Monday, September 15, 2014

Second Floor Ceiling Work to Begin; Phasing Schedule Announced

As planned, crews are getting set to begin the installation of the fire suppression (sprinkler) system on the 2nd floor this week. They plan to wrap up the installation project on the 3rd floor today and tomorrow. The phasing schedule for the 2nd floor has the work starting in the northeast quadrant of the floor before circling around, in sequence, counterclockwise. The phased work zones laid out for the floor are drawn so that none of the separately staffed areas on the floor (the Library Admin Office, Microforms & Newspapers, and Interlibrary Loan) are located in the same zone, and each of their zones comes later in the sequence. Arrangements will be made where needed to temporarily relocate staff, as well as sensitive equipment, and to otherwise cover furniture in affected areas while the work is being done in each phase, as was done on floors 3 and 4.

The floor plan to the right shows the phasing schedule.

Work in the first phase on the 2nd floor is expected to officially begin this Wednesday, Sept, 17. Workers could arrive in the area tomorrow to begin their prep work, which may include starting to cover book ranges in the northeast quadrant of the floor with plastic sheeting. If for any reason it looks like too much work remains in finishing the 3rd floor tomorrow afternoon, the progression to the 2nd floor might be delayed a day or so. However, work on the 3rd floor has been steadily progressing on schedule for the past several weeks.

Here is a text version of the dates for the phasing sequence on the 2nd floor:

Phase 1: (9/17 -10/6) 
Area location: northeast quadrant of the building
  • Faculty carrels affected: F225-F232 
  • Grad student carrels affected: carrels in areas 224V, 225V, and 226V along the northwest wall of the building 

Phase 2: (10/7 – 10/24) 
Area location: northwest quadrant of the building
  • Faculty carrels affected: F217-F224 

Phase 2b: (10/27 – 11/7) 
Area location: west central area of the building
  • Staffed area affected: Library Admin Office 

Phase 3: (11/10 – 11/24) 
Area location: southwest quadrant of the building
  • Staffed area affected: Microforms & Newspapers 
  • Faculty carrels affected: F209-F216 

Phase 4: (11/25 – start of the exam period, and to recommence during the intersession) 
Area location: southeast quadrant of the building
  • Staffed area affected: Interlibrary Loan 
  • Faculty carrels affected: F201-F208

Monday, September 1, 2014

Occasional Roof Leaks

With the steel frame and new roof for the library's two-floor addition only partially complete, the potential for occasional roof leaks has increased along with the huge amount of construction activity now on the present roof top, in addition to the extra weight from a large amount of mechanical equipment and materials stored up there.

One relatively minor water roof leak, following some very heavy rainfall outside, was reported and addressed Saturday above the ceiling in the northeast corner of the 4th floor. The leak produced water dripping in three places: two over the book stacks and one in a corner office. No books were damaged.  Plastic was placed over the books in the immediate area and large a dehumidifier was brought in to keep the area and its books dry. Workers will continue to address the source of the problem both above the ceiling and on top of the roof throughout the coming week.

Library users should feel free report problems like water dripping from the ceiling or other building issues at the the library's main desk on the 1st floor. This can be especially helpful on evenings and weekends when there are fewer library staff members in the building to watch for problems.

Meanwhile, as more of the frame and sides of the two-floor addition are completed over the next several weeks, the potential for roof leaks should lessen at an equal rate.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ceiling Work Progresses to Last Phase on 3rd Floor

The subcontractor installing the fire suppression sprinkler system has moved on to the last quadrant zone on the 3rd floor which is labeled on our phasing floor plan as Phase 4. In doing so, plastic sheeting covering the book stacks in the Phase 3 area has been removed, with the exception of three remaining ranges where pipes and sprinkler heads have been installed and ceiling tiles are now being put back.

Workers planned to finish with those tiles and begin moving the pipe cutting equipment out of the Phase 3 area this afternoon.

The Phase 4 zone is in the southeast quadrant of the building. Its stacks area that is covered with plastic sheeting includes books with call numbers ranging from HQ1236.5 C2 W654 to LB1027.55 E73. Faculty carrels affected: F301-F308

The transition from one area to the next this time took place a full week ahead of schedule, which means the sprinkler installation work is now moving very fast and much faster than in any previous phase. There were still issues with clearly communicating that the crews would be making an early switch, and this will be addressed in construction meetings. However, having the work done a lot faster than expected is a better problem than what the library experienced with the same work on, say, its 4th floor, where long delays were the norm.

After the work in Phase 4 on the 3rd floor is complete, the sprinkler system installation will move on to the 2nd floor, likely in just a couple of weeks.