June 13 & 14, 2015 Saturday and Sunday Roofing work
In case you all missed it this weekend, there was a lot of roof work done in preparation for our new Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) move onto the Wieboldt Hall roof. Chicago Avenue was shutdown and concrete trucks pumped concrete up to the roof to make a solid slab of concrete so that the new HVAC will be able to crane-lifted up here (end of June 2015). Check out the newly poured concrete! We risked life and limb to get you this magnificent aerial shot. My, makes you want to take a nice long metal pipe and write your name on it – IMO, I do…
Week of June 1 through June 5, 2015 – drywall of 6th, 7th, and 8th floors and more
What a far cry from May 8th blog posting here. As you can see, the SOUTH hallway of the 6th floor is taking shape. The unisex toilet room is being reconstructed. For those who remember, this was a shower room with toilets but only for men. The future toilet room in this space will be for all – as you enter and use the toilet – remember to lock the door behind you. (Note: There will not be any showers in this newly designed toilet room.)
This area will be the designated faculty/staff meeting area – staff may also use this area for work purposes if in the building and need a computer or work space.
7th & 8th floor drywalling and painting
May 27, 2015 – 7th floor partial drywall –
May 21, 2015 – 6th floor North offices – Stained Glass Removed and Preserved
In case you did not notice, the stained glass in the 6th floor North offices and conference rooms were removed. Rest assured, these will return when the new windows are installed. The removal was necessary to insert the stained glass into the new windows and preserve them and this is being done in the factory. For those who have stained-glass withdrawal, here are the pictures of these stained glass.
May 8, 2015 – 8th, 7th, and 6th floor updates for Wieboldt Hall
Our 6th floor SOUTH hallway renovation is in full swing – some of the windows are installed, while dry-wall framing, radiator demolition, and electrical are being worked on. Remember, we’ll also have a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting, and a new unisex toilet will also be installed!
The 7th and 8th floors are truly different now because we have now frames for our walls – Not to mention that the entire 7th and 8th floor have new windows installed too. There will be new men’s and women’s restrooms on the 7th floor with our new classroom space that opens up to a large gathering space! Can’t wait to see it all when completed! In the meantime, check out the latest photos of each floor.
6th floor SOUTH hallway – See what is happening on the OTHER side of the wooden door on the 6th floor. The unisex restroom is underway (photo with BLUE trashcan); the floor was raised up about One inch and the concrete had to be shaved to level that room down; hence the rugged terrain on the floor. Rest assured, this toilet room will be magnificent once it is completed…errr as magnificent as a toilet room can be of courses…
7th floor – first look at the framed walls –
The LAST photo is the BONUS photo – it is a FIRST look at the newly installed Windows and Heaters (under the windows and uncovered) for 7th and 8th floors (How exciting!)
Here are BEFORE and AFTER photos of the 8th floor Mezzannine area (where the HVAC equipment was). This area had a major steel addition with new supporting steel beams for the Wieboldt roof initiative. The majority of the mechanicals from this area was moved onto the roof so renovation for our 8th floor area was possible.
BEFORE (LEFT photo) – – AFTER concrete reinforcements (RIGHT photo) what a difference
Week of April 26 through May 1, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall 6th floor SOUTH hallway –
Wow, now that looks really different! This is what was under the SOUTH hallway carpeting. Offices did not have the checkered tiles under the carpeting, seems only the SOUTH hallway. These tiles will be removed in favor of new carpeting.
April 20, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall 6th floor SOUTH hallway update –
Sealing off for the 6th floor SOUTH hallway for renovation – to be reopened in September 2015 – STAY TUNED! – HardHat area – Nuff said!
Week of April 12 through April 17, 2015
The 6th floor SOUTH hallway and adjoining offices has been relocated throughout the College and Campuses. Contact your fellow staff members to see where they may be located – the majority are located within Wieboldt Hall (6th floor) Registration area or (3rd floor) Lydian Lounge. Here are some during-the-move and after-the-move pictures of the 6th floor SOUTH evacuation. Now it is a ghost town ready to be renovated. There will be demolition, new carpeting, new windows, new heating, and painting going on with ultimately a new unisex toilet room after the renovation.
Beginning the week of April 19, 2015 – the entire 6th floor SOUTH hallway will be partitioned off to make way for construction – remember, this will be a hard-hat initiative so safety first.
DURING-MOVE-PHOTOS of 6th floor SOUTH hallway and offices
AFTER-MOVE-PHOTOS of 6th floor SOUTH hallway and offices
Week of April 5 through April 10, 2015
Finally, the windows being installed! First up – Westside stairwells. (1st, 2nd, and final installed picture)
7th floor wall frames being installed – drywalls and windows to follow –
7th floor SOUTH view of framing for drywall later. (BELOW)
Week of March 29, 2015 through April 4, 2015
Future home of our New Penthouse to house mechanicals and HVAC on the North of the Wieboldt Hall roof (LEFT: North view ; RIGHT: South view)
Materials for our Windows for the 7th and 8th Floors- ready to be installed! (wow! and these do not include the 6th floor windows yet)
March 16, 2015 – Steel beams and Window lifts on Sunday March 15, 2015
Here are videos of the Second Crane pick into Wieboldt Hall. This time, the Steel beams are only for the 8th floors. This time the steel was lifted up to our building roof and not onto the 7th floor. Sorry, I only have video for the steel beam lifts and not the windows. Windows were delivered via the elevators so those were boring videos.
The 2nd steel beam lift was for the 8th floor steel. These beams are to reinforce the existing structures that are exposed now. See the exposed steel on the 8th floor below and the beam(s) to be installed. There are roughly about TEN (10) steel beams to be installed and then once installed, concrete will be used to pour to encapsulate the steel for further strength.
