Pacific Hall Update | Week of Oct. 30

Progress made the week of Oct. 30 remains consistent with the past few weeks, as finish sequences march along inside the building, and exterior repairs and refurbishment are in full swing. Upstairs, drywall, taping, and painting is virtually complete, and ceiling framing is wrapping up. Door frames have been prepped and painted, and lighting and MEP trim is being installed throughout Level 2.

The next couple weeks will see the team moving into installing equipment and accessories before rough clean and flooring install. Dry wallers, tapers, and painters have rotated downstairs this and have been making steady progress building out first floor spaces and the lobby. With the fire sprinkler system complete, Merit continues replacing the light fixtures throughout Level 1. At the building’s exterior, joint sealant replacement is wrapping up into early next week, and NW Masonry has begun pressure-washing the brick to make ready for new brick sealant. You can see an example of the washed brick along the east face of the building on Trombley Square.

As a whole, the project remains on schedule for substantial completion by January 10, 2024, and reopening by January 29, 2024. Spaces will begin to come ready for cleaning and moving back in existing furniture in mid-to-late December, followed by AV and new furniture install in early-mid January.

Please read about the full update.

Week of Oct. 30, 2023

Site & Exterior Work

  • New joint sealants have been placed along the east and north elevations of the building. Sealant placement at the west and south elevations is ongoing through the end of this week and into early next, with completion scheduled for Nov. 7.
  • Brick washing is underway, beginning this week along the east elevation. This work will continue over the course of the next two weeks, with completion scheduled by Nov. 17.
  • Exterior painting begins Nov. 7 along the east elevation of the building. Campus users will notice a dramatic visual change to the building as the new dark color is applied to the existing concrete/stucco. A mockup of the new color can be seen at the southeast corner of the building outside Cawein Gallery. Painting will follow the same pattern as other exterior work, beginning at the east elevation and rotating counterclockwise around the building. This work is scheduled to continue throughout November.
  • Once painting is complete, the final brick seal will begin, again on the east face. This work is scheduled to begin Nov.13 and continue through the first week of December.
  • The new handrails at the exterior ramps and stairs will be installed from Nov. 13 to 27.

Interior Finishes, Level 2

  • Drywall, taping, and painting is mostly complete throughout Level 2, with a couple minor exceptions.
  • Door frames were prepped and painted this week.
  • Window sills were installed throughout Level 2 this week.
  • Framing for ceiling grid and cloud ceilings is ongoing throughout this week and into early next, with completion scheduled by Nov.  7.
  • MEPF trim and light fixtures are being installed over the next two weeks, with completion scheduled by Nov. 15.
  • Next week, equipment and accessories like whiteboards, fire extinguisher cabinets, and wall protection begin being installed. This work is scheduled from Nov. 6 to 15.
  • Level 2 work remains on schedule for rough clean in Zone 2 from Nov. 8 to 10, and in Zone 1 from Nov. 13 to 15.
  • Storefront for the new pods and conference rooms will be installed from Nov. 18 from Wednesday, November 8 to 14.
  • Cabinets in the new prep room will be installed Nov. 8.
  • Doors and hardware will be installed from Nov. 13 to 15 in Zone 1, and Nov. 17 to 21 in Zone 2.
  • Flooring will be installed throughout Level 2 from Nov. 13 to 21.
  • Concrete floor polishing will begin Nov. 17 and continue through the end of November.

Interior Finishes, Level 1

  • Drywall and taping is ongoing over the course of this week and next, with completion scheduled by Tuesday, Nov. 14.
  • Painting begins this coming Monday, November 6, and will continue for two weeks, with completion by Tuesday, Nov. 21.
  • Merit Electric continues replacing the light fixtures that were removed for fire sprinkler work throughout Level 1. This work is scheduled to continue throughout November.
  • Scaffolding has been removed in the east and west stairs. Scaffolding at the main stair will be removed Friday, Nov. 10.
  • Ceiling framing will take place from Nov. 13  to 16 in Zone 1, and on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Zone 2.
  • Door frames will be prepped and painted Nov. 13-14. Doors and hardware will be installed from Nov. 15 to 17.
  • New stair handrails will be installed from Nov. 15 to 22.
  • MEPF trim will be installed Nopv. 20 and 21 in Zone 1, and Nov. 27 and 28 in Zone 2.
  • Rough clean is scheduled Nov. 20 -2 in Zone 1, and Nov. 28-30 in Zone 2.

New Restrooms

  • Taping and painting is wrapping up in the new restrooms by the end of this week.
  • Tiling will begin Nov. 6 and continue through Nov. 14.
  • Bathroom accessories will be installed Nov. 15 – 17.
  • Concrete floor polishing will take place Nov. 17 and Nov. 20.
  • MEPF trim will be installed Nov. 21 - 22.
  • Final clean is scheduled by Nov. 28. All activities related to the build out of the new restrooms are scheduled for completion by the end of November.

Existing L1 Restrooms

  • Plaster began by Nov. 1 and will continue through the end of next week, with completion scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10.
  • Tile install will begin Nov. 15 and continue through the remainder of November.
  • Epoxy floor painting will take place during the final week of November and into the first week of December.

Entry & Lobby

  • New storefront at the main entry will be installed over the course of next week, Nov. 6 – 10.
  • Access Control wiring at the main entry Tuesday, Nov. 7.
  • Drywall and taping in the main entry will take place Monday, Nov. 13 – Wednesday, Nov. 22. Painting will take place the following week, on Monday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Nov. 28.
  • Sanding and re-finishing the plinth under the main stair will take place Nov. 16 - 17.
  • Acoustic panels at the lobby will be installed Nov. 20 21.

Upcoming Events & Campus Coordination

  • Nov 22 – 24 – Thanksgiving Holiday. Campus closed on these dates. No construction activities scheduled for Nov. 23 - 24.

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Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023