demolition in October, the oldest brick house in Madison have now been removed. Completion of this work allows for restoration of the ground alongside “The Crossing”—one more step toward excavation for our new tower.

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This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

Update 1/7/2019

Gross demolition began Wednesday, December 19 on the part of the Daniels wing that housed the library and lecture rooms. Demolition has proceeded smoothly, beginning with the portico (where the bike racks used to be), then the lobby area, and finally the lecture halls, library area, and north ends of labs on floors 1 and 2. This sequence of photos shows Daniels before and during the past two weeks of demolition.

 

Construction Photos

 

Our loading dock driveway was opened to Charter Street on Friday, January 4, for deliveries only, but during the next week there may be times when it will again be closed and the temporary driveway will need to be used. During the next three weeks there will probably be one or two days when access to the loading dock will be cut off completely, as it was on January 3, but by the end of this week we expect the main access to be from Charter Street.

 

Construction Photos

Construction Photos

During the past few weeks the parking lot behind “The Crossing” was excavated so that steam, chilled water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer utilities can be connected to the new tower. By the end of the week some concrete had been poured in the base of the excavation. In the left photo below you also can see the enclosed scaffolding for workers applying stone facing to the wall of “The Crossing” that was exposed when the old house was demolished. When this facing is complete the excavation for our new tower can begin; we expect this milestone to be reached in a week or so.

Construction Photos

In the sub-basement, plumbing that serves all labs in the Daniels wing was rerouted to allow for proper drainage; this required a brief shutdown of labs throughout the Daniels wing. Also in the sub-basement, ductwork that supplies air and heat to floors SB, B, 1, and 2 in Daniels had to be rerouted to allow for eventual installation of new equipment. Both projects were completed more quickly and with fewer disturbances than expected.

Finally, spaces just south of the concrete-block wall separating Daniels B, 1, and 2 from the demolition/construction zone have been cleaned up and inspected in preparation for the spring semester. Specifically, room B341, half an organic lab, will be fully scheduled in spring and is ready to go.

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

 

Notice 1/2/2019

The chemistry loading dock will be completely inaccessible on Thurs Jan 3rd because of the installation of the storm sewer for the new building.
In the meantime, occupants of Shain Tower should not attempt to exit the building from the door in the north Shain stair tower.  The door opens into the driveway to the loading dock, which is still an active construction site.

Bob McMahon

Update 12/17/2018

It is exciting to approach another milestone in progress toward our new facility. This week we are ready for gross demolition and almost ready to regain access to the old driveway to the loading dock. There also will be a one-day outage of lab drains in the Daniels wing to enable rerouting of lab-waste pipes.

The Charter-Street side of the loading dock driveway has been excavated, a manhole installed, and backfill restored and tamped down. The current schedule for the Charter-St. project indicates that the driveway will open Friday, Dec. 21, for deliveries only; however, for each of the past two weeks that schedule has been pushed back, so access for deliveries may have to wait a bit longer. Subsequently, there may be temporary closures as a result of the chemistry-building project, which also has work to do in that area. In January we expect Charter Street to reopen for southbound traffic only. Full restoration of two-way traffic will not happen until spring 2019.

Construction Photos

Traffic patterns in other streets around us have changed. Mills Street is now open southbound only and the bus stop on Mills near Johnson is open again. Traffic in University Avenue has been diverted to the north, but three lanes remain open. The traffic lane closest to our building is now the bike path and pedestrian walkway, which had to be diverted to make room for the construction area. If you walk or bike along University Avenue, be very careful. Trucks and semis bringing construction materials in or out must cross both the pedestrian and bike lanes to get to the site. Look for and obey the directions of construction workers who will be shepherding trucks into our building site.

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Gross demolition begins this week and will continue into January. Debris has been removed from inside the Mills-St. atrium and the old lecture halls. Roofing material has been removed in preparation for tearing down the old building. After demolition begins, please be even more vigilant for your personal safety.  Demolition will involve considerable activity by heavy equipment, trucks, and work crews.

