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Week of September 12, 2011

The fall semester is now in full swing and while students study on the lower two floors of Engineering Hall, construction teams make good progress on floors two through four. Painters are now on site prepping walls to get ready for painting that is scheduled to begin shortly. Also, the plastic that wraps the commons on the upper floors will remain for the next couple months to help minimize dust. Removal of the plastic will be reevaluated in the future. Additionally, the final LEED submittal has been received. When visiting the new building, all visitors are asked to stay out of the Engineering Materials and Structures Testing (EMST) lab or request a tour from a faculty member as experimental testing is occurring. Another note on visiting, anyone who requests access to the upper floors for photo shoots or any other activities will be required to wear protective gear as it is still an active construction site. Finally, the Opening Celebration for Engineering Hall is October 7, starting at 3 p.m.

Week of August, 22, 2011

With freshman moving in today and school starting in five days, the first two floors of Engineering Hall are prepared for students.  Furniture deliveries continue shaping the halls of the building with most of it arriving sometime in the next two weeks.  The bus shelter and three blue light phones were installed late last week, making the outdoor landscape almost complete.  Drywall on the second floor continues to make progress as it is 50 percent complete.  Also, stainless steel exhaust will be installed on 3 sometime this week.  Finally, the Opening Celebration is on October 7, and no construction will be going on that day to prevent noise interruptions.

Week of August 15, 2011

With the start of school just around the corner, the first two floors of Engineering Hall are almost ready for classes to begin.  Furniture moves have shaped classrooms into functional learning environments.  Earlier this week, the Enrollment and Outreach offices along with the commons and seminar room furniture arrived.  Next week, the building will receive commons trash receptacles, lab chairs, and storage shelving with lab stools and outdoor furniture arriving sometime in September.  The interior frames and glass around the commons on levels two through four is 95 percent completed.  Canopy lighting began installation earlier in the week.  All metros have been removed from the site since the plumbing on the third floor has completed.  Finally, the environment chamber was installed last week and is now fully functional.

Week of August 8, 2011

With summer winding down, construction continues to make great strides in preparing Engineering Hall for the occupancy of faculty and students alike.  Concrete sealer was applied to all of the exterior concrete over the weekend, making the sidewalks surrounding the building finished.  The concrete flooring in all the commons have been completed and are awaiting polishing.  Also, the Monumental Staircase and all fire protection lines have been installed and completed; however, levels two through four will be blocked off as construction continues.  The bathrooms on the third level are fully operational and are awaiting the installation of toilet paper dispensers.  Finally, Espec is onsite and will be building the environmental chamber throughout the week.

Week of August 1, 2011

As progress continues on the upper levels, the lower levels are getting ready for student use. In upcoming weeks, students will begin to use the labs even before classes are in session. Faculty experiments are already being conducted in the EMST Lab, so visitors should take caution and contact a lab worker prior to entering the lab. The Environmental Chamber has arrived and will be installed next week. Furniture deliveries will continue throughout the month, filling up lab areas, classrooms and common areas. As the temporary occupancy permit expires next week, a final inspection was completed this week for a permanent occupancy permit.

Week of July 25, 2011

The lower levels of the Discovery Learning Center are now receiving finishing touches. Landscaping around the building is nearly complete, with the exception of trees that will be planted in the fall along Wisconsin Avenue. The canopy framing the main entrance to the building is awaiting lighting install and new furniture is beginning to be delivered. Starting next week, furniture for common areas and Outreach offices will arrive, followed by chairs and tables for nodes and conference rooms. Because experimental testing has begun in the EMST Lab, visitors and construction personnel are asked to stay out of the area (for safety purposes) unless they have requested a tour or are working in that space. The upper levels continue to see much progress as bathrooms are nearly complete, and framing and glasswork move right along.

Week of July 18, 2011

As the start of school inches closer, the DLC is nearly ready to welcome engineers for fall classes. In recent weeks many faculty, including Engineering Outreach has moved their offices into the new building. Experiments are currently being conducted in the EMST lab.   Alumni weekend is approaching and during that time, tours of the building will be available. Outdoors, the sidewalks surrounding the building are complete and the canopy above the main entrance has been painted. Glass will be installed on the canopy this week. Finally, framing, electrical, HVAC and plumbing work on the upper levels continues to progress rapidly.

