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Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Nov. 7-21

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Construction on Rubenstein Library continues

This week the Conservation Services department moved all of their equipment and staff from the lab to a new location in Perkins Library. There will be construction taking place in their space to repair the ceiling, so the conservation lab will be temporarily housed in Perkins Library Room 118. The work should be completed by December 12, when Conservation will move back into their lab space.

Apart from the conservation lab, construction workers are continuing to make progress on numerous other projects. The following renovations will be taking place over the next two weeks:

1. Installing vapor barrier primer
2. Installing the fire pump room
3. Hard ceiling framing
4. Interior wall framing
5. Installation of elevator 4-1
6. Mansard roof panel installation on the East Elevation
7. Reroofing the 1st floor, West Elevation (flat roof)
8. Foundation modification for elevator
9. Installation of roof tile at the West Elevation
10. Storm drainage installation
11. Elevator 4-3 foundation prep

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.

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.

Moving The Lab: “At Least We Have Windows”

This week we moved out of the lab so that the construction crew could proceed with the Rubenstein Renovation Project. They need to remove our ceiling, take out old HVAC ducts and water pipes, and install new ducts and pipes. We have known for about a year that we would have to move out. The serious “down to brass tacks” planning started about five or six months ago.

Packing up the lab.

Our temporary space is a conference room and not designed to be a conservation lab. The challenge for our planning was to stay productive while working in a space about a third the size of the lab that has no water, sink, fume hood or the other equipment we have come to rely on. We also needed to figure out where and how to store our large equipment; negotiate storage space for library materials that are awaiting treatment; collaborate with our colleagues to adjust workflows; and physically move important files and materials that we wanted to move ourselves.

The plan involved moving some materials to locked stacks, move as much large equipment and supplies as could fit into our dirty room and computer nook, moving  supplies and equipment to our new room, and moving the remaining furniture to off site storage. It’s a good thing we specialize in organized workflows.

Moving Day

Moving Day came this past Monday, and continued through lunchtime on Tuesday. Most of the day went off without a hitch, and the small glitches that did occur were quickly remedied. It was an all-hands-on-deck situation with both planned and on-the-spot move assignments being made. Everyone worked together to ensure the safe move of all of our stuff, and what a lot of stuff it was.

Moving the large board shear.
Moving the large board shear.

There are so many people to thank that helped us in our move. Staff from the library helped by making space for us to store materials, by moving meetings to other rooms, by coordinating movers, etc. We had three people from Rubenstein Library come and help us pack when we needed extra hands. The Lock Shop even came over to take the door off the hinges so we could get the board shear through the door.  Everyone we asked seemed more than happy and willing to help us in our time of need. I am so thankful that we work with such amazing and helpful colleagues.

Our Temporary Lab
Our temporary lab is cozy, but at least it has windows!
Our temporary lab is cozy, but at least it has windows!

Our new space is small, but our planning has paid off. We have five benches for all the staff, students and our volunteer to share. We moved the large board shear, a couple of shelving units,  secure storage units, and several book trucks into the space. We also made sure to have room to move around and maneuver trucks to benches. The best part of the new space is that we have windows! Not since our original lab space have we been able to see the outside world during work hours. We will enjoy every minute of those, especially if this beautiful weather continues.

What We Are Learning

While it is difficult and stressful to move, we are learning there are other benefits besides the windows. First, moving gave us an opportunity to clean out stuff we no longer use or want. Everyone needs a good clearing-out now and then to create space and reduce clutter.

Now that we are in our temporary space, more people are becoming aware of Conservation because we are in a much more public space. We are interacting with library staff that we would normally not have a chance to talk to since we are more visible. Additionally, several people have stopped by to see our space. We are thinking of hosting a pop-up open house next week just for fun since so many people are curious about who just moved into Room 118.

You can see more images of our move  on Flickr.

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Applications Open for Project Spaces in The Edge

Workers are putting the finishing touches on The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration, located on the first floor of Bostock Library.  The space contains nine project rooms that are reservable for short- or long-term use by project teams.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration, located on the first floor of Bostock Library. The space contains nine project rooms that are reservable for short- or long-term use by project teams.

