Campus Notices

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Campus Const. Update_5

Biology Laboratory Building Construction

Biology Lab Building - Phase 1 Site Plan

The construction phase for the new Biology Laboratory Building will begin June 13, 2016, as contractor crews begin to secure the site for future work. The above diagram depicts the site layout for this project.

This new building will be a four story building that provides approximately 57,230 assignable square feet (97,049 gross square feet) of new space; which will house General Instruction Space with a 76-seat Lecture Hall, a 30-seat Foundations of Science/Meeting Room and Tutoring/Study areas. The Teaching Labs will accommodate six 24-seat Upper Level/Graduate Labs, one 18-seat Upper Level Microbiology Lab, three 24-seat Freshman Labs and one 18-seat Pre-Nursing Microbiology Lab. Additionally, there are nine prep/storage areas in support of the teaching labs, thirty Faculty Research Labs, shared equipment spaces, five shared core facilities in support of the research labs, Collections, Herbarium Collection and prep space. The eastern section of the building will house the Department Administrative Suite, Faculty Offices, and the Building Entry/Commons. This will allow a complete consolidation of the Department of Biological Sciences into one single facility.

The Biology Laboratory Building will be located along the south side of Bowers Boulevard between Avenue I & Avenue J. All remaining parking from Bowers Boulevard to the South Residential Complex will be closed. We are anticipating to have a near equal amount of parking spaces in the area of the South Dining and the Pirkle Building construction site available in the fall of 2016. Plans include closing Bowers Boulevard and converting the space into a pedestrian mall, rain garden and outside teaching environment. The building site is currently occupied by Parkhill, Barrett, Adams and Allen which are now closed and will be demolished to make way for the new Biology Laboratory Building.

At the time of this announcement, a date for the closure of Bowers Boulevard has not been firmly established. Facilities Management staff will provide updates on the street closure as well as parking spaces as we receive further information.

The budget for this project is $65 million. Demolition activity is scheduled to begin on or about June 27th, and the building is estimated to be substantially completed by May 10, 2018. The architect-contractor team is composed of HDR of Houston, Texas and Vaughn Construction Company of Houston, Texas.

Questions may be directed to the Project Manager, Adrian del Rio extension 4-2723.

Partial Parking Lot Closure of Z2-01 - Site Map

Tuesday, April 4- Wednesday May17, 2017 a partial closure on the north side of parking lot Z2-01 is required.

Alternative parking for valid Zone 2 East permit holders will be in the non-construction area of Z2-01 and in lots Z2-02 and Z2-05.

Partial Parking Lot Closure of Z1-24 - Site Map

A partial parking lot closure for lot Z1-24 and lot access from Avenue J will be restricted beginning Friday, March 31- Thursday, May 4, 2017. During this time site excavation and underground chilled water lines will be installed. 

-All pedestrians and vehicular traffic seeking entrance/exit from the south east side of the Chemistry & Forensic Science Building & Avenue J will need to find an alternate route.

Temporary Shutdown of Air Conditioning: Chemistry and Forensic Science Building (CFS) -

Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 7:00am until 5:00pm, air conditioning will be shut off in the Chemistry and Forensic Science building to allow for the connection of new chilled water lines. This shutdown will not affect power or domestic water.

All construction and closure dates are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen and uncontrolled circumstances.