Week of July 11, 2011

Though there is still a lot of summer left, Engineering Hall is gearing up for the fall Semester. Many faculty members have moved into the new building, and this week, Engineering Outreach will move into their new home.. This will bring all new and potential Marquette engineers to the site.  Additionally, the wind tunnel is being moved this week followed by the remaining shop equipment next week. All operation and maintenance manuals have been turned by various contractors and vendors and training for equipment and systems has taken place. Outside, sidewalks on 17th Street and Wisconsin Avenue have been poured, and the 16th Street sidewalk will be complete by the end of the week. There will be an Alumni Reunion at the end of the month, and the building will be open and ready for tours at that time!

Week of June 27, 2011

As the summer heats up, so does the work at the DLC! The lower level and first floor are just about ready for Marquette faculty to move in after the July 4.  By mid-July, the wind tunnel will be dissembled, hauled across 16th Street, and reassembled in the new Engineering Hall.  Work on the upper levels is moving along quickly. Perimeter framing is complete on levels 2 through 4 and interior framing has begun on the 2nd and 3rd floors. In the Monumental Stairway, stair treads and kickboards are going in and once the epoxy strip color and texture is approved it will be poured. Outside, sidewalk is being poured along 17th Street as the demolition of the Wisconsin Ave sidewalk begins.

Week of June 20, 2011

Excitement continues to grow as work progresses at the Engineering Discovery Learning Complex! With the lower level and first floor nearly ready for student use in the fall, work on the upper levels is getting underway. A building permit for work on floors 2-4 was granted last week and thus perimeter framing has begun on those floors. At the front of the building, the entryway canopy is ready to be painted. Work is set to begin this week, as it needs to be painted and glass is to be installed.  However, as work continues at the main entrance of the building, access is limited to 17th street and through the loading dock. More anticipation surrounds the move in of Marquette Engineering faculty, which will begin after July 4. 

Week of June 13, 2011

Despite the temperature fluctuations in Milwaukee, work at the DLC remains constant. Progress continues as visual finishing touches are being made both inside and out. Early this week, the south lawn was seeded and sodding, planting and mulching were completed in the south plaza area. Around the perimeter of the building, prep work is being done for pouring new sidewalk. This will occur in the next two weeks, pending approval from the city. Additionally, as the building security is making progress, all entrances are connected to the Department of Public Safety. Thus, access to the building is limited to working hours and propping doors open will alert DPS. Finally, touch ups are being made to the concrete floor and work is really progressing on the Monumental Stairway, as finishing touches are being added.

Week of June 6, 2011

Much progress is being made at the new engineering building.  It passed inspection for temporary occupancy on the lower and first levels the week of May 30.  Permanent occupancy is expected to be granted as soon as city’s paperwork process is completed. This means MU students and faculty are now able to use the building. Security cameras around the building are up and running and important step now that more people have access to the site. However, due to site earthwork, the building can only be accessed from the west gate. Inside the building it’s beginning to look more like a place for engineering discovery than a construction site as lab areas are nearly finished and equipment from the Discovery Learning Lab in Haggerty is getting moved into its new home. Hand and guardrails are currently being installed in the monumental stairway, giving the stairway a functional and finished appearance. Looking forward, OPUS is drafting a schedule for the continued work on the upper levels and work will begin once a permit is granted.

Week of May 23, 2011

With every passing inspection, we get closer and closer to occupying the first two floors of the new home of the College of Engineering!  During the week of May 16 the building passed plumbing, electric and fire inspections. Inside, things are really coming together and the building is looking ready to be put to use by our engineering students and faculty. Carpets are completely installed, doors are being hung, lighting is going in and final cleaning has begun. Functional testing for all systems in the building has begun as well.  Operations and maintenance manuals from contractors are to be submitted by June 6 for review and compilation. Equipment will be labeled and owner training will begin on June 13.   Currently, access to the building is limited to the west gate, as site earthwork is ongoing near the other entrances. Topsoil has been spread on the south lawn and will continue on the north and west sides. Seeding will begin soon! Finally, beginning in June, equipment from the old engineering building will start to be moved across the street. The Engineering Materials and Structures Testing Lab will be filled with equipment and other machinery from the DLS will be moved as well.

Week of May 16, 2011

Construction at the Discovery Learning Complex is moving along both inside and out. External excavation is now complete and the grading on the south lawn has been approved, so topsoil will be going in this week. On the south side of the building, concrete work is complete and the ramp for the entrance plaza is scheduled to be poured early next week. Internally, all plumbing fixtures and toilets have been installed, but are not yet usable as finishing continues. Hot water is now available in the building, which the workers must be thankful for, as it has been an unusually chilly May. The Electronics Lab has recently been equipped with a special exhaust system. Finally, grilles are being installed on the first floor and the balancing has been completed on the lower level.

