Despite the meteorological ups and downs of March, renovations on the Rubenstein Library are moving steadily along, with workers busy pouring concrete, placing new stack core columns, and cleaning the exterior of the building. In the coming weeks, the removal and replacement of the clay roof tiles over the Gothic Reading Room will commence and a new, temporary fire hydrant will be installed.
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.
Here is a complete list of the work being done in the next two weeks.
Rubenstein Library Renovation Work (March 24-April 4)
1.) Donely’s Concrete will continue erecting elevated formwork.
2.) The elevated slab on level two will be poured.
3.) Underslab plumbing rough-ins will be completed.
4.) Placement of shear walls and columns.
5.) Interior wall framing will continues.
6.) Exterior windows on the West elevation will be removed.
7.) Interior topping slabs will be placed in the 1928 tower.
8.) Structural steel erection will continue.
9.) Mockups will be assembled.
10.) Removal and replacement of the Gothic Reading Room tile roof will commence.
11.) Exterior masonry cleaning and interior limestone window cleaning will continue.
12.) Refurbished window reinstallation will begin on the South elevation.
13.) Temporary fire hydrant and stand pipe will be installed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.