Monday, April 21, 2014

Steel Deliveries Delayed to Accommodate the Library's Study/Exam Period

Rather that begin today the concentrated sequence of steel deliveries for the frame of the library's two more floors, the contractor for the 5th and 6th floor construction project has decided to schedule just two deliveries for Thursday and Friday this week to lay down for temporary storage some initial pieces of steel on the construction site and then reschedule the longer period of deliveries uninterrupted after the library's study and exam period ends on May 10. The steel beams and other pieces for the frame will still arrive in sequence over a concentrated period lasting about eight weeks; this will just begin a couple of weeks later than planned. All deliveries are expected to come through the main construction zone gate next to the library building on Freret Street. During the delivery period for the steel, large trucks can be expected to enter and exit the construction site from and onto Freret Street, during work hours six days a week (Mondays through Saturdays). Crews will direct both pedestrian and vehicle traffic around the gate as each truck arrives and exits. Much of the frame for the 5th and 6th floor building addition will be erected as the steel arrives.

For more information about the construction project see the library's construction blog

Friday, April 11, 2014

4th Floor Open Stacks Area Returning to Normal

Most of the ceiling work in the northeast corner of the 4th floor is nearing completion and the contractor for the library's 5th and 6th floor construction project has now removed the plastic sheeting from about 3/4 of the book shelves in the 4th floor open stacks area. This uncovers books with call numbers BD241 through DAW1051.

In this area only books with call numbers A through BD241 remain covered.  Books still covered are on the shelving ranges closest to wall separating the open general stacks from the Latin American Library (LAL) closed stacks on the other side.

User seating on the Dixon Hall side of the 4thfloor open stacks area has been returned to use.

For much more information on this and other aspects of the project see the library's construction blog.   

Thursday, February 27, 2014

After a Roof Leak, the Construction Resumes

Work on the the library's 5th and 6th floor construction project has been resuming this week after a construction-related roof leak poured water into a corner of the library's 4th floor early last Friday morning.  Since then workers have been focused on drying out the carpeting and baseboard that had been wet—mostly on the northwest corner of the 4th floor.  An area of the 3rd floor where some water had leaked through from the floor above was quickly dried with little damage since plastic sheeting had been draped over the book shelves there relatively quickly after the flooding was first noticed above.  Several 4th floor offices also in the northwest corner of the building had water damages, for which repairs have begun.  The water that poured directly onto some bookshelves produced about 2,500 wet books.  Of those, about 2,200 were boxed, frozen, and shipped off to a restoration facility in Ft. Worth, TX, last Friday night and Saturday morning. We were able to separate out about 300 very wet books that had coated paper or obvious damages that made them better candidates for replacement rather than restoration.  Books most affected were those with call numbers beginning with DA, which are applied to titles dealing with the history of Great Britain.

For more information see the library's construction blog.  


Monday, February 17, 2014

H-TML Restroom Closure Schedule: 3rd and 4th Floors

The contractor for the contractor for the library's 5th and 6th floor construction project will need to close, in two phases, the restrooms adjacent to the elevator lobbies on floors 3 and 4 as part of the work required to build shear wall supports in the center of the library building.

The scheduled dates for each closure phase are listed below:
  • Women’s restrooms on the 3rd and 4th floors will be shut down Feb. 19 through April 16  

  • Men’s restrooms on the 3rd and 4th floors will be shut down March 17 through June 30 
Restrooms on floors 1 and 2 should be unaffected. The smaller restrooms on the library's basement level at the foot of the former entrance stairs leading down to the staff and snack lounges will also still remain available.

For more information about the construction project see the library's construction blog

Friday, February 7, 2014

Alternate Stairs Are on the North Side of the Library, the Side Closest to Dixon Hall

The emergency stairwell on the north end of the library building, the side closest to Dixon Hall, will serve temporarily as the building’s main stairwell while the center stairwell adjacent to the elevator lobby is closed off due to construction.

To get to the alternate stairwell on the first floor just walk past the elevator lobby and the PJ’s coffee stand, through the glass double doors, and into the 1st floor Quiet Area. Then continue straight ahead for about 75 feet along the aisle in the book stacks with yellow arrow signs [to be placed in the area by workers on Monday]. The entrance to the stairwell is at the end of the aisle.

The stairs are in this same general location on each of the upper floors.  For more information see the latest post on the library's construction blog.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Central Stairwell to be Temporarily Closed

The contractor for the library's 5th and 6th floor construction project has finalized a plan to build a concrete supporting wall (shear wall) within the building’s central stairwell and the plan includes closing public access to the stairwell very soon.  The stairwell closure is scheduled to begin as early as Feb. 10 and projected to last until Aug. 15. All existing floors in the library will be affected, but will still remain in use.

While the central stairwell is blocked off, the library will still have use of both of its emergency stairwells: on the Freret Street and Dixon Hall sides of the building.  Library users will be able to use to at least one of these, on the Dixon Hall side of the building, as a temporary alternative to the center stairwell. Project managers will be preparing directional signage. The building’s elevators will still be operational.

For more information see the latest post on the library's construction blog.