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South Tower Seismic Renovation FAQ

During the planning stages of this project, well before any construction or demolition activities were scheduled to commence, the University engaged the services of a highly qualified, 3rd party environmental consultant with extensive experience in surveying, sampling, and identifying building-related and/or regulated hazardous materials, including but not limited to asbestos and lead-based paint.

The results of these survey activities were used to develop a scope of work, specifically regarding controlled abatement of all identified hazardous materials during renovation activities.

Contrast specifications specific to hazardous material removal were prepared by this consultant and reviewed by Cal-OSHA, Cal-EPA and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) certified inspectors from the University’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), prior to public bidding of the project. These specifications include all minimum applicable regulatory requirements and other University-specific requirements, often above and beyond minimum requirements established by various regulations.

The Contractor awarded the project has met all requirements including registration with Cal-OSHA, CDPH, and the Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB) for asbestos and lead-based paint removal, as appropriate.

During abatement, all activities will be performed by properly trained individuals and continuously monitored by the same qualified environmental consultant employing certified inspectors. Continuous inspection services encompass both the immediate areas under abatement and peripheral or adjacent areas to assess and confirm the performance of engineering controls and work methods are in compliance with all applicable regulations and University-specific specification requirements.

Further, qualified staff from EH&S maintain intermittent, as needed or unannounced involvement with the project by inspecting the activities of both the contractor and 3rd party environmental consultant for compliance.

All areas where hazardous materials are disturbed require clearance testing prior to being made re-accessible by unprotected individuals, including University employees, students and/or vendors.

Given you are on the 6th floor, you will likely experience a “wave” of construction noise from the demolition project, followed by two other “waves” from the next two bid packages. The early noise you are hearing now is from the installation of corridor barricades. Once the barricade(s) are up, all noise should be dampened since the barricades are designed to attenuate both fire and noise.

The contractors’ sequence is from the bottom up, so we expect users on any of the upper floors (3-7) to hear more of the noise as construction approaches, then less again as it moves past their level.

The overall duration of the demolition project is 18 months by contract. Level 6 is about the half-way point for the construction, se we would estimate that noise would peak in that area about 9 months from construction start, about September. However, the contractor expects to beat the contract schedule, so noise may peak again at level 6 earlier.

Overall, we expect noise from demolition to end in June 2013. In the meantime, starting in May 2012, construction will begin. Overall impacts are projected until sometime in 2015.

The Geffen Hall FAQs

There will be no through traffic on Tiverton Avenue from Le Conte to Charles E Young Drive in either direction. This condition is permanent. When the building construction is complete, a new bicycle and pedestrian path will be available from Le Conte to Charles E Young Drive.

Yes. Entrance and exit to and from B level of parking structure E will be restored. Entrance and exit to and from CHS A level parking (old MC parking) will also be restored. The south entrance and exit to the CHS parking structure, currently in use, will remain available.

The proposed building will enable the School of Medicine to realize synergies between its educational programs that are currently scattered in obsolete facilities throughout the vast CHS complex and other campus locations. The new building will provide the School with an identifiable presence on campus, enhance its ability to recruit students, faculty and professional staff, and provide a world class educational environment that will benefit future generations of students in the medical and health sciences at UCLA.

School of Public Health Frequently Asked Questions

During the planning stages of this project, well before any construction or demolition activities were scheduled to commence, the University engaged the services of a highly qualified, 3rd party environmental consultant with extensive experience in surveying, sampling, and identifying building-related and/or regulated hazardous materials, including but not limited to asbestos and lead-based paint.

The results of these survey activities were used to develop a scope of work, specifically regarding controlled abatement of all identified hazardous materials during renovation activities.

Contrast specifications specific to hazardous material removal were prepared by this consultant and reviewed by Cal-OSHA, Cal-EPA and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) certified inspectors from the University’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), prior to public bidding of the project. These specifications include all minimum applicable regulatory requirements and other University-specific requirements, often above and beyond minimum requirements established by various regulations.

The Contractor awarded the project has met all requirements including registration with Cal-OSHA, CDPH, and the Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB) for asbestos and lead-based paint removal, as appropriate.

During abatement, all activities will be performed by properly trained individuals and continuously monitored by the same qualified environmental consultant employing certified inspectors. Continuous inspection services encompass both the immediate areas under abatement and peripheral or adjacent areas to assess and confirm the performance of engineering controls and work methods are in compliance with all applicable regulations and University-specific specification requirements.

Further, qualified staff from EH&S maintain intermittent, as needed or unannounced involvement with the project by inspecting the activities of both the contractor and 3rd party environmental consultant for compliance.

All areas where hazardous materials are disturbed require clearance testing prior to being made re-accessible by unprotected individuals, including University employees, students and/or vendors.

The construction tunnel will be in place for the duration of the construction project for the protection of the pedestrians. The tunnel will be removed when the new building entry is completed in Fall of 2013.

The restrooms are being expanded and will meet current accessibility codes. The restrooms are scheduled to open in early March 2013.

Semel Frequently Asked Questions

During the planning stages of this project, well before any construction or demolition activities were scheduled to commence, the University engaged the services of a highly qualified, 3rd party environmental consultant with extensive experience in surveying, sampling, and identifying building-related and/or regulated hazardous materials, including but not limited to asbestos and lead-based paint.

The results of these survey activities were used to develop a scope of work, specifically regarding controlled abatement of all identified hazardous materials during renovation activities.

Contrast specifications specific to hazardous material removal were prepared by this consultant and reviewed by Cal-OSHA, Cal-EPA and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) certified inspectors from the University’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), prior to public bidding of the project. These specifications include all minimum applicable regulatory requirements and other University-specific requirements, often above and beyond minimum requirements established by various regulations.

The Contractor awarded the project has met all requirements including registration with Cal-OSHA, CDPH, and the Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB) for asbestos and lead-based paint removal, as appropriate.

During abatement, all activities will be performed by properly trained individuals and continuously monitored by the same qualified environmental consultant employing certified inspectors. Continuous inspection services encompass both the immediate areas under abatement and peripheral or adjacent areas to assess and confirm the performance of engineering controls and work methods are in compliance with all applicable regulations and University-specific specification requirements.

Further, qualified staff from EH&S maintain intermittent, as needed or unannounced involvement with the project by inspecting the activities of both the contractor and 3rd party environmental consultant for compliance.

All areas where hazardous materials are disturbed require clearance testing prior to being made re-accessible by unprotected individuals, including University employees, students and/or vendors.

The contractor is drilling through the concrete in order to anchor and support building materials to the structure, the contractor has been working during select morning hours and at lunch time to minimize the disruption to building tenants.

The ceilings in the corridor had to be demolished in order to remove abandoned cabling and install new mechanical duct work. As the project progresses, the ceilings will look more organized as the cables are removed or re-fastened properly. The new ceiling won’t be installed in the corridor or lobby until the winter of 2013.