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

What Do Undergraduates Want in the Renovated Library?

Late last fall, over 1,200 undergraduates at the UW responded to a survey asking about their preferences in a renovated Odegaard Library. A large majority of respondents wanted natural light and more quiet study spaces. A majority also asked for more group study spaces, brighter colors in the library and flexible spaces. Technology remains critical, with many reporting using desktop computers or mobile devices that benefit from access to outlets.  The ongoing renovation will provide quieter study space on the third floor, additional group study rooms on the first floor, and an atrium flooded with natural light. Read the survey results summary here: OUGLStudentSurveySummary

Staircase Demolition Photos

New photos of the OUGL staircase demolition have been added to the OUGL Ren­o­va­tion Pho­to­stream at The next major step is to construct scaffolding that will extend from the 1st floor to the roof. Construction of the skylight will begin soon after the scaffolding is in place.

The Odegaard Library is on schedule to re-open on September 24; the 1st floor and mezzanine will remain under construction, but the 2nd and 3rd floors will be open. The Media Center is now located on the 3rd floor of the Suzzallo Library; course reserves for Summer Quarter and Early Fall Start are at the Media Center. Course reserves will move back to Odegaard on September 24.

Move Week Photos June 11-15

Move week at the Odegaard Library was busy! Furniture, computers, the Media

Center, and staff offices all moved out of the first floor and mezzanine. See some

photos here:

The Media Center is now located on the 3rd floor of Suzzallo Library. Odegaard

Library administration and staff offices are housed in a construction trailer

between the library building and the Henry Art Gallery.  Staff phone numbers have

not changed.