Update: September 12, 2014

  • Thanks to everyone for their patience and cooperation during The Great Sprinkler Installation Project of ’14. It’s done!
  • Good weather = Good progress
    • Fenwick Addition construction is currently on schedule.
    • The “big move” is expected in January 2016.
  • On Monday, September 15, contractors will pour the last concrete pour for the building.
  • Staircases are being installed at the rear loading dock of the building, at the front behind the Café, and the main center lobby staircase from 1st floor to 2nd floor.
  • Framing for wall and windows is being done on 1, 2 & 3 floors.  Rough-in for HVAC, air ducts and electrical is also being installed on these levels.
  • The building exterior is expected to be fully enclosed by Thanksgiving.


Update: August 11, 2014

  • The high temperature hot water system will be shut down in Fenwick Library while new valves are installed. Hot water will be shut down Monday, August 11, at 7:00 am until Friday, August 15, at 5:00 pm,
  • Floor 5C and Special Collections & Archives (Floor 2C) are closed.

Construction Alert: Elevator Work

Construction crews are scheduled to work on Fenwick Library elevators August 4 – 15. The construction company will shut down and work on the Wing C elevators first. Once completed, the construction crew will shut down and work on the Wing B elevators. This job is expected to be completed by Friday, August 15.

Fenwick Library New Addition: Construction Phases Animation

Fenwick Addition construction phases & timelines (courtesy of Whiting-Turner)

New Sprinkler Installation Project: Summer 2014

Significant interior construction work – installing a new sprinkler system on each floor in the existing B&C Wings of Fenwick Library – will take place all summer in Fenwick Library. This new system integrates with the Fenwick Addition and brings the existing Fenwick Library towers into compliance with current building code. Current status and access information is online.

Update: May 5, 2014

Electrical Utilities

  • Work continues on underground installation

Water Utilities

  • Hot water in B & C wings is shut off due to work on water utilities
  • Work continues on plumbing installation for cold & hot water on East side
  • Work completed on water utilities installation on West side


  • Geopiers are being poured on the South side
  • Concrete deck is being poured for second level on East side

Fire Safety

  • Installation of new sprinkler system for existing Fenwick B & C wings is scheduled to begin May 19. Details on the plans for this major project will be forthcoming.


  • Exterior fence signage about the Fenwick Addition project was installed April 28.

Update: April 1, 2014

  • The new stairwells in B & C Wings are completed and inspected. They are open for use and emergency exit. Appropriate directional signs are installed and lit.
  • Foundation work continues. Utility line work continues to be challenging, Mason and Whiting Turner continue to work with all Utility providers.
  • “Slab on Grade” will be visible on or before April 4.
  • Installation of new Water Sprinkler system for B & C Wings will begin May 19 and continue through the summer. More information to follow.

Update: March 20, 2014


  • Foundation work has been delayed by the weather.
  • WT continues working on utility lines and drilling foundation supports (geopiers, etc).


  • WT has been installing expansion joints at the building connection to the new stair towers.

Upcoming/Note Well

  • Friday, March 21: the Fire Marshal will be inspecting the new stair wells. Alarms may sound between 10:30am and Noon.

Update: February 12, 2014

Whiting Turner will begin demolition of selected study room glass & metal frames in Wing C and Wing B on Thursday, February 13 (snow or no snow) and the work will be completed by Saturday, February 15.

Update: January 21, 2014

  • Roof work on Wing A corridor space should be completed by Friday, January 24.
  • Renovation of 2 rooms in Wing B (former Print Services office and Cataloging office) is complete.
  • Fire stairs
    • New East Fire Stair Tower should be complete January 31
    • New West Fire Stair Tower should be completed early February.
    • New stairs will open for use when the state has inspected and approved the construction.
  • Water
    • Hot water will be shut down in Wing C in the morning of January 23; it should be available in the afternoon.
    • Expect a larger scale water shutdown for both B & C Wings during the weekend before Spring Break.
  • The Mason Money machine, currently located in the lobby printer room, will be relocated to the pillar adjacent to the Print Services office by January 24. A larger fire panel will be installed in the current Mason Money machine location.
  • Due to construction noise/vibrations, the Data Lab will move to the large group study study room on Floor 4, Wing C.