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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.


 

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

November 15, 2018 Update

Finishing touches are going in on first floor as casework and carpet tiles are being installed.

The second floor isn’t far behind. They are finishing up drywall this week and starting to paint.  Floor finishes are scheduled for the second floor during the last week of November. Furniture install is scheduled to begin December 17.

The front entrance to the building (closest to the parking circle) will be closed November 19 through November 21 in order to polish the concrete floors in front of the doors and elevator.  Please make a note and try to avoid using this entrance next week. If you require use of the elevator from the first floor (e.g., ADA accommodation), the contractors will accommodate that need by keeping a pathway open to the elevator. The walls leading from front entrance to elevator will be taken down on Saturday, November 17 and a temp barrier will be put in place after they are done with the floors at end of next week.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Posted on: Nov 15th, 2018

October 30, 2018 Update

I’ve had the pleasure of giving tours to prospective donors as wells as individuals who attended the 120th reunion. It has been fun to see their reactions and witness their excitement about all the changes.

As we move into the final weeks of the renovation on the first and second floors, you can actually see the progress that is being made. The week of Thanksgiving, November 19, the walls leading from the front entrance to elevator will be removed in order to work on the floors and install the reception desk. The plan at this time is to put up an accordion type wall to block people from going into the space. 

Classrooms 30 and 34 are almost complete. ITS is working through some issues with the Audio Visual equipment, and there are some punch list items the contractors are currently working on, but these rooms should be ready for use soon. 

Anyone spending time on 4th floor has probably noticed a lot more contractor traffic; this is due to the work in 409 and 429. I’ve reminded them to be respectful to the office environment, but if anyone has any issues, please let me know immediately.

Thank you!

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

Posted on: Oct 30th, 2018

September 4, 2018 Update

Classrooms 20 and 40 are in use now and we are getting rave reviews from both faculty and students!  Classrooms 30 and 34 are still on schedule to be turned over to the college by mid-October. The computer lab will be available shortly after that.

The front door is scheduled to be open by the end of week. After walking through today, it looks like Thursday at best. Contractors are finishing up painting in the vestibule today and will be painting the entry way leading from entrance to elevator. The last step will be commissioning by Access Management so that our key cards work.

Fourth floor work will start anytime this week. Contractors will build a wall closing off the atrium and a temporary wall inside the faculty/staff lounge to allow for removal of the wall between the rooms.  Asbestos contractors are scheduled to start removing floor tile and drywall from this area September 10 and 11. They will be working second shift (5-12PM). 

First and second floors are progressing as planned. 

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: Sep 4th, 2018

August 16, 2018 Update

Ground floor rooms 20, 40 and student commons ground (well area) are now open to all. Dean Zerwic held a State of the College address on Wednesday, August 15, which allowed many of the faculty and staff to get their first view of the space and see it in use. Dean Zerwic presented in room 20 (active learning) and it was broadcast to room 40 (lecture) for the overflow of people.  CON IT were trained on the new equipment this past week and in turn have been training faculty. 

Work continues in the other classrooms on the ground floor and these spaces are scheduled to be finished by mid-October. 

Work on the front vestibule has hit a snag and the opening has been pushed back. Once I have a confirmation on opening date I will let everyone know.

Work on first and second floors continues as well. In 203 they have set the fin tube heating around the perimeter and are waiting on end plates to finish. They have finished the duct work overhead. Next item on the agenda for 203 is to pull new data cables in late September. This is due to the fact these cables are coming from the IT closet on ground, which is all new. This will require contractor to be in each cube to access the data ports. I will be scheduling with occupants when this work gets closer. Once this new data cables are pulled we will be upgrading the research suite to accommodate Skype. 

Fourth floor work will begin in September (I anticipate shortly after Labor Day). This work will be in room 409 and the atrium area. Contractors will be blocking off some of the faculty/staff lounge for this work. 

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: Aug 16th, 2018

July 23, 2018 Update

The majority of the work on classrooms 20 and 40 on ground floor was completed Friday, July 20. Contractors will be working on punch list items for the next two weeks. Audio Visual contractors will be finishing up this week and then AV commissioning will take place. We expect to train the IT people for the classrooms the week of August 6. 

