We are on schedule and on budget as of this month!
Construction is about 90 percent complete, and we are slowly ramping down staffing at the Hays Campus construction site. There are 140 employees representing 67 sub-contractors working on a daily basis to complete the campus in time for the spring semester.
On the exterior work, the installation of all metal wall panel, metal soffit trim, and accent trim on the stair tower is being completed the first week of September. The final roof cap sheet is being placed on the flat roof areas as well. The installation of the plaster soffits around the perimeter porches on the first level and third level balcony was completed last week.
The mason is placing stone and brick on the three monument signs along the street entrances and at the corner of Kyle Parkway and Kohlers Crossing. Four metal arbor structures are being erected on the west side of the building. The arbors will provide shading for picnic tables. All wall mounted exterior metal canopies to shelter exterior doors were installed last week.
Elsewhere on site, the final section of the loop driveway pavement along the south and southeast of the building was formed and poured last week. The south parking lot, which contains 250 parking spaces, will be formed and poured in two sections the week of Sept. 9 and Sept. 16. The last remaining sidewalks around the south parking lot will follow the week of Sept. 23.
The installation of trees, shrubs, flowering plants, and mulch beds is ongoing around the building through Sept. 20. The volleyball courts will be installed the week of Sept. 16. The final landscaping item will be installation of Bermuda sod around the building in designed manicured lawn areas the week of Sept. 23. We pushed the date back as far as we can to get past the hottest part of the summer.
Interior work continues to progress rapidly. Flintco is installing all floor finishes, including VCT tile, ceramic tile, carpet tile, and other specialty floor types in public areas, moving from the third level downward. The final paint coats are being applied to all walls from the third level downward. All solid-core wood doors are being received, inspected, and hung on frames and then protected. All lay-in ceiling tile is now being placed from the third level downward now that the City of Kyle has completed the final above ceiling inspections.
In the restrooms the plumbing fixtures, countertops, lavatories, hand dryers, toilet partitions, and other accessories are being installed in third level and moving downward upon completion. Flintco also has a special contractor doing a pre-final interior clean in anticipation of a substantial completion date of Sept. 26.
Behind the scenes, the MEP subs are performing fire alarm testing, programming the building automated systems, testing the security systems, and performing testing and balance of all HVAC equipment. This process is complex and tedious. It will continue for several weeks into October. Our commissioning agent, ACR, is actively coordinating with the subs to verify all testing is performed accurately and thoroughly.
As mentioned in previous months, Flintco is focusing on completion of the interiors moving from the third level downward. The second level is one week behind the third level and the first level is one week behind the second level.
As for move-in, Gensler is working diligently with ACC and the furniture manufacturers to deliver and install all furniture for the building in November and December. The delivery and placement of equipment will be coordinated around the furniture. We will be continuing to manage the complex move-in phase throughout the fall semester.
We anticipate releasing the building to all ACC faculty and staff to move-in immediately after winter break, which ends in January.
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