North Campus Grading Construction Updates
||Visible at the new camera angle, the final finishes of the infrastructure are
either underway or will start shortly. Landscaping and fencing is progressing, and
we're currently evaluating bids for final sidewalk installation.
||The last two weeks saw the completion of three major infrastructure projects.
Last week Southern California Edison turned on our new meter, signifying the
completion of all site electrical. This week, all campus visitors arriving from
Lynn Rd. undoubtedly noticed the new traffic signal at Olsen and S. Campus Dr.
Moreover, those that arrive early for work would have noticed brand new street
lights all along the north side of Olsen Rd.
||Traffic signal installed and fully operational.
Paving, curb, and gutter are essentially complete, with the next
major milestone expected on this coming Monday, when Southern
California Edison is expected to "turn on" our new 4,160 volt electrical
Meanwhile, work continues at the intersection of Olsen Road
and Campus Drive, and at the median of Olsen Road in that location.
The work is the installation of the much-needed traffic light at
Curb and gutter has mostly completed, signifying significant
completed work on all site work. Our contractor, HMH, is
currently negotiating for an asphalt delivery date, with
asphalt delivery expected between mid-August and mid-September.
Paving will allow us to reopen the pedestrian bridge into
a protected walkway leading to Campus Drive, which will
allow direct pedestrian access to the new soccer/track facility.
As has been communicated previously, the large excavation
in Olsen Road is necessary to bring our new water service
(serving the entire campus) in from a large reservoir to
the west of us (instead of from the small water tower visible
on the right line to the east of the cross). Following the
completion of the water line, construction of the traffic
light at the intersection will start.
||Work continues with the placement of the last of the underground
utilities and the construction of a storm water detention
facility (north of the riparian waterway). Work is now complete
on the communication infrastructure, with connectivity now
in place from Alumni Hall all the way over Olsen Road to the
north side of the pedestrian bridge.
Meanwhile, for those who have followed our issues with the
hawk habitat, we are delighted to report that our (three) hawks
have fledged, and we have Fish and Game approval to resume
work near compus drive.
||Major grading is largely complete, as is much of the north
campus storm water system. Recall from the last update that
some area at the west end of the site is currently protected
because of nesting hawks in the area... even with some interruption
due to that, we expect to have paving in place by late July.
Finally, as seen by the work near our library, electrical
under ground work commenced last week with the installation
of communication conduit.
||Unfortunately, wet weather continues, delaying construction
progress since February 21. Our relatively dry three weeks
in February did result in brief but substantial progress,
however, with major portions of rough grading and storm drainage
complete. In the event work can resume this coming Monday
(our contractor's projection based on yesterday's forcasts)
and continues with no further major delays, we can still have
parking, paving, and underground utilities complete by July.
||After two years of chasing various regulatory agencies,
earthmoving equipment finally rolled onto North Campus in
late November. The equipment made a rapid and impressive start,
with 15 feet of overexcavation complete at the Sports and
Fitness Center foundation just in time for late December,
early January record rainfall. Unfortunately, the rains delayed
overall construction progress for a month, and will delay
the start of the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center for about
two months. Moreover, the western area of the development
(west of the future football stadium) is in a protected bird
nesthing area, with nesting season starting in early March,
so further work in the area may take some negotiation with
the California Department of Fish and Game. Overall, we are
sill projecting the Sports and Fitness Center and the Aquatics
Center to be complete for Fall '06, although future weather
delays may jeopardize that date.