Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Well, OK then, the shelves are gone.

I admit after visiting Ivy Stacks last week I was skeptical the shelving would be completely removed by Thanksgiving.  But seeing is believing and the job has been completed.  Taryn took some photos of the shelve-less building yesterday morning (11/22/2010) and Renee has posted them in the photo section of this site.  What amazes me most is how much HVAC remains.  But removing the vents and the sprinkler system is for another crew to be hired by Facilities Management after a review of bids submitted by several companies.  For today kudos goes to the Hilldrup Company for a job well done.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Top Ten Answers I Give to Others

I seem to repeat myself a lot because I talk with a lot of different groups and individuals about this project.  Here are the top ten answers I give to the many questions I am asked:

#1)  I don't know.
#2)  Yes.
#3)  No.
#4) That's the plan.
#5)  I have no plan for that.
#6)  Can I get back to you that?
#7)  Sorry about that.  I probably should have asked first.
#8)  So far, so good.
#9)  That's right, the company that makes the trays doesn't sell the plastic handles. 
#10)  That's a Google thing, not an Ivy Stacks thing. (UVa Library is a participant in the Google Book Project and our two projects are sometimes confused). 

There are no secrets with this enterprise.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Shelves Are Coming Down

Progress has been steady since the last post.  Once all the boxes were removed the Hilldrup Company began the task of removing the current shelving.  There is a lot of it.  Renee has posted some new photos of the operation so check them out.  The shelves are being taken to a recycling center of Hilldrup's choosing.

The original timeline called for this part of the project to be completed by the end of November, but the guys at the site say they should finish up by the end of this week, on November 19, 2010.  This means we are ahead of schedule and everyone can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday without worrying about missing a deadline.  One more thing I can be grateful for, among many others.

I must admit I was a little nostalgic as I walked the aisles of Ivy Stacks.  The thoughtful design and construction of the shelving and the fire suppression and air exchange systems was quite evident.  Where just a few weeks ago hundreds of thousands of items were safely housed there is now only empty space.  In its former configuration Ivy Stacks served the Library and University well.  And it will continue to do so in a 21st Century sort of way.  But I took a moment and had a good thought for the facility as it once stood, and it had a good stand.  Now onward and forward!

Next on the to-do list is to put in the new fire suppression system, HVAC and lighting.  This is definitely in the court of Facilities Management and I am told they have some good companies bidding on the project.  That will take us into the New Year when the foundation for the new shelving system can be put in place and construction can begin at a quick pace.  We will have some photos of the empty building as soon as all the shelving is removed.  Renee is also working on new videos to post.