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Construction Photos & Progress Updates

June 30, 2017

The project is on schedule for an expected completion by the end of March 2018.

The first photo below shows level three before the concrete pour. Prior to a concrete pour for a higher floor the steel beams are covered with metal decking, wire mesh, and large bolts.

The second photo shows the state of the work on the south portion of the new building as of June 29th. This portion will house four classrooms.

Building progress.Building progress.

Documentation and photos courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

May 30, 2017

The project is just one day behind schedule. This is due to longer than expected time to place and attach the second floor metal decking. Once that is completed then concrete is poured to form the second floor surface.

A new elevator for ASM East is in the design and planning stages. The elevator will be installed immediately to the left of the west doors. You can locate that position in the photo below. The elevator will open into the envelope of the building. In order for the installation to take place, we have been working with Dr. Vora to assist him in his move to a new office in ASM. Dr. Vora has been very gracious in allowing our contractor to enter his office for testing of the walls and flooring for asbestos. If any asbestos is found then the space will be remediated. The new elevator will take Dr Vora’s office as well as an advising office directly below. At this time, the elevator project is expected to begin on or around August 1st and complete on or around the end of January 2018.

Building progress.

Documentation and photos courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

May 17, 2017

The East/West bar (building "A") will be a four story structure. The North/South bar (building "B") will be a two story structure. They join together at our new living room. The living room will have a two story high ceiling.

Building progress.

Documentation and photos courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

May 16, 2017

Progress with beams on May 16, 2017.Progress with beams on May 16, 2017.Progress with beams on May 16, 2017.

May 10, 2017

The first beam of the MCM has been placed in the far northeast corner.

First beam vertical.First beam vertical wide angle.More beams are put in place.

May 8, 2017

ASM beams arrive early morning.ASM beams arrive early morning.

May 6, 2017

ASM Footprint.

May 5, 2017

The project is now on schedule. Monday, May 8th the structural steel and a crane will arrive. McCarthy Brothers has FAA approval and will inform the hospital’s medical helicopter operations. The structure will emerge from the ground at a faster pace with more immediate and visible results. The steel erection crane will be positioned adjacent to the west side of Anderson. The crane will be able to hoist steel to all parts of the building without a repositioning.

Finally, a new handrail has been installed along the concrete steps at the South West corner of Anderson. In a previous memo, it was stated that those steps would be closed off. The steps can now remain open. Initially it did not look like a handrail would work in that space.

Documentation and photos courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

May 3, 2017

ASM Footprint.

April 28, 2017

The project is approximately 12 hours behind schedule due to the heavy rains that we received on Tuesday, April 25th.

McCarthy Brothers, Chavez Concrete, Miller Bonded, and DKD Electric are moving forward with the expectation of a large concrete pour for the building deck on Monday, May 1 or Tuesday, May 2.

In the following photo, you can see the outline of the building defined by the wood grade beam frames. Yellow vapor barrier covers the dirt. A layer of aggregate is smoothed and compacted over the vapor barrier. You can also see rebar being laid in and tied together. This will form the building slab.

The foundation of this building, unlike many older buildings on this campus, is a system comprised of 93 auger cast piers and the grade beams. The grade beams are built into trenches with rebar and concrete. The grade beams and the piers have been tied together. Therefore, the weight of the building does not sit on the building slab nor on the dirt below. The piers and grade beams form the support for the structure above. This makes it much stronger and able to withstand earth movement and wind load.

Monday, May 8th, is the scheduled delivery day for the first shipments of structural steel.

ASM pad.

Documentation and photos courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

April 20, 2017

Concrete Stairs at Southwest Corner of ASM

The concrete stairs at the southwest corner of ASM East will be blocked off for safety reasons. It will stay that way until late in the project. There is no handrail which poses a safety issue. There is no effective way to add a handrail to that area.

Power Outage on Monday, May 15th

There will be a power outage on Monday May 15th for the better part of the day.

Impacts:

1) ASM: NO power, NO internet, NO fire alarm system, NO airflow.
2) GSM: Power ON, but NO internet
3) Hokona: Power ON but NO hardwired internet. WiFi will be ON.
4) Econ: NO power

The School of Economics has been very gracious to work out accommodations for their faculty and staff.

This power outage is necessary to set up temporary power for the building trades to work on the new structure. There is also a switch that needs work in the basement of Economics. That is separate from the building project. Instead of two outages there will be just one.

Choose to work elsewhere if you are in ASM East. There will be no power, no internet, no lights, and no airflow. Dr. Yourstone will be the official fire watch that day patrolling all of ASM all day.

Documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

April 10, 2017

The photo below shows the state of the construction as of Monday, April 10, 2017. You can see trenches and piping. The trenches have been lined with rebar that connects with the tops of most of the auger cast piers. Concrete will then be poured. A great deal of underground piping, underground electrical pathways, and a mechanical vault have been installed.

ASM pad.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

March 23, 2017

ASM Footprint.

March 16, 2017

Auger cast piers are completed. Now you will see trenches created to build grade beams, which will connect adjacent piers. This will be the support system for the new building. The grade beams are rebar and concrete. This portion of the project is expected to be completed on or before March 31, 2017. In the following photo, you can see the south end of the new building footprint on the right side.

ASM pad.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

March 6, 2017

Auger cast piers are being drilled. As the drill descends, concrete is pumped in to fill voids. A rebar cage is lowered into the hole and set in place. This portion of our project is expected to be completed by March 14, 2017.

ASM West.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

February 16, 2017

ASM West.

February 14, 2017

ASM West.

February 6, 2017

ASM West.

February 6, 2017

The demolition completion date is 2/10/17. Most of the ASM West structure is down. C&C Demolition Services workers are removing the deep foundation and the spread footers.

ASM West.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

February 2, 2017

ASM West.ASM West.

January 31, 2017

Only the ground floor structure remains. The expected time at which the above ground structure will be gone is on or before Friday, February 3, 2017. C&C Services has been extremely careful in this demolition process. Following Friday, the foundation of the West building will be removed. Then DKD electric will work to encase the primary power pathway running to ASM East. Currently that pathway runs through the West foundation. It seems hard to call it a building now. May good memories of that building.

ASM West.

Documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

January 30, 2017 (Groundbreaking Ceremony)

From left to right: Dean Emeritus Doug Brown, Mayor Richard Berry, Maria Berry, Acting President Chaouki Abdallah, Ian McKinnon, Acting Provost Craig White, Anderson Acting Dean Shawn Berman, and UNM Regents President Robert M. Doughty III

ASM West.

January 30, 2017

ASM West.ASM West.

January 27, 2017

The groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. will be held inside of the construction fence along Las Lomas. Following the ceremony there will be refreshments in Jackson Student Center.

The demolition completion date is February 10, 2017. After the structure is down then work begins on removing the deep foundation and rerouting the primary power pathway to ASM East.

In the following photo, you can see the remaining lettering on the south beam of ASM West. Many requests have come in to retrieve and save those letters. That said, tomorrow our contractor will place a worker in a lift bucket at the letters to cut them away. We have not yet determined a reasonable way to use the salvaged letters.

ASM West Lettering.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

January 25, 2017

ASM West.

January 24, 2017

ASM West.

January 23, 2017

ASM West.

January 19, 2017

The demolition will get noisier as of tomorrow morning (Friday, January 20, 2017). The vibrations will increase as well. The contractor is bringing in another piece of equipment equipped with a ram. The ram will repeatedly strike the West building structure until the structure gives in. That will be noisy. There is also dust. You are advised to not linger around outside and breathe in the dust.

ASM West.

Photo courtesy of Trish Ransom. Documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

January 18, 2017

Progress on the envelope demolition for ASM West is coming along. The demolition contractor will pull out as much metal, wood, and other materials as possible before the concrete is taken down. Recycling of materials will then take place.

The newly opened ADA access ramp is located between ASM East and Hokona. Kudos to our fantastic McCarthy Brothers crew for getting this open early on the first day of classes.

ASM West.

Photo courtesy of Steve Carr. Documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

January 14, 2017

All hazardous materials including asbestos have been safely removed. ASM West passed an independent test for any remaining asbestos. No significant levels were detected. The demolition company is removing as much of the interior materials as possible. They will separate the materials and recycle.

The breezeway has been removed.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

January 3, 2017

The breezeway has been removed.The breezeway has been removed.

January 2, 2017

The walkway in the breezeway on the second floor is no more. The crane might arrive tomorrow to hoist the roof canopy off.

The breezeway has been removed.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

December 31, 2016

Significant progress by McCarthy Brothers has been made in the past 24 hours. The breezeway has a few holes in it and no stairs.

The breezeway has a few holes in it and no stairs.
The breezeway has a few holes in it and no stairs.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.

December 29, 2016

McCarthy construction superintendent Devin McDonald yesterday described the challenges in safely bringing down the roof canopy connecting ASM West and East. The canopy beams are integrated into the roof structure of both buildings. In order to remove the canopy, it will be necessary to open up the roof on the West side of the East building. If I recall correctly Devin told me that he estimated that the roof canopy weighs in excess of 100,000 pounds. I may be off on that weight. Nevertheless, it is very heavy and caution is an imperative. A crane will be used to lower it in one piece.

Komatus claw goes to work.

Photos and documentation courtesy of Dr. Steven Yourstone.