Worrilow Upgrade and Renovation – FAQ
Who can I contact with specific questions or concerns about the project?
Coordination of research programming and design – Eric Wommack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coordination of instructional programming and design of teaching labs – Jenny McDermott (email@example.com)
Moving and coordination between the college and UD facilities, other units involved – Jenny McDermott
Swing space, big picture, policy, fundraising – Mark Rieger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is the approximate timeline for the project?
Occupants will be moving out of the building during June of 2018. Construction is expected to begin in July/August of 2018. The building should be completed by fall semester, 2020.
What is the project budget and fundraising goal?
Central administration has agreed to provide $20 million toward a total project budget of $30 million; it is CANR’s responsibility to raise the additional $10 million. As of October, 2017, CANR has raised approximately $7.5 million toward its $10 million goal.
Who is overseeing the project?
SmithGroup is the architectural and engineering firm that has been hired to plan and design the renovation; more information on this process can be found here (INSERT LINK TO THEIR TOWN HALL PRESENTATION). As of October, 2017, a contractor has not yet been retained, but the bidding process has begun and selection of a firm will be made in the next few months.
How will moving be coordinated?
A moving contractor will be retained by January, 2018 (????). They will meet with all occupants of the building and plan the packing and moving of equipment, supplies, furniture and other items.
Will the construction be done in phases?
No. Since major mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are being replaced or upgraded, it is best to move everyone out of the building during a single construction phase of about two years. Also, phasing is slower and costs more. The exception will be the Creamery expansion/food pilot plant; the space is relatively autonomous and can be functional during the construction in other parts of the building.
Will everyone be moved to trailers during construction?
Not everyone. There are spaces available on campus and in the Newark area that can accommodate some teaching and research during the 2018-2020 construction phase. The cost of trailers to accommodate all current programs is estimated to be $2-3 million, which is up to 10% of the total budget for the project. Thus, existing, temporary space is being sought for all teaching and many of the research programs.
As an occupant of the building, what can I be doing during late 2017 to prepare for moving in summer 2018?
Explore possibilities for swing space with your colleagues and send any leads to Mark Rieger or Jenny McDermott.
Categorize items to be moved as follows: Things that won’t be needed during the 2018-2020 construction phase; Things that will be needed only occasionally; Things that will need to move with you to your swing space
Get rid of things you do not need. This will save a lot of time, money and effort. Chemicals and other environmental hazards can be picked up by Environmental Safety according to established guidelines – see Jenny McDermott for details.
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