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$4.8 million project to repair sloping first floor of Wescoe, improve safety

University officials have announced approval of a $4.8 million repair project for Wescoe Hall. The Kansas Board of Regents approved the project last month.

Priority work

The Kansas Board of Regents has released a prioritized list of deferred maintenance projects for the Lawrence and KU Medical Center campuses.

The Lawrence list covers more than $57 million in needed work, with utility tunnel improvements rated most important.

The KU Medical Center list includes $22 million worth of projects, with improvements to the Applegate Energy Center at the top of the list.

The reconstruction will focus on fixing the slab under the east side of the building's first floor, which will require the removal of all the office and hallway partitions.

Clay and shale underneath the floor have expanded and pushed the concrete slab, causing it to warp. The result has been uneven floors, walls and ceilings. Originally the plan was to repair just the south side, but similar problems have been noticed on the building's north side, and it made more sense to combine the work into one project, said Jim Modig, director of Design and Construction Management.

As part of the repair work, offices located on the east side of the first floor will be moved to the newly constructed space on the southwest side. Several offices will be reconstructed in the area of the floor slab replacement. Ten classrooms will be added on the east side. A new ADA compliant entrance will be added to the south side's first floor as well. Fire code improvements will be made, and a new $1.35 million heating and air conditioning system will be installed. The system will replace the current heating and air conditioning unit, which is more than 30 years old.

Floors above the first level are not affected by the problem with clay and shale below the slab. Columns that support the floors descend directly into the bedrock. The clay and shale will be removed and replaced with gravel to provide a more solid foundation.

Funding for the project will come from the repair and rehabilitation fund and tuition interest funds. Work is scheduled to be completed by summer 2008.

University of Kansas

Lawrence Campus

Deferred Maintenance Projects

January 24, 2007

The University of Kansas Lawrence campus has prioritized the expenditure of an estimated $57.34 million in deferred maintenance funding for buildings and campus infrastructure. The priority of projects is directly related to the Fall 2006 Deferred Maintenance report to the Board of Regents. Estimated project costs are taken from the Lawrence campus inventory of Repair and Rehabilitation project estimates.

  1. Utility Tunnel Improvements $8,800,000

    This project is a continuation of tunnel repair/replacement work first studied in 2000. An evaluation of approximately forty percent of the total campus utility tunnel system included all tunnel sections with visual signs of deterioration, water infiltration or other problems. Specific structural work and costs associated with utilities supported by the tunnel system have been identified and preliminary cost estimates have been completed.

    These tunnel improvements are necessary to maintain the various state-owned utility systems routed through more than 16,000 feet of tunnel systems. The tunnel system is used to route steam and condensate piping from the central plant, portions of the campus electrical distribution system, communication cabling and other vital utility systems to approximately 50 buildings on the main campus.

    Tunnel structures must be repaired in order to slow deterioration and minimize the possibility of major failures of tunnel segments with existing structural deficiencies, including wall and ceiling movements, cracks, offsets and spalling, water infiltration and deficient utility support components. To facilitate on-going maintenance, improvements addressing access and safety for individuals working on various systems distributed through the tunnels are also included.

  2. Wescoe Hall $3,560,000

    This project will replace four air-handling units on the 2nd and 3rd floors which are original 1973 equipment which are deficient and at or beyond the serviceable life. Outside air intake will be reconfigured and distribution ductwork and volume control devices will be replaced to meet current code. Vertical shafts for ductwork and fire protection systems will be reworked to meet current code requirements; includes ceiling repair/replacement.

  3. Haworth Hall $2,600,000

    This project replaces ten air handling units, controls, and chilled water piping in the original building, the 1971 and 1985 additions including Stewart Wing, and replaces the cooling tower in the original building. This project will also replace exhaust hoods and controls in the original building and additions and updates the fire alarm system.

  4. Malott Hall Improvements $2,630,000

    This project will replace at least four 30-year old air handling units and their controls, as well as approximately 50 exhaust hoods of similar vintage to better control chemical fume concentrations in classrooms, laboratories, and office spaces. Where feasible the projects will incorporate heat recovery equipment to reduce energy use.

  5. Art and Design $1,100,000

    This project replaces HVAC equipment including chilled water coils, controls, and variable frequency drives in the five main air handling units. The original foundry furnace will be replaced with an induction furnace and in the oldest areas of the facility existing steel framed single glazed windows will be abated and replaced.

