A new fire sprinkler system is being installed at the Julian A. McPhee University Union, which may impact access and lead to intermittent closures for certain areas of the facility. The five-phase project is estimated to last 4.5 years. Visitors and guests of the University Union can expect to see impacts of the facility throughout winter quarter.
First Floor Impacts (Phase two): Feb. 10
During phase two of construction, the first floor of the University Union will see impacts to walkways and entrances starting Feb. 10. Construction will result in the closures of the first-floor elevator and next-door stairwell; alternate accessible entrance and wayfinding signage will be available at all entrances and exits. In addition, a construction wall will block access to much of the hallway adjacent to Starbucks and result in the closure of the gender-neutral restrooms. Due to these impacts, both gender-neutral restrooms will be closed. The hallway between Starbucks and the MultiCultural Center will be accessible via a construction tunnel. Though all businesses will remain open, entrances from the hallway to the Craft Center and the north corner closest to Starbucks will be closed.
Second Floor Impacts
Currently, the ASI Business Office is accessible through Chandler Lounge (UU 208), and one of the two entrances to UU 217 is closed. (Chandler Lounge is not available for use.) In addition, elevators will be periodically closed throughout the project. The restrooms on the second floor of the University Union that are located within the affected hallway currently have an alternate entrance via a construction tunnel. Alternate accessible entrance wayfinding signage is available at all entrances and exits.
Starting Feb. 7 and estimated through Feb. 19, sprinkler pipe installation will result in several impacts. In week one, guests will see the closure of the lounge area outside Chumash Auditorium and Chandler Lounge. In week two, the area outside of the Epicenter and entrance doors from UU Plaza will be closed. Sound impacts are anticipated from 5–9 a.m. and then periodically throughout the day afterward.
To learn more about this project and its anticipated impacts, visit the ASI Managed Facilities Projects website.