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This new facility will replace of the existing 60-year-old Mary Ellison Baars Building on the Pensacola campus. The new facility will be a partial three story steel framed building and house mathematics, computer science, cyber security, aviation maintenance, advanced manufacturing programs and other high-tech programs. Also included will be the demolition of the existing Baars Building and site improvements, such as new utilities, storm drainage systems, parking areas and roadways, including the installation of a new entrance road, which will be initially used for a construction entrance. Additionally, the site will also undergo new hardscaping, landscaping and irrigation. This will be a Green Building Initiative, with a target goal of Three Globes Certification which is equivalent to USGBC LEED Gold Certification.
The new facility will provide training for 200 – 300 new jobs coming to the region for an and aerospace engineering firm with the potential for expanding to 1,000 jobs. In addition to housing high-tech programs, the new Baars Building also will provide space for a collaborative partnership with an adult learning and support program.
CURRENT STATUS (as of 8/2/19)
In the month of July, the structural steel contractor completed red iron erection and began installation of 2nd floor and roof decking. The concrete subcontractor worked on SOG edge forms, grouted columns, started SOG preparation and installed wire mesh at 2nd floor slab. The 2nd floor slab was placed on July 30, 2019 and the 1st floor SOG is set to be placed on August 06, 2019.
The site contractor resumed the installation of sewer, water and fire main to the building. The electrical subcontractor completed installation of site conduit to the onsite communication vault. They also began installing grounding cables at exterior steel columns and communication conduit under SOG. The plumbing subcontractor completed installation of sanitary sewer and storm drains under SOG. They also installed chill water risers under SOG.
The framing subcontractor set up his office trailer on site and received materials on site. They then started on framing the roof and the work is in progress.
The projected substantial completion date for the project remains May 26, 2020.