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Construction Timeline

The general schedule is as follows. It is subject to change.

  • June-July 2009: Utility work and demolition of 712 Oakland.
  • July-August 2009: Excavation for the Robert B. Aikens Commons begins.
  • September 2009: Parking lot closes permanently. Excavation for new academic building begins.
  • Fall 2009: Fence built around the top of underground library for construction staging.
  • Late Fall 2009: Final bidding and contracting complete for major construction of Aikens Commons and academic building.
  • January 2010: Building begins on foundations and steel structures of both Aikens Commons and academic building.
  • January 2010: Work begins on new connection from Hutchins to southwest Legal Research tower.
  • May 2010: Begin recladding stacks.
  • August 2010: Finish recladding stacks.
  • Fall 2010: Install glass roof on the commons.
  • January 2012: Aikens Commons and academic building open for use.

Final bidding and contracting for the major construction of the Commons and the new academic building will be complete in the late fall of 2009. We expect to begin building the foundations and steel structures of both buildings in January 2010.

Also in January 2010, construction begins on a new bridge connecting the 3rd floor of Hutchins to the southwest legal research tower. At the west end of the 9th floor of Legal Research, disruptions and construction noise will continue through the winter 2010 semester as the bridge is completed.

In May 2010, we expect to begin recladding the stacks. Many stacks offices (probably most) will be unusable between May 2010 and August 2010. Details for this are far from finalized. As more details are known, occupants of the stacks will be informed and alternate working arrangements will be made.

Construction of both buildings will continue until at least the fall of 2011. We hope the project will be complete by January of 2012.

Our construction managers are aware of our academic and exam schedules for the next several years. Many of the start dates for the most noisy work are being timed so as to have the least conflict with our academic activities. However, once the project begins, there will be a lot of noise and a lot of disruption. It cannot be avoided. What the project team will do is keep you informed about what to expect in the way of noise so that you can plan accordingly. We thank you for your patience and understanding.