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Spring 2021 construction update

Be aware of construction happening all over campus.

While some students continue the spring semester with online courses, others who return to campus will notice various construction projects are currently underway. It is important to stay informed about the current and future construction projects that may impact how you navigate through campus.

For the safety of yourself and others, remember to follow all safety signage and directions around construction sites. Never enter construction zones or fenced sites. Give yourself extra time during peak hours to commute to and from campus, as your travel may be affected by roadwork or parking construction.

Here are the current and soon-to-happen construction projects on campus:

Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at HCI

Huntsman Cancer Institute announced the major hospital expansion of the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers in 2019. The expansion will allow the Huntsman Cancer Institute to grow by 220,000 square feet and add 48 new inpatient hospital rooms. It will include four floors of clinical space, an expanded wellness and integrative health center, two floors of faculty offices and two floors available for future build-out based on patient needs.

A temporary road on Circle of Hope Drive has been constructed and will remain in place until 2022. This road will allow vehicle access to the front door of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, including hospital and research building entrances, as well as the Northeast Garage.


  • Over the 2021 winter and spring seasons, semi-trucks will deliver structural steel to the construction site on North Medical Drive via Mario Capecchi Drive or 100 South. Most deliveries will be on typical sized semi-truck trailers with very few oversized loads. The deliveries of steel will not delay traffic and will continue through late Spring 2021. Commuters can expect traffic control, which will safely assist delivery trucks in entering and exiting the construction site.
  • Crane activity will be visible from most areas on campus.
  • Parking Lot 60, near the Children’s Center, is closed indefinitely.

Visit the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers webpage to learn more about the project, and click here to view the latest drone footage.

Health Sciences Garage, roadway and connector

Construction of a new 1,400-car parking garage and the road realignment on North Medical Drive is underway. The garage, located between the IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center and the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers, will feature a lowered roadway entrance and a pedestrian connector to University Hospital so people on foot can avoid the traffic on North Medical Drive. The road realignment will raise North Medical Drive, allowing for better access into the North Medical Garage and the new parking garage.

Additionally, two new roundabouts will be added at the entrance to University Hospital and the entrance to the new parking garage to improve traffic flow.


  • Commuters can expect lane closures and possible traffic delays from the Mario Capecchi Drive intersection up to Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  • Motorists can expect occasional delays as construction trucks travel in the area.
  • The road realignment will impact North Medical Drive traffic from the intersection at Mario Capecchi up to the Circle of Hope. Motorists traveling eastbound on Mario Capecchi Drive towards the hospital can expect delays and other road disruptions for at least 18 months. North Medical Drive will have two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane at all times. Utility investigation will begin in mid-January, with utility relocation work beginning mid-February. Road realignment work is anticipated to begin later in the spring and is expected to be completed in October 2022.

Visit the North Medical Drive Construction webpage to get the latest project updates.

Service Road construction and West Terrace access

The first phase of the MEDX Building construction launched with the Medical Examiner’s Office’s demolition. The removal of the building will allow for the construction of a new road leading up toward the College of Nursing parking lot and hospital loading dock. The ongoing construction of the new service road south of the Moran Eye Center will progress further up the hill toward the School of Medicine building. This phase is expected to be completed in early 2021.


  • For commuters, this means that the road will open from Mario Capecchi Drive to the West Medical Garage, also known as the West Terrace. The two entrances on the south side of the West Terrace will reopen after they were closed at the start of construction this summer. The entrance on the east side of the garage will close as the construction activity moves in that direction.

Visit the Service Road Construction & West Terrace Access webpage to get the latest project updates.

Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium

The expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium and Olympic Cauldron Park continues with the Ken Garff Performance Zone construction. Steelwork is currently being done on the stadium. The 2002 Winter Olympic Cauldron is being refurbished at an off-site location before returning to campus in late January/early February. This project is expected to be completed in August 2021


  • Several stalls located on the East Stadium Lot’s east side will not be available until the Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion construction project is complete.
  • Pedestrians should exercise caution when traveling on the sidewalk adjacent to the project on 500 S. as they remain alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting the site.
  • All pedestrians should remain outside of the fenced-off construction site.
  • Expect light noise and dust, as the cranes are currently in place.

Visit the Ken Garff Performance Zone website for more information about the Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium.


Annex Building to be replaced with a parking lot

The Annex building is scheduled for demolition in March 2021. The existing space will be occupied by a new 300-space parking lot scheduled to be completed by summer 2021. This new parking lot will replace the stalls lost to the Kahlert Village housing project, which opened earlier last year.


  • Access to the parking lot roads will be reduced to one lane, both west and northbound, throughout the duration of the construction.

HPER East/West systems upgrade

Mechanical piping systems are being upgraded in the HPER complex. These piping systems run primarily in the hallways that connect the various HPER buildings. This project’s first priority will be to replace the domestic water supply.


  • To gain access to the pipes, ceiling tile and grid will need to be removed.
  • Existing light fixtures will temporarily light the hallway. Hallways will remain functional around this work.

Work will progress through different complex areas and is anticipated to end in August 2021.

HPER College of Health Research remodeling

The College of Health is undergoing a remodeling, which is anticipated to end in April of 2021. This work is preparation for additional lab and research space for the College of Health in the near future

The first phase of the project will include taking a portion of the women’s locker room to create classroom and lab space for the College of Health. The second phase will include taking the four remaining racquetball courts in the East HPER and add a second floor. This work will be in conjunction with the HPER East/West Systems Upgrade project to minimize impacts.


  • The project will mainly impact the women’s locker room and the racquetball courts
  • Hallways in the building will also be impacted as they provide access to these areas.  

Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building expansion and ADA stalls addition

A 22,800 square foot building expansion is underway at the Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building. As part of this project, additional ADA stalls are being added to the parking lot north of the Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building. The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2022.


  • Access to the Kennecott Building Lot will be restricted during the infill process.
  • Construction dust and noise may occur.

Public Safety Building construction

The new Public Safety building will be constructed on the northeast side of the Guardsman Lot. The project will include constructing the main building and a smaller ancillary building. This project is anticipated to begin in February 2021 and will be completed by December 2021.

This building will house the following departments: police, security, dispatch communications, emergency management and community services.


  • Pedestrian traffic along the eastbound side of 500 S. (adjacent to the Guardsman Lot) will temporarily reroute while sidewalk realignment and driveway realignment/installation work occur.
  • Vehicle traffic and campus shuttles will temporarily reroute through the Guardsman Lot while site utility work occurs along with driveway realignment.
  • Approximately 140 stalls in the Guardsman Lot will be permanently eliminated in order to accommodate the space needed to construct the new building.

Fume Hood Upgrade Project in SE Tower of Eyring Chemistry Building

Replacement of fume hoods in the southeast tower of the Eyring Chemistry Building will occur and is expected to be completed in June 2021.


  • Expect scheduled outages of the fume hood exhaust system.
  • Expect scheduled outages of the HVAC system in the Eyring Chemistry Building’s southeast tower.

Fume Hood Upgrade Project in Biology Building

Replacement of fume hoods, fume hood exhaust fans and HVAC controls will occur in the Biology Building and is expected to be completed in July 2021.


  • Expect scheduled outages of the fume hood exhaust system.
  • Expect scheduled outages of the HVAC system in the biology building’s northwest corner.

Sewer Line Replacement at 1200 East and 100 South  

Construction to replace the sewer line at 1200 East and 100 South is underway and is anticipated to last until March 2021.


  • Commuters and nearby residents traveling around 1200 East and 100 South can expect limited neighborhood access, restricted street parking, increased noise and debris, lane shifts and traffic detours.