May 28, 2010
The state Fire Marshall inspected our site yesterday and, unfortunately, has informed us that we must close the old bridge now. The concern is that there is so much construction near the old bridge that there is not sufficient fire protection and egress in the event of an emergency. This means that for 5–6 weeks we will be without a bridge connection between Legal Research and Hutchins Hall.
We have been making remarkable progress with the building project as a whole and have made good progress on the new bridge—the basic structure is assembled, the floor has been poured, life/safety infrastructure is going in, and windows will start in the next two weeks. We are scheduled to open it in early July, and originally had hoped to have the old bridge in place until we opened the new. On the up side, both elevators in Legal Research should be fully functional by next week, making the trek from Legal Research to Hutchins easier.
We regret that we couldn’t have delayed this closure until we were closer to opening the new bridge, but we MUST comply with the directives from the state Fire Marshall. The existing bridge between Hutchins and Legal Research will close permanently on Tuesday, June 1.
—Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Finance and Planning
May 21, 2010
We now have an average of about 100 contractors on site, so you are probably seeing someone on a ladder every time you turn a corner.
A special note about safetyPlease remember that the southeast stairwell in the stacks should only be used in case of an emergency. Right now there is falling debris everywhere, as they are doing the demolition work. As Chicken Lois says, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"
The hallway between the stairwell near the faculty lounge and the bridge will be closed on Saturday, May 22, so the new opening can be cut for the new bridge. The kitchen will be accessible, but only from Hutchins.
The elevator inspection is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25. Both elevators may be out of service on that day for short periods of time.
Fire Alarms/SprinklersAll week (May 24–28), sprinkler heads will be installed in 9th floor offices. The work will be done during the day, but at the convenience of the occupant.
Please refer to the Fire Alarm Schedule to see when offices (except Reading Room offices, which will be scheduled later in the summer) will be affected. Much of the work will take place after 4pm (described as "second shift" on the schedule). Please make note of when your office is scheduled for work; you do not need to do anything to prepare for the contractors.
May 14, 2010
OK—I’m a recent transplant from California, but I thought April showers brought May flowers, not 40 degree weather! Unfortunately, it coincided with our need to have the steam off for the contractors, for safety reasons, so thank you for your patience as you shivered through the past couple of days.
As will be the case throughout the summer, there is a lot going on this week:General Information
May 6, 2010
Katie, bar the door…
As of Monday, May 10, we will have contractors aplenty in the building doing as much work as possible before the summer session starts; they will be everywhere. I will keep you apprised of the work through these updates, but know overall that the summer will be a very busy and critical time for the project.
SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY…
I cannot emphasize enough that safety must be the priority for everyone this summer. We expect the contractors to employ safe building practices and they have done a remarkable job to date. But the safety of the entire community also depends on everyone paying attention and being careful around project areas. Keep your eyes up and pay attention as the project changes on a daily, if not hourly basis.
A particular note about welding: Welding will begin on the steel as soon as finals are over. Please do not look directly at any welding activity as it can be harmful to your eyes. Workers are wearing protective eyewear while they do the work, but you will be able to see it from across the street.
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