Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan is a public institution that was founded in 1960. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,235, and occupies a campus sized at 1,339 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. GVSU has been growing at a rapid pace. From 1996 to 2007 it was the fastest-growing public university in Michigan. Enrollment over that time grew by 87 percent, and a new science lab was planned.
RAM Construction Services teamed up with Pioneer Construction on multiple phases of the project. The first phase included waterproofing of a new mechanical tunnel from an existing building to the new lab building. Construction of the lab building was the next phase in which RAM Construction Services installed foundation waterproofing, an air barrier and sprayed polyurethane insulation. Spraying polyurethane foam is always a delicate process, especially on a site that is encompassed by a functional campus on all sides. The challenges on this job site included maintaining and controlling over-spray of material, constant coordination with the project manager and field staff, and overall scheduling changes. Our crew continuously monitored weather and other trades’ schedules to assure our work would be completed on time and within budget.