Windows and materials are for the 7th and 8th floors. (images below) We still have not gotten a firm delivery date for our 6th floor windows. The 6th floor windows delivery date will drive the evacuation date of the south hallway of the 6th floor. There will be some movement of personnel from the 6th floor SOUTH hallway during Spring break but not the massive move as once anticipated. Continue to empty and throw out unwanted items and paper from your work areas into the large Trash bins located around the 6th floor South hallways. More details will follow as information becomes available.
March 13, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall Steel beam lifts and March 15, 2015 – Sunday’s 2nd Crane Lift planned
Below is a bird’s-eye view of Wieboldt hall Chicago Avenue. The Green lines is two lanes (one lane each way) with flaggers to direct traffic. The Red lines are red-tape areas where the steel beams and windows will be picked from the truck and hoisted up to the 7th floor of Wieboldt Hall. The Orange lines is the outline of the Crane to be used for the lifting.
The steel beams are already being put into place. Check out the picture and video below. The “red” looking steel beam is installed on the 7th floor for supporting our dividing walls for the classrooms located on the NORTHEAST side of the building. The dividing walls will be attached to these steel beams and when needed, the dividing walls will be raised up to open up the northeast corner of the 7th floor large conference/events assembly area.
The steel beams delivered on March 7, 2015 are already installed. Check out the picture below. Notice the Green colored hand crank (background) that lifts the steel beams into place and later to be welded. Remember, these beams are to support the new penthouse construct on the NORTH end of Wieboldt Hall on the roof. The steel beams below are installed on the 8th floor. Little time was wasted after the first crane pick of Steel beams from March 7, 2015 because of anticipation for our March 15, 2015 Sunday crane lift.
March 9, 2015 – Crane lift on Saturday on Chicago Avenue
Here are pictures of the March 7, 2015 Saturday Crane picks on Chicago Avenue in front of Wieboldt Hall. Strangely, there was a lot of traffic that day on Chicago Avenue with a lot of activity inside our building as well. Flaggers managed to handle the vehicular traffic, with minimal disruption to the crane picks. Pedestrians were curious to see why there was a 100 ft crane outside our building (as was I, so here are some pictures from my vantage points) The pictures and videos of this monumental event includes outside and rarely seen INSIDE footage of the steel as it is loaded off the truck and into the building.
Ahh, what a site to see in person, this does not get old. Similar to our Phase I renovation where steel beams were hoisted up to construct a penthouse on the SOUTH roof of Wieboldt hall, these steel beams had to be hoisted up from Chicago Avenue and ultimately construct an additional penthouse onto the NORTH side of the Wieboldt hall roof. Here are snippets of images from Saturday’s crane lift –
(NOTE: The installation of steel will take place all this week and will continue for the next three to four weeks on the seventh and eighth floors.)
ALL of the Steel beams below into the target window on the SEVENTH floor of Wieboldt (BELOW)
The Steel beams are hoisted off the truck BELOW to the target windows (ABOVE) – check it out (And we’re OFF!)…
The videos were too large to fit into ONE video shot, so here they are in TWO video parts.
An exclusive look at INSIDE Wieboldt hall as the steel is unloaded from the Crane. (Below)
And that’s how it’s done . . .
The BOTTOM image is the remaining steel bars for the Eighth floor reinforcement of the Penthouse.
March 6, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall update and reminder
The Chicago Avenue street (NORTH) of Wieboldt Hall will have a canopy and flaggers for our Saturday (Mar. 7, 2015) Crane lift of steel and windows. There will be people flagging and redirecting (if necessary), pedestrian and vehicular traffic beginning at 8am. Check out our built canopy on the Chicago Avenue entrance. (See below). If you need to be on Chicago Avenue near Wieboldt Hall on Saturday March 7, 2015, plan accordingly.
Eighth Floor update – This image marks the beginning of the windows testing for air and water pressures. Our vendor, Building Blocks who supplies the Marvin windows will be testing a sample window prior to installation. These tests were performed Thursday March 5, 2015 in preparation for the window delivery Saturday. BTW, the window delivery and installations will begin on the SEVENTH and EIGHTH floors first. SIXTH Floor windows will be scheduled when the weather warms up a bit more.
March 5, 2015 – Eighth floor facing NORTH – The snapshot below shows a snipit of the progress of the eighth floor. The wall on the right of the picture will be demo’ed and the left walls will remain. Ceiling work continues as windows and steel will be installed to the NORTH side. (In the picture below, we are standing in the SOUTH corridor (where offices will be) and facing Northward.).
March 4, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall 7th floor and Abbott Hall 3rd floor updates
Great News! Our NEW Marvin Windows for the 7th and 8th floor will arrive by March 9, 2015 Monday! There will be staging of these windows on various areas within Wieboldt hall. In anticipation for the installations of the 7th and 8th floor windows, beginning today Wednesday March 4, 2015, a canopy (on the Chicago Avenue side) will be installed to protect all pedestrians.
A large Crane will be placed on the Chicago Avenue side on Saturday March 7, 2015 to hoist the windows onto the 7th and 8th floors this weekend and someone will be directing traffic at this time. On Saturday March 14, 2015 (yes, one week later), there will be another Crane lift for Steel to be lifted to the 8th floor. For those non-believers we got city permission: here is page ONE of our permit from the City of Chicago for the Crane lifts:
in OTHER Updates:
7th floor ceiling work continues with additional air ducts (heat) and piping (life safety, water, electrical). We are standing in the North hallway of the 7th floor and facing south of the building while looking upward.
The copper piping of the 7th floor toilets are here; this will be the future home of the NEW mens and womens restrooms! (Yeah, for those who do not know, there were never any toilet rooms on the 7th floor)
The 7th floor SOUTH half is coming along with a lot of ceiling work. This will continue for a while – for those unfortunate souls who are in the Wieboldt hall building (we all know who we are), the drilling and the banging you are hearing is part of this mix.
