Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Dec. 16-31

A view of the stack core area, now that all stack levels have been removed. The roof of the von der Heyden Pavilion is visible just to the lower-left of the tower. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.
A view of the stack core area, now that all stack levels have been removed. The roof of the von der Heyden Pavilion is visible just to the lower-left of the tower. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

Over the last few weeks, work on the Rubenstein Library renovation reached a few significant milestones. For starters, all seven levels of the 1928 and 1948 library stacks have now been removed. The building has been completely cored, and workers are now getting down to the bedrock underneath the original slab foundation. In addition, visitors to West Campus will notice the scaffolding erected in front of the academic quad side of the library. The scaffolding is there to assist workers refurbishing the library’s leaded-glass windows, many of which have to be taken apart pane by pane.

Students and faculty will be glad to know that we saved some of the noisiest work for the holiday break—the excavation of rock underneath the stack core area. This work will involve the use of a hoe-ram hydraulic breaker and will be very noisy while it’s going on. The rock excavation should be completed by the time classes resume on January 8, 2014.

More photos: More images of the Rubenstein Library renovation are available on our Flickr site, where we will be documenting our progress in pictures over the next few years.

Free earplugs are available at the Perkins Library Service Desk on the first floor for library users who are bothered by the renovation noise. We thank you for supporting our progress and apologize for any inconvenience.

Workers refurbishing the leaded-glass windowns in the Gothic Reading Room. Every window in the building is being restored. Many of them have to be taken apart pane by pane.
Workers refurbishing the leaded-glass windowns in the Gothic Reading Room. Every window in the building is being restored. Many of them have to be taken apart pane by pane.

Here’s a summary of the major work that will be done over the next two weeks.

Rubenstein Library Renovation Work (December 16-31)

1.) The material hoist will continue to remove demolition debris.
2.) Test pits will be dug within the footprint of the building to evaluate under-slab soil conditions.
3.) Soil removal will begin in the stack core area to prepare for rock excavation.
4.) Rock excavation and removal will begin.

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. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Welborn, Director of Communications, at 919-660-5816, or aaron.welborn@duke.edu.

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