The construction contractor is on track to begin its scheduled pile driving outside the library [this] week. Plans call for 36 piles to be driven in a 20’ x 25’ space near the library's former main entrance and 12 piles to be driven in a smaller area adjacent to the library on its Dixon Hall side. Crews will pre-drill the holes for the piles first, using a large auger. This should make the piles go in faster and easier, and is expected to reduce the duration of the repetitive pile driving noise.
The pile driving operation overall is still expected to begin next Monday, December 2, and last 4-5 days, although most of the earlier part of the week will be taken up with the delivery of piles and necessary equipment to the fenced construction zone. Most of the pile driving itself is likely to occur on Wednesday and Thursday.
The work must be completed by the end of Friday, December 6, since the construction contract prohibits disruptive work on the site during study and exam periods.
The piles to be driven in a 20’ x 25’ space near the former main entrance to the library are part of the current construction of a base for the large crane that is to arrive on the site in January. The piles to be driven in the smaller area adjacent to the library on its Dixon Hall side will be part of the eventual base for the location of a permanent emergency generator for the libary building.