Construction Photos

Construction Photos

“Soil nails” are being installed in the area-well excavations on the Mills-St. side of the building. Soil nails hold back the earthen walls of the pit to prevent collapse onto workers. They must be at exactly the proper angle and length so that they do not pierce any existing utilities, such as a gas main. They are long, ridged steel rods that are installed by two workers, one setting the proper angle and another operating a specially-equipped back-hoe machine.

Remember that on Tuesday and Wednesday there will be plumbing work that requires shut-down of labs in Daniels from 6 am to 3 pm. On Tuesday nobody should use any sinks anywhere on the east (Mills-St.) side of all floors in Daniels. On Wednesday nobody should use any sinks on the west (toward Charter St. and the church) and south (Johnson-St.) sides. For more details please see the email from Bob McMahon sent Thursday, Dec. 13, a little after 5 pm. Anything that goes down a drain might end up in the face of a plumber, so this shut-down is very important. Restrooms will not be affected.

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

Update 12/03/2018

View of demolition zone from University Ave.
View of demolition zone from University Ave.

A lot will be happening on our new building this week. The wall separating us from the demolition/construction zone will be completed, demolition of the north end of Daniels will begin, and access to the loading dock via the normal driveway will be restored, but for deliveries only.

Gross demolition begins later this week and will continue into January. Act now if you want a last look at the exterior of the part of the building that housed the library and lecture rooms!

After demolition begins, please continue to be vigilant for your personal safety as you walk or bike in the vicinity of the chemistry building complex. Demolition will involve considerable activity by heavy equipment, trucks, and work crews. The sidewalk and the eastbound bike lane along the south side of University Avenue will be re-routed for the period of the next two years, and may be blocked, at times, during the demolition phase.

As of last week, asbestos abatement was complete and the dividing wall that will protect the north end of Daniels from both winter weather and construction was nearly complete. Here are a couple of photos that show how abatement and demolition have changed the lecture rooms between mid-September and last week:

1361 mid-September (from front)
1361 mid-September (from front)
1361 last week (from back); gray areas at left are the dividing wall
1361 last week (from back); gray areas at left are the dividing wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility work in Mills St. is complete and temporary asphalt paving was laid down last Friday, but the huge excavation along the east side of Daniels (shown below) will remain for some time because various large pieces of equipment must be moved into the sub-basement through this area.

Mills St. outside Seminar Hall
Mills St. outside Seminar Hall
Looking toward Johnson St. along Mills St. side of Daniels
Looking toward Johnson St. along Mills St. side of Daniels

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work in Charter Street is proceeding rapidly. Steam tunnels have been enclosed and gravel is being backfilled in preparation for temporary paving to restore access to our loading dock for deliveries (liquid nitrogen in particular). Reopening the loading dock is expected later this week. Charter St. will partially reopen, for southbound traffic only, in January 2019, but two-way traffic will not be restored until next April. Loading-dock access is expected Thursday, December 5, but only for deliveries. Everyone else should avoid this area because it continues to be a construction zone.

Backfilling gravel in Charter St.
Backfilling gravel in Charter St.
Charter St. looking from the church toward Psychology
Charter St. looking from the church toward Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic lab B341, which was closed this fall, has been cut in half and separated from the construction zone by a concrete-masonry-unit (CMU) wall. Although there is still cleanup to do, the separation wall is complete, and classes will be able to use this half-lab room next spring semester. Regaining this half-lab helps ease enrollment pressure in our program.

Organic lab B341 is now separated from the construction zone
Organic lab B341 is now separated from the construction zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, preparations have been made to install new stone facing on the church where the now-demolished old house covered an unsightly brick wall. New footings have been poured and some backfill is in place so that a scaffold can be built to allow stone facing to be installed.

The Crossing will have a new stone facing on this wall
The Crossing will have a new stone facing on this wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

Update 11/19/2018

The separating wall is nearly complete in what used to be a general chemistry laboratory on the first floor.
The separating wall is nearly complete in what used to be a general chemistry laboratory on the first floor.

Progress has been made on construction of the permanent concrete masonry wall that will separate the north end of Daniels from demolition and construction. The wall, which will be permanent, will be waterproofed and insulated. Once it is complete the tempera­tures in the corridors at the north ends of the first and second floors should return to normal and the noise from demolition and construction should decrease.

