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CNB Renovation Updates

In September 2015, after receiving state approval to proceed with the design process, Facilities Management (FM) submitted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit architectural firms that were interested in the College of Nursing Building (CNB) renovation project.

This Web page will greatly assist the college’s Finance & Operations unit in its ongoing effort to keep CNB occupants fully informed throughout the renovation process. Please check back for updates, including information regarding progress, utility shutdowns, meeting times/places and other details as needed or suggested by occupants.


 

June 3, 2019 Update

We have reached final stage of the building renovation project; however, there are still a few items to be completed. Contractors continue to work through some ongoing issues, including hot water to the first floor, power to the ADA button at the front entrance, and clocks in the 4th floor rooms. Some of the bigger items they will be working on this summer are fixes to the vestibule, which will require the entrance to be closed for a period of time, and the air handling unit motor replacement, which will require a shutdown. We will keep an eye on weather when scheduling this. I will send out notices updating everyone once these actions are scheduled. 

Third floor classrooms are mostly complete. The tables in 333 and 337 were ordered wrong and we expect delivery of the new tables June 27. Once those are installed the AV contractors will be back to hook up the equipment in the tables. Room 331 has an issue with the in-floor power, and the boards taking the power to the middle of the room have been re-ordered.

Please continue to give me heads up of any issues you see relating to the renovation project. It’s best to get them resolved while contractors are still on-site.

Thank you!

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2019

May 3, 2019 Update

As we enter Finals week, third floor classroom renovations are wrapping up. Audio-visual contractors are finishing up today and the programmers are scheduled to start on Monday.   Furniture installs will also start next week (before 8 a.m. in an effort to not disturb students). Final completion for the project is May 27.

For those of you following along, we have had many issues trying to upgrade our air handling unit. If you remember, when the first four new motors started up in May 2018 they were wired incorrectly and as a result, two of them “burnt up” from overheating, one never ran, and the other didn’t run properly. Then the replacement fans fell off the truck during delivery. Finally we got all four new fans installed last fall. Yesterday they were troubleshooting, trying to determine why the temperatures are so inconsistent and found that one of the motors had broken from its mount and sheared off the fan, and fell 3 feet to floor. This had just happened yesterday morning while contractors were on-site. Luckily they found it shortly after it happened, or it could have been much worse. I’ve been told no one has ever seen this before and they are not quite sure how it happened. They were able to remove the damaged motor/fan assembly and get the air handling unit back up with just three fans. The system is designed to run on three fans, so this is not an issue for cooling the building; however, it sets us back with balancing the building and determining where the problem is with temperature control. I will keep you updated once this gets resolved.

Another ongoing issue is the hot water for first floor restrooms. The plumbing contractors met with the Project Designers representative to try to determine what is happening. Everything is installed just as it is in other areas of the building, and this is the only area that seems to have an issue. They will continue to troubleshoot.

Remaining punch list items will be resolved after Finals week on ground, first and second floors. 

As always thank you for your patience during this process and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019

April 5, 2019 Update

Many of you have expressed frustration with the temperature fluctuations in ground floor classrooms. As design engineers, contractors and UI Facilities Management (FM) worked through all the systems involved, they determined that they are going to recalibrate and move the thermostats in rooms 30 and 34 to the middle of the room so that the temp reading isn’t affected by outside wall. The plan is to have the thermostats in 30 and 34 moved in the next two weeks. It was also discovered that earlier this week when occupants in room 40 were reporting it as too cold, FM accidently changed the temperature in 30 instead (which was reporting as too warm). This has now been adjusted. Please continue to report when room temperatures fluctuate so that we can make sure all systems are working as expected.

Contractors are expected to have the remaining glass for the middle stairwell next week and are hoping to have that stairwell done by end of next week.

I expect all third floor classrooms to have flooring by end of day today and audio-visual contractors will be on-site for the next month installing equipment. Furniture delivery will start the week of May 6. As the third floor nears completion, we will need to test the fire alarms for the whole building. This will take place sometime after April 16. If you are aware of a date that we need to avoid please let me know.

As always, thank you for your patience during this process and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

 

Posted on: Apr 5th, 2019

March 26, 2019 Update

Third floor progress is ahead of schedule. Contractors are installing flooring on the west side this week and the audio-visual contractors are scheduled to be on-site next week to start installing AV equipment. Click here for an updated schedule.

A push button to lock doorsThe question came up this week about the red buttons with a “push to lock door” encasement that are located in the new classrooms. These buttons are required in classrooms per UI Design Standards and Procedures. When this button is pushed it will lock the entrance doors to the classroom, preventing entry INTO the classroom. This does not mean you cannot get out. The doors only lock from the outside, so that persons inside the classroom can still exit at any time. 

