Both the interior and exterior walls of the East Tower building are taking shape quickly. The exterior metal stud framing is in progress on all sides of the building (pictures A and B) and sheathing has started on the west and north sides (picture C). Interior framing is progressing on the lower five floors (picture D). The installation of piping, conduit and mechanical infrastructure is also well underway (Picture E). Interior construction is being completed in a ground-up progression, so as more extensive work is being completed on the ground floor, earlier stages (such as fire proofing and mechanical/electrical/plumbing services) are getting underway on the 5th floor.
The building will be technology-intense to enhance teaching, learning, research and service opportunities. Interprofessional collaborations will be encouraged through the building’s design (i.e. each floor will house faculty offices and student labs from different departments, and group study/gathering areas will promote student interactions).
Construction continues to progress on schedule with a target substantial completion date of June 2016.