University of Wisconsin–Madison

Chemistry Building Project: Weekly Updates

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more photos of construction than can be included here, go to our photo collection at https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/chemistry-building-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 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. In the meantime, photos of groundbreaking and construction (in addition to those in this newsletter) are posted at https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/chemistry-building-construction-photos/.

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