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STEM school, Welcome Center construction continue to move forward

Posted by on February 7, 2014

Construction on the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School and the Ellsworth and Virginia  Hill Welcome Center began in fall 2013 and continues to progress as we move into the spring semester.

Work Completed Last Week

  • Erected concrete precast panels of STEM school
  • Began laying block for walls on the north side of STEM school, with corresponding plumbing and electric work
  • Continued structural detailing on the south side of STEM school
  • Completed lower level foundation of Welcome Center
  • Poured lower level concrete piers and completed preparation for floor slab

Two Week Look-ahead

  • Continue masonry, plumbing and electric on the north side of STEM school
  • Complete masonry walls on the north side of STEM school and begin erection of steel
  • Complete steel detailing on the south side of STEM school
  • Continue first floor concrete footings and foundations of Welcome Center
  • Backfill recital and lecture hall walls of Welcome Center
  • Remove access ramp to lower level of Welcome Center

When finished, the STEM Partnership school will serve elementary and middle school students from area districts. The school will be staffed via a unique professional model, and teachers will be drawn from the partner districts. Teachers then will return to their home districts ready to serve as teacher leaders.

The Hill Welcome Center will serve as the central gathering place for prospective students, alumni and current students. The building will house space for classes, meetings, dinners and receptions, and will extend the tradition of hospitality for which the university is known.

Watch live videos of the STEM school and Welcome Center construction sites here.