Progress So Far, August 31

It’s almost Labor Day, with much accom­plished since con­struc­tion began on June 18. Yes­ter­day the team–Mortenson Con­struc­tion and sub-contractors, the Miller Hull archi­tects, UW’s Cap­i­tal Projects Office, the Libraries , UW-IT and stu­dent assistants–celebrated the great progress we’ve made so far over a deli­cious bar­be­cue lunch. A quick recap of the summer’s work:

The cen­tral stair­case has been demol­ished, replaced tem­porar­ily with an impres­sive scaf­fold that fills the entire atrium space. It has an inter­nal stair­way that gives con­struc­tion work­ers access to each floor and on up to the roof. Speak­ing of the roof, a good part of it was removed in prepa­ra­tion for adding a sky­light. Lovely views of the August sky could be seen! New roof­ing  to sur­round the sky­light has been built. The new sky­light itself will be lifted into place next week.

The mez­za­nine was built out to the north and south walls of the build­ing with steel and con­crete. Tem­po­rary walls on the first, sec­ond and third floors are being put into place in prepa­ra­tion for the begin­ning of Autumn Quar­ter on Sep­tem­ber 24. When the library re-opens, there will be a tem­po­rary entry lobby on the first floor. Access to the sec­ond and third floors will either be by ele­va­tor or up a large inter­nal stair­way (pre­vi­ously used as an emer­gency exit stair.) There will be no access to the first floor as much work remains to be done. The sched­ule calls for con­struc­tion to be com­pleted in late spring 2013. New pho­tos of con­struc­tion are avail­able at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ouglrenovation/.

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