Much of the abatement of asbestos and other hazardous substances is now complete and the north end of Daniels is nearly ready for the start of gross demolition in early December. In what used to be the library only the structure remains—mainly steel and concrete. Furnishings, ceilings, and other non-structural features are gone.

A large sign along the University Avenue sidewalk lists the architects and contractors for the project, including Strang architects and Miron Construction. Notice that caulking between the wall panels behind the sign has been removed; the caulking contained asbestos and its removal was part of the abatement by Dirty Ducts Cleaning.

Mills Street remains closed for the next 2-3 weeks and work in Charter Street continues. Loading-dock access via the normal driveway is expected by the end of November. For a bird’s-eye view of that project try the fifth floor of the psychology building across the street.

Library looking north from where the circulation desk used to be.
Library looking north from where the circulation desk used to be.
Construction Sign
Construction Sign
View from above
View from above

 

 

 

 

 

 

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

 

 

Update 11/12/2018

Heated Temporary Restrooms
Heated Temporary Restrooms

The heated restroom trailer outside the south exits from Daniels basement is now in operation. This clean, warm trailer is for UW-Madison students, staff, and faculty, to avoid crowding in the restrooms inside Daniels. It is not for use by construction personnel.

As the photos below show, our building is sur­rounded by construction zones on the east, north, and west. On the Mills Street side, excavations to allow equipment to be brought into the sub-basement began last week and will continue this week. Soon Mills Street will be completely closed between University Ave. and Johnson St. for a period of a couple weeks. After that only two lanes will be open. Charter Street has been closed for some time and will remain completely closed for at least three more weeks. Charter Street is expected to reopen fully in mid-January.

Mills St. side of the building viewed from Johnson St.
Mills St. side of the building viewed from Johnson St.
Enlarging area wells on the Mills St. side of building
Enlarging area wells on the Mills St. side of building

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backfilling gravel on the Charter St. side of building
Backfilling gravel on the Charter St. side of building
Looking south toward Mathews wing from University Ave.
Looking south toward Mathews wing from University Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of street and sidewalk closures caused by the construction, the crosswalks on the west sides of the intersections of University Ave. with Charter Street and Mills Street have been closed (see map below). The Charter St. crosswalk is closed through December. The Mills St. closure extends through 2021. Please do not cross University Avenue in crosswalks that are closed and warn students to walk only in open sidewalks and crosswalks. Walking in the street with no sidewalk is extremely dangerous.

Closed crosswalk at University Ave. and Charter St.
Closed crosswalk at University Ave. and Charter St.
Map
Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

Update 11/5/2018

Weekly UpdatesThese weekly construction updates are now available directly from the home page of the department website as well as appearing in the department newsletter and its online archive (http://chem.wisc.edu/newsletter). You can go directly to the construction updates at this URL: https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/weekly-updates/.

construction barriersLast Thursday afternoon the large restrooms at the north end of the first floor of Daniels were closed off by construction barriers. Students in B, 1, and 2 of Daniels should be directed to the restroom trailer outside the south exits from Daniels basement. Signs are being posted to that effect.

Safety issues:

  • Keep out of the area north of the loading dock!
  • The emergency exit to the west at the north end of the first floor of Daniels should be used for emergencies only because it opens into the area north of the loading dock. Do not use this exit!
  • Carts loaded with construction materials will use the corridors on B, 1, and 2 Daniels between the freight elevator and the north end of the building. Warn students to watch out!

busThe west (parking) lane on the Chemistry side of Mills Street is now closed by construction barriers and the bus stop has been moved from the University Avenue end of the block south to the Johnson Street end. There is no sidewalk on the west side of Mills street. Don’t walk down that side of the street: you will be in an automobile traffic lane. Excavations to allow equipment to be brought into the sub-basement will begin soon on the Mills-Street side of our building and Mills street will be completely closed between University and Johnson for a period of a couple weeks sometime this month.

We have discovered that access to the webcam will not be available to the public. We are working on a feed that can be compressed and selected to mitigate those concerns.

The water-main repair that necessitated temporary loss of sprinklers and lowering of pressure in Shain tower was successfully completed a week ago.

