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April 2012

April 26, 2012

Subject: Life Sciences Outdoor Work

Start: April 15, 2012

End: Appr. June 15, 2012

Beginning today, Davis Constructors will begin to take advantage of our wonderful spring weather and start up site work on the west side of the building. The work is extensive between Life Sciences and Irving 1 and 2. We have the following tasks to accomplish, all of which will benefit the University greatly.

  • installation of a new cold water chiller to provide air conditioning water to Life Sciences, Irving 1/2, BiRD, Virology, and the Museum. The new system will eliminate all of the electric air conditioning units in the existing buildings, greatly reducing electrical use on West Ridge. This work requires us to dig a deep hole near the animal quarters. and trench across to Life Sciences with large pipes.
  • installation of a new propane system to Irving 1/2.
  • installation of a better storm drainage system, one that won't backup and flood Irving 2.
  • installation of new sidewalks, curbs, and asphalt paving.

The contractor estimates the work will be complete around June 10th, weather dependent. During this time, access to Irving 1 loading dock and the back doors of Irving 1/2 will be restricted to emergency egress only. We will make provisions for deliveries that are on a pallet and can be scheduled with the contractor but please try to avoid this activity as much as possible. The road to the Dear Yard will remain open at this time although there will be a few days sometime in June that we will need to cross the road with a new culvert.

Parking will not be affected with the exception of the far eastern row of parking along the concrete rails must north of the bear pens. We need to eliminate this row of parking for a while to excavate in the area to replace bad soils.

Thank you for your continued patience with this project. We are nearing the end of the work and impacts and everyone's perseverance will be well worth it!!

Please contact our Customer Service Center at 474-7000 for further information.


October 2011

October 4, 2011

Subject: Tarring of Roof on Life Sciences Building

Start: Oct. 4, 2011

End: Approximately Oct 25, 2011

Roof tarring has begun on the Life Science building. The tar being used is a "low odor" and non toxic type, but you may smell it on the west ridge.

This work is expected to take 2 - 3 weeks.

Please contact our Customer Service Center at 474-7000 for further information.



August 2011

August 24, 2011

The North Tanana Drive extension road (unpaved)  continues to be used by large construction equipment and vehicles working on West Ridge.



As a reminder to pedestrians / cyclists: 

For your own personal safety, please refrain from using that portion of the loop road during the remainder of the heavy vehicle traffic during this construction.



For additional information, please contact our Design and Construction project office at 474-1919.


July 2011

July 21, 2011 

Subject:            Koyukuk Drive closing to thru traffic

Start:                July 21, 2011  6:00am

End:                  August 31, 2011  7:00pm

Due to heavy construction in the area of Koyukuk Drive on the West Ridge, this road will be closed to all but emergency and small delivery vehicles.  Those vehicles will be able to access the road from the west end  up to the Irving II building only.  There will be a designated turn around available to those vehicles only.

Pedestrians will be routed behind the Davis Construction trailers and to the north of parking lot 9A (east lot of Arctic Health).

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Center at 474-7000 or see the current map

July 8, 2011 

Parking Lot and Street Closures Update

Arctic Health Lot 9A:      Open.

Butrovich  Lot 9C:           Open to two way traffic.

Butrovich  Lot 9C:           East end reopens on July 8

Intersection of Yukon Drive and Sheenjek Drive:        Open.

Koyukuk Drive:               Open to normal traffic - east to west.

Arctic Health Lot 9B:      Closes July 11 - thru August 30.   Minimal parking will be available in the paved section (east end).


June 2011

June 15, 2011

Subject:       Parking Lot and Street Closures / Changes

Start:            June 16, 2011

End:             June  30, 2011

Arctic Health Lot 9A will be closed from June 20 thru June 28.

Butrovich Lot 9C will be open to two lane traffic from June 16 - June 28.

East end of the Butrovich Lot 9C will be closed to vehicle parking (construction area) from June 16 - June 28.

Intersection of Yukon Drive and Sheenjek Drive will be closed from June 20 - June 30.

Koyukuk Drive (between Arctic Health and Elvey buildings), will change the traffic flow from west to east on June 20 - June 30.

These changes are required for the installation of a new sewer line going in from south of Butrovich to the new Life Sciences Building.

Please see the current map or contact our Customer Service Center at 474-7000.

June 10, 2011

Construction work will extend beyond the building site over the next three weeks as workers install a new sewer line from below Butrovich to just north of the Virology building.  Please use caution in this area and look for revised maps and detour routes as road closures are announced.


May 2011

May 31, 2011

Road Closure:     Kuskokwim Way north at parking lot 6J to the intersection with No. Tanana Drive

Begins:                          Tuesday           May 31 at 7:00 am

Ends:                             Monday            June 9 at 5:30 pm

This closure is required to allow large trucks hauling silt from the Life Sciences project safely to the Eco Dump.

Please see this map or contact the Customer Service Center at 474-7000.

