Archived Construction Updates

AUGUST 29, 2012 – APRIL2, 2012

Posted: August 29, 2012

Cougar Village II

  • Framed/Poured 2 Remaining Plinths – complete less Tunnel Area
  • Framed/Poured Remaining Foundation Walls – complete less Tunnel Area
  • Framed/Poured 350′ of Grade Beams in Area B
  • Framed/Poured 60′ of Tunnel Roof
  • Framed/Poured 8 Exterior Columns at Breezeway
  • Started U/G Plumbing & Electrical Rough-in Area A/B
  • Sign-off on U/G Utilities in Area C
  • Started framing for Structural Slab-on-Grade Area C

Two week Look Ahead

  • Grade beam installation in Area B/A
  • Complete Backfill in Area B/A
  • Underground MEP work in Area B/A
  • Structural Slab-on-Grade Pour Area B
  • Westside Utility Installation
  • CV 2 Tunnel Connection

Challenges

  • Received 3.5 inches of rain ( over four days) last week
  • Unexpected Electrical Ductbank conflicts at Utility Tunnel

1A Parking Garage

  • Asphalt has been demolished and removed in areas to receive spread footings.
  • Structural excavation has occurred on the east and west side of the project.
  • Spread footing installation is scheduled to begin next week

Two week Look Ahead

  • Structural Excavation
  • Spread Footing Installation

Cougar Place

    Building B ( South Building)

  • Roof Truss installation will be complete by Aug. 31
  • Dens Glass Sheathing is being installed
  • Structural Steel Erection on south side complete; Crane moved to north side
  • Stairs for Building B onsite.
  • Second Floor Framing infill over Mechanical Room in process
  • Electrical rough-in in walls is ongoing through the 3rd floor
  • Plumbing rough-in continues through 4th Floor.
  • Water tank is on site for the mechanical room
  • Vinyl Windows scheduled for Aug. 27 delivery

Building C ( North Building)

  • Framing 4th floor on north side begins next week
  • Roof Truss installation to start next week on north side
  • CMU work is Complete
  • Structural Steel Erection to start in C the end of next week
  • Mechanical Hangers for Chilled Water Installed on First Floor
  • Electrical rough-in started

Building A (Commons & Classroom Building)

  • CMU walls complete
  • Structural Steel delivery week of Sept. 7

Site Work

  • Circle Drive at front of A was poured
  • Power Poles installed by CenterPoint Energy for permanent power
  • Domestic Water Line Installed
  • Additional Trees removed
  • Fence along Wheeler relocated for METRO access
  • Wood Storage on Parking Lot 11A removed for start of school

Posted: July 9, 2012

Cougar Village II

For next two weeks:

  • Spread footing installation in Area A/B
  • Structural wall and plinth installation in Area A/B
  • Backfill Area C to below structural Slab-on-Grade
  • Grade beam installation in Area C
  • Tower crane foundation and erection
  • Storm sewer installation on the west side of the project
  • Underground MEP work in Area B/C

Cougar Place

  • Installation of sanitary sewer & storm continues
  • Hauling of earth from utility excavations continues
  • Electrical duct bank section 2 of 3 now complete and needs infillk
  • Framing of walls on 3rd floor/Building B and 2nd floor/Building C continues. It is taking 2 weeks per floor to frame walls.
  • Rain on Sunday will likely create some site work delays on underground utilities
  • Road construction begins on July 16th

Posted: July 2, 2012

Cougar Village II

For next two weeks:

  • Spread footing installation in Area B/A
  • Structural wall and plinth installation in Area B/C
  • Backfill Area C to below structural slab-on-grade
  • Tower crane foundation and erection
  • Storm sewer installation on the west side of the project

Cougar Place

  • Wood framing for the 2nd floor to be complete
  • Installation of sanitary sewer & storm between A &B is in process
  • hauling of earth from utility excavations
  • Electrical duct bank section 1 of 3 finishes this week
  • Primary duct back inspected and partially concreted

Posted: June 26, 2012

Cougar Village II

For next two weeks:

