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Science and Applied Studies Building Renovations Architectural Drawing of Proposed SA Building

The Science and Applied Studies Building will be renovated and another floor added starting in the spring of 2016. The south side of the building will be demolished except for the exterior framework and new space will be constructed for Astronomy, Geology, Engineering, Landscape Technology, Physical Science, Physics, etc. (i.e. all of the sciences that could not be accommodated in the Bioscience Education Center.  There will be a new and expanded Math Accounting Physics Engineering Learning (MAPEL) Center, a small office suite for science faculty, lounge spaces and two (2) new elevators.  These changes will take place in Phase One of the project.

Before work can begin on Phase One, however, Phase Zero must be completed.  Phase Zero is the term used to describe the consolidation of all occupants in the building on both floors of the north side.  The estimated completion date for the second floor of Phase Zero is the beginning of April 2016.  The Counseling and other Student Services Offices will be moved from the first floor to the second floor thereafter.  The Office of Facilities will work closely with the stakeholders to plan the relocations.  Once everyone in the Phase Zero area has been settled, Phase One may start.

The Phase One Request for Proposal was advertised in early January 2016 and will be opened late January 2016.  The Board of Trustees is anticipated to approve the recommended general contractor mid-April 2016, followed by approval of the Maryland Board of Public Works in May 2016.  Once all approvals are received, the contract with the general contractor may be executed and the Notice to Proceed with construction will follow.

Phase One construction is anticipated to begin late spring 2016 with an estimated building opening date of late spring 2018.


Asbestos Floor Tile and Adhesive Mastic Removal in SA

Before demolition begins in Phase One, asbestos-containing material will be removed from spaces scheduled for renovation.  There is approximately 22,000 square feet of asbestos-containing floor tile and adhesive mastic on the south side of the second floor and selected spaces on the first floor, and there are fireproof panels in chemical fume hoods.  The work will have a minimal impact on the occupied spaces, but the second floor laboratory and prep spaces will be restricted during abatement.

Barco Enterprises, a licensed asbestos abatement contractor, will perform the work.  The project will be monitored by an independent licensed industrial hygienist from Arc Environmental, Inc.

The work areas will be enclosed with heavy plastic sheeting and isolated before work begins.  The enclosures will be kept under negative air pressure by active exhaust through high-efficiency particulate air filters to the outside.  The industrial hygienist will monitor for airborne particles before, during and at completion of the project before the area is cleared for demolition/renovation.


Second Floor Restrooms in SA Temporarily Closed

The restrooms on the second floor of SA are closed so that the drywall ceilings can be removed and the construction workers can gain access to the structural steel.  Restrooms are expected to re-open on or around March 1, 2016.


Ground Floor Restrooms in HS Closed for Renovations

The women's restroom on the ground floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HS) will be closed for renovations beginning February 8, 2016.  As an alternative, the unisex restroom is available for use.  Additionally, the men's restroom has reopened.


For the Facilities Master Plan see the Planning, Design and Construction website.



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