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Jeff Gees 24 project managers are juggling about 200 construction
projects on campus. Heres a progress report on some of the major
ones, in alphabetical order.
1. Doe Library The Step II projectseismic reinforcement of the former stack
area-should be finished by the end of February. Use for the resulting
windowless, 70-foot-high atrium has yet to be determined. Meanwhile,
Step IIIreinforcement of the north wingis cranking up, resulting
in the temporary closure of Morrison Reading Room and the Main
North Reading Room. This step should be completed in a year
2. Dwinelle Addition We thought this would be a hellish experience, and it has been,
says Gee. Its extremely difficult to do this type of project
in an occupied building. The campus just does not have enough
space to temporarily house occupants when we have major building
projects. Faculty and staff in Dwinelle have suffered through
noise, no heat and rain damage, but the space was desperately
needed for the humanities. This will most likely be the last state-funded
new space on the Berkeley campus for a long time.
The two new top floors are occupied and upgrades in the old part
of the building (painting, new data and electric outlets, fire
alarm and sprinklers) should be finished by the end of February.
There will be a formal opening of the new space some time in the
spring. Price tag: $12 million.
3. Edwards Stadium The much-needed renovation of this historic site of track and
field events is scheduled to begin in May and should be completed
by December. The $3 million project will reconfigure the track
so that the infield can be used for soccer. Additional improvements
include lighting for evening use.
4. Environmental Health and Safety Building Going in where ROTCs Callaghan Hall used to be, this $9.6 million
project replaces the Strawberry Canyon chemical facility. Scheduled
for completion in fall 98, it will be the collection point for
campus chemical waste, which will be packaged there and shipped
to disposal sites. ROTC has been relocated to Hearst Gym.
5. Haas Pavilion It will get messier before it gets better, says Gee. Old Harmon
is being deconstructed, but we are preserving the historic entries
of the building. With demolition well underway, its a shocking
and exciting experience.
Deconstruction should be finished by the end of March, foundation
work has begun, and steel is being fabricated in Oklahoma City.
Things will get really interesting this summer, when 10 200-foot
steel roof super-trusses are built on site and put in place by
a huge crane.
Completion date for the $48 million project is spring 99. The
original price tag of $40 million has gone up, says Gee, mainly
because subcontractors are in such high demand in the Bay Area-wide
6. Hearst Memorial Mining Building Second only to the Valley Life Sciences Building in cost and
scope, the $67 million seismic reinforcement and renovation of
historic Hearst Mining (built in 1907) will commence in July and
should be finished by August 2000. Building occupants will be
housed in OBrien, Evans and Davis halls during construction.
As in the Oakland and San Francisco city hall retrofits, the entire
building will be placed on base isolators designed to act as giant
shock absorbers during an earthquakea first for the campus.
Jacking up the whole building will be a major enterprise, says
Gee. Well preserve the historic character of the building and
restore many of its original characteristics, such as the light
wells that were filled in after World War II.
The project will provide new classrooms, faculty offices and labs
for the Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering.
Asbestos abatement should begin in March and excavation this summer.
During construction, the entire northeast portion of campus will
be impacted, says Gee.
7. McCone Hall Construction is inherently noisy, dirty and disruptive, says
Gee. Due to the lack of surge space on campus, we are often challenged
to carry out construction while a building is partially occupied.
This is the case with McCone Hall.
Seismic reinforcement and renovation started this summer and is
scheduled for completion in January 99. (This project was started
in 1993 but abandoned in 1994 due to design problems. New architects
and engineers have been hired.)
Most of the occupants of the first three floors have been moved
out, but the third through fifth floors are still occupied. The
Earth Sciences Library has been relocated to the Wellman trailers.
The $6 million seismic retrofit is being funded by the state,
while the $9 million renovation is primarily a gift from the McCone
8. Memorial Glade Phase Ithe lawn north of Doe Libraryshould be completed by the end
of this month. Phase IIthe Memorial Fountain just east of Moffitt
Libraryshould be completed by the end of March. This $785,000
project is a gift of the War Classes of 1945-47.
Its going to be pretty spectacular, says Gee. Weve kept as
much open space as possible, while respecting the donors wishes
for outdoor rooms defined by oak, magnolia and redwood trees.
Keeping everybody involved in this project happy has been challenging.
University Village During the first phase of this project, Housing
and Dining Services will replace 390 apartments for graduate students
and their families built in Albany during World War II as temporary
housing for shipyard workers. The more than 900 existing apartments
are all well past their useful life, says Gee.
The $55 million project will begin in June and will take about
two years. J. R. Roberts construction company of Sacramento, working
with the architectural team of Fisher-Friedman of San Francisco
and Sam Davis, former chair of the Architecture Department, were
recently chosen to design and build the two- and three-bedroom
apartments. Remaining apartments will be replaced in an as-yet
unfunded and unscheduled Phase II.
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