Abbott Hall update:
ArchIdeas architects are interviewing the Distance Learning and Recruitment team to discuss workspace needs for the move from 105 W. Adams street to the 3rd floor of Abbott hall. Nothing is concrete yet so stay tuned.
February 19, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall 6th floor update
Here are BEFORE and AFTER images of our kitchen construction on the SIXTH Floor. The copper piping is for water. That is the final piping necessary to feed the 7th floor. We should be allowed back into 603, 602, and 601 soon (we were promised by end of February 2015) so we can begin our next phase. (Evacuation of the Sixth floor SOUTH offices around SPS either somewhere within Wieboldt Hall, Abbott Hall, 105 Adams, 405 Church, or 1801 Maple – YIKES! – c’mon folks, work with me on the spaces around town – my office will be under construction too.)
(BEFORE piping images LEFT; AFTER piping images RIGHT)
February 18, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floor update
The 7th Floor ceiling work continues with HVAC and duct (SILVER colored) work along with life safety pipes (RED colored) and electrical piping (silver colored).
The 8th Floor Reinforced Steel will be used to support the new penthouse mechanical room. The exposed steel girders will be further reinforced with concrete and new steel. See the exposed Steel girders below on the West Wall (BELOW). The new steel will be delivered sometime in March 2015. Chicago avenue will be shut down when this delivery happens.
January 28, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall 7th floor update
The banging and loud crashing sounds heard from the 7th floor is the removal of the old radiators on the 7th floor. We’ve told the contractors to not drop the discarded radiators onto the floors. here are some pictures of this monumental event.
January 27, 2015 – Abbott Hall 3rd floor update
The RFP (request for proposals) were accepted and reviewed by NU Facilities Planning and Design (NUFP&D). As you are aware from the January 14, 2015 blog, there were three (3) architectural firms involved in bidding for the Abbott Hall 3rd floor renovation. The firms were: Bailey-Edward; Archideas Inc.; and Griskelis, Young, Harrell Architect. These firms will assist in renovating Abbott hall 3rd floor prior to our move-in in October 2015 of this year. NUFP&D has awarded the Abbott Hall 3rd floor contract to…..DRUM ROLL….. Archideas Inc.
Archideas’ past project experience on the Northwestern campus includes:
- a 17,900 SF office space renovation at 1800 Sherman (swing space for the current Kresge Hall renovation)
- a 2,300 SF office space renovation for University Accounts Payable department
- a 13,900 SF office space renovation for University Relations department
January 20, 2015 – Wieboldt hall floor updates
Eighth (8th) floor – Concrete roof removal (called decap) and installation of steel beams to support the new Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) units, will begin once approval is given from the structural engineers. As you may recall, the eighth floor currently has all the HVAC fans and mechanicals inside a room directly off the stairwell on this floor. All of these items will be relocated onto the roof and enclosed.
Seventh (7th) floor – Plumbing, ventilation, and wall layouts are currently in progress. We will finally have restrooms on the 7th floor (ya!)
Sixth (6th) floor – Plumbing, air duct installation, and continued demolition is still in progress. We anticipate the 6th floor work to continue through the end of January. The plumbing is for the 7th floor restrooms and the air ducts will be for the new HVAC systems being installed for the building. As the construction continues, the kitchen on the 6th floor will remain open as these air ducts are installed. (Note: No need for hardhats or safety glasses.)
January 16, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall Windows – 1st Look!
Discussions this week during our weekly contractor meetings, we spoke about the new Windows. These are exactly the same type of windows from our Phase One renovation of Wieboldt Hall – from Marvin. (see photo below)
The full windows will be installed in Wieboldt Hall on the Eighth (8th), Seventh (7th), and Sixth (6th) floors. As the windows orders are fulfilled and shipped, we will be scheduling window installation with everyone currently on the 6th floor – (Note: Not in this chilly climate; during warmer weather) More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. For now, check out the quarter cut-outs of these windows below. (LEFT sample: Inside appearance of window; RIGHT sample: Outside appearance of window)
To get a better look – perhaps when you are on the Chicago Campus, go to the Wieboldt Hall building and go to the 4th and 5th floors inside the classrooms and/or from the outside of the Wieboldt Hall building, simply look-up.
January 14, 2015 – Abbott Hall 3rd floor update
We were able to get out a RFP (request for proposal) from THREE (3) architect firms to bid on the renovation of Abbott Hall 3rd floor for our future space. These firms are located in Chicago and all have done work for NU in the past. The firms are: Bailey-Edward; Archideas Inc.; and Griskelis, Young, Harrell Architect. All bids are due this Friday January 16, 2015 from the firms and a firm will be selected the following week.
As a side note and you may already be aware, the architect firm of Bailey-Edward is currently working on our Wieboldt Hall renovation.
As a reminder, here is the Abbott Hall 3rd floor space that will ultimately be renovated. (Click on the URL below to see the overview of the space OR click onto the image to expand the overview.)
January 7, 2015 – 8th FL photo updates
Truly an exciting time for 2015 as the construction continues this year until the Fall 2015 quarter begins. We are expecting to move out of our Clark/Adams 16th floor classrooms into the newly renovated Wieboldt Hall 7th floor classrooms. These pictures below may not look like much; however, the plans are in place and we are on schedule.
Temporary supporting beams (called shoring (rhymes with snoring)) beams are in place on both the 7th and 8th floors to add additional insurance until additional supporting i-beams can be added to the ceilings of each floor.
(8th FL Views – (LEFT – Looking NORTH; CENTER – Looking SOUTH; RIGHT-in Elevator Lobby))
(7th FL Views – (BELOW LEFT- Panoramic View from Elevator Lobby (double-click pictures to expand); BELOW RIGHT – Looking SOUTH)
The 6th (SIXTH) floor will be done simultaneously (i.e. demolition; window replacement; abatement; re-carpeting; and adding furniture). While we do all of the aforementioned, we will be evacuating everyone from the SOUTH half of the elevators of the SIXTH floor to various areas within the School (TBD). We will be working closely with direct Supervisors and Managers to assign workspace for all staff as this work will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete and we expect to begin sometime by the end of March 2015. Critical files and computers can be relocated prior to the construction. We see that remote access into existing computers may also be an option during the construction.
