The demolition phase will include the demolition and removal of most of the interior walls, floor and ceiling. Once these are removed, workers will also be taking out any electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems that will be replaced, including the HVAC system.
When it opens in spring 2015, the new Special Collections Research Center will have a state-of-the art, environmentally controlled, secure shelving area and vault; a classroom dedicated specifically to teaching with special collections; an enhanced reading room for researchers; a separate reception area; improved exhibition spaces; and collaborative workspace for faculty, staff and students. These new features will allow Special Collections to expand its impact on the Hilltop and around the globe.
Demolition is scheduled to be completed in July, at which time new construction will begin. Construction is the longest phase of the project and is expected to last several months.
During the renovation, Special Collections is located in a temporary location on the first floor of Lauinger Library. Researchers are welcome but are asked to make reservations in advance, as space is limited and some collections are located off-site.
You can learn more about the renovation on the Library’s website.