Dec. 12, 2016                                                                                              Vol. 16
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For Building Issues that Need Quick Response
This issue is authored by the Cornell University Infrastructure, Properties, and Planning Construction Management Team.
Project Status
The first phase of Upson Hall was turned over to the College of Engineering for occupancy in August. The construction team has been working through the bugs that come with a new building.

We are now a few months into the second phase of the Upson Hall renovation project. The construction team has been working diligently to build the remainder of the project as well as address items still outstanding. Since our last update, one of the major improvements is that users now have more access to the building. Currently, both the freight and the passenger elevators are operational and the general contractor has provided additional emergency exits as outlined in the graphic below to meet with code requirements.
We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who was involved during the coordinated effort to resettle buildings occupants and for your patience as we continue to build a new Upson Hall!    

New Egress Plan/First Floor Emergency Exits
After the move, the path in and out of the building will change. Below is an egress plan to guide you through the building. 


Regarding construction, general activities and impacts projected for the next several weeks include:

1.     Installation of the vapor barrier and terracotta clips is underway.
2.     Installation of major building utility infrastructure on all floors continues.
3.   Exterior excavation and site utilities are underway.
4.     Building layout and stud framing is ongoing.
REMINDER - Pike's regular work hours are 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  They will try to restrict the "most disruptive" noise to the hours of 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., but that is subjective.  There will be construction noise at any/all times during their working hours.  
The following graphic may help orient you when reading references to the various facades and corners of the building.


The contractor's more detailed schedule for the next two weeks is as follows.
    1. Demolition is complete and underground piping has been installed.
    2. Patching of the exposed floor continues.
    3. Mechanical rough-in continues.


Basement A-Wing



Basement A-Wing B77    


  1. Demolition is complete and the openings are covered by temporary protection.
  2. Layout of the floor area is on-going and interior framing has commenced.
  3. MEP rough-in continues in preparation for duct work on the ceiling deck.

First Floor A-Wing Southwest



First Floor A-Wing Northeast  

  1. Interior Framing is on-going.
  2. MEP rough-in for duct work is underway starting with the duct risers that bring air to the entire floor.
Second Floor A-Wing Southwest

Second Floor A-Wing Northwest 
1.  Installation of the terracotta system is ongoing.  
2.   Excavation work and site utility work is ongoing.
3.    Work on window surround is now complete.

Exterior B-Wing Northeast

Bump Out B-Wing Northeast

Exterior B-Wing Southwest 
Team Spotlights

Adam McWilliams,
Project Engineer-Pike Company  
Hometown : Rochester, N.Y.
Describe your role on this project. 
My primary responsibility on this job is to coordinate with the different trades that are working on this project and collaborate with the Design team to resolve issues to ensure timely delivery of the project.
How long have you been working for the Pike Company? What has been your most rewarding experience?
I interned previously with Pike and I have been working full-time now for a year and half. The most rewarding experience has been the process of collaborating with a dedicated team to ensure building occupants are satisfied and working with the Design team to realize the vision of the project in a uniquely challenging environment.
What is your favorite pastime?
My job is sometimes very demanding and I like to do fun activities when I am not working. I enjoy spending time in my family's summer cottage in the 1000 Islands and I like to travel to visit new places when I have the chance.

Tracy Jordan,
Carpenter Foreman-Pike Company

Hometown: Penn Yan, N.Y.

Describe your role on this project

My primary responsibility on this job is coordinating all fieldwork activities include site work and interior installations with other carpenters working on this project.
How long have you been working for the Pike Company? What has been your most rewarding experience?
I have been a union carpenter for over 26 years and I have spent the last 17 years working for Pike in various projects at Cornell including Milstein hall, Mann library, Sibley hall, Stocking hall and the addition of Hoy garage. The most rewarding experience for me is seeing the finished product, a complete functional building that meets and exceeds the expectations of the owner.
What is your favorite pastime?
I lead a very active lifestyle outside of my job with my family. I am happily married with three kids and I like to go fishing with them when the weather is good. I also like to go hunting during the hunting season.
What to Expect

Indoor activities are expected to continue to generate a reduced level of noise and/or disruption than we have been experiencing in the building in the past few months.

As of Nov. 2, the West Stair has been temporary closed. It will only serve as an emergency exit unless communicated otherwise. There are alternative means of access to the building through the central stair, the freight and passenger elevators. However, access is only limited to Floors 3, 4 and 5. The freight elevator provides access to the loading dock area. Additionally on Dec. 1, the walk between Upson and Kimball will be closed until April 1, which is needed to complete the west end of the exterior.  
Construction activities must change and flex around tight schedules and multiple demands and constraints.  The project team understands this and will work together to minimize the impacts of the on-going work. Safety is the number one concern on any construction effort on campus, your comments and concerns are welcome.
What to do if there are issues

If you experience issues that need attention, please submit a ticket using the Facilities Ticket button on the left (or the usual ticket system). Tickets submitted this way are reported via text message and email alert to several facilities staff. You can also contact the CoE/CIS Facilities office at 255-5668.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We hope that ultimately being in your new space will make this stressful time period worth it.