  6. Murphy Hall $4,460,000

    This project replaces HVAC components including the air handling units, building chiller, cooling tower and chilled water piping; replaces the electrical distribution system to branch panel boards; includes an emergency generator for life safety systems and repairs or replaces deficient elevator equipment.

  7. Smissman Research Lab $ 538,000

    This project replaces the building HVAC system including air handling unit, heating hot water boiler and controls and existing deficient elevator equipment.

  8. Lippincott Hall $1,195,000

    This project replaces HVAC and electrical systems components, an existing open gate elevator, the fire alarm and smoke detection system and includes abatement of hazardous materials. A generator will replace the central battery inverter system for the emergency lighting system.

  9. Lindley Hall $2,080,000

    This project replaces HVAC equipment including air handling units, condensing units and terminal boxes, electrical panel boards and distribution, and includes plumbing improvements. Noncompliant transite and wood fume hoods will be abated and replaced. Repairs to the foundation and the below grade area way and replacing single glazed metal frame windows and exterior doors will also be completed.

  10. Bailey Hall Improvements $1,825,000

    This project will repair and replace structural, HVAC/mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components; replace the existing elevator and improve the fire escape which requires structural modifications to correct code deficiencies.

  11. Watson Library $1,635,000

    This project will repair or replace electrical and HVAC systems that are beyond their serviceable life including the building chiller, update the fire building alarm and include life/safety code required projects.

  12. Learned Hall $2,900,000

    This project replaces HVAC air handling units, fan coils, chiller, chilled water piping, and controls; also replaces all the electrical panel boards and improves the fire alarm system.

  13. Computer Services Facility Improvements $1,360,000

    This project will repair or replace computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units on the main machine room floor and equipment associated with four central air handling units. Electrical distribution for server racks, failing pedestals and floor panels will be replaced and fire alarm systems will be improved.

  14. Storm Sewer Phase I $ 550,000

    This project replaces sections of deficient or failing storm sewers primarily north of Jayhawk Boulevard identified in a 1993 comprehensive study.

  15. Dyche Hall $1,395,000

    This project replaces three HVAC air handling units, chilled water piping, controls and exhaust fans and includes asbestos abatement. Also includes replacing electrical panel boards and existing single glazed exterior windows.

  16. Spencer Research Library $1,644,000

    This project replaces the main HVAC air handling unit and controls and includes improvements to the electrical, emergency lighting and fire alarm systems, and replaces existing deficient aluminum framed windows.

  17. Spencer Art Museum $ 970,000

    This project replaces of two HVAC chillers and fire alarm system.

  18. McCollum Laboratory $ 295,000

    This project abates asbestos, improves electrical, emergency lighting and fire alarm systems and replaces doors.

  19. Nichols Hall $1,680,000

    This project replaces HVAC components including four air handling units, chiller equipment, chilled water piping and controls, VAV boxes, fire protection and alarm system.

  20. Water Line Improvements $1,000,000

    This project will replace deteriorated and undersized high pressure and low pressure water lines on main campus identified in a1986 study.

  21. Twente Hall $1,190,000

    This project replaces building HVAC air handling units, chilled water and steam piping, deteriorated ceilings and improves building plumbing.

  22. Summerfield Hall $1,850,000

    This project replaces HVAC air handling and fan coil equipment, electrical switchgear and panel boards and aluminum framed single glazed windows.

  23. Storm Sewer Improvements Phase II $ 450,000

    This project replaces additional sections of deficient or failing storm sewers identified in a 1993 comprehensive study primarily north of Jayhawk Boulevard.

  24. Blake Hall $1,160,000

    This project replaces building chiller and air handling units, fire alarm system; repairs or replaces electrical systems and elevator and includes required ADA improvements.

  25. Strong Hall $2,740,000

    This project replaces several dozen deficient package HVAC units with central air handling units, controls and piping, provides a generator for emergency power and replaces elevator equipment.

  26. Stauffer-Flint Hall $ 635,000

    This project will repair or replace HVAC components, fire alarm system and equipment required for ADA compliance.

  27. Power Plant Improvements $ 958,000

    This project replaces components of the major sub-systems of the boiler operation, piping systems, building electrical, lighting and emergency lighting and exterior windows; building ventilation and egress will be modified to improve safety.