  • Spread footing installation in Area B
  • Structural wall and plinth installation in Area B/C
  • CenterPoint duct bank Installation
  • Backfill Area C to below structural slab-on-grade

Cougar Place

  • Wood framing on first floor will be complete this week
  • Wood framing on second floor continues through next week
  • Temporary power is being installed
  • Sanitary and storm sewer is being installed between Building A and B
  • Electrical duct bank to pad mounted transformers begins this week
  • Interior finish and landscaping is being bid as the final package for this project
  • Product submittals are being processed

Posted: June 18, 2012

Cougar Place

Building C (north building):

  • Framer will construct wall of building C – 1st floor
  • 4-story CMU Block walls around elevator will start

Site Work:

  • Installation of deep Sanitary Sewer between buildings to start
  • Second entry to Cougar Place will be closed to allow for storm and sanitary work
  • Excess soil will be trucked off site

General:

  • Contract buy out continues
  • Package 4 for interior finishes and landscaping to be released for bidding on

June 19th

  • Subcontractor submittals continues

Cougar Village II

For next two weeks:

  • Spread footing installation in Area C
  • Structural Wall and Plinth installation in Area C
  • Storm Water System installation along the East Side of the Site
  • CenterPoint Ductbank Installation
  • Backfill Area C to below Structural Slab-on-Grade
  • See photos of construction site below

Posted: June 11, 2012

Cougar Village II

For next two weeks:

  • Spread footing installation
  • Structural wall and plinth installation
  • Storm water system installation along the east side of the site
  • Storm water system installation in the courtyard area
  • CenterPoint ductbank installation
  • First floor wall framing is in process
  • Floor truss installation begins this week
  • CMU block wall installation is in process
  • Final slab pour for Commons this week
  • CenterPoint is finalizing Terms & Conditions package for permanent power to site.

Posted: June 4, 2012

Cougar Village II

  • Mass Excavation at Building Footprint
  • Site Electrical for Tower Cranes and Hoist
  • Foundations – spread footings and grade beams

Cougar Place

  • CMU block work continues at stairwells
  • Contractor begins erection of interior walls for residential suites
  • Work will be focused on dirt work, plumbing & electrical rough-in, and steel reinforcement for the structural slab of the Commons building.
  • Installation of Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer continues
  • Haul Off of Excavated Material
  • A third temporary entry off Wheeler will be installed

Posted: May 29, 2012

Cougar Village II

  • Sanitary Sewer Demolition – Crews came across an unforeseen existing condition on Friday that created an obstacle during construction that has called for further investigation and consulting from the Structural Engineer. There is a piece of cement stabilized material currently underneath the building pad that will affect foundations installation. Crews will resume removing this obstacle on Wednesday.
  • New Sanitary Sewer Piping – continuation of this system install will continue on for the next couple of weeks before foundation work begins
  • New Storm Sewer Piping – continuation of this system install will continue on for the next couple of weeks before foundation work begins
  • Mass Excavation – crews will be cutting out the building footprint, plus 5’, for the start of foundations. Over the next couple of days you will see the entire building’s footprint and get a very good visual representation of where the building will stand in relation to Cougar Village I.
  • Site Electrical – crews will begin running underground piping to facilitate power needs for tower cranes, personnel hoist, and temporary power to the building.
  • Site Electrical – crews hope to begin running underground piping along the CenterPoint Easement to provide power to permanent transformers.

Cougar Place

  • Building B – Base plates for walls will be installed before framer moves to Building C
  • Building C – Third and final slab pour will be completed this week. Framer will also lay out interior walls.
  • Building A – Slab will be finished in early June, after utilities are installed.
  • General – A small section of Lot 11A is being used for storage of framing and lumber
  • One of two construction entries is being closed for construction of site utilities. A temporary entry off Wheeler will be utilized for 2 to 3 months for passenger vehicles only.

