Pierce Hall Renovation

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Pierce Hall is being renovated to improve the quality of instructional and research environments, address space deficiencies, and help position the campus to achieve its strategic goals. The building systems in Pierce Hall are no longer adequate to support the contemporary teaching and research needs of the building’s occupants. Improvements to these building systems and selective interior renovations will extend the useful life of the existing facility to support wet laboratory-based instructional programs and low to medium-intensity research laboratories. Additional instructional student laboratory stations and a new general assignment seminar room will be provided via renovation that will directly support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. The projects will renovate the North Wing and the first floor of the Center Wing to create new instructional laboratories and improve research laboratories in a core campus location. Former research laboratories will be converted into instructional laboratories on the first and second floors of the north wing, and existing research laboratories located on the third floor will be modernized. Four antiquated instructional laboratories in the Center Wing will also be renovated and other spaces converted to instructional laboratory support space. A new general assignment seminar room will be created in the South Wing.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System Upgrade: Change from constant to variable volume heating, cooling, and distribution throughout and replace or refurbish air handling units, valves, fans, pumps, heat exchangers, and control systems.

Electrical System: Provide a new 480v/277v transformer substation and distribution boards for distribution to new 480v/277v equipment in the basement.

Plumbing Systems: Replace the existing compressed air system(including valves, receiver, dryer, filters, and controls) with a new compressed air system.

Fire Protection Systems: Replace the existing control panel with a new panel. Install fire sprinklers throughout the building.

Pierce Hall Renovation

Current Activity

Installation on all North Wing Floors Ductwork, Electrical, Plumbing as well as the following:

  • Painting Walls and Ceilings (moderate odor)
  • Chipping and Patching Concrete (significant noise)
  • Installing Flooring (moderate odor)
  • Fire Alarm Work in the Basement

Exterior work will be performed as follows:

  • Excavating and Removal of Soil (moderate noise impact)
  • Forming and placing concrete sidewalk
  • Removal of Concrete

In the South Wing the following will occur:

  • Installation of Fire Sprinkler (2nd Floor)
  • Framing of 2nd Floor Restrooms/Conference, Lobby (significant noise impact)
  • Install of Fire alarm in Offices/Labs
  • Painting (moderate odor)

In the Center Wing the following will occur:

  • Installation of Fire Sprinklers
  • Demo of Concrete/Saw Cutting (significant noise)
  • Installation of Ductwork, Electrical, Plumbing
  • Caulking of windows (moderate odor)

Next Steps

  • Meeting with Phase 2 Occupants to provide an update
  • Phase 2 Construction begins

Construction Notices

1/2019 - 3/2020

Completion and Occupancy of North Wing 1st and 2nd Floor

1/2019 - 7/2020

Completion and Occupancy of South Wing All Floors and North Wing 3rd Floor

07/2021 - 08/2021

Completion and Occupancy of Phase 2

02/17/2020 - 02/28/2020

There will be heavy construction noises coming from the North Wing, during the day, and the South Wing, during the night. The Air Handler Unit for the South Wing will be shut down. Please note that Air Handler Unit will be down for approximately 6 months. Installation of the New Fire Sprinkler System and Piping will be ongoing throughout the South Wing, Center Wing at Night. Work will also be ongoing in the South Wing/Center Wing Corridors, Offices, and Labs at night.

During concrete and material deliveries there will be significant heavy equipment operation. We ask users please exercise caution when in this area, please pay attention to, and follow traffic direction from construction safety workers.