May 25, 2011

The closure of the westbound lane of Yukon Drive near Butrovich Building will be extended for construction through June 17th, 2011 due to continued safety concerns.  During the closure, drivers are encouraged to use caution and follow posted detour routes.  For the most up-to-date information about the project and any closures, call 907-474-1919.

May 11, 2011

The contractor on the Life Sciences building will begin more compacting on Thursday, May 12 and continue through until the end of next week. The building vibration and shaking that you may have been feeling will intensify during this time. For more information, please contact our Project Managers office at 474-1919.
Thank you for "bearing" with us!


April 2011

April 26, 2011

It has been discovered that the propane tank supplying Irving I & II is within the excavation limits of the Life Sciences project. To continue the excavation uninterrupted, the propane will need to be turned off to the buildings, and the tank moved. The Division of Design & Construction would like to shut the propane off April 26, 2011, and it might be off for several days while the tank is relocated. If you are a propane user in one of these buildings, please email Jami Warrick at jami.warrick@alaska.edu, indicating how much propane you use, how often, and whether this shutdown will adversely affect your work.

April 22, 2010

Yukon Drive to close to west bound traffic

Due to a deep excavation along Yukon Drive for the new SNRAS Research and Teaching Greenhouse, the contractor has requested that Yukon Drive be closed to west bound traffic beginning on April 26 until May 24, 2011.

The road will be unsafe to travel on the northern edge of the west bound lane.  This will cause a detour of west bound traffic coming from lower campus along Yukon Drive with a destination of Tanana Loop.  The detour will be in effect north on Sheenjek and west on Koyukuk out to Tanana Loop.

The east bound lane that would take you from Tanana Loop east towards the Museum will remain open.   The detour will affect only through traffic and not UAF access to the rear of the Arctic Health Building.

We apologize in advance of this closure however; we must ensure the safety of everyone on campus and prevent any accidents.

Ghemm Company will have a traffic control plan in place.

April 19, 2011

Contractors working on the new Arctic Health Greenhouse will be performing work along Yukon Drive beginning on Thursday morning, April 21st and continuing throughout the day on Saturday, April 23.

Although there will be construction flaggers on site for traffic control, we advise you to please use caution when traveling in this area.

For more information, please contact Facilities Services at 474-7000.

April 13, 2011

As of  April 12, 2011, the exit out of Irving 2 east stairwell that empties out at the main level will be closed for construction.  The exit out of the building will be through the lower level stairwell exit door.  Please be aware of the changes in your exit pattern if you occupy this building.

April 6, 2011

UAF has broken ground on the new Life Sciences Facility and construction activities are ramping up quickly. As part of the new work, we will need to shut down Sheenjek Drive from Koyukuk Drive to North Tanana Loop to all thru traffic for the duration of the project. Starting April 11, 2011, fencing and barricades will close off all traffic on the road. There will be detour signs up to assist in finding buildings cut off by the closure such as the State Public Health lab. Access to the parking areas and entrances for building such as O'Neill, Elvey, Irving 1/2, etc will be via Tanana Loop west of the Akasofu building. Koyukuk Drive will continue to remain open for the next few weeks. Access to the Museum will continue to be along its normal route off of Yukon Drive and/or Sheenjek Drive.

April 1, 2011

Koyukuk Drive will be closed from 8am to noon to allow the contractor to install wires under the roadway.  The wires will run power and phones for the contractor's job trailers.


March 2011

March 24, 2011

Preliminary steps in the construction of the new Life Sciences building will begin right after the groundbreaking ceremony on March 30, 2011.

The Sheenjek parking lot (dirt parking lot) behind Irving I and Irving II will be closed off beginning March 25th until spring 2014. All vehicles, trailers, etc. need to be removed by March 25th. Parking in lot 9F (directly behind Irving I and Irving II) will be unavailable for most of the summer, depending on the Life Sciences construction schedule.

Sheenjek Drive (in front of BiRD and Virology buildings) is also slated for closure in early April. Access to the parking behind O’Neill and WRRB will be accessible via Tanana Loop, behind the Elvey building. Signs will be going up soon that will help with wayfinding and detour routes. The normally closed North Tanana Loop will be open for contractor access only so please do not use this route.

There will be some noise associated with the construction. Initially, we can expect to see and hear loaders, excavators, dump trucks, and bulldozers. The associated noise will consist of backup alarms, diesel engines, tracks on the bulldozers, air horns from the dump trucks, etc.

There will be vibration associated with gravel compaction. April will likely be the noisiest month, as this is when the head house from the old WR Greenhouse will be taken down and the major excavation will occur.

In late June, a crane will be placed behind Irving I/Irving II, and there will be noise associated with steel erection. The construction noise should lessen by September, after the steel is up.

If you have any questions, please call Facilities Services at 474-1919.

Additionally, you can access either this website for the construction at: www.uaf.edu/lifescience/construction

or the UAF Life Sciences Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/UAF-Life-Sciences/194144413951805

Thank you for your patience during this process.