Fernow Renovation Project Update 12-16-11

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.

Fernow Renovation Update

Dear DNR Department and Graduate Students,
This is the start of biweekly updates on the Fernow renovation progress.
The demolition phase of all floors is almost completed and openings have been made for the elevator, a second set of stairs and building mechanical systems.
Here is the first floor (standing in Steve Morreale’s old office looking east):
..and the second floor:

..and the third floor:

The old slate roof has been removed and replaced with a new slate roof, new gutters and snow guards (no more leaks and falling ice!):

The marble from the stair landings has been removed and saved for reuse in the finished Fernow (e.g. behind water fountains).

The repointing work (repairing the mortar between the bricks) on the exterior has been completed for this season and will be finished in the spring.   Now that the roof is done and the repointing finished for the season, the scaffolding has can come down.  Because Fernow is a historic building, there is much attention being paid to the color and components of the replacement mortar so it will match the existing building.
You may have noticed the big concrete truck outside of Fernow yesterday.   They are pouring concrete for the shaft infills (translation: the walls around the elevator, new stairs, etc). If anyone wants to know about the art and science of concrete pouring Sarah Gould would be happy to share what she has learned.   You would be amazed at the level of testing and scrutiny that happens before, during and after pouring concrete.