Week of May 2, 2011

It is a busy week at the Discovery Learning Complex site! In addition to continuing drywall hanging and painting, many things are happening this week. In the roof-top unit, Air Handler 1, in the roof-top HVAC unit, was started on May 2. It is the main air intake for the building. Air balancing work is now happening. The loading dock drive has been poured. The drive will connect 17th Street to the loading dock and EMST lab on the south side of the building. The current earthwork and site concrete work limits access to the building. The 16th Street door will be the only entrance and exit during the loading dock pour and cure times. Additionally, the building elevator has passed its construction car inspection and is now capable of limited use for construction.  The green roof will also be installed soon. Its delivery and install is scheduled to begin on May5. The green roof will be installed on the EMST roof, level with the 2nd floor. Lastly, scaffolding will be taken down from the commons area and around the monumental stairs on May 9.

Week of April 11, 2011

As work gears up, many things are happening at the Discovery Learning Complex site! The solar panels on the EMST roof have passed their inspection which completes their installation. Carpentry work is also continuing at a fast pace. On the first floor, drywalling is continuing and the perimeter walls for the large projects lab are being framed. In the monumental stair area, the framing, sheetrocking and blocking of soffits is moving quickly with work currently being done on floors 1 and 2. Additionally in the stair area, work has been pushed back one week on all floors for the installation of the wood panels due to an issue with the panels’ stain. Finally, painting is moving along nicely as well. The first coat is being applied on the east half of the lower level while lower level rooms in the center of the floor are complete. A mock-up of whiteboard paint was provided last week so the engineering faculty could test the product this week.

Week of April 4, 2011

It’s another exciting work-filled week at the Discovery Learning Complex site! The job offices have now moved inside and trailers are offsite. Offices are located on the 2nd floor of the building. Now, all visitors will need to wear a hard hat when going to the office. The concrete floor in the 3rd floor common area has been dyed and looks great! Construction is also being done around the monumental stair area. Soffit framing at the stair openings is well underway with work being done on both the 3rd and 4th floors. Handrail tubing is also being installed in the stairs area, work is now 50% complete. The solar panels have also been installed. The panels arrived last week and were installed this week on the EMST roof.

Week of March 21, 2011

Students are back to work from Spring Break and everyone is working hard as always at the Discovery Learning Complex site! This week, the painting of the elevator shaft was completed and the construction of the elevators cars themselves began. Also, two important deliveries are being made. The solar panels for the DLC shipped and should arrive at the end of the month. Installation of the panels is scheduled to begin on April 4.  A very large delivery was made this week. The Roof Top Unit (RTU), part of the heating/ventilation/air condition system, was delivered and installed on Thursday. The RTU was delivered in 7 pieces with the heaviest weighing in at 16,000 pounds. Carpentry work in the building is also moving along nicely. The framing on the 1st floor is finishing up this week with drywall to start next week. Corner bead is being installed on the drywall on the lower level to stay ahead of the taper and painter. Framing of the soffits at the monumental stair openings will begin on March 24following handrail tube installation. Metal door frames are scheduled to arrive on the on March 24. The remaining drywall on the lower level will be installed following the door frame installation. Additionally, as spring arrives and project deadlines get closer; contractors may need to pick up Saturday shifts to stay on schedule.

Week of March 7, 2011

As the excitement for spring break builds, excitement is also building at the Discovery Learning Complex site! This week, two important projects were completed. First, the 10 ton crane for Engineering Materials and Structures Testing (EMST) lab was installed. Also, the final two sets of monumental stair were installed which completed the monumental stairs project. Next week, scaffolding will be erected around the stairs to allow work to continue in the commons area. Two subcontracts for the DLC have been awarded. First of all, the painting contract has been awarded and work will begin shortly after plans have been reviewed. Additionally, the contract for the photovoltaic panels has been awarded. Delivery is scheduled for some time in mid-March. Occupancy inspections are coming up soon as well. The fire inspection is to be scheduled for the week of May 16.  Inspections for subcontractors for the lower level and level 1 must be completed by May 20 and inspections for the core and shell for the upper floors will be scheduled for the week of May 23.

