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New Construction News
Due to recent rains, an unexpected leak in the third floor Foyer roof was discovered — which was unrelated to the restoration project work. Once the leak is fixed then the scheduled project work will resume. The reopening date for the Administration Building’s main entrance was adjusted to Jan. 31 — due to the recent roof leak.
Facilities is undergoing an inspection of the building’s tile siding to evaluate its current condition. Facilities staff will be working closely with a masonry consultant for this inspection project. There is the possibility that the Bruce M. Pitman may undergo a siding renovation in the near future.
Currently, several tile panels are loose and have the potential of dislodging and falling from the structure, causing possible roof damage and/or a pedestrian safety hazard around the building.
During this project, outside building areas may be cordoned off and scaffolding raised for general safety purposes and to allow workers and U of I staff to perform inspections. Please use caution around these areas and avoid entering any blocked area. For questions and/or concerns, please contact Facilities at 208-885-6246, email@example.com or fill out the online Report a Safety Concern form.
Main Entrance/Foyer Restoration
According to U of I Facilities, construction crews are definitely making progress with the restoration of the Administration Building Foyer. However, due to recent rains, an expected leak in the third floor Foyer roof was discovered — which was unrelated to the restoration project work. Once the leak is fixed then the third floor plastering and painting can continue as scheduled.
The Administration Building’s main entrance reopening is now scheduled for Jan. 31.
U of I Facilities, in partnership with the Idaho's Division of Public Works, is renovating the interior and exterior areas of the three-story Administration Building to improve safety and protect the historic architecture of this beautiful structure.
The Admin Building project scope involves renovating the three-story foyer and staircase which includes: installing a secondary handrail to improve safety on the stairs and protect the existing historic handrail, repairing stair treads, and repairing the marble and terrazzo floor.
The Admin Building construction project is led by Golis Construction of Moscow, and equipment will continue to be staged at the front of the building near the I Bench and sporadically near the auditorium pull out on the north side.
- All fire sprinkler and electrical work has been completed.
- Removing doorways and restoring the archways that separate the stairwell from the building and the wings has been completed.
- Patching and restoration of the interior plaster walls and ceilings is in progress.
- Painting has started in targeted areas of the first floor foyer and will include other floors.
- Existing wood handrails have been stripped, sanded and are in the process of being stained.
- Installation of the new stairway glass guardrails and handrails has begun.
- Reinstallation and refinishing of the building’s existing wood base and trim is underway.
- Installation of the new cast iron stair treads between the first and second floors has begun, as well as the renovation of the existing cast iron stair tread surfaces between floors two and three.
The goal of the Facilities staff is to complete the restoration work with as little inconvenience to the building occupants as possible, as well as maintain access for our students and employees. Access to the building's elevator and restrooms will be maintained throughout the construction period for all occupants, students, faculty and visitors.
North Building Entrance
The Administration Building north entrance has reopened for pedestrian use temporarily. An unforeseen soils condition recently discovered when removing the existing steps has caused a delay in the permanent reopening of this entrance. The soils issue is being addressed and a structural solution has been identified. When the fixes are started, the north entrance will need to be permanently closed to allow contractors to complete the work. The closure will likely be for a minimum of two consecutive weeks depending on weather.
An updated project timeline is not yet known. Facilities will do their best to notify the U of I community about this entrance’s pending closure. In the meantime, please use extreme care and caution when going up and down the north entrance temporary steps during wet, icy and snowy weather days and use the handrails.
Demolition of the UI President’s house along Nez Perce Drive began Sept. 27, 2017, taking the structure down to its foundation. From the original early 1960-s era foundation, a new house will be built over the next year. The modern-style house will be 5,200 square feet and the total building, including the three-bay garage, will be approximately 7,000 square feet. The former President’s house was 6,200 square feet with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The $1.95 million project was first approved by the State Board of Education in October 2014. The UI Foundation has committed $1.3 million to the project –raised from donations. The remainder, covering mostly utility upgrades and basic infrastructure needs to that area of campus, will come from institutional funds long assigned to the completion of the project.
The design calls for a metal roof and siding, with some fiber cement siding and cedar accents. Timber from the UI Experimental Forest is being milled for use in the new house construction.
Project construction activities should not impact the university campus directly, but may affect Nez Perce Drive on occasion with concrete and material deliveries as progress takes shape. All other construction work should be contained to the existing residence site.
UI Facilities is overseeing this construction remodeling project that involves suite 071 in the JW Martin Lab on Sixth Street and Perimeter Drive. The suite is being converted from the current single open work room to a three-office mini-suite with a small foyer area. The space will house College of Engineering faculty and graduate students. The expected move-in date is December during the winter break holiday.
Starting July 25, Facilities is moving building occupants to other campus locations for the duration of the project. Pre-construction asbestos abatement will begin and take approximately two weeks. Late August, the contractor will be on site to start project work which will consist of: updating interior areas to meet building codes and ADA Standards — the renovation of stepped hallways, foyers, new elevator lobby, main entry, interior and exterior stairs. A new elevator will be installed in addition to other building updates such as a new entry door, door hardware and signage.
The Ag Science building is undergoing building upgrades through the middle of December. While construction is ongoing, the east entrance of classroom 106 will be closed for the duration of the project. UI Facilities staff will keep occupants informed along the way with details about building reroutes and possible disruptions. Approximately four UI Gold parking spaces in Lot 23 on Rayburn Street are now being used to accommodate construction staging and equipment storage.
Occupants can expect some noise and a possible hallway closure during the construction period as well as workers in and outside the building. The pedestrian access between Renfrew Hall and the Ag Science Building will remain closed until the completion of the project to accommodate construction needs.
Phased work includes:
- Restroom upgrades
- Creation of ADA east building entrance
- Modernization of classroom 106
- Corridor improvements.
The 42 UI Extension campuses across the state will receive a bit of a branding facelift this summer and fall. Facilities will install UI signage at various sites and on buildings. No disruptions should result.
Phase I construction has begun for the UI Aqualculture Research Institute (ARI) building, starting with site improvements at the future ARI location on Sixth Street (west campus).
Initially, there will be increased activity near the building site with minor utility work in the roadway near the location. There should be no immediate impact to the UI campus community at this time.
Phase II of the project will involve the construction of lab processing equipment and the university will soon request contractor bids for this aspect of the project.