  28. Fraser Hall $1,050,000

    This project will replace the existing aluminum framed single glazed windows and repair existing elevators.

  29. Robinson Gymnasium $ 500,000

    This project will replace deficient HVAC equipment including airhandlers and air distribution in the facility.

  30. Street Improvements $1,700,000

    This project will rebuild failing campus streets including subgrade stabilization and repaving of sections of Memorial Drive.

  31. Sidewalks and Stairs $ 300,000

    This project will replace failing sections of campus stairs and sidewalks.

  32. Moore Hall $ 150,000

    This project will replace the fire alarm system.

  33. Burt Hall $ 310,000

    This project will install an ADA compliant elevator and replace the electrical system main switchgear.

  34. Carruth-O'Leary Hall $ 620,000

    This project will replace deficient thru-wall air conditioning units, provide new electrical circuits, upgrade emergency lighting and replace the roof.

  35. Anschutz Science Library $ 200,000

    This project will improve the fire alarm system to be code compliant.

  36. Military Science $ 700,000

    This project will include abating lead paint and asbestos pipe insulation, replacing the electrical distribution system and installation of a ADA compliant three stop elevator and fire alarm system.

  37. Oldfather Studio $ 50,000

    This project will replace the fire alarm system.

  38. Watkins Home $ 250,000

    This project will replace the buildings outdated electrical system, window and thru-wall cooling units and original building steam radiators; patch and repair interior finishes.

  39. Smith Hall $ 200,000

    This project will install an ADA compliant three stop elevator.

  40. FO Main Building $ 80,000

    This project will replace the fire alarm system and replace obsolete emergency lighting.

  41. 1043 Indiana $ 25,048

    This project will install a fire alarm system and replace obsolete emergency lighting.

University of Kansas Medical Center

Deferred Maintenance Projects

The University of Kansas Medical Center has prioritized the expenditure of an estimated $22 million in deferred maintenance funding. The amounts were determined by using only the categories listed as unsatisfactory or poor in the FY07 Deferred Maintenance Regents Report.

  1. Applegate Energy Center $7,907,000

    This project will provide for three replacement 1250 ton chillers, three condenser water pumps and motors, and tower fans, motors, and gearboxes (#5,6,7), replacement of six transformers and four motor control centers, replacement of three emergency generators and overhaul of the three diesel engines, replacing boiler (# 4) with an energy efficient summer boiler, replace variable frequency drives on condenser water pumps (2,3,4,5,6,7), replace variable frequency drives for tower fans (2,3,4), replace free cooling heat exchanger. All of these projects will replace original equipment that is at or beyond its useful life.

  2. Utility Distribution System $2,215,000

    This project will provide for replacement of 40 building electrical transformers, all 13.8 high voltage cables from Applegate to the 40 transformers, all are at or beyond its useful life, replacement of all campus main condensate lines and all building condensate receivers. The project will eliminate recent major condensate failures, flooding equipment tunnels and the basement of the Hospital.

  3. Delp D $3,633,000

    This project will provide for the repair of all exterior and interior structural problems, removal of structural asbestos, roof replacement, replace main domestic hot/cold water risers and shut off valves, hvac risers and shut off valves, replace the hvac system.

  4. Delp F $1,815,000

    This project will provide for the roof replacement and the hvac system.

  5. Miller $ 749,000

    This project will provide for the replacement of the roof and the hvac system.

  6. Olathe Pavilion $1,376,000

    This project will provide for the replacement of the roof, windows, replace main domestic hot/cold water risers and shut off valves, hvac risers and shut off valves, replacement of restrooms and the hvac system.

  7. Smith East $ 254,000

    This project will provide for the replacement of the motor control centers and all electrical bus ducts.

  8. Student Center $ 862,000

    This project will provide for the replacement of all main domestic hot/cold water risers and shut off valves, hvac risers and shut off valves and the hvac system.

  9. Wescoe C $ 758,000

    This project will provide for the replacement of the roof, windows, motor control centers, all main domestic hot/cold water risers and shut off valves, hvac risers and shut off valves and the hvac system.

  10. Wescoe B $1,662,000

    This project will provide for the repair of interior and exterior structural issues, removal of structural asbestos, all main domestic hot/cold water risers and shut off valves, hvac risers and shut off valves and the hvac system.

  11. Sudler $1,215,000

    This project will provide for the replacement of the windows, the hvac system and the fire alarm system.

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