It would be nice if you made the front doors to the library easier to
open. Both sets of doors, those leading directly to the outside and
those leading directly to the inside of the library, require an
excessive amount of force to open. The doors that lead from the life
sciences courtyard into the life sciences building exhibit the perfect
amount of door-opening resistance. You may wish to try them out in
order to make a comparision. Thank you for considering my suggestion!
Walter Sampson, Assistant University Librarian for Policy Development, who oversees building issues, replies...
The Library has been told that due to the construction of Cabell Library a negative air flow was generated. Depending on the direction and velocity of the wind it makes the doors hard to open, plus effects HVAC operation. In the winter it can be very cold at the Circulation Services desk even effecting offices on the 2nd floor. The Libraries have asked VCU Physical Plant on the feasibility of installing a "heat curtain" to help with the heating. Currently, security measures are being installed which the Library will ask if pneumatic door closures can be installed to help the door problem. There has been discussion to remove the atrium creating a direct entrance to the building. This would be a major construction project and costly and it is unsure if that would fix the problem. The Library takes this suggestion serious and is aware of the problem and will continue to search for a reasonable and affordable solution.
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