December 18, 2014 – HOT water shutdown
On Monday December 22, 2014 beginning at 6am until 10pm, there will not be any HOT water running on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of Wieboldt Hall. Cold Water flow will not be impacted.
December 15, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall elevator shutdown REMINDER . . .
As a reminder. . . .
During December 24 Wednesday through Monday December 29, 2014, BOTH central elevator cabs will be shut down for critical life-safety checks, inspections, and power maintenance. These will insure that the elevators are able to sustain people and weight requirements during material transport.
If you are expecting guests in Wieboldt Hall, it is expected for those who need to access the 6th floor (faculty, students, staff, visitors) during Dec. 24 through Dec. 29 (Wed. through Mon.), to take the South Wieboldt Hall elevators located near the Superior Street entrance up to the 4th floor and then take the stairwell to the 6th floor.
We apologize for this major inconvenience, this time schedule was the only extended time available that would impact the least number of occupants because both elevator cabs are needed to be off-line simultaneously.
December 11, 2014 – 6th Floor and 7th Floor Wieboldt Hall photo updates.
The HVAC are being worked on along with the 6th floor duct work in room 601, 602, 603, & 604 ceilings. The general contractor is tell us that the 6th floor ceiling work which includes duct work, lighting, and water pipe will be completed by the end of this month (December). Attached are photos taken of the 6th floor ceiling work (special thanks to staff for these).
(ALL THREE BELOW: 601, 603 Ceiling Work)
The 7th floor work is progressing onto Ceiling Work. (see attached photos)
(RIGHT: Looking NORTH from the South hallway corridor; LEFT: Looking SOUTH from the North corridor)
(BELOW: NorthEast corner of 7th floor where the Large – divisible classroom will ultimately be)
December 8, 2014 – Weiboldt Hall JackHammering Tuesday December 9, 2014 (12-09-2014)
A heads-up from Ragner Benson (RB) that there will be very LOUD jackhammering on the 7th floor before the 9am hour. Activities should cease by 9am. This is the next phase of the demolition – as anticipated, jackhammers are required. We apologize for the inconvenience.
December 5, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall update and more
– NEW REVISED DATES for Elevator Shutdown!! Please Read Carefully
During December 24 Wednesday through Monday December 29, 2014, BOTH central elevator cabs will be shutdown for critical life-safety checks, inspections, and power maintenance. These will insure that the elevators are able to sustain people and weight requirements during material transport. It is expected that those who need to access the 6th floor (faculty, students, staff, visitors) during Dec. 24 through Dec. 29 (Wed. through Mon.), to take the South Wieboldt Hall elevators located near the Superior Street entrance up to the 4th floor and then take the stairwell to the 6th floor.
We apologize for this major inconvenience, this time schedule was the only extended time available that would impact the least number of occupants because both elevator cabs are needed to be off-line simultaneously. More information will follow as it becomes available.
Rooms 601, 602, 603, & part of the kitchen (604) are under construction. There are ceiling vents that extend upward on the 6th floor (Northwest quadrant) up to the 7th and 8th floors that are required to be removed. The Admissions staff has kindly relocated into the Registration Area (room 612) for the duration of December (Thank You!). (Pictures of the demolition of these rooms.
Room 603 Ceiling (LEFT); Room 601 Ceiling (CENTER); Vents removed from rooms 601, 602, 603 (RIGHT)
Oh, before I forget, here is what the removal sounded like…. you gotta listen to the entire 16 seconds to actually hear the drill taking a pause at the end…wow, finally.
December 1, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall Seventh (7th) floor demolition update and other moves
For those who did not know, the Admissions department is now in room 612 (Registration area) for the month of December 2014. This was necessary to do work on the HVAC vents in the ceilings on the 6th floor. We apologize for the inconvenience – that was the bad news. The good news is that Ragner Benson wanted to close our kitchen to do the work on the HVAC also…WHAT?! no coffee, no water, no tea, no fridge?! I told them no and that any work on the HVAC vents on the ceiling of the kitchen will have to be done with the kitchen open.
These pictures of destruction are from the field – Seventh (7th) floor Wieboldt Hall. As you can see, progress is moving quite nicely as the debris is cleared out. The jackhammering will intensify over the next weeks as the light demolition is concluding. Have we forgotten about the pounding… don’t worry, I won’t let you forget….Yikes!
Check out the recent pictures below.
Seventh (7th) Floor in Elevator Lobby looking SOUTH (BELOW)
Seventh (7th) Floor in Elevator Lobby looking NORTH (BELOW)
Seventh (7th) Floor in Elevator Lobby (Panoramic view BELOW)
November 25, 2015 – Demolition update
Ragner Benson has now completed the demolition of the 8th floor and is making good progress on the 7th floor demolition. The 7th floor has become unrecognizable with no walls or carpeting. Take a look below.
While standing in Elevator Lobby facing the SOUTH of building (BELOW)
While coming directly off of elevators in Lobby (room 717; what’s left of room 717 BELOW)
While standing in North hallway and facing SOUTH (BELOW)
While standing in North hallway facing NORTHWEST (BELOW)
While standing in North hallway facing NORTH (BELOW)
For those who are not here in the building and for those who will be out on the Thanksgiving Holiday break, here is a gentle reminder called “The Sounds of Progress”.
This first sound-bite is the hammering that the Wieboldt occupants are enduring daily. I did say there would be noise…. In case you were wondering, this is light because the heavy jack-hammering hasn’t begun yet.
