February 3, 2014 – Severely cold weather the past two weeks has slowed University Center site work on steel reinforcing in either footings or walls, and concrete placement for both footings and walls. Weather has been adequate enough for the application of some waterproofing and foundation drainage materials along the Ball Circle side of the walls already placed, along with some stone backfill in the same area.
The crane needed to place the structural steel should be delivered about mid-month, with the first deliveries of steel scheduled for the middle-to-end of February. Increased tractor-trailer traffic on College Avenue may be a consequence and would continue through early May. Deliveries will be scheduled for as low an impact as possible on student movement.
January 16, 2014 – Access Update:
From 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, until 6 p.m. on Monday, January 20, the road to the Simpson Library and the Simpson parking lot will be closed to all vehicles except golf carts and emergency vehicles. Additionally, it will be necessary to close seven (7) of the handicapped parking spots adjacent to Jepson Hall during the same time period. These closures are necessary in order for the Convergence Center contractor to place the five storm water cisterns that will be located under Campus Walk.
Pedestrian traffic moving through the pedestrian walkway and behind the Library will not be impacted and to the maximum extent possible will be given priority of movement. Pedestrians moving to and from the walkway from Jepson are requested to use the front doors of the building as there will be numerous large vehicles staged and unloading in the road.
Once the work is completed and the area cleaned up, the road, handicapped parking spots, and Simpson Lot will be returned to normal usage.
Your cooperation to ensure everyone’s safety during this construction effort is greatly appreciated.
For questions or comments, please contact Len Shelton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 16, 2014 – Site Update
Work at the University Center is moving forward, despite weather conditions which have hampered progress. Ground is being excavated for footings and reinforcing steel (rebar) put in place. Some wall sections have been formed, reinforced, and cast.
Civil site work is also moving forward with more branches of the stormwater drainage system being put in place. This work will continue for about another month.
Protection of placed concrete from colder weather is required during the initial setting period of three days. New concrete is covered by “blankets”: heavy-duty woven plastic sheeting surrounding a partially filled plastic air sack. The blankets provide a thermal break between the concrete and the cold air.
The General Contractor for the new UMW University Center, Donley Inc. has installed a four feet high fence in the grass median along the College Avenue sidewalk in front of the construction site, beginning at the crosswalk at Payne Street and ending at the crosswalk at Rowe Street. This corridor is intended to encourage the use of the crosswalks and prevent conflicts between pedestrians, other sidewalk transportation and construction traffic. This corridor will remain in effect for the duration of the project.
This section of sidewalk will be restricted to pedestrian traffic as well as handicap-accessible vehicles such as motorized wheelchairs. Bicyclists and skateboarders will be asked to dismount and walk if they choose to use this route. Vehicles such as golf carts or “gators” will be asked to use the crosswalks or internal routes such as Campus Walk including the connecting walk from Woodard to Melchers Hall to transit to or from the north end of campus. Should you have any questions, please contact Les Johnson at (540) 654-2100.
(For more information, contact Facilities Services, Les Johnson, at (540) 654-2100.)
From Fall 2013 . . .
Please be aware that traffic patterns on College Avenue will be altered in the upcoming weeks to connect utilities (water, sewer, and natural gas) to the site of the new campus center. The specific impacts are as follows:
- Beginning on September 16, and continuing until the work is completed on October 11, “No Parking” will be in effect along both sides of College Avenue from Rowe Street to Payne Street.
- Southbound traffic toward William Street will also be detoured at Rowe Street to Augustine Avenue and back to College Avenue at Payne Street.
- Northbound traffic toward Route 1 will remain on College Avenue. The intersection of Parcell Street and College Avenue will be closed for the duration of the in-street work, with resident access from Augustine Avenue.
- After the utility work is completed on October 11, traffic will resume its customary pattern. “No Parking” will continue on the UMW side of College Avenue along the construction site until July 2015. Parking on the other side of College Avenue will experience occasional limitation.
A map illustrating the temporary traffic pattern is here .
The University appreciates your understanding during this period of inconvenience.
The Campus Center project is progressing. Chandler was razed this summer and site work was initiated. As you can imagine there is a great deal to be done to prepare the area for construction.
The next steps for construction include foundation and infrastructure development. In conjunction with the City of Fredericksburg, water, sewer and power links will be initiated in the coming days. The work will cause limited disruption to College Avenue traffic. Additional communication regarding any disruption in traffic or campus services will be provided to the UMW community.