Facilities Notifications

Eckhart Steam Vault Leak Repairs

November 30, 2020

Starting today, Monday, Nov. 30, leak repairs are occurring at the Eckhart steam vault on the west side of University Avenue to excavate, locate and repair a leak. Please see the attached graphic showing the area of work. The approach to the work requires temporary closure of a portion of sidewalk and parking spaces. The schedule of work may continue through Monday, Dec. 14. Completion is weather dependent.

For questions, please contact Dan Carey at dmcarey@uchicago.edu.


Newly Installed Accessible Lifts

October 20, 2020

There are newly installed accessible lifts on campus in Kersten Physics Teaching Center and Haskell Hall. The lifts were constructed over the summer and are now operational.

Haskell Hall: the lift is located at the ground level accessible via the building’s west entrance and serves the 1st floor. The use instructions are located inside the lift.

Kersten Hall: the lift is located on the 1st floor, lower level, and is accessed from the courtyard off Ellis Avenue. The lift, located across from room 106, provides access to the upper level of the 1st floor and the classrooms. Additionally, the lift can be accessed from ERC or GCIS and from 57th Street (via elevator) for access to KPTC 106, and the courtyard.


60th and Woodlawn Repaving

September 3, 2020

During the week of Labor Day, starting on Sept. 8, the resurfacing of 60th and Woodlawn is scheduled to start. The work area to repave the roadway is shown in the attached graphic. The scope of work includes grinding, repaving and striping; completion is weather permitting

The campus community can expect the following throughout the week:

  • Road barriers and flaggers will be in place to direct traffic through the work area.
  • There will be considerable truck traffic while repaving is underway. Trucks will leave the site heading south on Woodlawn.
  • Sidewalks will remain open. Signage will be in place to inform pedestrians of “work ahead” and to take caution.
  • Planning includes coordinating with project sites including the Study Hotel site as some roadway access will be impacted.
  • A portion of the sidewalk along 60th Street will be unavailable for use during the week, and “no parking” signs will be in place near the resurfacing site.
  • In-street truck staging and deliveries will require schedule coordination so as not to occur during this week.

For questions, please contact Patrick Wilson at wpwilson@uchicago.edu.


Searle laboratory renovation

July 24, 2020

On Monday, July 27, a laboratory renovation project starts in room 035 at Searle.
The schedule of this project work is to complete by Nov. 30.

At the start of the renovation work, DSS, working with the project team, will relocate control panels from room 035 to the adjacent IT room. This work will continue for ~4 weeks. During this period, there will be times when card readers and scheduled door-unlocks will not work. A plan is being developed that will identify what card readers will be unavailable and for what period of time. Direct questions to dss-support@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0770

For overall project questions, please contact Tom Deal at tdeal@uchicago.edu.


Haskell Hall interior projects

July 24, 2020

An interior project is scheduled to start at Haskell Hall in the coming august: laboratory build-out in rooms 006 and 006A of Lower Level. The attached graphic shows the placement of a debris dumpster on 59th Street that will be used for the projects.

Building occupants can expect the following throughout the project.

Lab space build-out:

  • Construction will begin in early August – more details to follow
  • The work includes remodeling of rooms 006 and 006A, as well as minor accessibility upgrades to restroom 015. Additionally, classroom 027 will be outfitted with new furniture, and the closet 027E inside the classroom will likewise undergo minor remodeling.

Click here for the Facilities Services statement of protocols to address the challenges presented with the COVID-19 pandemic and construction for contractors and vendors working in buildings and at construction sites. 

Construction updates will be provided throughout each project.


Tunnel Structural Improvements

May 18, 2020

Construction activities will start the week of May 18, to complete necessary structural improvements to the tunnel shown in the graphic below. 

The construction activities will continue throughout the summer. The campus community can expect the following during this time.

  • Working hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday work will be scheduled, as needed.
  • There will be noise throughout each working day during truck and equipment use.
  • Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to alternate routes around the construction site.
  • Updates on impactful activities will be provided throughout construction.
  • Scheduled completion is by end of day, Sept. 4.

Please direct questions to Daniel Albo, project manager, at 773.612.8179 or dalbo@uchicago.edu.

Thank you for your patience during this work.


Student Wellness Center- Phase 2

May 1, 2020

In May, phase 2 construction will start at the Student Wellness Center at the Chicago Lying-In Hospital site located on East 59th Street. Phase 2 interior construction is scheduled to complete by October 2020.

The campus community can expect the following:

  • Site fencing will be in place.
  • Construction vehicles and deliveries will be on-site each working day.
  • Some noise will be associated with demolition and new construction work.
  • A portion of the roadway and parking lane along 59th Street will, at times, be temporarily unavailable throughout construction.
  • Typical daily working hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For questions please contact Angela Knoble, project manager, at knoble@uchicago.edu


Campus South Walk-Phase One

April 13, 2020

Construction activities will start on Monday, April 20, for the first phase of the Campus South Walk project. Phase one provides an east-west pedestrian connection through the mid-block from Kimbark Avenue to University Avenue.  

The campus community can expect the following during construction:

  • Working hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Some noise during the use of demolition and excavation equipment.
  • Signage will be in place at/near 1155 East 60th to direct visitors to the temporary accessible access to the building.
  • Updates on impactful activities will be provided throughout construction.
  • Phase one is expected to complete in September 2020 prior to the start of the new academic year.

Please direct questions to Lindsey Meek, project manager, at 507.398.6706.

Thank you for your patience during this work.


Rubenstein Forum

July 10, 2018

On Monday, July 16, construction started at Woodlawn and 60th Street, the future home of the David M. Rubenstein Forum. Please see the below graphic showing the construction site. Construction continues through the summer of 2020.

The campus community can expect the following during construction.

  • Mobilization will continue throughout the summer including crane, trailer and fence installation.
  • Excavation work will occur that includes caisson installation.
  • Construction vehicles will be on site throughout the work day; flaggers will be present during deliveries, as needed.
  • Work will be noisy at times, and construction crews will be on site daily; weekend work will be scheduled, as needed.
  • The sidewalk along the south side of 60th street will remain open.
  • Construction updates will be distributed when activities occur that may impact pedestrians and traffic.

For information, please contact Patrick Wilson, project manager at wpwilson@uchicago.edu or 773.834.8146, or Art Del Muro at adelmuro@uchicago.edu or 847.562.6730.


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