This information is up-to-date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 10/29/2018

Today (Monday, October 29) occupants of Shain Tower are asked to be on a  fire watch’: the fire sprinkler system will not be operable. Consider postponing any particularly hazardous procedures and be alert for fires. This is a consequence of repair of a water main that serves Shain tower. Water supply to labs, restrooms, etc. in Shain will not be affected only the sprinklers. The fire alarm system will be operable throughout the building complex. This repair project is scheduled for 7:00 am   4:00 pm on Monday October 29th. The construction crew, UW-Madison Environmental Health and Safety, Madison Fire Department, and the chemistry facilities team will all be monitoring progress of the repair.

The rest-room trailer is now at the south end of Daniels and will be open soon. It is accessible through both Daniels exits to Johnson Street. Once the trailer is in operation, signs will be posted so that students know where it is.

The old brick house attached to The Crossing (see photo below) has been demolished, caulk containing asbestos is being removed from the outside of the two-story part of Daniels, and stone has been spread behind the loading dock in preparation for a construction trailer and storage of construction materials. The area north of the loading dock has become an active construction area (see photo below) one that requires hard hats. Keep out of this area!

By next week a webcam will be installed on the roof of Chamberlin Hall and connected to the department website (URL available soon). We will be able to view demolition and construction of the new tower in real time. We will let everyone know when the camera goes live.
In the next few weeks we expect significant construction traffic in the corridors between the freight elevator and the north end of floors B, 1, and 2 Daniels. Please remind students on all floors to watch for construction traffic and be aware of their surroundings.

This was written at 4 pm Friday. Email updates will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

Construction
Area north of loading dock
Construction
Remains of old brick house attached to The Crossing

 

UPDATE 10/22/2018

During the next couple of weeks, with very short notice of the exact date and time, we expect natural gas service to Daniels and Mathews wings to be shut off for up to half a day. If you use natural gas piped into the labs in either Daniels or Mathews, please tell John Moore (jwmoore@chem.wisc.edu) as soon as possible. If a half-day outage will cause serious problems we will need to confer in more detail as soon as possible. (Thanks to those who have already responded to the “everyone” email on this topic.)

Work on demolishing the old brick house attached to The Crossing (next to the grassy knoll) will begin this week. Stay out of this area because there will be heavy equipment and lots of dust.

Within the next week or so we expect that a webcam will be installed so that we can view construction of the new tower in real time. Once the camera is in place images will start to appear on the department website.

This week construction is beginning on the new, permanent masonry wall that will separate our building from the demolition zone. Because abatement of asbestos on the second floor (the old library) has been slower than expected, the first construction on the wall will be in the basement. Construction of the wall requires that building materials come in on the first floor of Daniels (where the University Avenue atrium used to be), go to the freight elevator, and then move along the basement corridor past small classrooms and B371 to an organic lab, B341, and other areas at the north end of the basement. Thus, there will be significant construction traffic in the corridors on both the first and basement floors of Daniels. Please remind students on all floors to watch for construction traffic and be aware of their surroundings.

Reminder: There is absolutely no parking in the loading dock area at any time. On Saturday, Oct. 13, a fire truck was unable to get into the driveway between the loading dock and Charter Street. This means the fire truck could not access the water supply at the north end of Shain tower. This was just a test, so there was no fire and no danger; however, had there been a fire precious minutes would have been lost getting fire fighters on the scene.

Reminder: Sometime this week we expect that a rest-room trailer will be installed at the south end of Daniels, accessible through both Daniels exits to Johnson Street. Once the trailer is in operation, signs will be posted so that students know where it is.

Reminder: Within the next two weeks we expect a day without heat in all floors of Daniels. The plan is to do this when the weather report says we will have a warm day. This means that the building will not cool excessively, but also requires that we get very short notice of the outage-probably a day’s notice. The outage will affect heat and hot water, but not ventilation or other facilities. We will send an email to everyone as soon as we know exactly when heat will be interrupted.

