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  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, December 4, 2019

The contractor will be working a second shift at the library for the next two weeks or so. Shawmut Construction will keep a project manager on site from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. to supervise a crew that will be applying spray foam insulation to the interior face of the 1909 masonry walls. This means that the construction lights inside the building will be on until 11:30 p.m. This work is being done in the evening to not impact the other trades who are working in the building during the day hours and to help keep the project moving forward on schedule. 

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, November 25, 2019

There will be underground utility work occurring Monday, November 25 and Tuesday November 26 at the northwest corner of the construction site near Wright Hall. The contractor will be completing work on the 8 inch water service that passes between Neilson Library and Wright Hall. This work will not impact water service to any buildings and will not impact access to the entrances to Wright Hall. 

Fall 2019 Project Update: Much of the work completed since last spring, including the new structure and exterior facades on the building are speaking for themselves.


  • New Neilson

Susan Fliss Shares New Neilson Details

Dean of Libraries Susan Fliss shares details about the new Neilson Library. From a Learning Commons for integrated support from learning specialists, to moveable stacks, to an entire wing dedicated to Special Collections, the new library is designed to meet educational needs today—and in the future.

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, June 13, 2019

On Friday, June 14, there will be extra truck traffic through John M. Greene Gate as the contractor pours the level 2 concrete deck at Neilson. 

Also, due to scheduling issues, the demolition of the Wright Hall back stair out to the terrace will not begin until Tuesday, June 18. There will be electricians in Wright Hall Thursday, June 13, to rework the exit signs for the revised emergency egress out of Wright. For those using Wright Hall as a route around the construction site, you will need to use the back entry near the Lanning Fountain as the terrace doors will be closed off. Read more...

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, June 10, 2019

There will be excessive noise and nuisance vibration on the south side of Wright Hall beginning Monday, June 17 and lasting two to three days. Disruption for occupants can be expect for those in close proximity to the back doors of Wright leading to the terrace. It should not impact occupants in other buildings. The team is aware of a lecture in Weinstein Auditorium on June 19 and will avoid work during the event. If other events are planned, please let us know. Read more...

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, June 3, 2019

Due to scheduling delays, work in Dickinson Parking Lot scheduled for last week will begin Monday, June 3. The contractor will be installing drain lines and catch basin structures in Dickinson Parking Lot. We do not expect significant impacts on vehicle and pedestrian access through the lot, but there may be momentary disruption to traffic flow. Work will begin on Monday and be completed by Thursday. A graphic is attached showing where construction vehicles will be working. 

Also, Wright Hall occupants should be aware that we are a couple weeks away from demolishing the entire exterior rear terrace at Wright Hall. The doorway out of Wright Hall level G towards Burton Lawn will be closed indefinitely. Plans for that change are being studied, but will not require additional work in Wright Hall. Further information will be posted in the neat future. 

  • New Neilson

Video: Signing for the New Neilson Library

Thanks to all who left their mark on the New Neilson Library. Do you see yourself in this video?

Watch on Youtube: Neilson Library Renovation Beam Signing Event Timelapse

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, May 10, 2019

Weather permitting, there will be about forty trucks delivering concrete through Dickinson Parking Lot on Tuesday, May 14. The contractor will be pouring the entire first floor concrete deck at the library. Please be safe around the construction entrance due to the extra traffic. The contractor will have an attendant at the Dickinson construction gate.

Also, apologies for those who wanted to, but did not have the opportunity to sign the beam going up on Neilson. Scheduling issues with the crane were behind the early removal and it is hoped another opportunity can be provided.

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Neilson Library Construction Update, May 6, 2019

Traditionally when the last structural member is placed atop a new building, there is a "Topping Out" or sometimes called "Topping Off" ceremony that involves the community coming together to celebrate the completion of the structure.

In the case of Neilson Library it will be a piece of steel placed at the pinnacle of the roof structure. Since this will happen mid summer and many in the Smith Community will be elsewhere, the project team is placing a steel girder along Neilson Drive with markers for those who would like to sign the girder before departing for the summer. The steel will be located just off of Neilson Drive on Tuesday morning,  May 7 and remain there until it is hoisted and placed on the building around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. There will be markers for your use.

To one and all, please stop over to sign the beam and help Smith commemorate progress on the new Neilson Library! 

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, April 2, 2019

There will be steel deliveries in the early morning through Dickinson lot on Wednesday and Friday of this week. There will be another concrete pour on Friday morning with the pumper truck located outside Hatfield Hall. The cement trucks will approach the pumper through Dickinson Lot and not through the Hatfield construction gate. 

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