MUSC Library's HVAC Construction Project

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04/18/14 - First Floor Work; 3rd Floor Men's Restroom closed

The Library HVAC project will impact some of the facilities on the 1st floor of the Colbert Ed & Library building next week (April 21-24). Students should be minimally inconvenienced, but there will be noise and some closures each night. This work will be done overnight, beginning at 9 pm and lasting through 7 am.

Monday Apr 21. Two holes will be drilled through the concrete ceiling from the 2d floor and conduit installation will begin. The area from the end of the glass wall to the left of the main entrance, along the front of the raised platform and across to the rounded wall will be blocked off on Monday night and Tuesday night (Apr 21 & 22).

Tuesday Apr 22 & Wednesday Apr 23. Both 1st floor restrooms will be closed Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Restrooms are available on the 2d floor

Wednesday Apr 23. Group study rooms 101 and 106 will be closed

Also beginning on Monday, the 3rd floor MEN's RESTROOM will be closed for approximately 4 weeks: April 21-May 19.

The extremely noisy work that was originally scheduled for late April will be postponed until AFTER Exams. Projected dates will be shared when we know them.

04/09/14 - Noisy Work Date Change

The very noisy work of drilling through the roof columns to create anchor sites for the heavy HVAC units will not take place the week of April 14, as we had announced. This work will be done the week of April 21 or 28 and will be completed before exams begin on May 1 or we will postpone the work until after exams. As soon as we know the specific dates, we will publicize those. The noise and vibration will last 2 to 3 days. Rain will delay this work.

03/28/14 - 4 Day Work Week & NOISE in April

Workmen will usually be on-site only 4 days a week through the rest of the semester: Monday through Thursday, from 5 am until 3 pm. This means all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday should be free of construction noise. On-site workers will attempt to do the noisiest work early in the workday.

For 2 or 3 days in mid-April (currently planned for April 14-16), it will be EXTREMELY NOISY. Workmen will be drilling through the concrete roof and columns to install anchors for the new air handling units on the roof. We have been warned that THE NOISE & VIBRATIONS WILL BE HEARD & FELT THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING. This work cannot be done in the rain, so the dates will move back if the weather is bad.

Work will begin in the ceilings of the 4th floor in early May. This work will be done at night and should not interfere with classes. The floor will remain open but certain areas will be off-limits when work is being done. We'll send out details as these plans move forward.

Purpose: To stabilize heating & AC in the Library.
No more blankets, gloves and knit hats to survive a study session on the third floor.

During the next year, the heating and AC systems for the library's 3rd and 4th floors will be updated. The results will be a greatly improved and more comfortable environment for study and work. The 3rd floor requires complete system redesign and replacement, a new lighting system, and a new ceiling. The work on the 3rd floor will be done in 2 phases, each lasting 4-6 months. During each phase, half the floor will be unavailable for use. Work on the 4th floor will not be as extensive, but areas of the floor will be off-limits for a few days at a time as work above the ceiling is done. Check this site for project announcements and timelines as we move forward.

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