Pacific Hall Update | Week of July 17

The construction team at Pacific Hall remains focused on demo, excavation, and preparation for the shear wall work at level 1, as well as HVAC demo and other miscellaneous demo. Be prepared for significant construction noise as concrete work takes place through month of August. This work represents the crux of the seismic upgrade. 

In the next few weeks crews will begin to brace walls, windows, and interior framing. The pace of construction will quicken significantly over the remainder of the summer and into the fall. 

Looking forward to the fall, the noise level should generally diminish as work transitions to the build out of interior spaces. The campus’s patience and understanding with the heightened noise levels over the past month and a half is greatly appreciated. 

Seismic Upgrade

Saw cutting, demo, and excavation at the level 1 shear wall locations and in the corridor west of the main stair for the new L1 restrooms is scheduled for completion on Friday, July 21. Vacuum trucks that produce a high level of noise have been on-site daily throughout the course of the week. Geotechnical inspectors were on-site Monday, July 17, and will return Thursday, July 20, to inspect subgrade conditions.

Drilling at the level 1, zone 1 footings and coring of the level 2 floor slab for rebar installation for the shear walls began July 14. Rebar is scheduled to arrive on Friday, July 21. 

HVAC demo by American Heating will be completed on Friday, July 21. Window steel demo, demo at the existing restrooms, stairwell handrails, and other miscellaneous demolition on level 1 and level 2 will continue for the remainder of July and through the first week of August. Roofing demo at the mechanical curb is scheduled for the week of Aug. 7. All demolition activities are scheduled to be complete by Friday, Aug. 11.

Level 1 zone 1 grade beams will be formed and tied, and in-floor electrical patched by Thursday, July 27. The concrete pour for the level 1 zone 1 grade beams and stair footings — our first of several pours on the project — is scheduled for Friday, July 28.

Drilling and epoxying of rebar at level 1, zone 2 will take place throughout next week. Level 1, zone 2 grade beams will be formed and tied between Monday, July 31 and Monday, Aug. 7. The concrete pour for level 1, zone 2 grade beams is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Shotcrete shear walls in level 1, zone 1, will be formed over the course of the week of Aug. 7, with Shotcrete pours scheduled for Friday, Aug. 11 and Monday, Aug. 14. The level 2, zone 1 shear walls will immediately follow this work, with forming in the latter half of the week of Aug. 7 and into the week of Aug. 14, and Shotcrete scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18. Please be advised that the Shotcrete work will produce a high level of noise. Zone 2 shear walls on both levels will immediately follow this work in the second half of the month of August.

Anchor installation and framing of the brace walls at existing brick walls will begin Tuesday, Aug. 1, and proceed over the course of the first three weeks of August.


Preparation of openings for window installation is to commence Wednesday, July 19. This work and installation of the new windows in non-shear wall locations will continue over the remainder of the month of July and throughout most of the month of August. Testing on the first section of installed windows is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10.

Interior Work

Plumbing rough-in at the new l1 restrooms will begin this coming Monday, July 24. Pour back of the concrete floor slab scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Wall framing and MEP rough-in for the new l1 restrooms is scheduled for Aug. 14 to 18.

Interior wall framing will begin Friday, Aug. 4, through Monday, Aug. 14. Door frame install, MEP, and fire sprinkler rough-in is scheduled through the end of the second full week of August.

Site Work

Pouring of the side ramp immediately south of the main entry tentatively scheduled for the week of Aug. 7. This work will be completed prior to students returning to campus on Aug. 24, to allow for the walkway between Pacific and Marsh Hall to remain open to pedestrians for move-in and day-to-day campus activities. Campus users are advised to expect an elevated noise level near Marsh Hall and Trombley Square as this exterior work is completed.

Saw cutting and excavation of the sidewalk and landscape area east of the building for fire sprinkler tie-in scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, to Thursday, Aug. 17. Campus users are advised to expect an elevated noise level near Marsh Hall and Trombley Square as this exterior work is completed. Water main tie-in scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17 and Friday, Aug. 18.

Upcoming Campus Events & Coordination

  • Saturday, Aug. 12 | August Commencement. The construction fence will remain in its current location and configuration, with the fire lane remaining closed to pedestrians. Campus users and visitors are advised to please adhere to all posted safety notices. No construction activities will take place over this weekend.
  • Students Return to Campus | Athletes begin returning to campus on Tuesday, Aug. 8, with full student move-in scheduled for Aug. 24 to 27.

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Monday, July 24, 2023