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Clinical Sciences Building Construction Phase to Begin

Facilities Management outlines construction timeline.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 1-22-2015


To: Campus Community

From: Paul Corcoran, Director of Planning and Construction

The long anticipated construction phase of the new Clinical Sciences Building is now upon us. The general contractor Shaw Lundquist will begin mobilization Monday, January 26, 2015. The first step will be the construction fence installation and site clearing.

One unfortunate consequence of this project is the loss of several trees in the arboretum. We wanted to inform those concerned that 19 of the trees that were appropriately sized have already been relocated to other locations on campus. A select few will be protected during the project and the remaining to be removed will be replaced with new trees of same species around the new building after construction. This is part of the Minnesota Sustainable Buildings B3 Initiative which our project is a part of.

For site safety and access the current plan includes closing the sidewalks adjacent to the site along Lot 5 and Warren Street to pedestrian traffic. The current plan is to maintain the cross walk from Lot 5 across Warren Street, but this will require crossing on the Taylor Center Lot 5 side for access.

After 2015 spring graduation in May the contractor will expand their site to include the north side of the Lot 5 parking area. The remainder of Lot 5 is planned to stay open but users need to understand there still will be a significant amount of construction traffic and material deliveries that will cause occasional inconvenience to those using the lot. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction process and considered this to be a better approach than trying to close all of Lot 5 for the duration of the project.

Shaw Lundquist is coordinating with the City of Mankato for site access from Warren Street. The goal is to create a construction access lane while maintaining two way traffic on Warren Street. However, there will likely be some construction barricades and lane redirection/narrowing involved to make it all work.

The contractor plans to work day shift hours typically between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the summer the hours may shift to a 6:00 a.m. start time. Please see the graphic below for the general layout of the site.

There will be a few brief utility outages associated with this project and our office will provide additional information as the details are worked out and the schedule set. Our goal is to minimize the time and number of areas impacted by the outages.

Please contact me if you have questions or concerns about the project during the construction process. Construction may be disruptive to campus activities but we will work hard to minimize them and not cause any unnecessary disruptions.

Paul Corcoran
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Planning and Construction Director
Phone: 507-389-6802

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