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February 2010

February 26, 2010

If you are around next week, you will notice an uptick in construction intensity—we’ll be taking advantage of spring break to do more of the noisy work during the day. So for staff and faculty (and students not lucky enough to be sitting next to a pool in a tropical environment with a book that weighs less than five pounds), there will be more work areas to either be aware of or avoid.

Please make note of the following:

  • The Tea Room ceiling will be painted next week, so the Tea Room will be closed on Friday, March 5
  • The women’s restroom across from the snack bar will be closed starting today, February 26, through next Friday, March 5
  • Demolition work will occur at the base of the stairs between Hutchins and Legal Research, so please be careful as you pass through that area
  • There will be ceiling work, both demolition and hanging new pipe, near the glass doors to Smith Library, in basement of Hutchins, and in the 9th floor corridor of Legal Research
  • There will be additional demolition in the corridor near the elevators on the 3rd floor of Legal Research (behind the Reading Room)

As always, please be safe as you pass through these areas of work and have a great week!

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning

 

February 16, 2010
This is a long one, so hang on to your hat!

If you’ve looked out to the Aikens Commons project lately, you’ll have noticed that much of the stone at the new openings in the building has already been removed. That stone is being cleaned and stored for reuse as infill later.

You’ll also have noticed an increase in the amount of construction dust and odors, and you may have seen the “asbestos abatement” notices on the building. Because this is an old building and there was a time that construction regularly used asbestos in products, we have to remove asbestos as we build. As I’ve mentioned here before, all abatement is done by a special asbestos abatement contractor who is closely monitored by the campus department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH). Spaces where abatement is taking place are sealed off from the rest of the building and the air outside the confined space is protected by multiple layers, including the creation of a negative air space in the confined area. There is even a shower inside the site for the contractor to clean off before exiting.

As for the dust and fumes, our OSEH representative, Brett Goecke, is on site several times a week to evaluate site conditions. Here is an excerpt of a recent e-mail from him:

The particulate and odors …are from the demolition activities (removing plaster, concrete, brick and block) and the equipment used to facilitate their demolition. The VAST majority of which would be considered "nuisance particulate" i.e. not pleasant to be around, but that would not cause harmful, lasting health effects. Two compounds that are not "nuisance" compounds are silica and diesel exhaust. One of the components in some masonry (concrete, brick, block) products is silica. This material can cause health problems if you are exposed at high levels over long periods of time (typically years). Diesel exhaust from the demolition equipment engines is another component that can cause health issues with long term, high level exposure.

You can "Google" either of these compounds and find lots of health information. Please stick to reputable sites such as OSHA, NIOSH or the CDC. If you do "search" these compounds, please keep in mind that any lasting health effects or disease are related to long term, high level exposures.If you have more questions about any of these issues, start by checking the campus OSEH website: www.oshe.umich.edu. It is worth mentioning again that safety, both of our community and the workers on the project, is the most important issue for everyone involved.

Please note the following activities or shutdowns this week:

  • Classroom 242 will be getting a temporary wall to allow for duct work installation, as will the 5th floor landing in the stone stairway of Legal Research
  • The south Legal Research elevator is scheduled to be tested and come back online this week, and the north elevator will be out of service for the next couple of months for replacement
  • There will be additional demolition work outside the Legal Research elevator after 4pm, so avoid the area if possible
  • Steam will be shut down in Hutchins Hall from 3pm–11pm each day, February 15 – February 19

And last, but certainly not least, please remember that both wireless and wired data will be down in Hutchins and Legal Research over the weekend, on the following schedule:

Saturday, February 20th, 2010, from 7am – 4pm.

There will be NO access to the wired or wireless network in Hutchins Hall. You will not be able to browse the web, check e-mail, or do anything that requires a network connection. The L: drive and all Law School applications will be accessible from outside and from Legal Research and the Underground Library.

Sunday, February 21st, 2010, from 7am – 4pm.

There will be NO access to the wired or wireless network in Legal Research and the Underground Library. You will not be able to browse the web, check e-mail, or do anything that requires a network connection. The L: drive and all Law School applications will be accessible from outside and from Hutchins Hall.

Whew!

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning

 

 
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