This was written at 4 pm Friday. Email updates will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 10/15/2018

In the north ends of Daniels floors B, 1 and 2, much work has been completed in preparation for constructing the new,permanent masonry wall that will separate our building from the demolition zone. We expect construction of the separating wall will begin on the second floor of Daniels next week. The wall is being built from the second floor down. Once the wall has been completed there should be less noise in the north end of Daniels B, 1, and 2.

This week asbestos abatement moves from lab rooms 2341, 1341, and B341 to the large lecture halls. There also will be abatement of sink traps that may contain mercury. Continue to heed the warning signs on plastic sheeting separating these areas from our building. There will also be demolition of electric power and fire alarms north of the dividing line.

Watch out for construction traffic on the first floor between the Daniels atrium and the freight elevator and between the freight elevator and the north end of the basement. Please remind your students to complete their lab reports inside the laboratory or in the study room – not sitting on the floor in the corridor. Also, warn students to watch out for construction traffic in all corridors in Daniels B, 1, and 2. Remember that in the sub-basement room S345 will be a construction area and staging area. The autoclave and washer/dryer in S345 will continue to be accessible, but anyone in this part of the sub-basement needs to be vigilant for construction activities.

This was written at 4 pm Friday. As we get more information we will keep you posted.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 10/08/2018

Good news! This week we expect construction to begin on the new, permanent masonry wall that will separate our building from the demolition zone. The plan is to begin on the second floor of Daniels and work down floor by floor. Once the wall is complete there should be less noise in the north end of Daniels B, 1, and 2.

Materials to build the wall will come in the first floor of Daniels, go to the freight elevator, and then move along the second-floor corridor to where the library used to be. Thus, there will be significant construction traffic in the corridors on both the first and second floors of Daniels. Construction workers have been warned to avoid class-change times and to watch for students but nevertheless please remind students to watch for construction traffic and be aware of their surroundings.

Remember that in the sub-basement room S345 continues to be a construction area and staging area. The autoclave and washer/dryer in S345 are accessible, but anyone in this part of the sub-basement needs to be vigilant for construction activities.

Sometime this week or next we expect that a rest-room trailer will be installed at the south end of Daniels, accessible through both Daniels exits to Johnson Street. This is to replace the rest rooms on the second floor and basement of Daniels that are already behind construction barriers and the rest rooms on the first floor that will be cut off when the separation wall is built. Once the trailer is in operation, signs will be posted so that students know where it is. The rest-room trailer should reduce crowding in the existing rest rooms.

Within the next few weeks we expect a day without heat in all floors of Daniels. The plan is to do this when the weather report says we will have a warm day. This means that the building will not cool excessively, but also requires that we get very short notice of the outage probably a day. The outage will affect heat and hot water, but not ventilation or other facilities. We expect to send an email to everyone as soon as we know exactly when heat will be interrupted.

This was written at 4 pm Friday. Email updates will be provided as needed.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 10/01/2018

Progress continues outside the building. Johnson Street is now open but work on Charter street on the west side of our block will continue until the end of November. The temporary access route from University Avenue to the loading dock will continue to be used until mid-November. Fencing has gone up around what used to be the Daniels atrium and around the brick house next to The Crossing. Doors and windows in the atrium are being removed so that construction materials can be brought into the building through the atrium.

Inside the building, in the north ends of Daniels floors B, 1 and 2, ceilings are being opened and temporary walls built so that utilities can be capped or re-routed outside the demolition zone. It is best to avoid these corridors if you can. Also, if you are teaching classes that meet in Daniels, warn your students. The work in Daniels corridors is preparation for construction of a new, permanent masonry wall that will separate the demolition/construction zone from the rest of our building.
There has been some noise in the corridors in Daniels as a result of the construction. Please contact John Moore (jwmoore@chem.wisc.edu) if you are aware of any noise or vibration problems. We are attempting to have noisy work scheduled to avoid exam times for classes that meet in room B371, but some noise is unavoidable in a construction project of this magnitude. Once the wall separating us from the construction zone is complete, we expect noise problems to be less.

This week asbestos abatement is occurring in rooms 2341, 1341, and B341, the abandoned teaching labs at the northeast end of Daniels, and in the abandoned classrooms at the north end of the basement. Expect to see Asbestos warning signs on plastic sheeting separating these areas from our building. Stay out of these areas!