The second sound-bite is the powered water hose with the background shoveling of debris for disposal. Somewhat sounds like someone trying to start a car engine then shoveling their car out from six feet of snow…
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
November 20, 2014 – 8th floor demolition ……so far
A couple more composite shots of the demolition on the 8th floor posted below. Notice the plastics have been removed from the walls and we can now see through the remains of the “hallways”. That was quick, huh? Going to the weekly NU, General Contractor, Architect, Trades meeting to discuss the 6th floor South demolition and more. Remember these photos were 7th and 8th floors only. We will do minor 6th floor SOUTH demolition also, so stay tuned for news on these temporary moves and seating assignments. (There will be swing spaces either here in Wieboldt Hall, 405 Church Street, 105 Adams, or Abbott Hall- 3rd floor.) Stay tuned.
This first (BELOW) is looking SOUTH from the 8th FL North Hallway. (click on the pictures below to open up an image on a new windows to view)
This second shot (BELOW) is the 8th FL elevator lobby. (click on the pictures below to open up an image on a new windows to view)
Again, I’d like to thank the staff for taking these panoramic photos above. The 8th (EIGHTH) floor was restricted to all including ourselves over the last couple of days because of debris removal but somehow we worked the magic and got these for your viewing pleasure.
Week of November 17, 2014 demolition…… so far
There has been considerable progress made on the demolition. As we arrived on the upper floors of Wieboldt Hall, we noticed there is a lot of junk and debris on the floors. Boyscout rule applies here: “Leave the place BETTER than when you found it…” I think this will be case when Ragner-Benson is done.
Access to these floors are somewhat restricted even for us. So thanks the staff who took multiple angles and videos with our smartphones and cameras, here is one more composite shot- (Can you identify which way you are facing?)
November 14, 2014 – 7th and 8th floor progress videos
(BELOW) 7th floor – Beginning from SOUTH Hallway walking through to NORTH Hallway
(BELOW) 8th floor – Beginning from SOUTH Hallway walking through to NORTH Hallway
November 12, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall 7th & 8th floors DEMOLITION and North elevator News
Elevator REMINDER: during December 24 Wednesday through Sunday December 28, 2014, BOTH central elevator cabs will be shutdown for critical life-safety checks, inspections, and power maintenance. These will insure that the elevators are able to sustain people and weight requirements during material transport. There will be further updates and notifications as the December dates draws closer. It is expected that those who need to access the 6th floor (faculty, students, staff, visitors) during Dec. 24 through Dec. 28 (Wed. through Sun.), to take the South Wieboldt Hall elevators located near the Superior Street entrance up to the 4th floor and then take the stairwell to the 6th floor.
We apologize for this major inconvenience, this time schedule was the only extended time available that would impact the least number of occupants because both elevator cabs are needed to be off-line simultaneously.
7th & 8th Floor DEMOLITION: Here are some progress photos of the current status of the demolition of Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floors. Remember, only Authorized Personnel are permitted onto these floors. (So, if you happen to get “lost” and wander onto these floors, you will need a hardhat and safety glasses.)
(7th floor -(LEFT) hallway facing south; (CENTER) hallway facing north; (RIGHT) rooms 703, 704, 703abcd with no walls)
(7th floor -(LEFT) room 720; (CENTER) room 717; (RIGHT) room 727)
(7th floor -(LEFT) room 725; (CENTER) LOBBY; (RIGHT) room 705)
(8th floor -(LEFT) In North hall facing WEST; (CENTER) rooms 801, 802, 803, 804; (RIGHT) In North hallway facing south)
The demolition of 7th & 8th floors were preliminary as there will be louder jackhammering done in weeks to come. The thunderous claps will shake the very foundations of Wieboldt Hall to its very core…(Just kidding- there will be noise though).
November 7, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floor updates
Immediately following the Building Permit approval, Ragner Benson (RB) wasted little time in doing demolition on these floors. If you are on the 6th floor of Wieboldt Hall, you may experience louder than normal sounds coming from the 7th floor for the next several weeks.
In the meantime, here are some new photos of what remains of the 7th and 8th floors so far.
Seven (7th) floor (Inside room 717; facing SOUTH classrooms; Lobby)
Seven (7th) floor (North hallway facing WEST; Main hallway facing SOUTH)
Eight (8th) floor (Looking NORTH in South Hallway; Main Lobby; Looking SOUTH from North Hallway)
Once again, as long as these floors are under construction, Safety Glasses and Hardhats are REQUIRED. Authorized personnel are expected to be in these areas only. Here are my safety glasses and hardhat – I am now an honorary member of Ragner Benson Construction – for those who do not know, this is a Turner Construction hardhat from the Wieboldt Hall renovation phase one back from 2006… renew, reuse, recycle ….right?
BTW, we are going for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification this time as we did achieve LEED GOLD Certification last time.
November 5, 2014 – Permit application update and more
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks offices have approved our building permit application late last week. Bailey Edwards (BE) was able to pickup the actual building permit so Ragner Benson (RB) can begin with some minor demolition on the 7th and 8th floors (this month and into December of 2014) then move into the south hallway of the 6th floor (approximately sometime in early 2015). Check out the Building Permit on the link below – Yay!
The buildings north elevators; if you do not know, has plywood protection installed as these will remain for the duration of the renovation to protect the interior of the elevator cabs. These elevators will be used to transfer construction materials onto the 6th, 7th, and 8th floors when needed.
During December 24 Wednesday through Sunday December 28, 2014, BOTH central elevator cabs will be shutdown for critical life-safety checks, inspections, and power maintenance. These will insure that the elevators are able to sustain people and weight requirements during material transport. There will be further updates and notifications as the December dates draws closer. It is expected that those who need to access the 6th floor (faculty, students, staff, visitors) during Dec. 24 through Dec. 28 (Wed. through Sun.), to take the South Wieboldt Hall elevators located near the Superior Street entrance up to the 4th floor and then take the stairwell to the 6th floor.
