Convergence Center Construction Continues to Stay on Target

Work on the Information and Technology Center has progressed steadily and, by mid-May, all the concrete walls and the roof for the building will have been poured (assuming no unforeseen weather interruptions).  As this recent photo shows, the construction site looks much different than it did just a couple of month’s ago.  The building is scheduled to go into full operation for the fall 2014 semester.

Once the concrete pour for the roof is finished, the sub-contractor handling that phase of the work will “demobilize” and preparations will begin to start laying the brick on the exterior of the building.  The masonry work is anticipated to begin in mid- to late May.

Despite best efforts manage construction disruptions and noise, the fact remains that this is a large project requiring significant construction activity.  There have been recent concerns voiced about the increase in noise associated with the project.  The contractors are concerned and are trying to pro-active about managing noise from the site but sometimes there aren’t good options.  If you do have concerns to express, let John Morello know and he will pass those comments along.

Work is once again set to go through a “quiet phase” during reading days and exam week for the spring semester. As much as possible, work will involve construction methods that produce minimal noise.  Similar rules were in effect for reading days and exam week at the end of the fall semester and seemed to work effectively.  There will be no workers on site during reading days and the scheduled events during exam week will mostly involve truck traffic coming to and from the site as some materials and equipment no longer needed as the concrete work winds down will be moved off site.

In order to avoid interference with Commencement activities, work on the site will also be shut down during the period of May 10 – 12.

As exterior construction moves ahead, attention is returning to discussions of the building’s interior and audio/visual and technology systems.  A daylong series of meetings with The Sextant Group, the A/V consultants for the project, produced an updated audiovisual systems description narrative for the project.  This document reviews the features and capabilities of different systems to be installed in various spaces throughout the building.  For a copy of this report, go here.

When completed, the four-story building will have a variety of spaces enabling students, faculty, and staff to interact with one another on both curricular and extracurricular activities.  The building will be technology-rich and designed to facilitate the application of current innovative learning technologies and structured to permit smooth transitions to new technologies as they develop.  Here’s a brief list of some of the features the building will offer:

  • Digital Auditorium (seats up to 162, four different arrangements)
  • TEN meeting/conference/training rooms
  • NINE self-service collaboration spaces
  • FOUR “high tech” and “specialized” classrooms
  • TWO audio/video production spaces
  • A small video production studio
  • Numerous gathering/meeting/studying nooks
  • Gallery and digital display areas
  • Walk up “e station” bar to check email and other digital communications
  • Open access computer work stations
  • New locations for Speaking and Writing Centers
  • New UMW Data Center
  • Staff offices
  • Café

Follow the progress on the Convergence Center by viewing the webcam or reading the summaries of latest developments, maintained at the Convergence Center tab on the Provost’s website.

Leave a Reply