The blasting is over. Ten thousand cubic yards of bedrock have been removed. Soil has been sifted. UNCG’s new Nursing & Instructional Building is on its way.
Monday, construction crews began pouring “mud mats” of lean concrete to create a base to form and pour footings for the 180,000-square-foot facility, which will house labs, classrooms and research suites for the School of Nursing, School of Health and Human Sciences and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry.
The building is still slated to open in the summer of 2020.
Construction Project Manager Dennis Bowie said the granite crews blasted through was some of the hardest rock in the state. They drilled 10 feet below the surface – five feet through solid rock.
The rock blasting, which consisted of about 18 detonations, wrapped up on Oct. 12, and crews have been working to excavate the broken rock.
Bowie said foundation work should last through the holidays and into January, and the hope is to begin erecting steel around Thanksgiving. They have already finished the underground utility work, including electrical, water lines, steam lines and teledata.
Foundation work for the new South Chiller Plant is near completion, with steel going up this month.
Story by Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography courtesy of Dennis Bowie. Above, NIB site. Below, Chiller Plant site.