Week of February 28, 2011

This is an exciting week at the Discovery Learning Complex site! On Monday, the first set of the monumental stairs were installed. Crews are working from the top down with the stairs between floors 4 and 3 being the first put in place. The stairs between floors 3 and 2 will be installed on March 3. Work is limited in the common area this week for safety reasons during the stair install. The masons also completed their work this week after finishing work in the EMST. The fireproofing is another job to check off the list because their work finished this week as well; only touch-up work remains. Plumbing rough-ins are also 95% done. The EMST area will be cleared this week to make room for Metro Crane to install the crane for the EMST next week.

Week of February 21, 2011

As the semester stays busy for students, workers are staying busy at the Discovery Learning Complex site! The work site is soon to be safer with the security system and smoke detectors coming online this week. Installation of drywall began on the lower level on February 23 and installation of the monumental stairs will begin on February 28. Job trailers are still scheduled to be removed by April 1 when offices will move inside the building. Work on the EMST crane is soon to begin as well. On March 2, Metro Crane will be onsite to conduct a site review of the DLC. Installation of the crane is then set to begin on Monday,March 7 and finish on Friday, March 11.

Week of February 14, 2011

As the semester enters testing season for students, a lot of activity is going on at the Discovery Learning Complex site! Branch duct work installation is continuing on the east half of the first floor and intake and exhaust work for the generator is complete. Plumbers are also completing rough-ins on the lower level, in core toilet rooms and risers. Additionally, lab equipment information has been received so rough-in work can begin there as well. Drywall was delivered earlier this week and installation on the lower level will begin on February 21. A great deal of framing work has also happened this week. Exterior framing for the EMST storefront finished recently. Inside, the lower level framing is complete along with 65% of the first floor framing. No joke, April 1 is an important date as well. On this day, earthwork, followed by the pouring of site concrete, is scheduled to begin and job trailers are also set to move offsite.

Week of January 31, 2011

It may be the “Snowpocalypse” (Milwaukee’s blizzard on February 2 delivered approximately 18” of snow) but work continues on at the Discovery Learning Complex site! Earlier this week a walkthrough was completed for the location of the solar panels that will be installed on the DLC’s roof. As of now, tentative installation is set for early March following the glass cover installation. All of the framing is now complete on the lower level. Work finished on Monday, January 31 and began on the first floor the same day. Additionally, each of the tele-data rooms has had all of the framing, sheetrock and plywood installed. Sheetrock installation on the lower level is set to begin on February 14, after in-wall inspections have been scheduled and completed. The concrete floor has been finished on the first floor and workers will begin to seal the back of house areas on February 1. Samples have been prepared for the joint fillers in the floor and will be chosen by Marquette and Opus. The masonry work is coming along very quickly. The masons have now completed the Engine Room along with the Mixing Room and are now working on the loading dock and the Engineering Material and Structural Testing (EMST) walls.

Week of January 24, 2011

It is another busy week inside the Discovery Learning Complex site! Duct work is continuing to go up on the Michigan Street level and the Wisconsin Avenue level along with the piping for the steam room. The Heat Recovery Chiller that was delivered last week is now in place and fire protection will start going up on the west side of the Wisconsin Avenue level on February 2. The plumbers are also onsite and are working with the masons. Speaking of masonry, the masons have completed work in the Mixing Room and have now moved into the Engine Room. We Energies; the local gas, electric and steam utility;  will be onsite soon to remove the temporary power and transformer that are no longer needed. The generator for the DLC was delivered last week and LED light samples have been set up in the EMST and are awaiting review. Installation of the panel boxes and feeder cable on the Michigan Street and Wisconsin Avenue levels continues. Wall rough-ins on the Michigan Street level continue in cooperation with the work being done by the masons. Framing work is still happening on the remaining walls in the Michigan Street level and will be done by January 31.  Framing will then start on the Wisconsin Avenue level the next day. The process of sheet rocking the Michigan Street level will begin on February 14. The clocks for the DLC will be digital (a rarity on Marquette’s campus) and will be tied into the Haggerty and Olin clock management system.

Week of January 17, 2011

It’s time for a new semester and things are looking good at the Discovery Learning Complex site! A watertight date for the building has been now been set for January 21. The DLC has also made the power change and is now operating on its permanent power. This week, masonry work has begun on the building as well, starting on the lower level. Framing work is still continuing as the shafts continue to be rocked and framing has begun on the remaining lower level walls with a completion date set for January 31. Framing on level one is slated to begin the following day on February 1. The concrete floor finishing is also moving along well with polishing on the lower level complete. Grinding has now started on level one with the dye to be applied during the middle of this week. The completion date for the first floor is January 31. Finally, on January 18 the new elevator began operation in the building.