I’ve had several questions about what will be “open” on ground floor and how we get to this area.  Basically everything west of the middle stairwell will be finished and turned over to the college. This includes restrooms.  The only two ways to get to the ground floor will be the elevator or walking down the ramp (by dumpsters) to ground floor. The south entrance is a staging area for contractor equipment, supplies, etc., so this entrance will be closed. This might need to be stated in syllabi. 

The front entrance is on schedule at this time and is expected to be open again the week of August 6. 

First floor is making progress. There is drywall going up in office areas and painting is scheduled for the first of August. Still doing rough-ins of electrical and mechanical on second floor. This type of work makes it look like nothing is happening, but things are on schedule in this area as well. 

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: Jul 23rd, 2018

July 2, 2018 Update

Things are on track to have the two big classrooms on ground floor ready for the fall semester. Contractors will be finishing up painting the corridor area on ground floor next week. Carpet installation will start next week along with ceiling install. Construction for this portion of ground is scheduled to be finished July 20, and AV will be finished July 25. Then they will work on commissioning the AV and finishing up punch list items. Furniture is schedule for install the first week of August. 

First floor is being framed with drywall scheduled to start second week of July. The big thing happening on first floor is the vestibule. Starting July 5, the front (north) entrance will close in order to work on the vestibule. Foot traffic will be rerouted around to the south entrance, with access to the elevator from that entrance. They are adding a temporary card reader at this entrance as well. The door will be unlocked normal business hours (6:30AM-8:30PM Mon-Fri).  The west stairwell entrance will continue to be accessible. The front entrance will be closed through August 3.

On the second floor, contractors are working to add new mechanical systems and pulling electrical wire to service this area. I will have the lab in 203 ready for use the second week in July. I’ll send out an email once it’s ready to use.

As always, 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: Jul 2nd, 2018

June 12, 2018 Update

We made it through the air handling/electrical shutdown with only a few issues. The electrical switch over went without incident but the air handler had set backs due to some demo issues and difficulties with the motors once they started back up. The good news is that we were finally able to work in the building again on June 4. Contractors are still working through some air handling issues, with some parts of the building not being cooled yet due to new duct work being installed—but we plan to have everything running as it should be by the end of the week. 

Second floor demo is complete and they are starting to set anchors, which means a lot of drilling into the concrete. The fire suppression contractors will be drilling anchors into the ceiling of the second floor the week of July 4. This will be even more disruptive so I requested that they wait to do this work while there would be less occupants in the building.

Contractors continue to work in 203 getting that area put back together after having to update the VAV boxes and tear into the walls in the labs. They will start working on adding the new perimeter heat units in 203 in July. This will go around the outside windows, so they shouldn’t need to get into any cubicles for this work.

The ground floor north and south classrooms as well as the student space is on schedule to be complete August 1. Painting starts in these classrooms this week. They are also moving forward with the smaller classrooms on ground, with a plan to have them ready for the 120th anniversary celebration in October.

One thing to start planning for is the front entrance being closed, in order to build out the new vestibule. I am pushing for a sooner than later date on this, and hope for it to be closed down the first week of July and finished by August 1. Foot traffic will be directed around the building to the south entrance and then there will be access to the elevator from the south.  

As always please don’t hesitate to contact me with 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: Jun 12th, 2018

June 1, 2018 Update

The shutdown has been extended into this week. The contractors ran into issues with the air handling unit, and so the building hasn’t been cooled since May 16. It is 90 degrees inside the building. Currently the plan is to start moving air this afternoon (Friday, June 1) and continue to increase the cooling capacity, once all systems seem to be working. 

Most faculty and staff are currently working at other locations. Please be sure and call before going into building. 

Hoping to be back to mostly normal building temps on Monday, June 5. 

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

Posted on: Jun 1st, 2018

May 29, 2018 Update

The electricity was turned by on around 2 pm today. The air will not be up and running until late tomorrow afternoon. The building will be open for occupancy; however, it will be warm. Please plan accordingly. 

Thank you! 

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

Posted on: May 29th, 2018

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