Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: July 9-28

Workers are removing shelving and hazardous building materials from the rear entrance of Rubenstein Library.
Workers are removing shelving and hazardous building materials from the rear entrance of Rubenstein Library.

Renovation work on the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is proceeding well. Over the last few weeks, workers have secured the building and erected an exterior construction fence on the academic quad side of the building. Building clean-out and interior demolition have begun, and a portion of the rear wall of the building has been removed to allow construction debris to be removed. Hazardous material remediation is also under way.

In order to make all members of the Duke community aware of the major activities and potential noise issues associated with the Rubenstein Library renovation, we will be posting regular announcements of upcoming renovation work on this blog. Here’s a summary of the major work that will be done over the next few weeks. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Welborn, Director of Communications, at 919-660-5816, or


Rubenstein Library Renovation Work (July 9-28, 2013)

Activities that will occur the next two to three weeks are as follows:

  1. Demolition and abatement: Crews will continue to remove loose parts and work on hazardous material abatement throughout the 1948 portion of the building.
  2. Construction fence: Work will continue on the construction fence on the Academic Quad and Chapel Drive sides of the Rubenstein Library, with an anticipation completion date of July 24.
  3. Between Thursday, July 11, and Thursday, July 18, pilings and foundations will be installed for the renovation tower crane. This activity will create noise that will affect adjoining areas, including Perkins Library, the Divinity School, and Duke Chapel.
  4. On Sunday, July 14, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., the main electrical panel for Perkins Library will be shut down to install new circuit breakers. Lighting and power throughout Perkins Library will be affected.
  5. On Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the tower crane for the renovation project will be installed. This activity will create noise and affect traffic on Telcom Drive and in the Divinity School turn-around.
  6. Noise generated for selected activities (Scale: 1 = low, 10 = high)
    • Equipment alarms in loading dock area behind Perkins Library (affecting Perkins and Divinity): Noise Level 6
    • General demolition and abatement (affecting Perkins and Divinity): Noise Level 5
    • Construction fence (affecting Perkins, Divinity, Chapel): Noise Level 4
    • Crane piling and foundation installation, July 13-14 (affecting Perkins, Divinity, and Chapel): Noise Level 9
    • Tower crane installation (affecting Perkins, Divinity, and Chapel): Noise Level 7

We thank you in advance for supporting our progress, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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