Week of December 13, 2010

It has been an exciting week at the new Discovery Learning Complex site! Temporary enclosure of the building continues on the Michigan level, Wisconsin level and level 2. Heating of this space is scheduled to being on December 16.  Once the enclosure is complete, the interior framing of the mechanical shaft will begin.  The lower level interior wall framing is schedule to begin on January 17 following the completion of the floor polishing.  An additional mock-up of the concrete floor finishing is scheduled to begin on December 20, location of this test area to be determined.  The layout and saw cutting of the colored floor area is scheduled to being on December 27, with grinding and polishing starting on the west half of the Michigan level in early January.  Another 16th Street lane closure, to allow pressure plate installation, will occur during the University’s Christmas Break.

Week of December 6, 2010

There is a great deal of activity occurring on the new Discovery Learning Complex site this week! Temporary enclosure of the building, from the lower level through level 2, began this week on December 7 with the temporary heating of this space to begin next week.  The exterior glass and framing occurring this week include: window frames being detailed and glass installed on the northeast corner of the building, glass install on the east elevation, and framing install on the north side of the commons.  It has also been determined that the installation of the glass and precast at the south entrance of the vestibule will be held off to maintain access for the monumental stair.  The framing of the elevator doghouse has been completed, leaving the interior framing this week to entail: miscellaneous MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) framing and the framing of the shaft for the main riser duct.  Once the shaft for the main riser duct is complete, framing of the Wisconsin level bathrooms will begin.  16th Street is scheduled to re-open at the end of this week, but another 16th Street closure will occur over Christmas break to allow for pressure plate installation.

Week of November 29, 2010

It has been a busy week at the new Discovery Learning Complex site! It has been determined that the installation of glass and precast at the south entrance of the vestibule will be held off for monumental stair access.  The HVAC riser installation as well as the fire protection mains and branches on Michigan level (south side of building, lower level) have been completed, the fire protection mains and branches will resume in 2 weeks on Wisconsin level. The mechanical work being done this week includes: smoke dampers being installed at the main riser duct and branch ductwork starting on the Michigan level.  The electrical work that is currently in progress includes: working on the final connections at the main power vault on 16th Street, installing overhead piping on the Michigan level, continuing to mount panels, and running branch work.  The Michigan level bathroom framing has been completed, and is moving to the Wisconsin level and then to level 3.  Other interior framing occurring this week consists of: the elevator doghouse, which will tentatively be completed later this week, and the Michigan level mechanical rooms.  The framing of the main air shaft is planned for next week.

Week of November 15, 2010

There is a lot of activity at the new Discovery Learning Complex site this week! Glass installation continues on the east side of the commons as well as on the northeast corner of the building.  Roofing is finishing up on the west high roof and has also begun on the east high roof.  Many mechanical activities are occurring this week including: working on the HVAC riser installation up the building, as well as the above ceiling water supply plumbing, hot/chilled water, HVAC ductwork branching out from the HVAC riser and fire protection on the Michigan level.  Electrical work that is being done this week includes: pulling wire in the electrical rooms, final connections at the main power vault on 16th street, overhead piping, and hanging transformers.  The 16th Street sidewalk and lane closer began on Nov. 15 and is scheduled to last through Dec. 10.

Week of November 8, 2010

It’s another exciting week at the new Discovery Learning Complex site! Glass is being installed on the south and west sides of the building, and roofing has moved up to the west high roof.  The main MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) riser duct is being installed inside of the building this week as well.  Corridor framing on the Michigan level has been completed so bathroom framing will now begin on the Michigan level.  The 16th Street lane closure will begin next Monday, November 15th, and will remain closed due to work that will begin on the east side of the building until Friday, December 10th.

Week of November 1, 2010

It is a busy week at the new Discovery Learning Complex site! Two new processes began this week; roofing on the EMST lab and the HVAC duct work.  Window framing continues to be installed on the south side of the building this week, detailing of these frames will commence once they are in place.  The above-ceiling steam and plumbing piping as well as the electrical boxes and piping being run from the electrical rooms are other processes that are being worked on and installed this week.  Another milestone for this week is that the supports for the photovoltaic panels have been completed.