This week or next we expect decommissioning of the computer network within the demolition/construction area. If you experience any network outage or other unexpected behavior, contact John Moore and Jeff Nielsen as well as CompHelp.
Soon, for a short time, there will be construction traffic between the Daniels atrium and the freight elevator on the first floor and between the freight elevator and the north end of the basement. Signs have been posted warning students not to sit on the floor in these areas. Please remind your students to complete their lab reports inside the laboratory or in the study room – not sitting on the floor in the corridor. Also, warn students to watch out for construction traffic.

There will also be construction traffic in the sub-basement. Room S345 will be a construction area and staging area. The autoclave and washer/dryer in S345 will continue to be accessible, but anyone in this part of the sub-basement needs to be vigilant for construction activities.

This was written at 4 pm Friday. As we get more information we will keep you posted.
John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 09/24/2018

Changes are continuing outside the building. The intermittent closings of the north crosswalk at Charter and Johnson Streets at the end of last week signal the beginning of the end of Johnson St. work, which should be completed (and Johnson St. fully opened) by October 1st. However, Charter St. work will continue until the end of November.

Starting the week of October 1st, the sidewalk and parking lane on the west side of Mills St. will be closed and the stop for number 4 and 13 buses will move to the south end of the block. Students approaching the building from the north and northeast will need to go down the east side of Mills St. to get to the Johnson St. entrances. If you are teaching, please warn students in your classes.

The following week abatement will begin in the brick house next to the “grassy knoll”. The house will be torn down beginning on October 19th. Our new tower’s footprint includes much of the area on which the house currently stands.
Inside the building, it is great to see that work has begun on abatement of asbestos and other hazards in the north end of the Daniels wing. When abatement is complete, that area will be demolished (beginning late October) to make way for our new chemistry tower. Where there used to be lecture rooms, a few classrooms, the lobby, and the library we now have a construction zone.

In anticipation of construction traffic in Daniels, we are removing some of the photographs from the first-floor walls. You may have noticed some blank spaces along the corridors. Many of the photographs will be relocated to higher floors in Daniels to keep them out of harm’s way.

This information is up to date as of last Friday afternoon, but things change fast so expect intermittent email notices as well as a weekly update in this newsletter about activities that may impact you and others in our building.
Our department is on its way to a great improvement in facilities. The next three years will be exciting!

John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 09/17/2018

Last Friday we had a very successful groundbreaking ceremony for our new chemistry building. Both Dean Karl Scholz and Chancellor Rebecca Blank praised our department in their remarks and lots of people put shovels into the ground. Governor Walker signed contracts with the contractors last Thursday, so everything is in place for our long-awaited demolition and construction project to begin.
There are major traffic flow changes in the building and these changes may impact your egress during the fire alarm test scheduled for this week

  • The north end of Daniels (Basement, 1st and 2nd floors) will be secured and blocked off from traffic entering or exiting that end of the building. If you, or your group, uses the Mills street exit for exiting the building, you should think about a different route.
  • If at all possible, those in the north end of Daniels should exit the building at the Johnson street basement exits, and cross either Mills or Johnson to get away from the building.
  • The door to the west of the Daniels north stairway (down the corridor where the vending machines used to be) is a designated egress route. If you have to use that door, you are going out into the loading dock area with all its traffic and two construction zones. You will need to take care when doing this; our recommendation is to go out the temporary driveway to University Ave. and congregate at the corner of University and Charter.
  • Those using the north stairway in Shain will exit a few feet from the Charter Street construction zone and will need to head back toward the loading dock, follow the temporary driveway to University Ave. and congregate at the corner of University and Charter.
  • Both stairways and exits in the Mathews wing are unaffected but because of Charter/Johnson St. construction the best route away from the building will be at Johnson and Mills Streets.

In preparation of the fire alarm test, please take a moment to identify two separate exit plans in case one is blocked. Remember that until the Madison Fire Department has confirmed that everyone has left the building, nobody can go back in.

