The new Science and Health Technologies Building completion date has been delayed from March 2012 to May 2012. This delay is a result of unfavorable weather conditions during the excavation and concrete work.
With construction about 82 percent complete, the square footage of the new green building is expected to be 112,000 square feet. The work that still needs to be completed includes exterior landscape surrounding the building scheduled for summer 2012. The structure of the building, including the main entrance is fully complete. The interior of the building is still being worked on. The flooring is 80 percent complete, painting 50 percent complete, laboratory furniture 58 percent complete, and elevator installation 100 percent complete. The interior glass, wood furniture, metal finishing of corridors, handrails and finishing equipment (classroom whiteboards, lavatory equipment) remain to be installed.
The total number of LEED points compiled to date is 40, with an opportunity of attaining two additional points, bringing the final total to 42 points. This would firmly position the building to achieve LEED Gold Certification. The two remaining LEED points are related to landscaping and planned ventilation modifications to the basement mechanical room.
The exterior architecture is scheduled for completion in summer 2012. This will include the courtyard, a clear glass installation to the exterior wall, the roof (excluding flashing, louvers, and entrance), and an opaque glass finish on the exterior isolation.
The mechanical systems are close to completion including ventilation, fire protection equipment, plumbing, ventilation control system, and electricity. The geothermic system's exterior installation is complete, with 51 wells of an average depth of 400 feet. The chamber and horizontal circuits are also close to completion. The interior geothermic system includes interior plumbing, reservoirs, and pumps, which are all about 95 percent complete.
The start-up procedure protocol is currently being developed for implementation. This includes coordinating meetings with subcontractors and a LEED specialist, verification preparation lists, detailed schedules, and testing procedures for each mechanical/electrical system of the building. The new building courtyard completion date is still on target for summer 2012.
At the moment, sufficient progress has been made in the building process to reduce the building's impact during construction and throughout its life. During all construction phases, there has been strict control of use of CFCs.