It’s summer, and for professionals in the planning and construction department of facilities services, that means it’s construction season. With fewer students and faculty on campus and less risk of weather delays, contractors can work quickly and efficiently to complete projects without disrupting most classes and events.
Many exciting projects are underway this summer, including the completion of the Gateway Parking Complex, which is expected to open this winter. Ninth Street was reopened after the bridge connecting the new garage to the main campus was completed. Further north, parking and vehicle rotation between Cain Hall, Facilities Services and Leifson Physics are also reconfigured and updated. This will include a convenient new ADA lane to the front or west side of the William J. Raggio building.
Other trail and utility upgrades are underway south of the Lawlor Event Center and east of the Wiegand Fitness Center. Traffic lanes are also briefly interrupted for the installation of a vehicle door arm between Palmer Engineering and Davidson Math & Science and for the restoration of paving stones around the John Mackay statue at the Quad. Building 058, the former Facilities Services building, also continues to undergo a major renovation.
Other major construction projects this summer include continuing upgrades to the campus-wide 25 kV electrical and metering system. Mackay Stadium is also getting track repairs and new turf, the Lombardi Recreation Center is getting a locker room makeover and classroom updates, and a gorgeous new monument at the corner of 9th and Virginia streets is nearing completion. Various classroom upgrades, HVAC system upgrades and office renovations complete the extensive list of summer construction work.
The University is not the only entity near the main campus with major construction work underway. Various private developers are building student accommodation just outside the University. These include new complexes east of the Gateway Parking Complex and on the west side of Virginia Street. Traffic patterns may be adjusted as these projects near completion.
Summer is by far the busiest time of year for his team, notes Cory Jennings, director of construction services.
“Summer is the best time for our team to minimize the impact of disruptions on the campus community while maximizing productivity. With nearly 50 active construction contracts on our campus and in satellite locations, we are certainly busy. But it’s something we plan for strategically, which helps us meet critical deadlines and meet our financial goals,” Jennings said.
For faculty, staff, and students enjoying the beautiful campus this summer, please excuse the dust and noise as contractors work to prepare buildings and grounds for the fall semester. The Facilities Services team is excited to welcome new freshmen and returning students to the ever-changing and growing landscape of the main campus.
The full list of construction projects around campus includes:
- Utility work within the Purchasing department
- Turf replacement and track repair at Mackay Stadium
- Various private (non-university) student housing projects along Virginia Street
- Renovation of a footbridge near Lawlor
- Utility work by EL Wiegand Fitness Center
- Parking lot and sidewalk remodeling near Edmund J. Cain Hall
- Brick renovation of the Schulich, Leifson and Chemistry buildings.
- Renovation of building 058
- Replacement of windows at Lincoln Hall
- Restoration of the paved walkway in front of the Mackay statue
- Installation of a new traffic barrier near Palmer Engineering
- Demolition of an information kiosk near Morrill Hall
- Installation of wireless internet access near the Manzanita Bowl
- Installation of a new monument on 9th Street
- 9th Street previously closed for construction of the Gateway Parking Complex
- Private (non-UNR) student housing along Evans Avenue.
Facilities Services prioritizes the safety and comfort of the campus community and sends email notices of construction activities to those who may be affected. For more information on Building Notifications, visit the Facilities Services Building Notifications web page.