Signing the beam: At a "topping out" ceremony on June 18, workers and library staff members were invited to sign the final roof beam that would be installed in the Rubenstein Library. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

Signing the beam: At a “topping out” ceremony on June 18, workers and library staff members were invited to sign the final roof beam that would be installed in the Rubenstein Library. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

It’s easy to see the progress being made on the Rubenstein Library renovation. A few weeks ago, the final beam in the roof was lowered into place, known as “topping out” the building. Construction staff, library staff, architects, contractors, and guests were invited to sign the beam at a special lunch. It felt good to celebrate all the hard work that went into to getting to this point.

Around the perimeter of the building, foundation waterproofing continues. Drains are also being installed around the foundation, and workers will soon begin backfilling the trenches excavated around the building once that work is complete.

FIRE ALARM TESTING: There will be daily fire alarm testing in Perkins/Bostock each weekday July 21 – August 1 around 5:30 p.m. These tests will be very brief and will be preceded by a statement that the alarm is only a test. Library patrons will not have to leave the building.

ELECTRICAL UPGRADES: There will be an electrical shutdown affecting the Perkins, Bostock, and Languages buildings (but not Divinity) beginning July 25 at 7:00 p.m. and ending July 26 at 7:00 a.m. Duke Facilities will be installing new electrical main tie-ins in support of the Rubenstein Library renovation.

Meanwhile, progress continues on the renovation of the first floor of Bostock Library (a new research commons space recently named The Edge), and is scheduled to be complete in October/November later this year.

A view of the first floor of Bostock Library, also currently under renovation. When complete this fall, the new research commons space will be known as The Edge.

A view of the first floor of Bostock Library, also currently under renovation. When complete this fall, the new research commons space will be known as The Edge.

More photos: More images of the Rubenstein Library renovation are available on our Flickr site, where we will be documenting our progress in pictures through the summer of 2015.

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 (July 17-31)

1.) Daily fire alarm testing, 5:30 p.m. (see note above)
2.) Electrical power shutdown, July 25-26 (see note above)
3.) Interior wall framing continues
4.) Sheathing new East exterior wall
5.) Continue foundation cleaning, wall preparation, and foundation waterproofing
6.) Start backfilling of foundation trenches on July 17
7.) 1948 Tower roof flat roof installation
8.) 1948 Tower window removal and stone cleaning
9.) Continue structural stud framing in penthouse
10.) Continue roof tile replacement at West elevation
11.) Continue penthouse ductwork installation
12.) Restart interior air/vapor barrier work
13.) Start exterior East elevation wall installation

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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