April 29, 2010
We are in the homestretch now, and the lure of beautiful blue skies is upon us. Fortunately, we have the best show in town right outside our doors. The contractors will continue to do small amounts of noisy work from 6am to 7:45am, but are in quiet mode from 7:45am on. If you have watched any of the construction since the beginning of finals, you might have noticed that the back-up beepers on vehicles have been turned off, and the steel workers are screwing in the bolts by hand so they won’t have to use noisy tools. (They will go back later to finish securing the connections and to complete the welding.) Just a reminder, though, if noise becomes a problem during an exam, please let the proctor know so that we can take care of it.
This week, we will have the following activities:
Fire alarms in Legal Research will be tested on Thursday, April 29, from 6am to 7am, in preparation for bringing our new elevator online. Alarms and strobes will be activated—probably not the best day to come in early.
Steam will be turned off in Legal Research daily, starting on Thursday, April 29, and continuing until the steam is shut off for the summer. It will be turned back on at night to warm the building.
We are moving people out of the stacks through the course of the next two weeks; please check here for all new office locations. As we vacate offices, the contractors will begin demolition. If an office has been emptied, please do not go back into the space.
Starting on May 3, we will begin the process of installing the smoke detection system on the 4th floor. The contractors will be cutting holes for wiring in each office and closet. Beginning at 4pm, they will check offices as they go, and will start with the empty offices. After 5pm, we ask that you give the contractors time to complete this task if you happen to be working. In general, it requires no moving of furniture and should be quick.
Students in lockers numbered 369–788 should remember to vacate lockers no later than Tuesday, May 11. These lockers will be moved back into Room B-42 over the summer. Any items remaining in these lockers after May 11 will be removed.
Congratulations 3Ls—only 10 more days until Senior Day…!
—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning
April 21, 2010
We have a few items coming up this week and early next week before the big summer work starts.
Structural steel on the new academic building will begin this week. We will be doing sound checks on Thursday and Friday (April 22 and 23) to understand the impact, if any, on Hutchins Hall. Although there will be construction ongoing during finals, the contractors are aware of the dates of the exam period and have agreed not to do noise-intensive work during that time. Therefore, we do not expect there to be disruptive noise.
Students: if, while you are taking an in-class exam, there is disruptive noise, please be sure to report the noise to your proctor as quickly as possible so that we can attend to the problems.
On Friday, April 23, starting at 6am, the contractors will be priming the structural steel in the southwest Reading Room tower for approximately 2 hours (that's where the new stairs and elevator to the bridge will be located). We will take all precautions in venting and sealing off the Reading Room to minimize fumes.
On Saturday, April 24, from 7am to 4pm, there will be an electrical shutdown in B-38 and some reduction in corridor lighting in the basement.
Monday, April 26, preparations for the stacks re-cladding project will begin. Contractors will hang protective plastic sheeting on levels 7 and above, and a new handrail will be installed in the south emergency stairwell. (The entire façade of the building will be gone soon and exposed to the outside, so the handrail will provide additional safety in the event these stairs are needed in an emergency.) Hydro-towers—the main towers for the hydro-lift that will be used by contractors for the re-cladding—will be installed on the west and south sides. The east hydro-towers will be installed in May after Senior Day.
Starting on May 3, we will begin the process of installing the sprinkler system on the 9th floor. This will involve drilling, both from above and below, a hole for the sprinkler head. The contractors believe this will take a half hour per office. They will begin at 4pm, will check offices as they go, and will start with the empty offices. After 5pm, we ask that you give the contractors time to complete this task if you happen to be working. In general, it requires no moving of furniture and should be quick.
I want to thank everyone for their incredible cooperation as we have worked through the issues involved with conducting a major renovation and building project while remaining fully functional. You have been phenomenal partners in this enterprise. Best of luck to all who are studying for, taking, and giving final exams—you can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
April 14, 2010
For those of you lucky enough to have been in the library last Wednesday during the fire alarm, we sincerely apologize. We were testing the system, but the alarm going off had nothing to do with that. We had a small miscalculation in an area where a hole was being cut in a wall, and the contractor nicked a fire alarm wire, setting off the alarm. Thankfully, it wasn’t raining. The contractors extend their apologies as well.
A couple of quick but important updates for this week and next:
You may have noticed that the contractors have begun cutting holes in the ceilings of the third and fourth floor of Hutchins Hall. This work will continue through Friday, April 16, is being done between 6pm and 2am, and includes asbestos abatement, so workers will check the area before they begin and knock on doors to let occupants know they are setting up. We recommend you leave because the hallways in some areas are narrow and will be blocked by ladders and equipment.
A couple of minor projects will happen over the next month in the Tea Room, so there will be contractors in and out; we’ve asked them not to work during the lunch hour. There may be a day or two after classes end that we close the room, but we will provide notice.
This Friday, April 16, there will be an electrical shutdown in the underground library between 4:30am and 7am. Signs will be posted that the area is closed until the power is restored. We expect that the work will only take 1.5 hours, but we’re starting early just to be safe.
The crane for the new academic building across the street will be erected April 14 and 15 (did you know that the FAA requires approval when a crane is above a certain height?); immediately thereafter, the steel structure of the new academic building will begin. By the end of July, you will be able to see the "bone structure" of the entire building, and by the time fall semester begins, the façade of the building will be started.
April 6, 2010
FIRE SYSTEM TESTSorry for the late notice—we just found out ourselves: Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 7, 11am-1pm, contractors will be testing the fire strobes in Legal Research. The fire alarm system may briefly sound, but it is only a test. Strobes may be flashing for the entire 2-hour period. Unless you hear a continuous sounding of the alarm, there is no need to evacuate.
April 1, 2010
The installation of the bridge went without a hitch last Saturday, and we are beginning to see how this very complicated set of buildings will eventually be connected. Construction this week is, for the most part, business as usual. Much of our focus internally has been on preparing for the Monroe Street Fair this Saturday, April 3. Because we will have construction work happening simultaneous with the fair, including a complete water shutdown in Hutchins that day, we’ve decided to limit access to the buildings to just students, faculty, and staff. The law library will also be open to library pass-holders and members of the bar. The two entrances will be accessible: the Monroe Street door to Hutchins and the Monroe Street door to Legal Research. Please bring your student ID/MCard, Bar Association card, or library pass to show to the ID checker. Restrooms and water will be available in Legal Research all day.
There are other alternatives for studying on campus, so if you would like to avoid the aggravation, the library has put together this list of other libraries.
But don’t spend your entire weekend inside—it is supposed to be gorgeous on Saturday, so take some time to soak in some natural Vitamin D!
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