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Hearst Mining Renovation Update

posted December 09, 1998

Changes around the Hearst Mining Circle will be evident when the campus community returns in January from winter break, as work moves into high gear for the renovation of Hearst Memorial Mining Building. The area will see limited parking, re-routed shuttle buses, modified pedestrian and traffic paths, and changes in delivery access to Cory Hall, Davis Hall and the Bechtel Engineering Center.

General contractor Turner Construction Company and the campus Office of Planning, Design, and Construction (PD&C) are working with departments located in surrounding buildings to anticipate potential problems. They have made arrangements with Environmental Health & Safety to ensure emergency access in the area, and with Parking & Transportation to reassign disabled, maintenance and vendor parking.

"The team wants to implement this project efficiently, with a high level of safety for the job site and the surrounding campus," said project manager Rob Gayle of PD&C. "We have been working hard to ensure minimal disruption to campus life."

Fencing will go up during the break around the Mining Circle and the building itself, and trailers for the project team will be installed on the circle's inactive pool. (The aquatic life has been relocated from the pool to UC's Blake Estate in Kensington.)

The $67.6 million project will stabilize Hearst Mining Building to upgrade its "very poor" seismic rating and renovate its interior for program needs in materials science and mineral engineering. Construction will begin in earnest in early 1999, with completion expected by 2001.


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