The restrooms on 2nd
floor and 2M are now open and available for use. The restroom on first
floor is also available. There is hot water in these restrooms, but for
now, it takes a while for the hot water to reach them. That problem will
be resolved once all of the restrooms have been renovated.
The restrooms on floors 3, 4,
4M, and 5, are currently under construction or are awaiting demolition and are
not available for use.
Work to build the
construction barrier for the restroom project on 4th floor will
begin on Friday, December 13. On December 20, after 5:00 p.m., work will
begin on 4th floor to remove the carpet in the elevator lobby, the area south
of the elevator lobby, and conference rooms 401 and 402. The library will be
officially closed after 5:00 p.m. on December 20. New carpet will
be installed on fourth floor in the area south of the elevator lobby where the
cubicles are currently installed, in Steven Turner’s office suite, in 402 and
401. New ceiling tiles will be installed in the space south of the
elevator lobby. At the completion of the restroom work, new floor tiles
and a new ceiling will be installed in the elevator lobby. The conference
room, 402, will get a facelift, which will include carpet, new ceiling and
enhanced entry, along with some technology upgrades.
Pending inspection and final
approval, the restrooms on Floors 2 and 2M are scheduled to be completed and
available for use by the beginning of the spring semester. The
elevator lobby on Floor 2, as well as the large space near the Circulation Desk
is also scheduled to be completed by the beginning of spring semester.
Currently, the staff elevator
project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, 2020.
The renovation project will
move into 4th floor in December. In preparation for the work that
will be done on that floor, the conference rooms, 401 and 402, will not be
available after November 30 until the project is completed on that floor.
New flooring, ceiling, and lighting will be installed in the 4th
floor lobby area. New carpet will extend into the offices at the south
end of the floor and into the conference room, 402. New carpet, ceiling,
and lighting will be installed in conference room 401. There will also be
some upgrades to the technology in that space.
The restroom project is
moving along at a slightly faster pace now. The restrooms on second floor
and the restrooms on 2M are expected to be completed and open by the beginning
of second semester. Work is currently underway in the restrooms on 3rd
floor. On December 13, the construction barrier will be built for the
renovation of the restrooms on 4th floor. In early January,
renovation of the restrooms on 4M and 5th floor will begin.
There will be a lot of work going on in the library during the winter
break. Gorgas Library will be officially closed beginning at 5:00 p.m. on
December 20, until we return to work on January 2.
The staff elevator is
scheduled to be completed in March, and currently the restrooms are on track to
be completed by May. The passenger elevators project will likely extend
into the summer of 2020.
The third floor restroom will be closed October 22 and turned over to the contractor. All restroom trailers on Capstone Drive, in addition to restrooms on first, fourth, 4M, and fifth will be available for use. The restroom trailers will be open all hours that the library is open
There will be a
brief water outage on Thursday morning, October 17. The outage will begin
at 6:00 a.m. and will end at approximately 8:00 a.m. This outage is
related to work that is currently underway in the second floor restroom.
trailer will be unlocked and available for use during the water outage.
The contractors are finishing up the final details for the
first floor restrooms and the nursing mothers room, and anticipate that they
will be cleaned, certified by all the necessary agencies and officials, and
turned over to us for use by the end of next week, possibly sooner!
The tile and other finishes in the restrooms are the ones that were selected by popular vote last year. They look great! One slight disappointment is that the hot water that will eventually be available in all restrooms, will not be connected to the restrooms until all the restroom renovations have been completed. The source of the hot water is on the 6th floor of this building, and the piping will not be connected to it until the end of the project. We will not have hot water in the first floor restrooms on opening day, but don’t despair, we will get hot water at the end of the project!
After the first floor restroom is turned over to us, the
contractors will build a construction partition on 2M and will begin work in
We anticipate that the 2nd floor restrooms will be
completed in mid-November. The second floor meeting rooms (the bump has
been removed), the Circulation Desk and adjacent areas, should be
completed by then as well. When the 2nd floor restrooms are
completed, the renovation work will move up to the 3rd floor
Thank you again for your cooperation and team spirit throughout this