We apologize for this major inconvenience, this time schedule was the only extended time available that would impact the least number of occupants because both elevator cabs are needed to be off-line simultaneously.
(As a side note that you may or may not know, the 6th floor south hallway will be experiencing a minor facelift along with the full renovation of the 7th and 8th floors. 6th floor South hallway plans include new carpeting, new common area finishes, a unisex restroom and new more efficient lighting. The ENTIRE 6th floor will be getting new window upgrades and new radiators.)
October 28, 2014 – Renovation updates
There has not been any word of today from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks offices about our building permit; however, that does not mean no progress has been made within Wieboldt Hall – As you walk up the stairwells or even take the central elevators upstairs to either the 7th or 8th floors (remember though : only Authorized Personnel should be on these floors – through great peril to ourselves and with the assistance of modern day technology – we are able to get you these images!), you will be greeted with these “HardHat” Signs.
Ragner Benson has begun taking down and removing lighting and other interior fixtures as we await our permit application approval – as these types of removals do not require any permits (per City ordinance).
SEVENTH Floor (South hallway; Main lobby; South of lobby respectively)
EIGHTH Floor (North hallway; Main lobby; South hallway respectively)
For those who have forgotten, let’s take a reminiscent walk through the hallways of Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floors prior to any renovation.
As Bailey Edwards and Ragner Benson Construction have been checking in daily with the Commission’s office, there should be word soon about our permit application. These updates and others will be posted as more information becomes available.
October 21, 2014 – Renovation and Signage updates
The City of Chicago commissioners has moved our building permit application for our Wieboldt Hall renovation to the Commission on Chicago Landmark offices since Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus Buildings (3 buildings) were approved for landmark status in September 2014 that includes Wieboldt hall. (see this article: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/provdrs/hist/news/2014/jul/landmark-district-p-roposed-on-northwestern-university-s-chicago.html)
Ward, Wieboldt, and Levy Mayer buildings are part of this Landmark District designation. The Wieboldt Hall renovation will involve replacement of windows and an installation of a new mechanical room penthouse on the roof and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks offices wanted to review the permit application. Our general contractor (Ragner Benson) and architects (Bailey Edwards) have been in contact with the City of Chicago to expedite approval and will let us know once the permit application becomes approved. More information will follow as details become available.
Last but not least, this picture is one of three signs located at 1840 Oak Avenue in Evanston for our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program that has been updated. This is from one of the classrooms and I have to say, this looks marvelous!
October 20, 2014 – Signage updates
Our SPS name now appears at 1801 Maple- 1st floor along with the Center for Public Safety logo! For those who have not seen it, here is a glimpse!
Our SPS name can also be seen along the hallways of Wieboldt Hall. These are located on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors. These same brass signs will be placed onto the 7th and 8th floors once these floors are renovated. Take a look here or when you find yourself roaming the halls of Wieboldt, check them out.
October 10, 2014 – Abbott update and Signage update
As we settle into Abbott Hall 3rd floor, some logistical items to be aware of. Once on the 3rd floor there is phone and directory to find anyone inside on this floor.
If no one answers, you may also ring the doorbell, we’ve captured the sound of the doorbell. Have a listen.
October 1, 2014 – Signage update
There are new signs posted on the 1st floor of Wieboldt Hall 1st floor lobby and the Wieboldt Hall Classrooms (4th and 5th FL). These signs reflect our new name change from SCS to SPS. Not every classroom and hallway is complete; i.e. 105 Adams 16th floor classrooms, 1801 Maple 1st floor signage, 1840 Oak Avenue 2nd floor classroom signage, and the large brass signs in the hallways of Wieboldt Hall will be installed once fabrication is completed.
Other known third party signage such as the ones located on the street of Fairbanks Avenue in Chicago are still being discussed with Northwestern University Facilities Management and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Additional information will be posted as more details become available.
September 22, 2014 – Update of Renovation to SPS Community –
With the initial Wieboldt Hall moves completed on September 18 and 19, 2014, the next phase of our Wieboldt Hall building renovation begins. Remember that various departments have been relocated from Wieboldt to different areas or even into different buildings and these moves are for approximately one year beginning September 2014 till September 2015.
Over the past fiscal year (FY14), in addition to the planning of the Wieboldt Hall building renovation, there were many requests for facilities services ranging from a thrilling assortment of wall hangings to classroom and office climate requests, insect and animal control, de-construction and construction noises from both our Chicago and Evanston campuses. Not to forget, there were also many vibrant conversations and many inspiring new changes along the way; (i.e. our signage changes to reflect our new School name – The School of Professional Studies (SPS)).
FY14 had more than 870+ facilities and facilities related requests received through the Facilities and Management Information System (FAMIS), phone calls, emails, or ticketing system (HESK). (i.e. 520+ FAMIS requests, 240 room requests, 111 SPS facilities trouble requests). While all requests received may not have been completed yet, the Office of Risk Management and Facilities Management are our partners in assisting SPS in our review such as ergonomics and accommodations requests, so resolutions may take longer – be assured, all reasonable requests received are thoroughly reviewed and all are important.
As we began our fiscal year (FY15) and soon to begin our fall academic year, we look forward to continue receiving your facilities related requests for facilities services within the SPS Community. The demolition and reconstruction of our Wieboldt Hall classrooms (7th floor) and staff spaces (8th floor) will begin sometime in the fall to last approximately one year. The south side of the 6th floor spaces will also be getting a modest upgrade and redesign of the floor spaces (June) with the goal of maximizing workspace, energy efficiency, and new interior surroundings.
All the interior design samples and swatches have been presented to us by the architectural firm of Bailey Edwards with the help of Northwestern Facilities Management; we were able to identify the best suited finishing of carpeting and walls to fit into the existing décor. These swatches are posted on our renovation website and displayed in Wieboldt Hall.
