This week, the population of the BIMS labs has shifted from students to construction workers as demolition gets underway. The project is a multi-stage event: demolition, asbestos abatement, infrastructure improvements, construction, installation of cabinets and furniture and equipment, and resupply of the spaces with materials for teaching and research. We are at step 1 and need everything done by August 15 or so. Within two weeks, we will be past asbestos abatement and on to the infrastructure changes. Before long, new walls will define the new configuration of spaces and the finish work of installing cabinets and floors and equipment will begin.
We are ahead of schedule in some ways. Labs got packed and moved well ahead of schedule. Crews made rapid progress in the removal of casework and lab benches yesterday. These photos don’t show halls lined with cabinets that will be recycled in other locales or the pipes and wires that are being removed to be repositioned and replaced. There’s no turning back now! Still, much is left to be decided with some key bids still outstanding. Architect Rick Weatherl and McMurry Vice President over facilities Brad Poorman will have their hands full, as the science renovation is one of at least half a dozen projects to be accomplished on campus this summer, from updates in the apartments to improvements to the Radford Social Hall and others scattered across campus.
As far as science labs go, plenty has to happen between now and mid-August when we move in to prepare for the fall semester. Pray for fair bids, timely delivery, no construction delays, and safety for all involved!