In January 2015, The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration will open on the renovated first floor of Bostock Library. We are pleased to announce that project spaces in The Edge can now be requested for the Spring 2015 semester, using this online form. These project spaces can be reserved for repeated use by one group during the semester as they work through their research.

Students and faculty who are working on interdisciplinary, data-driven, digitally reliant, or team-based research are invited to apply for a project room in The Edge by Wednesday, November 26.  We’ll do our best to accommodate as many requests as possible and will notify all requestors no later than Friday, December 12, so you can make plans for the spring semester.

A portion of the project rooms in The Edge will still be “grab-able” (i.e., available for ad hoc reservations without submitting the project space request form). We also hope to re-open our form in the spring to accommodate additional groups in need of shared or dedicated project space.

Visit The Edge website for a list of other types of spaces in The Edge.

Questions about The Edge, or about project spaces in particular? Email edge@duke.edu.

We look forward to sharing this exciting new area of the Perkins & Bostock Libraries with you!

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Boxing Day: The Entire Lab Edition

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Book trucks ready for packing.
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Boxes of lab files.

We are undergoing an epic boxing day…boxing the entire lab to move temporarily off site. Construction work needs to be done in our ceiling, which means we need to move out to make way. We are packing up the entire lab and moving some of it to temporary space, some will go into storage. If all goes well, we will be back into the lab in mid-December. Wish us luck!

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Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Oct. 27-Nov. 7

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Wall framing in progress in the Gothic Lounge.

Construction is progressing rapidly on the Rubenstein Library, and we are less than a year away from completion! The scaffolding in the Gothic Reading Room was recently removed, once again revealing the lovely wood beams and vaulted ceiling. Over the next two weeks, workers will be continuing with a number of  interior projects as well as installing storm drains on the exterior of the building.

Construction will be focused on these projects in the coming weeks:

1. Installation of vapor barrier primer
2. Hard ceiling framing
3. Interior wall framing
4. Installation of elevator 4-1
5. Mansard roof panel installation
6. Reroofing of 1st floor west side (flat roof)
7. Foundation modification for elevator
8. Window installation, north elevation
9. Roof tile installation, west elevation
10. Storm drainage installation
11. Installation of elevator 4-3

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The restored ceiling of the Gothic Reading Room is visible now that the scaffolding has been taken down.

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.

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.

Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Oct. 2-14

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Roof installation on the West Elevation

Construction on Rubenstein Library has continued as students settle into classes and the first traces of fall begin to appear in Durham. Workers recently completed the window reconstructions and finished preparing the elevator foundation for further work. In the coming weeks, they will be focusing on a number of projects throughout Rubenstein, including interior wall framing on all levels of the library, beginning storm drain installation, and removing the scaffolding from the Gothic Reading Room.

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Scaffolding inside the Gothic Reading Room

Here is a complete list of the projects being worked on in the next two weeks:

1. Installation of vapor primer barrier
2. Hard ceiling framing starts
3. Interior wall framing
4. Removal of scaffolding in Gothic Reading Room
5. Mansard roof panel installation
6. Foundation modification and prep for elevator
7. Windows installed at north building elevation
8. Roof tiles installed at west building elevation
9. Prepare for storm drainage installation
10. Complete structural remediation
11. Reconstruct elevator

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.

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Roof tile 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.

Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Aug. 15-29

Foundation waterproofing work will be completed in the next few weeks. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.
Foundation waterproofing work will be completed in the next few weeks. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

The start of the fall semester is almost upon us, and Duke is gearing up to welcome thousands of students back to campus. Meanwhile, the renovation of the Rubenstein Library has reached another milestone: we’re only ONE YEAR AWAY from the re-opening! All around the foundation of the building, waterproofing work is being completed, and passersby may notice that the attractive row of windows on the south side of the building (closest to Duke Chapel) is now much more visible due to the removal of several trees (an unavoidable consequence of the foundation waterproofing process).

PLANNED ELECTRICAL OUTAGE: On Friday, August 15, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be a brief electrical shutdown in Perkins and Bostock Libraries to install a new breaker in the Rubenstein Library main electrical room. The outage will be brief.

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 later this year.

