Countway L1 Renovation News Weekly news and updates about the 2023 L1 renovation project. Countway cares about keeping you on track.

 

three women wearing construction hats with the words "Women in Construction" written underneath.March 24, 2023

National Women in Construction Week (WIC Week) took place on March 5-11th, 2023. This week's Director's Corner message is dedicated to highlighting and honoring three women currently working on the L1 renovation project. Lillia, Lynn, and Kalyn do a tremendous job leading, organizing, and designing the project. Click here to read the Director's Corner message to view their bios and pictures, and to learn how and why they got involved in working in this field.

 

Rendering of Countway Library L1 renovation showing two students seated a table and one walking down the hallway.March 16, 2023

The L1 renovation project is coming along nicely! Interior partition framing for rooms is substantially complete at this point. This week the construction teams will work on electrical power and lighting, plumbing on L1 and L2, installing the HVAC system, and installing new sprinklers. Next week they will work on preparing for city inspections as well as receiving sheetrock for the walls.

Want to actually see what’s going on behind those walls? Check out this fascinating time-lapse video! Stay tuned for more over the coming weeks…

 

Sign taped to the wall reading "Please pardon our appearance during construction."March 2, 2023

Plumbing work in the ceiling of the stacks on L2 (on the north side of the building) will begin this Saturday, March 4th. Heavy drilling will be done from 6-10am and other potential noisy work will be undertaken 10am-2pm. This work will continue for the next 2-3 weeks.

As a reminder, free ear plug dispensers are located at the Information Desk on L1 and in the Russell Reading Room on the 2nd floor.

 

Photo of empty L1 floorFebruary 16, 2023

The containment and abatement phase has now concluded, and construction working hours are now switching to first shift (6am-2pm). This means that we will return to closing at midnight Sunday-Thursday!

Currently, contractors are removing the ceilings to clean out the wiring and preparing for new data drops. The next step is for a design company to come in and lay out a physical floor plan. As a reminder: if you need them, please help yourself to free ear plugs, located in the Russell Reading Room!

 

Collage of construction photos showing L1 empty except for plastic sheeting covering the walls and some of the ceiling and floor.February 3, 2023

The containment and abatement phase of the project will conclude on February 14th. Contractor working hours will then move to 1st shift (6am-2pm). The library will switch back to closing at midnight once this phase is complete. The project is still on track to finish by June 30th.

 

January 27, 2023Collage of five Countway L1 construction photos showing bare, stripped down spaces with some protective coverings and construction equipment.

We are still in the abatement phase of the project (this will last 4 weeks). Contractors built a temporary wall to block off the construction area from the Info Desk/atrium area on L1. Signage (Walsh Brothers logo) announcing the project was installed on L1 and outside the building. Contractors officially removed the shelving. Also, the design team is working to finalize the furniture and AV needs for the new space. As a reminder, the library will be closing the month of January and February at 11pm Sunday-Thursday to accommodate the third shift work. The crew will primarily use the Freight elevator and Gordon Hall as entrances. The project is still on track to finish by June 30th!

 

January 20, 2023Collage of eight construction photos showing L1 of Countway Library, some areas prepared for construction, empty shelves, construction materials, and signs informing passersby about the construction project.

Abatement, which is the noisy work, started on January 18th and will last 4 weeks. Contractors built a temporary wall to block off the construction area from the Info Desk/atrium area on L1. Signage (Walsh Brothers logo) announcing the project was installed on L1 and outside the building. Soon, contractors will start the removal of shelving and other demolition work. The library will be closing the month of January and February at 11pm Sunday-Thursday to accommodate the third shift work. The crew will primarily use the Freight elevator and Gordon Hall as entrances.

 

January 19, 2023Photo of a containment wall next to tables and chairs on the L1 floor of Countway Library

Things are beginning to look very different on L1! Containment walls have been constructed on both ends of L1 to separate the atrium from the construction areas, and construction will take place during third shift so the library is currently closing at 11pm Sunday-Thursday. Want to learn more about the L1 renovation project? Check out the official Renovation webpage for regular updates, FAQs, renderings, and more!

 

January 13, 2023

This week, the contractors prepared for the site containment and abatement work. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the crew was onsite from 5-9am to start the temporary duct work down on L1 and building a wall to block off the construction area from the Info Desk/atrium area on L1. The third shift (11pm to 6am) will go through mid-February. Abatement, which is the noisy work, will start January 18th. A dumpster will be installed on the Huntington side of the building near the freight elevator and some fencing with signage (Walsh Brothers logo) announcing the project. Also beginning next week, they will start the removal of shelving and other demolition work. The library will be closing the month of January and February at 11pm Sunday-Thursday to accommodate the third shift work. The crew will primarily use the Freight elevator and Gordon Hall as entrances.

 

January 6, 2023

This week, the contractors were taking pictures of L1 in preparation for the site containment and abatement work. Third shift work will begin on January 12th when the workers will start the temporary duct work down on L1 and blocking off the construction area. The third shift will go through mid-February. A dumpster will be installed on the Huntington side of the building near the freight elevator along with some fencing with signage announcing the project. All the permits for the dumpster, demolition and items needed for this phase of the work have been approved and received. More updates to come!

 

January 5, 2023An artist's rendering of the completed Countway Library L1 renovation project, featuring one student sitting at a computer desk and another standing in front of a white board.

Happy New Year! The L1 renovation project is on track for 2023, and visitors will start noticing changes soon. The Site Containment Phase has begun, which means that a temporary wall will soon be constructed between the L1 atrium (where the Info Desk is located) and the rest of the floor to block off the construction area.

Noisy construction work will take place during third shift (11pm-6am), which is why the library will close at 11pm Sunday-Thursday. Stay tuned for more updates!

 

December 15, 2022

Our architects and construction team will be onsite performing assessments throughout the Winter Recess and construction will begin in earnest early/mid January for our L1 renovation project.

We are excited to announce that our time-lapse cameras will be returning for this renovation! They will be installed in January, so stay tuned for video updates. In the meantime, check out the fascinating time-lapse videos from the 2021 renovation on the Renovation Time-lapse Videos webpage!

 

December 9, 2022

The L1 construction is set to begin the week of December 26th. On December 27th through December 30th the construction crew, DBMI, and NEJM will be in the building between the hours of 7am and 5pm. They will enter through Gordon Hall, and Security will be present in the Countway building.

 

December 1, 2022

We are very excited to announce that renovations are set to begin shortly on Countway’s Lower Level 1 (L1). This renovation will add study rooms and seating areas, offer new classroom space, incorporate new technology and innovative learning features, and provide space for countless new programs and initiatives.

Construction workers will use the Huntington entrance and Freight elevator, and the South (garden) side elevators will also be designated for construction use. There will not be any disruption to the Info Desk or atrium area. There will be barrier walls constructed to separate the construction area form the atrium area.

The team is in the process of finalizing lighting, furniture, painting, and finishes. The entire project should be finished by graduation if we do not run into supply chain issues.

We look forward to sharing information about the renovation as it progresses throughout the winter and spring. Stay tuned for exciting updates!

 

Architect Renderings

Rendering of the new tech hub of the completed Countway Library L1 renovation featuring a white board, tables with chairs, and computers at desks.
L1 tech hub

 

Rendering of the completed Countway Library L1 renovation as seen from the top of the stairs.
View down into L1 atrium

 

Rendering of an open seating area in the completed Countway Library L1 renovation.
L1 open seating areas

 

Rendering of a new classroom space in the completed Countway Library L1 renovation featuring a glass wall, arm chairs, and long tables.
New L1 classroom space