Week of October 25, 2010

Lot of changes at the Discovery Learning Center site this week!  Roofing is to begin October 28 (weather dependent), which is a new process on this site! Window frame installs have begun on the south side of the building, and the glass continues to be placed on the north side.  Installation of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing piping is moving along at a quick pace with above ceiling steam and plumbing piping being installed, as well as running boxes and piping in the electrical rooms.  The Michigan Avenue Mall parking lot is scheduled to be sealed this weekend, closing the lot to traffic.

Week of October 18, 2010

Construction of the Discovery Learning Center continues moving forward. The concrete stair pan pours on the east, west, and 3-4 line stairs have all been completed.  Fireproofing has begun on the Michigan level and is working its way west; this level is scheduled to be complete next week.  The precast panel installation will essentially be completed by the end of the week, excluding two remaining panels.  Window framing and glass continue to be installed on the north side of the building this week as well.  The Michigan Avenue Mall parking lot will be closed on at the end of the week for power-sweeping, power-washing, and sealing of the concrete in that area.

Week of October 11, 2010

It is an exciting time at the new Discovery Learning Center site this week with a lot of activities occurring all at once! Exterior glass is now being placed on the north side of the building, moving its way clockwise around the structure.  Precast wall panels are being installed on the south face of the building and should be complete early next week.  Steel framing on the roof and in the electrical room shafts are also currently in progress.  Inside the building, fireproofing has been completed on the Wisconsin level beams and columns and now is being sprayed on the Michigan level.  The tentative start date for the EMST roof has been set for Monday, October 25.

Week of October 4, 2010

There is a lot of activity on the new Discovery Learning Complex site this week! A concrete slab on grade pour is scheduled to occur just north of the strong-floor this on October 5th.  With the completion of the window framing on the west side of the building, exterior glass has begun to be installed on the west side of the structure this week.  Window framing continues to be installed at the northwest corner of the site for what will be the building’s curtain wall.  The precast panel installation is completed on all faces except the south elevation.  The south precast install is in the process of being scheduled and will be happening as soon as possible.

Week of September 27, 2010

Many new events are about to take place on the new Discovery Learning Complex site! The precast panel installation is currently happening on the north face of the building, closing a lane on Wisconsin Avenue.  Panel placement should be completed at the end of the week and the crane being used should be out of the street this weekend, re-opening the lane for traffic.  With the window frames installed on the west side of the building, exterior glass is going to start being set in the frames either at the end of this week or early next week.  Steel framing for the elevator cores and electrical rooms is another new process that will begin next week.

Week of September 20, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is making great progress! The site is changing every day as the precast wall panels continue to be installed.  The first slab-on-grade concrete pour occurred this week on the Michigan level (the basement level) on the west quarter of the site.  Fireproofing continues to be sprayed on the beams and columns on the Wisconsin Avenue level (the first floor).  The periodic sidewalk closures on the sidewalk on the west side of 16th Street will continue through September 24.  The tentative Wisconsin Avenue lane closures are still on schedule to occur September 27 through October 1.

Week of September 13, 2010

It is a very exciting time at the new Discovery Learning Complex site! Precast wall panels continue to be installed along the north face of the building on the east half of the site.  Beginning September 27, the next set of precast panels will be erected starting with the north and east sides of the building.  This week also began the exterior window installation process starting with the window framing.  For pedestrian safety there are periodic sidewalk closures this week on the west-side sidewalk on 16th Street.  Upcoming closures include tentative Wisconsin Avenue lane closures September 27 through October 1.

Week of September 6, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is making great progress! Precast wall panels are being erected on both the west side of the structure and the west half of the south side of the building.  These precast installations should be completed by the end of the week, but as it has been very windy in Milwaukee this completion goal may be pushed back due to weather restraints.  Once the panels are placed, field measurement for the exterior glass will begin.  Upcoming closure dates of interest are: the approximate 3-day window for sidewalk closures on the west side of 16th Street is September 17-21; there are also tentative Wisconsin Avenue lane closures for precast erection between September 22-28.  These dates are subject to change depending on the weather.  

Week of August 30, 2010

This has been a busy week on the Discovery Learning Complex site! Precast concrete wall panels are being placed along both the west and south sides of the building structure.  The precast panels on the west half of the south side facade are anticipated to be finished on Wednesday September 8th, at which time the precast erection crew will continue their way east along the south side of the building.  Another milestone for the week is that the perimeter fireproofing will be done by the end of this week.  Interior fireproofing at the Wisconsin level will be the next stage of fireproofing the building and will commence after all reviews of the updated mock-up are complete.