The next major step in the renovation will be asbestos abatement of the seventh (7th) and eighth (8th) floors that has yet to be scheduled. During abatement, both the 7th and 8th floors will be restricted to authorized personnel only. Feel free to check the SPS renovation website (renovation.sps.northwestern.edu) and your email inboxes as information becomes available.
As we look forward towards the end of this fiscal year (FY15) and into the beginning of next fiscal year (FY16), Abbott Hall 3rd floor will be renovated once again, for our 105 W. Adams (16th floor LOOP building) staff. There will be an opportunity for all those who will be relocating to Abbott Hall 3rd floor to have input into these work areas as a survey and request for information (RFI) will be requested from all stakeholders of the future Abbott Hall 3rd large floor area (Eastside of floor).
In the meantime, let’s appreciate the beginning of this academic and fiscal year so far, it is an exciting time for SPS – new name, new look, new places, as our new spaces will be ready before we know it.
September 19, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall Renovation update –
There are new poster boards located on the 1st and 6th floors of Wieboldt Hall of the selected interior design swatches given from our architectural firm of Bailey-Edwards. These are small samples and colors for the ceiling, walls, tiles, carpet squares, and woodwork prepared for each floor that the renovation willtouch. While a picture shows a lot, there’s nothing like touching them – so stop on by the Wieboldt Hall Lobby or 6th floor lobby and touch them for yourself.
Wieboldt Hall Swatches (BELOW): 6th Floor (LEFT); 7th Floor (CENTER); 8th Floor (RIGHT)
September 18, 2014 – Abbott Hall Move update –
While the move of the remaining staff offices today from Wieboldt Hall 7th floor is not fully complete, here are some photos to see the progress.
September 17, 2014 – Abbott Hall 3rd Floor move Reminder…
The Finance Department will be moving to Abbott Hall 3rd floor on Thursday September 18, 2014.
OLLI will be moving to Wieboldt Hall 4th floor on Thursday September 18, 2014.
Once moved, Facilities Management is looking to begin Asbestos Abatement on the 7th and 8th floors of Wieboldt Hall. No exact date of the abatement given yet. Stay tuned for updates here as they become available.
September 16, 2014 – Abbott Hall 3rd Floor move Part II.
Mark your calendars, Part II of Abbott Hall move has been scheduled for Thursday September 18, 2014. At this time, the Finance department and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will be moving. The Finance department will be moving into Abbott Hall 3rd floor while OLLI will be moving to Wieboldt Hall fourth (4th) floor room 403. Stay tuned for further details.
September 12, 2014 – School of Professional Studies (SPS) signage – For those who may or may not have noticed, there has been a lot of new signs going up around our School to reflect our new name change. More new SPS signage to come! In case you missed them, here are a few samples:
September 5, 2014 – Abbott Hall Move Day Part One-
General Conference Room (Below);
UnderGraduate Office Areas (Below);
Information Technologies Office Space (Below);
TriQuarterly Office Space (Below);
Friday September 5, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall Move Day Part One –
The first part of our move out of Wieboldt Hall is complete.
There are punch-list items that are in progress. Updates to the website will be made as the information becomes available.
Abbott Hall…. SPS has arrived!!
September 4, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall move update
As a reminder, Friday September 5, 2014 will begin the first moves from Wieboldt Hall into Abbott Hall 3rd Floor.
The moves will occur during normal business hours beginning with the Tri-Quarterly Journal Office and Undergraduate Offices located on the 8th floors. The Information Technologies Offices from the 7th and 8th floors will also be moving into Abbott Hall 3rd Floor.
As a note: Walk-in support for any faculty, staff, and students with technology questions will be uninterrupted and still remain available in Wieboldt Hall room 415 (computer lab) during this transition or by calling x3-3333.
August 29, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floor moves for Week of September 3 through September 15, 2014
Abbott Hall 3rd floor is finally ready for move in! These are tentatively confirmed to move from Wieboldt Hall 7th/8th floors.
- On September 5, 2014 Friday – TriQuarterly Office, UnderGraduate Offices, and the I.T. department will move onto Abbott Hall 3rd floor
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will be moving onto the 4th floor of Wieboldt Hall on the week of September 15, 2014 Friday
- On the week of September 15 – Finance/Administration will move onto Abbott Hall 3rd floor
Prior to leaving the current offices for the evening, or earlier, box-up and tag all furniture, fixtures, and computers in anticipation of the move dates.
August 28, 2014 – Newly painted and re-carpted Abbott Hall 3rd floor video
August 25, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall renovation update
The General Contractor for the Wieboldt Hall renovation has been awarded to Ragner Benson Construction company. They have been on the Northwestern University campus both Evanston and Chicago campuses and have been doing renovation for the greater university for quite a number of years. Pre-construction meetings are being scheduled in preparation for demolition of the 7th and 8th floors of Wieboldt Hall. (More to come as details become available).
Our official partner movers for those moving from Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floor areas has been identified as Allied Van Lines (Rebe Storage & Moving Co., Inc.). Boxes and stickers can be ordered directly from Sachin Patel email@example.com. All furniture that you would like to move with you to your swing space (space permitting) should be tagged with either a Post-It note or the Rebe Mover sticker (whichever is available) with your name printed on that Post-It note or Rebe Movers sticker onto that furniture piece. (Remember, the swing spaces will be for a one year time frame). Computers will also be moved by Rebe Movers. Anticipated move is scheduled tentatively for the week of September 3, 2014 through September 5, 2014.
August 21, 2014- Abbott Hall 3rd FL update
Abbott Hall 3rd Floor renovation is behind schedule. The original target move date was for the mid to end of August 2014 for occupancy. Newly installed carpeting, repainted walls, newly installed windows, and new data/voice lines have been completed; however, several other items were not completed. Items that remain are:
- Air conditioning windows units were not installed (approx 8 units remain uninstalled)
- Men and Women’s restroom toilets, stalls, and sinks require more cleaning
- All network data jacks require activations
The newly projected move-in date is for the week of September 3 through 5, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates.
