Laboratory Sciences Remodel

Project Scope:

This project will establish completely new student and faculty laboratory spaces. New teaching methods have made team projects fundamental for today's students. The new lab will have 24 students, with each room having at least one or more fume hoods. These labs will be generic in design to permit the space to function at nearly any academic discipline level. Faculty research lab spaces will be increased by over 50%.

Progress Reports:

January 31, 2002
Catching up on the past events...
We started the project with Plunkett Raysich Architects (PRA) and Earl Walls conducting interviews with the UW-Green Bay design team to gain an understanding of the project. Then PRA engaged the faculty with questions about their laboratory teaching spaces, chemical prep rooms, research laboratories, and faculty offices. Over the course of the summer, PRA and Earl Walls developed many design schematics to suit the occupants current needs, while planning for future modifications. We have progressed from 35% drawings to the final 100% drawings, which will be available on February 11, 2002. This will require a final check from campus and UW System personnel, with changes being made by the architect and subsequent documents tentatively going out for public bid in April.

May 07, 2002
Yesterday, May 06, there was a non-mandatory pre-bid tour of the Laboratory Sciences Building for any contractor interested in placing a bid. Earlier in March, Northwoods Environmental was selected as the asbestos contractor. Their work will begin on May 28 and will consist of removing all asbestos substances located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. The Prime Contract bids are due on May 21.

May 24, 2002
On May 21, the bids were opened. The low bidder was Miron Construction, roughly $2.5 million under the anticipated construction budget. There were 6 contractors that bid the project, with the high bidder being only $910,000 above Miron Construction. The Pre-construction meeting for the asbestos abatement portion of the project is set for May 29. The contractor will be completing this portion prior to July 15. As of the end of the day, faculty will be moved out of the building and will reside temporarily in Environmental Sciences, Rose Hall, and Wood Hall. Many of the labs will be relocated to Wood and Rose Hall for the duration of the project.

Architectural Design Team

Plunkett Raysich Architects Lead architects
Earl Walls Laboratory Consultant
PSJ Engineering Plumbing systems
Arnold & O'Sheridan Electrical and Telecommunication systems
Ring & DuChateau HVAC engineering
Environmental Management Consultant Asbestos Designer

Construction Team

Miron Construction Prime General contractor
August Winter Plumbing contractor
North American Mechanical Heating and ventilating contractor
Van Den Heuvel Electrical contractor
Northwoods Environmental Asbestos contractor