The demolition of Fernow is nearly complete and the “reconstruction” is beginning. As of the latest “recycling” report from Waste Management, the project has diverted (not put into a landfill) over 85% (more than 500 tons!) of the demolition materials. The project target for LEED certification points was 75%, so this is an impressive accomplishment.
You may have observed that the extension where IT used to live has been demolished and the ground on the southeast side of Fernow has been excavated away from the foundation. There will be a new classroom where the extension used to be. The ground on the southeast side of Fernow will be terraced to let more light into those basement offices.
photo credit Jase Baese
Inside Fernow, the cement trucks were here filling in holes left by the demolition and starting to create the walls for the second stairwell and elevator (both required to bring Fernow up to code)
The framing is being constructed on the exterior walls and the sprayfoam insulation (soy based!) is starting to be applied to the exterior walls to keep us warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer:
The framing of the interior walls is also starting to go up:
While we are away on the holiday break, they will be bringing over the utility connections from Mann Library. This will involve creating a tunnel from the basement of Mann to the basement of Fernow. This process will likely continue beyond the break, but is being timed to minimize disruptions to traffic along the back side of Fernow. No, this tunnel will NOT create a shortcut to Manndibles.