Research courtyard: Construction project starting soon

The third phase of the North Campus Utility Plant project behind Richard Jones Hall is expected to begin Saturday, Nov. 8, and continue in stages into the new year. The work includes positioning a crane in the research courtyard, lifting materials and equipment over the top of RJH, and installing supports and cooling towers on the backside of RJH and the Vollum Institute.

If you work in the affected areas or have visitors, impacts may include:

  • The courtyard and courtyard entrances to RJH, the Vollum, and Mackenzie Hall will have limited access. The primary entrances to these buildings will be through the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) or Medical Research Building (MRB). Fencing and signage will be installed in the appropriate locations.
  • ID badges will need to be programmed to allow after-hours access through CROET, RJH, the Vollum, Mac Hall, and the MRB.
  • During crane work, faculty, staff and students on the top two floors of RJH will be periodically and briefly evacuated similar to previous years.
  • There will be increased noise and vibrations throughout construction
  • Periodic coordinated power outages in research buildings may also occur as part of the NCUP project and a transformer upgrade. More information will be provided when this phase of work gets closer.

Project schedule
Following is a scheduled timeline for the project:

Saturday, Nov. 8 through Wednesday, Nov. 12

  • About half the Auditorium parking lot will be closed for delivery of the crane.
  • Temporary protective plating will be placed in the research courtyard.
  • Barrier fencing will be installed along the perimeter of the courtyard.

Saturday, Nov. 15 through early January

  • Crane assembly in courtyard
  • Weatherization on exterior of Vollum to occur (parallel project)
  • Crane/construction work hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • The top two floors of RJH will be evacuated intermittently for safety, as in previous years.
  • Pedestrian access through RJH, Vollum, MRB and Mac Hall only; limited courtyard access
  • As in previous years, the underground tunnel will be reshored with four-foot travel path for animal transport for the duration of the project.

Community forum
A forum is being held for faculty and other members of the OHSU community to learn more about the project and ask questions.

Thursday, Oct. 30
1 to 3 p.m.
Old Library Auditorium

Project managers will be on hand to discuss plans, impacts and proposed schedules. Attendees may ask questions and sign up for one-on-one meetings with project managers to talk through individual needs and concerns.

Questions or concerns?
Contact Jerry Witt of Facilities & Logistics: 503 494-5905

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