December 2, 2010
Single-stream recycling has finally arrived! You will no longer have to sort bottles from paper; now, just toss it all into conveniently located recycle bins throughout Legal Research, Smith Library, and Hutchins Hall. We will post signs with information at the bins to remind everyone which items can be recycled. It's easy…everyone's doing it, you know…
Saturday sidewalk closure/electrical shutdown The sidewalk between Hutchins Hall's Monroe Street doors and the loading dock will be closed 7a.m.–4p.m. on Saturday, December 4. To access Hutchins, you will need to go in through the doors on State Street or through the entrance on the quad. "Why can't I just go through Legal Research?" you might ask. Because overlapping the sidewalk closure, there will be an electrical shutdown in all of Legal Research from 8a.m. until noon. This means that Legal Research will be closed, top to bottom, and no one will be permitted to enter the building until noon that day. The Monroe Street door will be open ONLY for access to the underground library, which will remain open. There will be no admittance to the Reading Room. In addition, there will be no elevator access to the Smith Library until after noon. Hutchins electricity will be unchanged and fully functional, but the doors between Hutchins and Legal Research will be closed.
This one is big… We are hoping to have Monroe Street, from Oakland to State Street, closed for construction (to be done under the street) starting on Monday, December 6. We anticipate it will be closed for at least four months. If you park on Monroe or get dropped off at the loading area near Hutchins, you will need to make alternative arrangements. The contractors will be working on the underground utilities that connect Hutchins to our new building across the street.
And so you can start planning for the break… Throughout the construction period, we have been deferring until the holiday break period—6p.m., December 23, to 6:30a.m., January 3—projects that are hugely disruptive to either the class schedule or the inhabitants of the buildings. One of the farthest-reaching of these projects is testing the new fire alarm system. We are required to shut down the existing alarms and test each location of a sensor, strobe, or horn, and the horns will sound continually through the week. The fire inspector has informed us that we may not occupy Legal Research or Hutchins while the alarm system is down, so we cannot have anyone working in Hutchins or Legal Research during the break period. If there are emergent issues that require you to go into your office during the week, we will have a plan for escorting people in and out of the building. Please start planning ahead for this closure, and let us know if you need assistance preparing for it. We have a lot to accomplish in a short period of time, so the contractors will be working full tilt.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We're nearing the home stretch on this semester…
—Michele Frasier Wing, '98, Director of Finance and Planning
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