New columns and footings taking shape in the stack core. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

New columns and footings taking shape in the stack core. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

Despite the winter weather, renovation work continues roughly on schedule for the Rubenstein Library. With the stack core completely demolished down to the foundation, a new concrete slab foundation is being prepared, and you can begin to see the columns and walls of the new stack core taking shape. Just as the workers “cored” the building like an apple from top to bottom, they will now begin the process of rebuilding the core from the bottom up. Meanwhile, the exterior stone of the building is being cleaned, and the refurbished leaded-glass windows will soon be reinstalled.

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.

Scaffolding inside the Gothic Reading Room.

Scaffolding inside the Gothic Reading Room.

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

Rubenstein Library Renovation Work (February 17-28)

1.) Placement of footing rebar and columns.
2.) Interior wall framing.
3.) Installation of refurbished windows.
4.) Stone cleaning on the 1928 tower.
5.) Scaffolding will be erected on the western elevation of the 1928 building.
6.) Concrete will be poured for the slab foundation.

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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