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Summer Renovation Projects - McLennan Redpath Complex

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Published: 17 May 2013

There are three projects that will be taking place over the course of the summer in the McLennan Redpath Complex (Humanities and Social Sciences Library):

» McLennan Redpath Terrace Project – Phase 3

» Asbestos Work in the Redpath Library Building

» Lighting & Occupancy Sensor Retrofit at McLennan-Redpath Complex to begin in June

McGill students with accessibility issues can access via Service Point (Lenel) and main elevator (key). They must register with heather [dot] mole [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Heather Mole), Office for Students with Disabilities, 514-398-6009.

Non-McGill users with disabilities requiring access to the library when McGill Service Point is closed should call McGill Security at 398-3731.

Every effort will be made to complete all projects with minimum disruption to the public and services.

Questions or concerns? Please email: reno [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca


McLennan Redpath Terrace Project – Phase 3

The third and final phase of the McLennan-Redpath Terrace Renovation Project is slated to start on June 3rd, 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the Fall term.  Demolition and reconstruction work will take place between 7am and 3pm, with heavy drilling to occur between 7 and 10am.  The scope of work for this project includes the completion of the resurfacing of the terrace and restructuring of the supporting walls. A complete overhaul of the main Redpath entrance will also occur at this time including the removal of one interior stair case leading down to the food court and improvements to the alternate staircase located to the left of the entrance. Interior and exterior doorways will also be moved slightly and replaced with new materials.

During the course of this project, Library access will only be available through the McLennan Library Building entrance.

Due to health and safety concerns and to ensure that the project moves as swiftly as possible, the entire street level of the Redpath Library Building will be closed from June 3rd through August 30th. The Food Court, the Cyberthèque, the Copy Centre, the washroom and access to the tunnel will be closed.  Please note that the interior stairwell will be accessible, enabling our users to access the material housed in the Redpath open storage area in the basement of the Redpath Library Building.

Details

Scope of work

  • Renovation of Redpath Terrace facing lower field, in front of Redpath Library Building and Redpath Hall
  • Completion of the resurfacing of the terrace to match phase 1 and 2 work
  • Restructuring of the supporting walls
  • Removal of the staircase leading down to food court
  • Complete overhaul of the main Redpath Library entrance

Timeline

The project is divided into three phases.

  • Phase 1: May – August 2011   Completed
  • Phase 2: June – October 2012 Completed
  • Phase 3: June 3rd  – end of Fall term 2013

Impact on students and staff

  • Noise (drilling) during deconstruction of terrace throughout the summer months.
  • Work scheduled from 7 am to 3 pm. Heavy drilling to occur between 7 and 10am.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Library accessible from campus only through McLennan Library Building doors.
  • From June 3rd to August 30th. The food court, Cyberthèque, Copy Centre, washrooms and access to the tunnel will be closed due to health and safety concerns.
  • The following entrances will not be accessible:
    • Redpath Library Building entrance
    • Terrace entrance to Redpath Hall
    • Interior doorway that leads to the hallway between Library and Redpath Hall.
  • Interior stairwell in front of the “Fishbowl” area will be accessible enabling users to access Redpath open storage area in the basement of the Redpath Library Building.
  • Signage created to redirect library users

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Asbestos Work in the Redpath Library Building

From June 3rd to August 30th, abatement of asbestos will take place at the Redpath Library Building. Asbestos has been identified in the ceiling of Redpath Library main entrance and surrounding group study areas located on the main floor. Consequently, main doorways, hallways, stairways and group study spaces surrounding it will be completely wrapped, sealed off and inaccessible to ensure that staff and students are not exposed. Contractors will follow all the asbestos removal regulations as per the CSST standards.

The “Fishbowl”, new group study zone, the e-classroom and the Writing Centre will not be affected by this work.

Access to Redpath Library Building will only be available through the McLennan Library Building doors.

Details

Scope of work

  • Asbestos has been identified in the ceiling of Redpath Library main entrance and surrounding group study areas located on the main floor. Consequently, main doorways, hallways, stairways and group study spaces surrounding it will be completely wrapped, sealed off and inaccessible to ensure that staff and students are not exposed. Contractors will follow all the asbestos removal regulations as per the CSST standards.

Timeline

  • Asbestos abatement will occur from June 3rd to August 30th, 2013.

Impact on students and staff

  • Humanities and Social Sciences Library accessible from campus only through McLennan Library Building doors.
  • From June 3rd to August 30th. The food court, Cyberthèque, Copy Centre, washrooms and access to the tunnel will be closed due to health and safety concerns.
  • The “Fishbowl” area and all other areas leading to the McLennan Library Building will not be affected by this work.
  • Signage created to redirect library users

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Lighting & Occupancy Sensor Retrofit at McLennan-Redpath Complex to begin in June

The McGill Utilities and Energy Management office coordinates campus-wide projects and renovation work in order to help to reduce energy consumption.  As part of this initiative, all floors of the McLennan-Redpath Library Complex will be undergoing this retrofit from the beginning of June to August.

Scope of work

  • Replacement of all T12 ballasts with T8 ballasts making light fixtures more energy and cost efficient.
  • Installation of motion sensors in public and staff areas.
  • Two types of switches and motion sensors (short & long range) will be installed depending on the area. Sensors react to motion and sound. Staff areas will be fitted with switches that can also control light manually.
  • Motion sensors in public areas (i.e. group study spaces, stacks) will turn on automatically.
  • For health and safety purposes, main corridors will continue to be permanently lit. Motion sensors will not be installed in corridors.
  • Work will begin in the McLennan basement, followed by the 6th floor. Work will then move downward, from floor to floor.
  • A different retrofit that accommodates rare materials is planned for Rare Books and Special Collections.

Impact on students and staff members

  • Work scheduled from 7 am to 3 pm.
  • Light fixture/motion sensor installation will take approximately 10 minutes per fixture/sensor. 
  • Protective plastic sheeting will be placed on staff work areas affected.
  • Department supervisors will be notified by the project manager when work is to be done in their area.
  • Noise levels minimal.
  • Power interruptions will occur early mornings (7-9 am) depending on areas.

If you are interested in the results of various energy conservation initiatives, please consult the McGill Energy Dashboard

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