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July 2010

July 29, 2010

Just a couple of quick items this week:

The bridge will be closed from 7am–3pm this Saturday, July 31, for ceiling work.

As part of the construction project, Lorch Hall cooling will be tied to the new cooling tower in the new academic building. Work to bring piping across the street may begin next week. The pedestrian walkway between P-section and the underground library will be closed for four to six weeks once this work begins.

Hope you have a chance to enjoy what is forecast as a lovely weekend!

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning


July 13, 2010

On Saturday, July 17, the Legal Research Stacks Building will be closed to all access from 7am – 3pm.

The cooling tower that we’ve taken out of service in favor of a new, more efficient, more effective cooling system will be removed from the roof on that day, along with structural steel and 160 feet of pipe. Because the crane has to swing these heavy objects over the Legal Research Building, we must, for safety reasons, evacuate the entire building. So, throughout the day:

  • Traffic to the underground library will be re-routed from the Monroe Street entrance to the north Reading Room entrance (from the Quad);
  • The southern portion of the Reading Room will be closed;
  • Disabled access will be re-routed to the north entrance of Hutchins Hall from the Quad;
  • At the actual times of the “pick” of items from the roof, traffic will not be permitted on the carpeted stairs to the basement;
  • The Tea Room will be closed.

No access to offices or the stacks will be permitted during this time frame.

Water to Legal Research is also scheduled to be shut down from 7am to 5pm that day (thereby making it even less appealing to be in Legal Research on Saturday). Water will still be available in Hutchins Hall.

Don’t forget – the new bridge opening is on Wednesday, July 14 at 3:30pm.

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning


July 9, 2010

In case you missed it, the final section of steel, the top section of the tower, was lifted into place on the new academic building on Wednesday, June 30. We had a chance to observe the traditional "topping out" ceremony held by the steel workers, in which each of the men who worked on the building signed the final piece of steel, and it was lifted into place along with a tree and a flag. It was, conveniently, a gorgeous day for this notable moment in the construction. Watch a slideshow of the event.

Why the tree? (Since "Google" and "Wikipedia" are not synonymous with "research," take this with a grain of salt.) "The practice of 'topping out' a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced."

The tree originally hoisted to the top is a live tree, and will become part of our new landscape at the new building. A substitute will be put in its place.

Bridge Opening: It will be, but not yet. We have passed all our fire inspections, but the contractors still have significant work to do to ensure we are ready for the official bridge opening on Wednesday, July 14.

Please do not use the bridge until Wednesday. Constant traffic makes it very difficult for the contractors to complete their work. It is also still a construction site and requires proper safety gear.

Starting Monday, July 12, construction of the fire doors in the basement and 3rd floor of Hutchins will take place after hours, from 5:30pm–1:30am. Access will be restricted on both floors near the stairwells. You will still be able to get to all the spaces, but you may need to take a detour to get there.

Also on Monday, July 12, contractors in the Reading Room, Reading Room offices, and several 9th-floor offices will be examining windows and the building envelope for leakage. You will be contacted directly if they need to access your office. There will be lifts in the Reading Room to allow access to the upper windows.

There will be substantial activity on the 9th floor next week as the demolition of the lobby structure and construction of fire doors and new mailboxes begins.

Fire alarm installation in offices on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 9th floors is going as scheduled, and we expect it to be completed in the next few weeks.

Finally, a teaser: please pay special attention to the Construction Update posted next week. It will contain important information about upcoming building evacuations for removal of heavy equipment from the building.

Stay cool in this sweltering heat, and, as the President says, "stay hydrated!"

Michele Frasier Wing 

—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning


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