As always thank you for your patience during this process and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

Posted on: Mar 26th, 2019

February 25, 2019 Update

Please click here for a diagram showing the progress of 3rd floor so that those of you interested can follow along. Progress on third is going well and they expect to meet substantial completion deadline without issue. 

As always thank you for your patience during this process and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

 

Posted on: Feb 25th, 2019

February 11, 2019 Update

Progress on third floor is on schedule. Crews have most of the west side finished and drywall will be installed in these classrooms, and then they will be painted, starting next week. Contractors are finishing electrical on east side and drywall is expected to start going up the middle of next week. 

First and second floor are complete and there is an Open House for faculty, staff and students scheduled on Monday, February 18, from 8 to 10 a.m. Make sure and tour spaces you haven’t seen if you are in the building.

As always thank you for your patience during this process and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

 

Posted on: Feb 11th, 2019

January 28, 2019 Update

Second floor is finished and Dean Zerwic, along with her staff, are moving in this week. The Administrative staff is also moving in on the other side of the space.  

I am working through issues as they come up but everyone seems to be happy with the new space. It’s nice to see the first floor filled with student activity.

Third floor is on schedule and electrical rough in inspections are happening this week.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

Posted on: Jan 28th, 2019

January 17, 2019 Update

After many delays we excitedly welcomed the students back on January 14 with a finished Student Commons area. The Student Success Center offices on first floor were ready for occupancy on January 11 and our Academic team started moving in and preparing for students on January 14. It is great seeing the space filled with students! 

The second floor is substantially finished and contractors are working on a punch list now. We expect the Administration group to move into the space the week of January 28. 

Conference, collaboration and classrooms are all ready for use and we’ve gotten good feedback on our boardroom located on first floor. 

Third-floor classroom renovation continues and we expect theses classrooms to be done in May. 

As always, thank you for your patience during this process. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

Posted on: Jan 17th, 2019

January 2, 2019 Update

Happy New Year!

I found out today that first floor did not pass occupancy by the Fire Marshal. This means that no one is allowed to occupy that floor until it does pass. The Fire Marshal will be back on Tuesday and we hope to have occupancy by Wednesday next week. This means that our Student Services people will not be able to move to first as hoped until mid-next week as well as students not being allowed in the Student Commons when they return next week. I’ve made it clear to the contractors how important it is that we pass occupancy next week and it is their goal as well. 

Abatement contractors will be finishing up the 3rd floor by end of week. They will work into tomorrow for sure now, but I will send out an email if they finish before Friday.

Conference room 429 furnishing will be installed by end of day on Friday and will be ready for use on Monday, January 7. We look forward to having use of this room.

Second floor is coming along. We are waiting to furnish this area until it is mostly complete, as it keeps furniture from getting damaged. I will keep you updated on this floor as we get closer to moving people in.

I hoped to have better news as you return from the break, but we will get there. Thank you again for your patience during this process. 

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2019

November 30, 2018 Update

As you can see when you enter the building, things on the first floor are really taking shape. The second floor isn’t far behind as they finish up painting and flooring next week. There are still a few issues being addressed, including incorrect color casework for conference rooms, broken glass panels, wrong size glass panels, etc. Contractors are working through these issues. Furniture is still schedule to be installed the week of December 17 and we are still planning to move into the spaces starting January 2, 2019. Not everyone will move at once, so once I have a finalized schedule of moving assignments/dates I will send that out.

As referenced in an earlier update, there is a shutdown scheduled for Saturday, December 1, (7am-7pm) for all electrical that serves the 4th floor. Please plan accordingly.

On Tuesday, December 4, contractors will be pre-testing the fire systems, which means you may hear some announcements over the alarm system with some alarm noise as well. This should be for a very short period of time (approx. 10 minutes). But please be aware that this is just a test of the system and there will be no need to exit the building.

Third floor classroom demolition will start right after Finals week on December 17. Abatement contractors are scheduled to work in these classrooms December 26-28 and January 2-4, with the possibility of some Saturday work to catch up, if needed. They are scheduled to work 8am-4:30pm. As before, the abatement contractors are contracted through UI’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office, who also supervise the work and measure indoor air quality throughout the abatement process. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I will pass them along to EHS.

As always thank you for your patience during this process and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Jill Hartz
Administrative Services Manager
Finance and Operations
446 CNB
University of Iowa College of Nursing
319-335-9654

Posted on: Nov 30th, 2018

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