July 15, 2014 – Interior design materials for the 7th and 8th floor of Wieboldt Hall
July 3, 2014 – A new Wieboldt Hall 7th floor Student Lounge Artist Rendering
July 2, 2014 – Wieboldt and Abbott Hall update:
Facilities Management Planning, Design, and Construction Department (FM-PDC) has updated me late yesterday evening that the build out permits for the Wieboldt Hall project from the City of Chicago is taking longer than anticipated. The updated construction timeline of Wieboldt Hall and the move into swing spaces (Abbott Hall 3rd floor and other areas) has been revised to begin in mid-August 2014.
In the interim, our official partner movers for those moving from Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floor areas has been identified as Allied Van Lines (Rebe Storage & Moving Co., Inc.). These movers will also be providing boxes and stickers for all who require boxes for this upcoming move. All furniture that you would like to move with you to your swing space (space permitting) should be tagged with either a Post-It note or the Rebe Mover sticker (whichever is available) with your name printed on that Post-It note or Rebe Movers sticker onto that furniture piece. (Remember, the swing spaces will be for a one year time frame)
Moreover, the general contractors (Turner Construction; Ragner Benson Construction, LLC; Bulley and Andrews, LLC; and WB Olsen, Inc.) have completed their bids for the Construction Design documents for Wieboldt Hall and the last contractor have submitted their bid today (July 2, 2014). FM-PDC has not reviewed the submitted bids yet.
July 1, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall trash containers:
In anticipation of the Wieboldt Hall renovation, there are large trash collection bins in the hallways of Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floors. These bins are for paper and trash collection only and not electronics. For obsolete or unwanted electronics as well as boxes for packing please contact SCS-IT at 1-312-503-3333 and select option one (1) and someone can assist you with recycling your electronics and/or bring boxes for packing (just let the staff member know the number of boxes you may think you require).
June 24, 2014 – Wieboldt and Abbott Hall updates:
General Contractors have been contacted and invited by Northwestern University’s Facilities Management (NU-FM) department and Bailey Edwards Architect firm to come bid for our Wieboldt Hall renovation. The interested construction firms are Turner Construction; Ragner Benson Construction, LLC; Bulley and Andrews, LLC; and WB Olsen, Inc.
The General Contractors’ expected responses to our project with their bids are due by June 30, 2014.
Abbott Hall 3rd floor renovation continues to take shape for our swing space move. Electricians and other trades were spotted pulling necessary wiring for voice and data requirements per the scope of work from NU-FM. Janitorial services will come out thereafter once the all wiring has been completed to deep clean this area. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available, will be posted on our renovation URL below and in further email announcements.
June 10, 2014 – Abbott Hall Chicago 3rd Floor (Scope of Work) – A detailed electrical scope of work layout is attached for Abbott Hall Chicago 3rd floor space. All GREEN items are data/voice/electric installations to be completed by NU or NU-contracted electricians.
As a reminder: This area is Swing Space for those currently on the 7th & 8th Floors of Wieboldt Hall who will be displaced by the upcoming renovation (areas of: Finance & Administration, I.T., Undergrad, and Tri-Quarterly). Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI-Chicago) and Faisal Akkawi will be relocated to the fourth (4th) floor of Wieboldt Hall. Professional Development Programs (PDP) have been relocated to the Clark/Adams building on the 16th floor.
June 4, 2014 – Abbott Hall Chicago 3rd Floor Virtual Tour: Pre-Construction Layout
<= Use this Abbott Hall Chicago 3rd Floor layout as a directional guide. Start your tour on the left side of the layout picture at the BLUE X. Follow the line down the corridors as that is the path of the virtual tour video below. (Reminder: This is a pre-construction and pre-renovation preview)
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June 3, 2014 – Wieboldt Hall Chicago Campus Building Proposed for Landmark Status :
Northwestern University announced today that several Chicago Campus Buildings, including Wieboldt Hall, has been proposed for landmark status. According to Facilities Management Planning, the current renovation of Wieboldt Hall would have no impact on this landmark status proposal. To read more about the landmark status story, click onto the URL: http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2014/06/chicago-campus-buildings-proposed-for-landmark-status.html
Below, you will also find:
Wieboldt Hall : 7th floor layout after construction- 7th floor WH overview <=click here for larger image
Wieboldt Hall: 8th floor layout after construction – 8th floor WH overview <=click here for larger image
May 30, 2014 –Artist Renderings of Wieboldt Hall 7th & 8th floors after renovation
(Click onto pictures for a larger view)
Hello and Welcome to the Wieboldt Hall and Abbott Hall renovation update page.
Check back periodically to see updates to Wieboldt Hall and Abbott Hall renovations.
Abbott Hall 3rd floor Landscape2 <=Click Here for Abbott Hall 3rd floor full layout
Abbott Hall partial view<=Click Here for Abbott Hall 3rd floor partial layout
Between the weeks of June 30 through July 14, 2014, the Finance Team, members of the Information Technologies (I.T.) Team, the offices of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Chicago, the Tri-Quarterly Office in Chicago, and members of the Undergraduate (UG) Team will be moving into Swing (temporary) Spaces in anticipation of the Phase II Wieboldt Hall renovation of the 7th and 8th floors.
A portion of the Third Floor (3rd FL) of Abbott Hall on the Chicago Campus has been allocated for SCS use for swing space. The Finance Team, members of the I.T. Team, the Tri-Quarterly Office, and members of the UG Team will be moving temporarily into Abbott Hall 3rd floor for approximately one year as the renovation of Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floors begin in a mid July 2014 timeframe.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be relocated onto the Fourth Floor (4th FL) of Wieboldt Hall.