Facilities Notifications

Harper East Tower Elevator

November 10, 2023

The Harper East Tower elevator will be out-of-service effective end of the day, Friday, Nov. 10. In its current condition, the reliability of the elevator is not consistent and it poses a safety concern when it is used, and entrapments are likely. 

There is a capital project approved and scheduled for the modernization of the elevator. The project will occur in 2024. Until the project is complete the elevator will remain out of service.

The extent of Harper Memorial Library East Elevator

  1. The East elevator is a traction-type elevator that was previously installed in 2006. The typical useful service life of the hoist drive motor, machine, essential components & mechanisms, and controller is 20 years.

  2. Currently, there is a lack of proper machine room cooling and enclosure (keeping doors shut to ward off dust and debris and maintaining proper ambient temperature may be straining controller components thereby significantly reducing the service life.

  3. The project scope for the modernization of the East elevator will replace all of the major operational and mechanical items. The scope also includes replacing the elevator cab (interior finishes), providing proper machine room cooling, updating fire service locks for BOTH East and west elevators, and installing a lobby fire command panel for both East and West elevators.

The campus community and visitors can expect to following while the elevator is out of service:

  • The scheduled elevator modernization will occur in Spring/Summer 2024

  • The Harper East Tower stairwell will be unlocked from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The doors will remain locked over the weekend.

  • The door between SSRB-5th floor and Harper will remain unlocked from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The door will remain locked over the weekend.

  • Signage will be posted at the elevator indicating the elevator is unavailable; please see the attached signage.

  • Project updates will be provided, as needed, regarding the start of work and progress made throughout the modernization process.

For questions regarding the status of the elevator modernization project, please contact John Choi, project manager, at jchoi21@uchicago.edu.

Woodlawn Charter Athletic Field at 64th Street

October 12, 2023

On Monday, Oct. 2, construction activity commenced with site mobilization for the construction of the new athletic field at The University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus. Construction fence panels have been installed and soil excavation commenced on Tuesday Oct. 10, and will continue over the next several weeks.

The campus community and neighbors can expect the following during construction activities: 

  • Daily working schedule is Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Heavy truck traffic near the school especially along 64th Street. 
  • Construction vehicles will delay traffic, at times. 
  • Contractor parking will utilize street parking. 
  • Temporary measures will be implemented to mitigate dust.
  • Expected completion is Summer 2024.

For questions, please contact Krystal McDoom, project manager at kmcdoom@uchicago.edu.

Thank you.

1155 East 60th Street - Demolition in the North Stairwell

October 12, 2023

As part of improvements to the building's mechanical systems, contractors will be working in the North Stair, adjacent to the main lobby.

During the work, the North Stair will be temporarily unavailable for use.  Building occupants and visitors may use the North Elevator or will be directed to the West Stair and the South Stair in case of emergency. Additionally, there will be some noise generated and possibly some odors during working hours, and throughout the ~3 month duration of this work activity.

For questions, please contact C. Lee, senior project manager, at clee12@uchicago.edu.

Critical: condensate line leak repairs-University between 56th and 57th

September 13, 2023

The graphic showing the area of work and the temporary sidewalk route is shown below. A fence enclosure and a temporary walkway will be in place prior to O-Week to ensure a safe pedestrian walkway along the west side of University Avenue between 56th and 57th.

Project graphic

For questions regarding the temporary ramp, please contact Dan Carey at dmcarey@uchicago.edu.

Campus North Residential and Dining Commons-WINDOWS and ENCLOSURES

September 8, 2023

During the month of September, construction activities will start at the CNRC building and will continue throughout the academic year and into 2024. There will be swing stages and canopies in place on each elevation of the buildings. The below graphic shows the location of where work will occur on the building. Throughout the project schedule, construction updates will be distributed.

