Visit this page often for news and updates about the 2023 L1 renovation!

Collage of three renderings of the L1 renovation

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 Jan 12thvwhen 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, 2023

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-7am), 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!