University Library: Renovation Underway - Renovation work underway in the Interactive Media Center
July 18, 2014
Renovation work underway in the Interactive Media Center
Electricians will be working in the IMC installing conduit and electrical outlets for all the computer workstations. The work starts on Monday, July 21 and will take approximately four days. All workstations will have electrical outlets at desk height, making it easier to plug in equipment. Regina Conboy, Head of Interactive Media Center, is coordinating the work so some computers are available to users while the electricians are working in the IMC.
May 30, 2014
More electrical outlets and more wireless access
Phase I Renovation work started this week in the University Library. The work is expected to end in April 2015.
The work will include the following:
- Drop Ceiling: A drop ceiling will be installed on floors 1 - 3 that follows the grid pattern of the ceiling tiles. The drop ceiling is necessary to hide the wiring that will be run for data, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures.
- Electrical Outlets: On floors 1 - 3 electrical outlets will be installed along the perimeter of each floor. In the basement Purple Lounge and the Current Periodicals reading room outlets will be installed on columns. In the IMC outlets will be moved to a height above the workstations to facilitate easier access. In the First Floor southwest wing (where the reference collection is located) electrical outlets will be installed on the interior columns as well as the perimeter.
- Wireless Access Points (WAPS): Along with the new electrical outlets WAPS will be installed on floors 1- 3 to boost bandwidth within the building.
- Lighting Controls: A Siemans control system is being installed to enable lights throughout the building to be controlled in a way that will promote energy efficiency and more precise control. This will allow lights in sections of the building to be turned on & off rather than only being able to turn all the lights on a floor on & off.
- Front Entrance Door Replacement: All four exterior doors will be replaced with lighter doors equipped with better locking hardware. This will include installing two 40” wide doors in the center of the entrance; one of which will be equipped with an automatic door opener and a SUNYCard control. The other two doors will be 32.5” wide.
Drop Ceiling: Constructing the drop ceiling will require the installation of over 10,000 ceiling anchors which requires each anchor to be drilled into the Portland cement of the light palms. Consequently, this is going to generate intermittent noise throughout the day. The first installation of the drop ceiling will take place on the Third Floor north side near the women’s bathroom where a small grid section will be installed in order to perfect the installation technique. Once the technique is mastered the installation will move to the First Floor Reference and Information Commons areas with the intention of getting the south wing completed before the fall semester starts. Work over service point desks will be scheduled early in the morning in order to avoid service interruptions. Work on the ceiling will continue throughout the academic calendar and I will send out updates as the construction progresses to each area.
Lighting Controls: This work will be fairly quiet as most of the work will be done in electrical closets. It will require the lights on half a floor to be turned off when the connections are made. The system will not use motion detectors or utilize light harvesting but both can be added if desired. The system will enable the lighting to be reduced on each floor but provide enough light to walk through the floor safely. The control system can provide several “pre-programmed” schedules for turning lights on and off. The entire building will not have to illuminated all night to accommodate the cleaning of the building; lights on each floor will be able to be turned off in sections as the floor is cleaned.
Front Entrance Door Replacement: This will be noisy and somewhat dusty as the concrete façade will be cut for the center doors. The other doorways will not require concrete being cut but will have new lighter doors with better hardware installed. The plan is to replace two doorways at a time (estimated to take 2 weeks to replace 2 doors) and direct users to the doors that are not under construction thereby keeping the main entrance in use through the construction process.
Information regarding Phase I of the University Library’s renovation project is available at http://www.albany.edu/facilities/projects/projectmaps_upacad.html
As with any construction project that takes place while the building is occupied there will be some disruptions and inconveniences. Please contact Assistant Director Peter Recore-Migirditch if you have questions or comments regarding the construction.