Library Construction Updates

May 13, 2013. On Friday, April 26, Kitty McNeill, Oxford College librarian, received the gift she’d been waiting for: the certificate of occupancy for the Oxford College Library and Academic Commons (LAC). “Ed Moscinski and Matt McClure of Brasfield & Gorrie and their team have been great partners in the project,” says McNeill. “They delivered a high-quality building right on schedule and on budget. We are very grateful.”

Move in: On Monday, May 13, Hallett Movers, a company specializing in moving libraries, and the one that accomplished the move-out last May, will begin the move-in process. From May 13 through 17, they will plan the logistics, with actual moving set to begin on Saturday, May 18. Material must be moved from Lovern Hall, offices in the trailer across from Lovern, Phi Gamma Hall, the High Museum, and off-campus storage. The target date to complete the move-in is Memorial Day, May 27.

Faculty/Staff Access: Because of the move-in, access to all library materials will be suspended from Friday, May 10, to Monday, June 10, and the LAC will not be open to the public. Faculty and staff who wish to use books, DVDs, or other materials during that time should make their check-outs by May 10. Although the LAC will be closed, faculty and staff who need information or materials during the interim can call the LAC staff (770.784.8380) to make a request. The LAC will open again to faculty and staff on June 10.

Official Opening/Ribbon Cutting: An official ceremony to mark the opening of the LAC is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, at 3:30 pm. Mark your calendars. Details will follow.

December 21, 2012. The basic structure of the library’s addition is largely complete, with CMU walls built and trusses installed.  Sub-roofing, including the water-proofing membrane, has been installed.  Preparation work prior to window installation on existing window openings is nearing completion, and a sample window has been installed.  With the coldest weeks of the year just ahead, the work site is now weathered in.

In the building’s interior, the frame for the stairs, which are on the north side of the addition, has been installed. With insulation being installed on the drywall frames, the location of offices and other spaces within the building can clearly be  seen.  Work is progressing extremely well according to schedule, and the building will be ready for occupancy and transition ahead of the initial projection, possibly in May.

November 12, 2012 Modifications to the exterior walls of the existing structure are complete, as are the concrete foundations and slab for the new addition.  The addition’s steel structure is nearly complete.  Work on HVAC, electric, plumbing and fire protection piping continues.  The boilers and water heaters have been installed. The installation of underground utilities is nearing completion. Coming up soon in the new addition are the installation of wood trusses and the start of exterior framing and walls. Roofing work will also begin shortly.

Watch progress on the project in real time via the project’s Web

October 15, 2012 The entrance steps in the addition have been poured.  In the existing building, ceiling electrical rough-in is complete.  Framing is complete on the first floor and has begun on the second floor.  Concrete-masonry-unit walls are complete on the north and south elevations. Installation of HVAC ductwork has begun.

September 9th, 2012 Constuction continues on the library, with most of the external walls having been removed.  A webcam which allows you to see up-to-the-minute progress is now available here.  A photo gallery of the construction process is available here.

August 2, 2012 Construction fencing has been installed around the perimeter of the job site, and preliminary site work has been done in front, where the new addition will be constructed.  The project sign has been installed.  Final interior abatement is in progress with  selective demolition beginning.

July 1, 2012 The library-services point opened in its temporary location in Lovern Hall on June 18. Abatement continues both inside and outside the library building. The service road from Moore Street to the library site is complete, and actual construction is scheduled to begin on July 23.

May 12, 2012 A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of the new library was held on Saturday, May 12, immediately following the Oxford College Commencement. Participating in the ceremony were Oxford College Dean Stephen H. Bowen; Emory University President James W. Wagner; Associate Dean and College Librarian Kitty McNeill; and Hugh Tarbutton, Jr., Chair, Library Committee, Oxford Board of Counselors.

A 10,000 square foot addition combined with a complete renovation of the existing 20,000 square foot library building, scheduled for completion by the summer of 2013, “will offer a powerful combination of traditional resources, high technology, and well-designed spaces to build community, increase communication, and inspire achievement,” said Dean Bowen.

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