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Campus improvement projects at Whatcom this summer

Post Date:06/22/2016 8:38 a.m.

Whatcom Community College is engaging in several capital repair and improvement projects this summer. Below is a list and short description of some of the work the College hopes to accomplish on campus over the next few months. 

Please take a moment to review the project list and consider the potential operational impacts listed for each. As always, facilities and operations staff will do their best to limit disruption to campus and the surrounding neighborhood.

Cascade roof replacement

The 30-year-old roof on Cascade Hall will be replaced this summer with a new membrane roof system. The project scope will include re-roofing the north and south sections of Cascade as well as the canopy system on the east side of the building. 

  • Construction schedule: July - August 2016
  • Design consultant: Zervas Group
  • Work to be performed by: Hytech Roofing

Operational impacts

  • Sections of walkways and parking spaces immediately adjacent to Cascade may be temporarily closed as work progresses. Alternative, accessible routes will be identified to maintain building access.
  • Noise related to demolition and construction activity may be noticeable inside the building. There may also be occasional odors noticeable within the building associated with the flashing and roof work.
  • Air conditioning units may be temporarily disabled as work progresses
  • If needed, staff, faculty, and classes may be relocated to reduce disruption from construction-related activities

Laidlaw boiler replacement

This project will replace the failing boiler in Laidlaw with a more energy efficient model and upgrade the building pressure relief fan and drive motor system. 

  • Construction schedule: June - August 2016
  • Design consultant: Sazan Group Inc.
  • Work to be performed by: Hillco Mechanical

Operational impacts:

  • Noise related to demolition of old boiler and installation of new boiler in the second floor mechanical room
  • Occasional smell of hot works associated with brazing/welding of ductwork
  • Possible disruption to service drive area on west side of Laidlaw during equipment and material deliveries

Orca Field turf replacement

The old turf material on the soccer field is worn out and at the end of its useful life. This project will replace the turf material, enhance the appearance, restore the playability, and repair some uneven areas caused by settling on the field.

  • Construction schedule: June - July 2016
  • Work to be performed by: FieldTurf

Operational impacts:

  • Temporary closure of Orca Field and adjacent parking
  • Construction equipment and material staging in the parking area north of the field
  • Noise related from the operation of construction forklifts and other equipment on the field through the end of July 2016

Laidlaw room 216 remodel

The old nursing lab storage room and instructor work station area will be remodeled to create four new offices and a larger meeting/office space. The remodel will re-purpose space that has gone largely unused since the nursing program moved to the Health Professions Education Center.

  • Construction schedule: July - November 2016
  • Design consultant: Zervas Group
  • Work to be performed by: Contractor not yet selected

Operational impacts:

  • Noise related to the demolition and construction activity
  • Temporary disruption to elevator and stairs while moving materials to the remodel area
  • Several parking spaces south of Laidlaw will be reserved for material staging and contractor parking

Cascade room 136 remodel

This instructional space will be remodeled to accommodate print making, keyboarding, and other art courses. Work will include light demolition, installation of cabinets and counter tops, and ventilation, plumbing, and lighting upgrades.

  • Construction schedule: May - July 2016
  • Work to be performed by: WCC maintenance staff

Operational impacts:

  • Noise related to the demolition and construction activity
  • Occasional smell of hot works associated with the plumbing improvements
  • Several parking spaces south of Laidlaw will be reserved for material staging and contractor parking

Pedestrian safety improvements

This project is currently in the design phase and is looking at ways to improve the safety of the Kellogg Road pedestrian crossings. Some considerations include improving visibility by installing overhead lighting and painting the asphalt (creating “green zones”) adjacent to the crosswalks, installing pedestrian activated flashing beacons, removing visual obstructions near the approaches to the crosswalks, enhancing signage, adding traffic calming speed bumps, and re-assessing existing landscaping along Kellogg Road.

  • Construction schedule: This project will likely be accomplished in phases from August 2016 – August 2017
  • Design consultant: HKP Architects
  • Work to be performed by: Contractor not yet selected

Operational impacts:

  • Traffic delays and periodic lane closures on Eliza Avenue and Kellogg Road throughout construction
  • Dust and noise related to the demolition and construction activity
  • Temporary closure of sidewalk areas along Eliza and Kellogg Road throughout construction

Please feel free to contact facilities and operations at 360.383.3390 with any questions. To locate areas of construction, please consult the campus map.

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