Almost Ready for the Steel!

With the north foundation wall up and most of the west wall completed, it’s almost time for the steel to start arriving! Over the next couple of weeks the concrete foundation will be completed and the steel structure will start being erected for the north portion of the first three floors. Progress continues at a nice pace – thank you Skanska and all the workers for your dedicated work.

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Let the Building Begin!

The building has begun! The wall footings were laid on the northwest corner of the building this week, and the walls in that same area will be poured on Saturday (Nov 8). Watch the webcam as the building foundation continues to progress east and south. The foundation is scheduled to be completed around the middle of December, then the steelwork will begin!

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Ground Ready … Prepare to Build!

Debris removal from the old building is complete and the ground is ready for the next stage. To complete the appropriate ground preparation, substantial rock removal occurred at the northwest corner of the building site, and harder fill was brought in to achieve appropriate soil compaction levels across the building site. With that completed, storm utility work and foundation preparation work are advancing nicely. Before we know it, the building will start to materialize! Keep an eye on the webcam to see the daily progress being made.

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Reduced to a Hole in the Ground …

With the debris almost gone, the digging has begun! Welcome to “Rock”ingham County where construction projects typically encounter some type of digging challenges due to the rock that lurks under the surface. This project has been no different, but the workers have prevailed! Very soon we will start to see construction begin. Progress continues to be on schedule.

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And Then There Was None!

The main portion of the old East Tower is now down. Only a small portion of the building remains in the southwest corner. The remaining debris is being removed (most of which is being recycled and used on other projects). Soon all that will remain will be a large hole in the ground!

Progress continues at an amazing pace, with phase two (construction) scheduled to begin in October as planned.

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Amazing Progress!

If you want one last chance to see the old East Tower, you might want to go soon!  Demolition is progressing at an amazing pace as you can see by the photo; the building will be reduced to a pile of rubble by week’s end!

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Exterior Demolition Under Way!

Much of the abatement process and internal demolition have been completed! It is hard to see the magnitude of change occurring at the site on the webcam, but if you have traveled past the area recently, you have probably noticed large portions of the external building now starting to come down.

We apologize for the noise of the jack hammers and other demolition equipment. Due to the proximity of the other buildings, much of the demolition must occur by hand or with smaller equipment. This process is moving very quickly and soon the jack hammers will be replaced with the wrecking ball and heavy equipment.  Demolition remains on schedule for an October 2014 completion.

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Abatement and Interior Demolition

By CHBS Deans Office

It is hard to see on our webcam, but the abatement and interior demolition process for the new CHBS building is progressing.  Additional abatement will be conducted on the exterior of Montpellier Hall to address previously concealed asbestos.  Don’t be alarmed if you see workers wearing safety suits outside of the building—there is no danger to the public, but workers who are in direct contact with asbestos will take special precautions.

Abatement and demolition should be completed by October 15 and construction of the new building will immediately follow.

Construction Phase Begins!

By CHBS Dean’s Office

The construction of our new building has started with the demolition of the east tower of the old hospital building.

You can monitor construction progress by viewing the live web cam that is linked from the icon on the right. The image on this web cam is updated every 10 minutes. When viewing the camera, when you select “Play,” the series of photographs are played, creating a time-lapse video that shows the work completed to date. The series will expand as the work continues.

The construction manager for our project is Skanska.  Skanska is an international construction group with a major presence in the United States.  Skanska recently completed the construction of Duke Hall.

Construction began with site preparation such as the erection of fencing, disconnecting power and water to the building, protecting drains from the introduction of contaminants.  This work was completed in May 2014.

Skanska has started abatement and removal of items that must be done by hand, including the careful removal of hazardous materials from the old building. They are working from the top floor downward, and as of the end of May they had completed the 6th floor and were working on the 5th. During this process, asbestos was discovered. Care will be taken to contain asbestos residue during removal, and this will delay the overall building demolition process. The expectation is that demolition will be completed October 1, 2014.

Exterior Views!

Exciting news! Our architects have provided renderings of the exterior of our building, as shown below:

CHBS Building North View

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The north side of the building, facing Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (historic Cantrell Avenue). This entrance will lead to the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic operated by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

CHBS Building South View

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The south side of the building, facing campus. Most students will enter on this side of the building as they walk from the Quad, past Burruss Hall and Grace Street. The newly renovated university student success and health center building is visible on the left.

CHBS Building East View

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The east side of the building, depicted at dusk with the sun setting in the background. This is the view of the building from the parking deck that is used by faculty, staff and students.