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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 6/4/19)
In the month of May, the concrete subcontractor continued to excavate, rebar, and place concrete at the excavated footings and elevator pit. The foundation work is complete as of May 18, 2019 and the forms at foundations were then stripped. The concrete subcontractor set forms and installed reinforcing in preparation to place concrete for Stair #1. Stair #2 and the elevator pit walls for 1st floor and 2nd floor. The elevator contractor installed the elevator piston cabin. The concrete work is still in progress. Structural steel work is scheduled to start June 10, 2019.
The plumbing subcontractor continued installation of new chilled water lines to Building 1. Additionally, they also installed temporary water and repaired sprinkler lines. The electrical subcontractor continued installing primary electrical duct bank for the project. They also installed electrical lines at the North parking lot and installed conduit at underslab for communication lines at north end of the building. Temporary electricity was also installed for the building.