Week of August 16, 2010

There is a lot of activity on the new Discovery Learning Complex site this week! Two deck pours will be completed this week; they include the first roof level deck pour on the west half of the building as well as the level 3 deck pour on the east side of the structure.  The Michigan Avenue Mall is also really coming together.  The parking lines will be painted on at the end of the week, and topsoil and mulch are in the progress of being installed in the area as well.  The crane that will be used to erect the precast wall panels will arrive on site this Friday and be put up on Saturday resulting in 17th Street being closed to do so.  Precast wall panels will start being placed next Monday, August 23.

Week of August 9, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is really coming together! The sidewalk along the Rec Center in the Michigan Avenue Mall area is complete and the Mall itself will be fully poured out by the end of the week; leaving only a few more details left to finish in order to open this area of the site to regular pedestrian traffic.  This weeks’ elevated concrete deck pour is on level two on the east half of the site.  Backfilling around the perimeter of the building is also in progress on the west half of the site.  Patching and cleaning of the strong wall is also ongoing from last week.        

Week of August 2, 2010

Many new activities are occurring on the new Discovery Learning Complex project site this week! With the completion of the structural steel for the main building, the EMST structural steel bay is in the works and should be between halfway to completely finished by week’s end.  The curbs in the Michigan Avenue Mall have been poured, and approximately half of the mall will be fully paved out this week.  Fireproofing will begin this week on the Wisconsin Avenue level and work its way clockwise around the building.  Concrete deck pours will resume on Thursday 8.5.2010 (weather dependent) and the strong wall is currently being patched and cleaned after its release from the wall forms last week.

Week of July 26, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex project is developing at an astonishing pace! The structural steel for the main building will be completed this week followed by the completion of the roof steel and several more deck pours tentatively scheduled for next week.  The MEP underground will be done at week’s end, leaving only the electrical branch piping to be installed in the finished subgrade on the Michigan Avenue level.  The strong wall was poured on Monday July 26th and post-tensioned on Tuesday July 27th.  The strong wall is currently wrapped in blankets to ensure proper curing occurs.  Fire proofing will begin near the end of the week, starting on level one and working clockwise around the building.

Week of July 19, 2010

Many exciting things are afoot at the new Discovery Learning Complex site! Over the weekend the water storage tank was set in place beneath the entrance area at 16th Streets and Wisconsin Avenue.  This area will be backfilled in mid-to-late August following the remaining Wisconsin level elevated deck pours and the Michigan Avenue level concrete slab pours.  The level 4 elevated deck pour is scheduled to occur on Wednesday July 21, which will complete the four elevated concrete floor deck pours on the west half of the building.  Structural steel will begin again next week in “the south bump out” which is encompasses the strong floor area.  All mechanical, electrical and pumbing (MEP) underground work is complete with the exception of the electrical branching which is currently in progress.  The strong wall and floor mock ups were reviewed and approved last week which determined that the edges of the steel sleeves will be beveled with a grinder leaving no sharp edges.  With this new approval, the strong wall pour is tentatively scheduled for Friday July 23.

Week of July 12, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is making great progress! This week has two more elevated deck pours on the schedule.  The Wisconsin Avenue level is scheduled to be poured on Wednesday July 14th and the level 3 pour is planned for Friday July 16th; both pours occurring on the west half of the building structure.  Placement of the water storage tank will take place on Saturday July 17th during the morning hours.  Site utilities will be run across 16th Street starting on Monday July 19th near the Michigan Avenue Mall area.  It has also been determined that the precast wall panels will start being placed on August 12th which will begin the enclosure portion of the project making it feel like the building is really coming together.

Week of July 5, 2010

Many new activities are scheduled to take place on site this week! The first elevated deck pour is planned for this Friday, starting with the floor on level 2 of the structure.  The formwork for the strong wall is being placed and the strong wall will tentatively be poured this week as well, partially dependent upon the weather.  If the strong wall pour is unable to occur this week, it will be poured sometime next week instead.  The Michigan Avenue Mall is in the process of being completely excavated and graded this week as well.    The building structure sensor placement drawings are currently being drawn and these sensors will need to be placed prior to fireproofing which is scheduled to begin on August 1.

