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Construction schedule set for new library

January 15, 2014

The new library on the Monroe Park Campus is inching closer to reality. Here is the preliminary construction timeline. 

In progress now

  • New service desk under construction 
  • Consolidation of Innovative Media workspaces on the Third Floor
  • “Big Shift” continues
  • Compact shelving in 500 Academic Centre installed

March to May

  • Move major utilities from back loading dock area
  • Construct new electrical room in NW corner of First floor
  • Construct temporary entrance and cut over to new entrance during spring break
  • Construct temporary loading dock and cut over to new loading dock during spring break or summer
  • Construct new offices on First and Third floors and move staff into temp/"swing" space
  • Construct Special Collections and Archives Stacks on Fourth Floor
  • Major impact for students: Loss of some study space on First, Third and Fourth floors and construction noise

May to August

  • Remove pre-cast panels on exterior
  • Staff move to swing space and new offices
  • Demolish atrium entrance and service desk
  • Construct temporary fire egress from north and east stairwells
  • Close off east stairwell from First to ground
  • Demolish Third floor classrooms
  • Demolish loading dock
  • Begin restroom construction on floors two-four
  • Renovate current Special Collections and Archives space
  • –Move reading room to Mapp Room
  • –Cabell Room sealed off
  • –Move SCA staff to swing space
  • Main impact: Loss of graduate student reading room and noise
  • Indirect path to HelpIT desk

August-September, 2015

  • Construct new building
  • Re-surface plinth
  • Renovate First and construct Second, Third and Fourth floor restrooms
  • Complete Fourth floor Special Collections and Archives renovations
  • Construct openings between old and new buildings
  •   - Remaining staff on First floor north move
  •   - Reconfigure Room 230 workspace to accommodate lost space
  • Renovate NE corners of Third and Fourth floors
  • Restore graduate student reading room
  • Temporary loss of  First floor restroom and NOISE
  • New restrooms on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors
  • Open new building and use new entrance

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