The back side of the 1948 tower is under scaffolding for exterior stone repair and restoration.
The back side of the 1948 Tower is under scaffolding for exterior stone repair and restoration.

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 (Aug. 15-29)

1. Interior wall framing continues
2. Wall and overhead interior roughing-in continues
3. Electrical main conductor will be replaced on Aug. 15 (see note above)
4. Foundation waterproofing will be completed
5. Foundation backfill will be completed
6. 1948 Tower window removal and replacement
7. Roof tile replacement continues at West elevation
8. Mechanical penthouse ductwork will be installed, tested, and insulated
9. New main stair will begin installation
10. Interior air / vapor barrier work continues
11. Gothic Reading Room ceiling insulation begins

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.

Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: July 17-31

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.

New Research Commons Gets a Name: The Edge

Architectural rendering of the Research Commons on the first floor of Bostock Library. Renovations will take place May-November 2014.

Architectural rendering of the renovated first floor of Bostock Library. Renovations will take place May-November 2014.

If you have visited Duke’s West Campus lately, you might have noticed that the first floor of Bostock Library is currently closed for renovations. The entire floor is being reconfigured into a new space that will allow the Libraries to meet the growing needs of interdisciplinary, team-based, and data-driven research at Duke. There’s an article about it in the latest issue of our library magazine, and you can read more about the project on our library website.

Throughout the planning phase of the project, we’ve tentatively been calling this space the “Research Commons,” for lack of a better name. Today, we’re pleased to announce that a better name has emerged. Allow us to introduce…

The Edge Logo

Why “The Edge”?

The overall goal of this renovation project is to create a new space that will allow Duke researchers and project teams to experiment with new ideas and approaches with experts, technology, and training available in close proximity. It should be the kind of space that invites discovery, experimentation, and collaboration. We needed a name that captured all of that in a succinct and memorable way.

The word “edge” suggests standing on the brink of something, or of being on the fringes or boundaries. It’s a place where different points of view or disciplinary approaches meet.

From a physical building layout perspective, it also makes a certain amount of sense. Just as the Link is in the middle of the library complex, The Edge is on the side that is furthest from the main academic quad.

Finally, there’s the subtle hint of gaining an advantage: The Edge is a place that will help you with your research or collaborative project.

To bring The Edge to life, the Libraries have been working with the architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch, the same firm that designed and built Bostock Library and the von der Heyden Pavilion in 2005, renovated Perkins Library between 2006 and 2008 (including the creation of the Link), and is directing the current renovation of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Few parts of Duke have been transformed so completely in recent years as the Libraries, and The Edge is just the latest proof of that.

We are looking forward to unveiling this attractive and innovative new destination in the heart of campus, which should be completed later this year by November or December. In January 2015, we will formally celebrate with a grand opening event. We hope you will join us at The Edge!

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Noise Advisory: Research Commons Construction

Architectural rendering of the Research Commons on the first floor of Bostock Library. Renovations will take place May-November 2014.

Architectural rendering of the Research Commons on the first floor of Bostock Library. Renovations will take place May-November 2014.

Fire Alarm Testing: June 16 – August 4

Duke’s Facilities Management Department be reworking the fire alarm systems in both Perkins and Bostock Libraries to synchronize the two facilities. A fire alarm test will be performed each day, June 16-August 4, at 5:30 p.m. to ensure the facilities are protected during off-hours. The test will be short and patrons will not have to leave the building.

 

Research Commons Construction

The first floor of Bostock Library is being renovated this summer to prepare for the new Research Commons. For the next few weeks, library users are advised that there will be some noise associated with the work, especially affecting the floors directly above and below Bostock Level 1. Most of the noise will be limited between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Free earplugs are available at the Perkins Library Service Desk on the first floor for library users who are bothered by the renovation noise. 

Here is a list of the work being done in the next two weeks:

1) Workers will begin roughing in electrical and telecomm wiring. This will involve drilling anchors into the ceiling on the first floor of Bostock: June 16-20
2) Core drilling the first floor slab: June 16-20
3) Attachment of lower track of walls with shot pins: June 20 – July 4

 

In order to make all members of the Duke community aware of the major activities and potential noise issues associated with the library renovations, we will be posting regular announcements of upcoming 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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