Week of June 28, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is making great progress! The earthwork on the Michigan Avenue Mall began on Monday, which brings the site one step closer to a completed parking strip and walkway.  The glass and window framing will be installed in the precast mock-up this week, allowing people to get a preview of what the finished building will look like.  Structural steel continues to works its way east towards 16th Street, making the site look different every day.  The date for the strong wall concrete pour is set tentatively for Wednesday, July 7 at which time a mock-strong floor will also be poured for testing on site.

Week of June 21, 2010

There are a lot of new and different things happening on site this week! First, the chilled water line utility work began on Monday, June 21 which is the reason for the lane closure on 16th Street.  Tying this line into campus will affect several walkways over the rest of summer resulting in a variety of sidewalk closures, but is an important aspect for the DLC project.  The excavation on the Michigan Avenue Mall also began this week which will be a parking strip and walkway when completed.  The steel tubing is in the process of being corrected prior to forming the strong wall for its concrete pour; this is being done because the wall must be perfectly plumb to prevent “pillowing” from happening once the formwork is up and concrete is poured.  Another new development this week is that a mock strong floor will be poured when the strong wall is poured to be used for some process experimentation on site.  Finally, next week the glass and window framing will arrive and be installed in the precast mock-up to the southeast of the site. 

Week of June 14, 2010

The engineering site is changing daily with the erection of steel! The steel sequences 1 and 2, which lie in the Northwest corner of the site, are complete and sequences 3 and 4 are currently in progress and will be done by the end of the week.  The underground electrical conduit will begin this week once it is safe for the workers to be under a portion of the steel frame.  Marquette is currently working on a detailed plan to instrument the structural steel, where up to 130 sensors may be fastened to the steel frame in various locations which can take readings on the dynamic changes of the steel frame.  These sensors will be one of many tools used in the new engineering building to create a “living learning center”.

Week of June 7, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is making great progress with many exciting happenings occurring on site this week! The strong floor concrete was poured on Monday, June 10. The strong wall has yet to be poured and is scheduled to happen middle-to-late next week. The steel tubing and rebar will be placed in the strong wall this week and the forming will begin next week before the concrete pour can commence. Placement of the steel beams and columns is being continued and steel decking has also begun on the Northwest side of the site. The 3rd set of steel will be delivered and erected later this week as well. Another milestone for this week is that the concrete foundations will be completed by the end of the week.

Week of June 1, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is making progress at an amazing rate! The site has changed dramatically since the beginning of the week with the start of the structural steel being placed in the Northwest corner of the site. Other milestones for this week included progress on the strong floor and decision on the water retention tank. The strong floor pour was set to happen on Friday, June 4 but was delayed to Monday, June 7 due to rain. The strong floor is a very thick and sturdy floor that will be used in the structures lab in the DLC which will allow a wide variety of structural tests to be performed during laboratory sessions. The water retention tank to be placed under the plaza at 16th Street and Wisconsin Ave has been approved, and should be installed near the end of June. This tank will retain water runoff from the building, much like a rain-barrel would at a private residence.

Week of May 24, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Complex is making progress at an amazing rate! The site has changed a lot life in the past few weeks. Highlights from the past couple of weeks include: forming of the strong floor and wall for the structures lab, backfilling in progress around the exterior of the building, the discussion of a rain collection tank to go beneath the entrance of the building at the corner of 16th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and a precast mock-up that was set up on the south side of the site. This mock-up is not completely finished as the window frames and glass will be installed during the week of June 28th. The concrete pour of the strong floor will begin next week.

Week of May 6, 2010

The new Discovery Learning Center is making progress at an amazing rate! The future Engineering Material Structures Testing Lab is beginning to take shape. This unique facility will allow students in the college of engineering to test large structural members in their Civil Engineering labs. On site all wall foundations are now complete and exterior concrete walls are now two-thirds complete. Also, underground plumbing is complete and electrical work is being pulled through the foundation. The team is on target to hit their next milestone of beginning structural steel on June 1st.

Week of April 19, 2010

Approximately one month after the ceremonial groundbreaking on the corner of 16th and Wisconsin Ave, construction on the New Discovery Learning Center is at last underway! Progress is being made at an amazing rate due to great weather and hard work by all parties. Earlier this month, contractors completed the earth retention system installation along the exterior West, North, and East sides of the site. The next phase of construction is now underway, as crews are beginning to pour footings around the exterior and in the basement . Meanwhile, mechanical and electrical contractors are installing piping and conduits underneath the basement footings. Currently, contractors are on target to hit their next milestone of beginning structural steel work early June.


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