The Johnson/Charter Street project is moving according to schedule. Excavations in Johnson Street are being restored this week and traffic will shift from one lane on each side of Johnson Street to the south side of the street so that work can be done in the north lane. By the end of next week, the construction zone will be mainly in Charter Street, where it will remain until the end of November.

This is a time of excitement and promise for our department. We are working hard to minimize the inevitable disruptions, and we look forward to major improvements in our facilities.

John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 09/10/2018

Groundbreaking Celebration: Groundbreaking is Friday of this week, September 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in the Daniels Building Portico at the corner of Mills St. and University Avenue. Following brief remarks at 5:00 pm there will be refreshments in the Daniels atrium. Please join us to celebrate a big step in the progress of our department!

Johnson/Charter Street Project: Work on this steam-tunnel project is moving along according to schedule. Work in Johnson street, which has been tying up traffic, should be completed by the beginning of next month. The Charter Street work, which has required a new access drive to our loading dock, should be completed by December. Remember to avoid the loading dock area and what used to be the grassy knoll, because that is a construction zone and will be for the next three years!

New Chemistry Tower: You may have noticed a lot of new people in the building, many on ladders with their heads in the ceiling, during the past couple weeks. These are representatives of Miron Construction and its subcontractors, checking that plans for the existing building and for construction correctly represent what is there. The week after groundbreaking we expect that the exit at the northeast corner of Daniels will be closed and removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials will begin in the northernmost part of the Daniels wing, which will be demolished. There soon will be construction along the east side of Daniels as well. You will need to allow extra time to catch a bus or go to a class to the northeast of the building because the only route to that area will be out the south end of the basement and then a block up Mills street to University Avenue.

We expect that the first of many meetings with the construction team will be on September 18. Based on what we learn at those meetings we will keep everyone informed as part of our existing building comes down and our new building begins to go up. Given the size and complexity of this project, we expect occasionally to have to revise from one newsletter to the next: surprises will occur, but we are working hard to minimize them.

John Moore and Bob McMahon

UPDATE 08/27/2018

JOIN US FOR THE NEW CHEMISTRY BUILDING GROUNDBREAKING!

The New Chemistry Building Will Advance Undergraduate Education. Friday, Sept. 14, 4:30 6 p.m., Remarks at 5 p.m. Daniels Building Portico, located at the corner of University Avenue and Mills Street.
Please join us as we break ground on the new UW Madison Department of Chemistry building. We are grateful to all who have helped bring us to the beginning of this new era and look forward to celebrating the start of construction!
The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments.

UPDATE 08/13/2018

Loading Dock Access

On Mon Aug 13th, access to the chemistry loading dock will be provided via the temporary driveway from University Avenue. The driveway to Charter Street will be blocked by construction activities for a period of several months.  Please stay out of the area of the loading dock and temporary driveway. If you have special need to access this area, please coordinate in advance with Jeff Nielsen or Mike Bradley. If you are a pedestrian on the sidewalk along the south side of University Avenue, be alert for vehicles entering or exiting the temporary driveway.  Do not use the temporary driveway as a walkway to enter or exit the chemistry buildings.

UPDATE 07/30/2018

Bids Opened: The bids for the General Contractor of the Chemistry Building Project (new Tower, renovation of floors B, 1, and 2 of the Daniels Building, and installation of fire sprinklers + fire alarm system) were due on July 24 and were made public on July 27. Based on the bids, the contract has been awarded to Miron Construction. Work is expected to begin in September.

Groundbreaking Celebration: The Groundbreaking Celebration for the project will take place on Monday, August 13, at 3:30 p.m. at the Daniels Building portico outside the Mills Street Lobby. On the program as of now are Dean Scholz and Chancellor Blank plus others to be confirmed. The program is being planned for about 30 minutes, followed by refreshments.

Charter Street Steam Project: Work on the steam tunnels along Charter Street is scheduled to begin the week of July 30. Since the project will impede entrance to the chemistry loading dock, a new (temporary) access will be from University Ave. If you haven’t already, you will soon see trees coming down and earth disappearing from the grassy knoll abutting The Crossing.

We will continue to keep you updated on progress of these projects.

John Moore and Bob McMahon
for the Facilities Committee