Building occupants and visitors can expect the following:

  • Swing stages will be installed and used throughout the work that will occur on the exterior face of the windows.
  • Canopies will be used as a means of protection over building entrances and exits.
  • A spotter will be on the ground when canopies and swing stages are installed and dismantled.
  • Daily inspections start at 8 a.m. before the daily exterior working hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • There will be minimal noise associated with this work activity.
  • All retail spaces will remain open.
  • Deliveries will be made at the loading dock, and a debris dumpster will be placed at this location, as well.

Please direct questions to Andrea Herring, project manager, at aherring@uchicago.edu.

Botany Pond: Demolition and Concrete Removal

August 23, 2023

The restart date for continued work at Botany Pond is now confirmed for Monday, Aug. 28. 

The scope of work through early September includes demolition and concrete removal from the base of the pond. There will be Contractors entering and exiting through Cobb Gate as the concrete is removed from the pond. Following the concrete removal, additional work activity will occur at the site through the remainder of the fall. The campus community and visitors to campus can expect to see partial fence removal this winter with limited walkways open around the pond. Landscape restoration and planting will occur in Spring 2024.

Botany Pond graphic

For questions regarding the Botany Pond Project, please contact Lindsay Taylor Haskins, project manager, at l.haskins@cotterconsulting.com

Thank you.

1155 East 60th Street-Roof Replacement project 2023

June 23, 2023

Earlier this month, a project to replace a portion of the roof at the 1155 East 60th Street building commenced. 

The project starts with masonry work on the roof level of the building. The masonry work is scheduled for completion during the first week of July. The roof replacement follows and will continue throughout the summer completed in early September. The below graphic shows areas of work at/near the construction site.  

The campus community can expect the following:

  • The use of construction equipment will at times generate noise when grinding occurs. 
  • A noise and dust mitigation plan will be followed throughout construction.
  • Some walkways will be temporarily unavailable; signage will inform pedestrians of alternate routes.
  • All building entrances and egress will be maintained with overhead protections where necessary. 

1155 East 60th project graphic

For questions, please contact Patrick Lummen, project manager, at plummen@uhicago.edu.

TAAC – Interior Renovation and Site Work

June 2, 2023

On Thursday, June 15, interior renovation of existing office spaces, including site work in the North parking lot will begin. The work will continue through the summer months with the anticipated completion date by the middle of October. The next phase of this project, which includes the installation of new trailers at the North parking lot, is planned for early 2024.

Building occupants and visitors can expect the following:

  • ADA access will remain at the ramp located on the Southeast corner of the building. This ramp will also be used by construction crew to deliver materials and gain in and out access to the building.
  • No parking is allowed in the North parking lot and on the East side of the alley as indicated below.
  • Noise will be associated with this project.
  • Workers will be on site from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
  • A debris dumpster will be placed on the South end of the alley parking as shown below.
  • Signage will be in place throughout the building interior and exterior to inform occupants and visitors.

For questions, please contact Raj Desai, senior project manager, at rajdesai@uchicago.edu. Thank you for your patience throughout this project. 

Green Hall Elevator modernization and improvement project

March 16, 2023

On Monday, June 5 a project to replace the existing elevator at Green Hall will commence. The work will continue through the end of the calendar year. The project is to replace the existing elevator with a new elevator that will provide direct elevator access at street level from the east building entrance and access to all floors within the building (newly extending access to the 5th floor).

Building occupants and visitors can expect the following:

  • ADA access to the building will be via the Social Science courtyard (west) entrance and by using the elevators in Foster (3rd floor) and Pick (floors 2, 3, and 4) to selected floors.  
  • At times throughout the project, the east building entrance at University Avenue will not be available.
  • Noise will be associated with this project.
  • Workers will be on site from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
  • A debris dumpster will be placed on University Avenue (near Pick Hall) throughout the project.
  • Signage will be in place throughout the building to inform occupants and visitors.
  • During Elevator Closure: 


Green Hall Graphic

For questions, please contact C. Lee, project manager, at clee12@uchicago.edu.

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