Our new elevator for Gullixson Hall finally arrived today! Just a few more weeks to go until you can "get a lift" to the Luther Seminary Library.
Last week marked the end of the demolition and start of building walls for the new elevator, followed quickly by rebuilding to put the building back in usable order. This next phase will be less noise and less debris, but you will occasionally notice shorter times of drilling and hammering.
This week has been all about continuing to make room for the elevator shaft. This first picture is of the hole cut out between the roof and the 3rd floor ceiling. You can see the ceiling tiles, with the short wall above supporting the wood sheets that are temporarily keeping the elements out. The picture below shows another view of this hole as well as the hole in the floor connecting down to the 2nd floor.
With temporary barriers erected and wall demolition completed, it's time to start building the new elevator shaft. At the basement level, they had to dig down another four feet for the elevator pit. Today they are putting cinder blocks in place to start building what will become the floor supports around the elevator shaft.
Considerable less privacy in the 2nd floor restroom (below) but new walls will be constructed toward the end!
May 19th starts the Gullixson Hall Access Renovation Project. Daily construction hours will start after 7:00 AM and end before 6:00 PM. The scope of the work will be limited to the south side of the building, and separately, the elevator shaft and mechanical area of the stacks. The restrooms on the south side will be inaccessible during most of construction; the result being a new accessible restroom on first floor.
Safety barricades will be erected in several hallways and offices. Exterior areas of the building will also be cordoned-off for staging and storage. The west-most area of the parking lot will be reserved for Construction Parking. The lower entrance at the south side of the building will be heavily used for construction needs and will prove difficult to access during most days.
Although traffic patterns in Gullixson (and life in general) will be disrupted for the next four months (120 days or 94 working days) the end product should make us all proud of completing our long awaited ADA compliance.