Monday, January 25, 2016

Waiting to Open

The library is primed to open the new upper floors, but is waiting for the construction project’s recently issued TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) to be registered by the construction contractor at city hall, which apparently has required some accompanying documentation, now collected, including a letter from the project’s engineer of record attesting to completion of certain aspects of the project. The temporary, conditional nature of the certificate is a formality that confirms that the construction contractor and its subcontractors are still working in many areas of the building, but that the construction is substantially complete—complete enough for the library to move in and open the space for use.

Thus, with only some paperwork standing in the way at this point, an opening of the new upper floors finally appears imminent. The opening, when it comes, will be a "soft opening" that will consist of simply removing the code blocking elevator access to the upper floors and opening the upper portion of the central stairwell.

The work remaining on the upper floors includes the installation of computers and other equipment in the elevator lobbies and classrooms, as well as completion of a long list of construction-related details including electrical work, patching, painting touch-up, etc.

Construction managers on the project had been aiming to obtain the permits necessary to allow the library to open the upper floors in time for the start of the spring semester, but this did not prove feasible, given the amount of work that was still needed, after all work stopped for the fall study and exam period, for the construction contractor and its subcontractors to address required adjustments such as sprinkler head clearances, smoke control systems, pre-action sprinkler pressure systems, and other significant tasks.

With progress on these tasks, Tulane CPREG (Capital Projects & Real Estate last week hired a separate general contractor  to move office equipment and library staff to the upper floors, and this operation has been completed.

Meanwhile, staff still located in the 4th floor Music & Media Center are retrieving music and media items upon request. At the Circulation Desk we are using our call slip retrieval system to retrieve N call numbers and A-BF call number items on the upper floors.

The Big Move 
The move of collections to the 5th and 6th floors has gone very well. Phase I, the move of collections from the lower floors, was completed last Thursday. In Phase II, the move of materials stored off-site and in Jones Hall, the Jones Hall portion is complete and a crew began moving the Legacy Collection rare books from off-site last week. Phase III, the collections shifting that will put the lower floor stacks back in pre-Katrina order, begins next week. The mover, Library Design Systems (LDS), has stayed on schedule.

In the planned move of some general collection books from the 4th floor open stacks area to the new 5th floor, the mover was able to move A-BF call number ranges including all BF (Psychology) call numbers.

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