Chemistry Building Project: Weekly Updates

  • Construction Update 09/08/2019

    New Tower. Erection of rebar and concrete forms for walls of the east (Mills Street side) stairwell and the elevator shafts continued last week. After the bases of these walls are poured, waterproofing will be …

  • Construction Update 09/03/2019

    New Tower. Last week concrete was finally poured for what will be part of the basement floor in the tower. After being postponed from the week before, scheduled for Tuesday, rescheduled for Wednesday, and re-rescheduled, …

  • Construction Update 08/26/2019

    Chemistry Learning Center. We are happy to report that bids are in for the new facilities of the Chemistry Learning Center (CLC). The general contractor will be Advanced Building Corporation. Their bid was very slightly …

  • Construction Update 08/12/2019

    New Tower.  Progress was modest during the past week.  The major accomplishment involved work in the sub-basement of the Daniels building.  Construction of the rooms that will contain the electrical sub-station for the new tower …

  • Construction Update 08/05/2019 – Loading Dock Closure 8/7

    New Tower.  The main activity of the past week was the preparation for a day-long session (4:30 am – 4:30 pm) of pouring concrete on Wed July 31st.  The first major section to be poured …

  • Construction Update 7/31/2019 Loading Dock Closure

    The closure of the chemistry loading dock, originally scheduled for 4:00am – 10:30am on Wed July 31st, has been rescheduled for 4:15am – 11:00am on Thurs Aug 1st. – Bob McMahon

  • Construction Update 07/23/2019

    New Tower.  During the past two weeks concrete has been poured in the sub-basement level for some of the columns that will hold the weight of the nine floors above. Concrete has also been poured …

  • Construction Update 07/08/2019

    New Tower.  Because of the holiday, last week was a three-day work week, so there is less to report than usual. Work continues in the sub-basement and on the trusses that were installed last week …

  • Construction Update 07/01/2019

    New Tower.  A second set of trusses, each weighing about 73,500 pounds, has been successfully installed. These trusses span the 250-seat lecture room and will support the weight of eight stories of the northeast corner …

  • Construction Update 06/24/2019

    Mills Street and University Avenue. From 7 pm, Friday, June 28 through late Sunday, June 30, Mills Street will be closed and traffic will be reduced to two lanes in University Avenue. This is necessitated …

  • Construction Update 06/17/2019

    New Tower. The new tower is rising rapidly. The sequence of photos below, which starts about a month ago, show the rapid rise of the stairwell that will serve the west side of the new …

  • Construction Update 06/03/2019

    New Tower. Most of the excitement this week involved installation of two 50-ton trusses and several cross members on the steel columns that were erected several weeks ago. This process began with preparation of gravel …

  • Construction Update 05/28/2019

    Tower Crane. The tower crane is up! On Friday night, all day Saturday, and through Sunday afternoon a crew of about a dozen Miron workers spent their Memorial Day weekend finishing the crane that will …

  • Construction Update 05/20/2019

    Tower excavation.  This week our building really began to take shape; there was lots of activity in the excavation area and part the structure is now almost as high as the fourth floor of Daniels. …

  • Construction Update 5/13/2019

    Tower excavation—lots happening!  Concrete has been poured for many of the footings and some of the walls for our new tower. Last week concrete footings were poured in the bottom of the pit for the …

  • Construction Update 5/6/2019

    Tower Crane. Success! The tower, turntable, and cab of our tower crane were erected over the weekend. Friday night equipment was brought in and lanes were closed on University Avenue. Early Saturday morning the construction team …

  • Construction Update 4/29/2019

    Charter Street. At long last Charter Street has been resurfaced! On Friday between about 10 am and 2 pm asphalt pavement was put down across the full width of the street. By mid-afternoon rollers had …

  • Notice: Chemistry loading dock inaccessible Apr 25-28

    The schedule of construction activities for this week has been revised: The loading dock will be inaccessible from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Thur Apr 25. The driveway and dock are needed for the …

  • Construction Update 4/22/2019

    Charter Street. If all goes according to schedule, Charter Street will be partially resurfaced this week—on Wednesday. The plan is to blacktop one lane and use the remaining gravel for loading-dock access. The other lane …

  • Construction Update 4/15/2019

    Reconfiguration of piping for natural gas service may cause a brief interruption of natural gas service in the Daniels wing sometime Monday morning. Because we use very little piped natural gas these days, this is …

  • Construction Update 4/8/2019

    Great news this week: the preliminary plans and budget of $1.3 million for the new Chemistry Learning Center facility in the Medical Sciences Center were approved by the Board of Regents. Aro-Eberle architects and UW …

  • Construction Update 4/1/2019

    The tower is now going up! So far most of what we have reported has been a downer—demolition took down the lecture halls and library and then a big hole when down into the ground. …

  • Construction Update 3/25/2019

    The electrical and plumbing shutdown scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 went very smoothly. The work was completed successfully and the building re-opened three hours sooner than expected. If there are any problems remaining in any …

  • Construction 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 …

  • Construction Update 3/11/2019

    Work 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 …

  • Construction 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 …

  • Construction Update 1/22/2019

    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 …

  • Construction 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 …

  • Construction 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), …

  • Construction 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 …

  • Construction 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. …

  • Construction Update 12/03/2018

    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 …

  • Construction Update 11/19/2018

    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. …

  • Construction Update 11/12/2018

    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 …

  • Construction Update 11/5/2018

    These 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 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 …

  • Construction 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 …

  • Construction 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 …

  • Construction 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 …

  • Construction Update 9/24/2018

    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 …

  • Construction Update 9/17/2018

    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 …

  • Construction Update 9/10/2018

    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 …

  • Construction Update 8/27/2018

    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 …

  • Construction Update 8/13/2018

    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 …

  • Construction Update 7/30/2018

    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) …

  • Construction 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 …