Posted: May 22, 2012

Cougar Village II

  • Old Sanitary Sewer Demo / Backfill – Start May 21st / Finish May 26
  • Mass Excavation 8’ – Start May 21st / Finish May 30th
  • New Sanitary Sewer Install – Start May 23rd
  • New Storm Water Install – Start May 23rd

Cougar Place

  • Major rerouting of the overhead power lines along Cougar Place Drive was completed on Saturday, May 19th
  • BUILDING A – Despite the rain, work began in earnest on the installation of the storm line to Building A, which is 50% complete. A buried concrete pier was uncovered in line with the storm sewer, which is being removed.
  • BUILDING B – Masons are laying out the block walls for the elevator shaft in Building B and will begin laying block next week for the elevator shaft and the mechanical rooms. Rough carpenters will begin layout of the walls early next week in Building B and will begin erecting walls later in the week.
  • BUILDING C – Plumbers have finished slab rough-in of Building C and will do rough in of Building A this week. On Monday, May 21st crews placed a structural concrete slab in Building C.
  • Contractor is requesting partial street closure on Cougar Place for Thursday, May 24 for another concrete pour. Press release will be issued.

Posted: May 14, 2012

  • Sanitary Sewer Connection / Demo / Backfill – Start April 26th / Finish May 16th – affectionately known onsite as “Cougar Canal”
  • New Storm Sewer Piping – Start May 17th
  • New Sanitary Piping – Start May 17th
  • Mass Excavation 8’ – Start May 21st

Posted: May 7, 2012

  • Sanitary Sewer Relocation / Connection / Demo / Backfill – Start April 26th / Finish May 16th – affectionately known onsite as “Cougar Canal”
  • Existing Storm Sewer Demo – will be demolished in conjunction with Sanitary Relocation
  • New Storm Sewer Piping – Start May 7th / Finish May 25th
  • Remaining Tree Demolition/Remaining Paving/Clear and Grub – Start May 7th / Finish May 11th

Posted: April 30, 2012

  • Sanitary Storm Relocation / Connection / Demo / Backfill – Began April 26th; Finishes on May 16th
  • Existing Storm Sewer Demo – will be demolished in conjunction with Sanitary Relocation
  • Centerpoint Energy – Site Power Connection

Posted: April 23, 2012

  • Excavate remainder top soil/organic layer
  • Begin sanitary reroute (you will see an 18’ deep hole) (there will be a lot of equipment activity for this operation)
  • Site lighting complete
  • Temporary Site power complete
  • CenterPoint Electric to set transformer for temporary site power
  • Stabilized entrance at Gate #1 and parking
  • Complete site demolition (exception – west side of project)

Posted: April 16, 2012

Mobilization

  • Temporary lighting around temporary sidewalk for Cougar Village I will be complete
  • Temporary lighting around the entire site will be complete by the end of the week
  • Stabilized entrance for gate #1 will be complete over the next 2 weeks
  • Temporary/Site power will be installed.

Site

  • Site demolition will continue and be completed over the next 2 weeks
  • Layout for new sanitary reroute
  • Mass excavation for sanitary reroute to start and complete
  • Installation of storm and sanitary sewer lines to begin/complete along the south side of the site
  • Portion of electrical ductbank to begin at gate #1

Posted: April 9, 2012

  • Erosion control will be installed
  • Contractor equipment (trailer/office, dumpster, excavation equipment) will begin to arrive
  • Sitework will also begin: Deep excavation of new and old sanitary drain lines; site utility disconnect of parking lot lights, pedestrian lights, site clearing of trees, Parking Lot 6C demolition, contractor temporary utility connections, etc.

Posted: April 2, 2012

Parking Lot 6C closed permanently; you might have seen barricades going up this past weekend.

  • New temporary sidewalks will be poured along the west side of Cougar Village I, connecting the west exit to other perimeter walkways. (New and/or existing sidewalks are indicated in yellow in the diagram below)
  • Installation of the construction fencing will begin this week at Entrance 6. The entire Cougar Village II construction site is expected to be fenced by the end of the week. (The fence is indicated in red below)
  • Pedestrian traffic flowing west out of Cougar Village I toward the Quads will be impacted. Directional signage will be available shortly after to direct traffic around the construction zone.
  • Temporary lighting will be put in place along the fence to compensate for existing pedestrian lights that will be coming down.