Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Loud Work to Cease for Study and Exam Period

Rules laid out in the construction plans prohibit disruptive work onsite during study and exam periods. This effectively means that all construction work within the lower floors of the building will cease between this Friday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 15.  Jack-hammering and other loud activity within the new framed-in area above the existing lower floors will stop too.

The construction contractor will be allowed to continue work on a short list of other projects above that are said to carry little risk of noise to students on the lower floors. One example would be the outside installation of metal exterior panels on the 5th and 6th floors.  However, these projects can be stopped by Tulane’s department of Capital Projects & Real Estate (CPREG) if they're determined to be disruptive.

Preparation for Library Closure:  With the study and exam period close at hand, construction crews have been unusually active in several areas on the lower floors this week and largely in preparation for the major- scale construction tasks planned for the building during the intersession holiday break and building shut-down (Dec. 17 through Jan. 4) between semesters. 

On the 1st floor, workers on ladders have been performing preliminary reconnaissance above the flat ceiling encompassing much of the center of the building and that will be removed during the intersession. Art work and electrical equipment in the area have been removed. Another crew erected scaffolding over the stairwell by the old entrance to the building. The scaffolding was configured to still allow students to use the stairs to get to the snack lounge during the study and exam period. On the 2nd floor the subcontractor installing the fire suppression (sprinkler) system is wrapping up work in the phase 2 zone encompassing the northwest quadrant of the building, and was to remove all materials and equipment there before the close of its work day Wednesday.

On the 4th floor, reopened last week, a crew has been working in the lobby to install the sprinkler system overhead although the area has remained open. This work will stop by the end of the day Wednesday as well.

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