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Bailey/Howe Renovation Updates

Bridge Rendering

In August of 2017, a bridge and library addition will connect a new residence hall to the Bailey/Howe Library’s H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery. Throughout the spring semester, visitors will see and hear evidence of renovations, though the library will remain open. We’ll provide project updates here (see below) as the work progresses.

Seating in the McCrorey Gallery may be limited at times, but additional study space can be found on the library’s upper floors. The gallery’s multi-cultural art collection will be placed in temporary storage for preservation purposes during the renovation period and will be reinstalled with renewed visibility on completion.

The scope of work will include the construction of a 2,350 square foot addition to the library at the location where the new bridge will enter into the library’s second floor. The elevated bridge is being constructed as part of the First-Year Residence Hall and Dining Project, currently under construction. The new addition will expand student study space in the McCrorey Gallery, as well as provide a new home for the Media Resources service desk and associated programs.

McCrorey Gallery

Project updates:

June 5th

Beginning the morning of June 5th, workers will begin replacing the lights that span the length of the building in front of the Reference Desk. A standard dust control enclosure will be put up, but the Reference Desk will be accessible during scheduled open hours. Painting will also be done on multiple floors during this time. Friday, June 9th will have lower levels of construction noise as it is an orientation day.

May 11th

Expect a higher level of construction noise in the McCrorey Gallery for the next few weeks. A temporary wall will be put up where the new Multimedia lab will be, while the existing sheet rock wall separating the bridge from the library space is removed. Late Monday through Tuesday (5/15-5/16) will be particularly noisy as the construction crew will be grinding off a pour stop between Bailey and Howe.

March 16th

Work on the bridge addition is continuing as scheduled. The design for the new Multi-media lab is in its final stages, and this week construction will begin on the first floor custodial closet, which will be refitted into a family restroom. Patrons can expect some noise in this area.

February 24th

The steel work crew will need to install bolts into the first and second floor where the addition connects to the Bailey side of the library. Patrons should expect drilling from 7:00 am until 10:00 am through the middle of next week.

February 15th

The steel for the bridge addition has been completely installed.  Framing for a new restroom will begin this week, and patrons can expect some early morning noise each day during this process.

February 13th

Bridge construction is continuing on schedule, as interior walls and HVAC systems are being installed.

January 19th – January 21st 

Electricians will be working on switching over the lighting in the Reference area, from fluorescent to energy-efficient LEDs. This project should take about three days.

January 17th – January 27th

During this period, there will be intermittent noise throughout the day as the steel supports are put into place for the bridge. This work will primarily affect the first floor near the McCrorey Gallery and the second floor above the gallery area.

January 2nd

The McCrorey Gallery and surrounding areas are in flux as we complete flooring installation and painting. Many computers are offline at this time. Library faculty and staff can help you to locate available work stations. Printing is available in the library’s Cyber Café.

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