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January 2010

January 26, 2010
Have you looked at what is going on in the project lately? Take a walk across the bridge on the third floor that connects Hutchins to Legal Research; it’s a great vantage point. You’ll see contractors on scaffolding removing granite from the building and cutting the holes for the new bridge connections and new stairs. In the entire project, they’ve already:

  • Excavated 25,000 cubic yards of dirt in 625 truckloads
  • Built an earth retention system to keep our sandy dirt from falling back into the hole—it took 200 tons of steel and 1,330 cubic yards of concrete to complete, and required 133 concrete truck deliveries, for a total of 5,171,040 pounds of concrete. And that is all before they even begin to pour the foundation.

Please note the following upcoming shutdowns:

  • Thursday, January 28, steam in the Legal Research stacks will be off most of the day. We suggest you keep your doors open, as the air handlers in the stacks are off, and it is quite warm in the stacks.
  • Saturday, January 30, both Legal Research elevators will be out of service in preparation for bringing the newly installed south elevator back into service.
  • Monday, February 1 through Friday, February 12, Hutchins Hall Steam shut-down from 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Finally, make sure you mark your calendar for our information table on Thursday, January 28, from 11–1 on 1st floor Hutchins—come ask questions and pick up your free t-shirt.

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning

January 14, 2010
Well, you've probably noticed some changes upon your return—sound walls in Hutchins and Legal Research, "trailer city" above the Smith Library, more equipment and construction workers. A lot has been happening between semesters and we are well into serious construction. Safety is the number one concern on the project, including the safety of our community. It is important that you remember that all construction sites in the building are off-limits for safety reasons. They are hard-hat-only areas, and are for all governance purposes "owned" by the contractor at this time. Please make note of signs as you make your way through the building and keep your eyes up as you walk past the construction sites on Monroe.

You might notice the crane for the academic building has arrived, and workers are starting to pour the concrete footings for the building. In Hutchins, work is beginning on the new bridge and café. Substantial infrastructure work has also begun, so there will be shut downs of water, electricity, and steam throughout the project, but we will give you as much warning as we are able. A few things to note right away:

  • There may be a water shutdown in Hutchins Hall on Saturday, January 16, to allow for relocating equipment—if this happens, the restrooms in Hutchins will be unavailable, but those in Legal Research will not be affected
  • There will be a complete steam shutdown in Hutchins Hall and Legal Research on Saturday, January 16, so remember to bring a sweatshirt if you will be here
  • Asbestos removal has begun in Hutchins—you will notice no disruption because it is all behind the temporary wall, and the work is being done under strict Occupational Safety and Health (OSEH) standards with continuous air monitoring
  • You will also notice that work will continue in some areas at night in order to minimize the impact of the construction on classrooms during most teaching hours. This may be particularly important if you study in the Reading Room—we encourage you to use the underground library if the work seems too disruptive.

Welcome back, and have a great start to your semester!

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning

January 8, 2010
Just a quick notice about some activities that will occur on Monday, January 11, 2010:

  • Electricity to the Smith Library will be shut down 5:30am–7:30am, so that connections can be made for power to the new construction trailers
  • Steam will be shut down in Hutchins Hall as we continue to transfer heat controls to smaller, more efficient equipment—we’re not sure exactly what time it will be back up, but certainly by 3:00pm
  • Excavation and footing work on the Aikens Commons will begin, so there may be some vibration from the "hoe pack" (that’s a new one for me): a backhoe with a vibrating compactor attached

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning




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