Library Construction Update as of 4/11/17 by Library Trustee and Construction Liaison Oliver Egleston
Construction activity on the outside of the project resumed recently with footings for the new deck on the north side of the building. Framing and decking followed, and the stairs to the terrace are underway. Rough grading has been completed on the terrace and on the accessible path that connects the deck to the terrace.
On the inside, progress is very apparent. Only a couple of weeks ago, drywall was starting to go up. Now much of it has received a first coat of paint. Every day it is easier to imagine how the project will look when work is complete.
Restoration of the original building started last week. Workers are filling plaster cracks. We have reviewed samples of glass that will be used to replace cracked panes in the historic windows. We have selected glass that looks like the original and provides similar distortions. Paint samples of the original colors have been put up on walls and ceilings.
Most notably the contractor removed the trim from around the operable partition between the Community Room and the Main Reading Room in order to investigate why the western side does not operate. This revealed the ingenious winch mechanisms that make the partition halves coil up in storage boxes at each side. An original label shows that the Flexible Door and Shutter Co. in Worcester manufactured the partition and the coiling mechanisms. Repairs to this very unusual partition are underway.