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.
In anticipation of the elevator replacement work to be done this summer, Twilight of the Lift is a new library video featuring librarians, student library workers, and a few guest cameos. Enjoy!
When I was a little kid, I was a holy terror, which I'm sure is a complete surprise to you. I grew up with two rowdy brothers and was constantly defending what was mine; bottles of chocolate milk when I was a toddler, my Barbies (my brother were constantly beheading them and hanging them with dental floss at eye-level in my closet), my beloved Zelda games, etc. Life was a constant competition. I found my passion for reading and learning at a very early age. Reading was the only thing I could sit still for. The public library, and later my elementary school library, became my sanctuary. It was a place where gentleness, safety, and quiet reflection reigned. Libraries mellowed me out and let me explore new worlds. I grew up outside of the ELCA in a church that did not allow girls and women to participate in services and my Sunday school teachers would remind me of the behaviors and characteristics that were required of girls. Of course, I pushed back. And was a crafty and frightening child. However, at the library, I could be myself.
When I started at Luther, it was really stressful. I loved my professors and the content of my classes, but I felt out-of-place and unsure of myself. Some important relationships back home were falling apart. The library allowed me to connect to compassionate and hilarious people. I started to learn about the projects and passions of my fellow students while working at the front desk. I was treated with gentleness and encouragement by the professional staff when classes got overwhelming or I started to wonder about my call. My co-workers surrounded me with love and cracked jokes when I got homesick. Community life is obviously not as straight-forward or loud in the library compared to other parts of campus, but it's there. And it better not be loud or I'll come over there and destroy you or frighten you into silence.
But in all seriousness, there is a rhythm to the library. Certain patrons enjoy coming in at specific times every day and they've become part of my support system. Community members will come in and read the paper and give me the highlights. Groups can be found hunkered in the group study room together, enjoying a time to lament collectively while getting things done. People enjoy working in the reference room, and while they don't talk to one another, there's an immense comfort in being along together in a big room, all working toward goals and dreams. The library, full of the knowledge and wisdom of the past, reminds us that there were many before us working for the good of God's wild kingdom and now is our opportunity to join in the story and work to find and understand how the Spirit is working in the world and in our restless souls. The [library] is the place on-campus where people will fall all over themselves to make your academic life much easier. Librarians are magical people that help you find what you need and will never rest until they do. It's a place that fosters selflessness, reflection, …
Construction will consist of two major parts: modernization of the elevator in the library stacks and addition of a new elevator to service the main floors of Gullixson Hall. Construction is scheduled to begin after commencement around May 19, with hopes of completion by early fall. With the additional elevator, new accessible restroom, and other modifications, the seminary is addressing long-held accessibility concerns in Gullixson Hall.
Construction equipment and supplies may occupy a portion of the parking lot and, for a period of time, access may be limited to the south entrance. Construction noise, loudest during the initial demolition, will discourage most classes and other events from occurring in Gullixson over the summer months. The library plans to remain open although we may have to occasionally adjust our hours to accommodate construction activities.