The Office of the University Architect has just completed an extremely busy summer 2009 schedule. The team from the department managed more than $130 million in active construction projects and is currently participating in the planning and fundraising support for several future campus improvement projects.
During the summer months the Office of the University Architect coordinated a number of utility connections for the various projects occurring on campus. These projects connected campus chilled water for cooling, steam for heating, electrical service for building power and building sewer and storm water for waste to Zilber Hall, Eckstein Hall and McCabe Hall.
Construction of Eckstein Hall, the new four story Law School building, is moving along rapidly. Eckstein Hall is being built just east of the Haggerty Art Museum and just south of Gesu Church along west Tory Hill Street at 11th Street. The two parking levels have been constructed and the steel frame structure was topped out in June. Installation of the exterior precast walls panels is in progress and the building will be enclosed by fall 2009.
Eckstein Hall is scheduled to be completed in August 2010.
Work continues on the Convergence Media Project in the Lower Level of Johnston Hall this summer and includes remodeling the office of the Marquette Tribune and Marquette Radio, as well as the relocation of a classroom from the Lower Level to the 3rd Floor.
Construction continues on the renovation of the former Marquette Apartments into a suite style residence hall. The windows have been replaced, new mechanical and electrical systems have been installed, and the painting and flooring crews are putting finishes in place. New furniture has been delivered to the suites and the renovation of the First Floor is nearly complete.
The building will be ready for occupancy in August 2009.
Work started in May on the removal of crumbling precast concrete trim and the glass block windows on the original facades of Straz Hall which was built in 1950. New aluminum replacement windows are being installed and the project will be completed in the fall of 2009.
Fourteen classrooms are being upgraded with the latest "smart technology". The Smart Classrooms will be ready for students in August 2009.
Construction continues on the renovation of three floors in the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building. The first floor chemical waste handling facility is complete and renovation work is in progress on the 4th & 5th floor research labs. Completion is scheduled for summer of 2010.
The final phase of the theatre renovation is in progress and is scheduled for completion in fall 2009. Work includes the renovation of the lobby, the replacement of the theatre seats, and interior painting of the theatre.
A new four story student services building is being built on the north side of Wisconsin Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. The building is being constructed of precast concrete and masonry on a structural steel frame and will bring together key student services such as the offices of the Bursar, Registrar and Student Financial Aid.
Full occupancy of Zilber Hall is scheduled for January 2010.