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Cornette Library Maintenance and Renovations

To share upcoming and past projects that maintain and improve the physical building.

Project Overview

In February 2019, we started investigating the possibility of renovating our public restrooms.  A year later, we are almost at the finish line!  In the Spring 2019 semester Shawna Kennedy-Witthar and Beth Vizzini began working with SSC and DPS Design to come up with detailed architectural and interior design plans.  The actual renovation process didn’t start until December 2019.  Tri-State General Contracting Group, LLC fenced off the lay-down area outside the east stairwell between the planter and library wall on Friday 12/13/19.  The renovation itself started Monday, 12/16/19 when Tri-State put up plastic barriers and tunnels around the restrooms on Monday and Arlo Environmental worked on an asbestos abatement.  The abatement was completed by the end of the week.  The demolition portion of the renovation was completed over the holiday break while the University was closed. The contractors removed everything down to the studs. 

As the Spring semester moved forward, the restrooms started to take shape again.  Plumbing in all of the restrooms was completed by the week of February 17th, at which time the drywall was added to the remainder of the restrooms.  Electrical and HVAC were mostly complete by the end of February.  Ceilings were installed the first week of March.  Tile work began the third week in March. Fixtures such as toilets, urinals, counter tops, and partitions began to be added the first week of April.  Painting and final touches started in May. Throughout the renovation the upstairs restrooms were about a week behind the downstairs restrooms.  However, the majority of the renovations to both sets of restrooms was completed by Friday, May 15th! Contractors worked on finalizing the finishing touches and fixing imperfections the week of May 18th.  

Progress (1/22/2020)

1st floor framing and pipes

1st floor framing and pipes

1st floor framing and pipes

1st floor framing and pipes

1st floor entrance into restroom from entrance hall – women’s side

1st floor entrance into restroom from entrance hall – women’s side

1st floor entrance hall inside plastic

1st floor entrance hall inside plastic

1st floor entrance

1st floor entrance

2nd floor – area above vending machines that will become a closet within the handicapped stall in the women’s restroom

2nd floor – area above vending machines that will become a closet within the handicapped stall in the women’s restroom

2nd floor framing – no plumbing yet

2nd floor framing – no plumbing yet

2nd floor - HVAC

2nd floor - HVAC

Progress (1/29/2020)

1st floor – entrance framing

1st floor – entrance framing

1st floor – copper pipes

1st floor – copper pipes

1st floor – more copper pipes

1st floor – more copper pipes

Progress (1/31/2020)

1st floor entrance – arrow shows how far entrance will come out, about six feet from original wall

1st floor entrance – arrow shows how far entrance will come out

1st floor – entrance framing – looking from women’s side to men’s side

1st floor – entrance framing – looking from women’s side to men’s side

1st floor – framing and pipes

1st floor – framing and pipes

1st floor – framing and pipes

1st floor – framing and pipes

1st floor – entrance into men’s side

1st floor – entrance into men’s side

1st floor – view of men’s entrance from women’s entrance

1st floor – view of men’s entrance from women’s entrance

1st floor – view from men’s entrance to women’s entrance

1st floor – view from men’s entrance to women’s entrance

Progress (2/14/2020)

Drywall starting in project

First Floor Women's Restroom - Drywall

Progress (2/18/2020)

On going construction, women's restroom.

Entrance on first floor women’s side

On going construction, mens restroom.

Entrance on first floor men’s side

Partition between sinks and stall in women's first floor restroom

First floor women's restroom - partition between sinks and stalls

Contractors standing in front of unfinished wall in men's first floor restroom

Exposed insulation in men’s first floor restroom

Pipes between men's and women's first floor restrooms

Men’s first floor restroom - pipes between men’s & women’s restrooms

drop ceiling framework in men's first floor restroom

Men’s first floor restroom - drop ceiling framework

Restroom entrance into women's side on second floor

Entrance on second floor restroom, women’s side

Women’s restroom on second floor showing exposed pipes

Women’s restroom on second floor

Contractor inspecting men's second floor restroom

Men’s restroom on the second floor

Pipes for water fountains between the men's and women's restrooms on the second floor

Pipes for water fountains between the men's and women's restrooms on the second floor

Progress (2/28/2020)

Women's first floor restroom sheetrock

Women's first floor restroom sheetrock.

Women's restroom remodel lighting fixtures

First floor women's restroom - lighting fixtures.

Men's restroom ceiling frames for lighting fixtures

First floor men's restroom ceiling frames for lighting.

Progress (3/3/2020)

First floor women's restroom sheetrock and ceiling

First floor women's restroom - sheetrock and ceiling - view from back wall.

Women's first floor restroom sheetrock and ceiling

Women's first floor restroom - sheetrock and ceiling - view from entrance.

Men's first floor restroom sheetrock and ceiling frames

Men's first floor restroom - sheetrock and ceiling frames - view from the entrance.

Men's first floor restroom sheetrock and ceiling frames

Men's first floor restroom - sheetrock and ceiling frames - a closer look.

Second floor men's restroom remodel photo

Men's second floor restroom - sheetrock and HVAC system.

Progress (3/5/2020)

First floor women's restroom paint and lights

First floor women's restroom - getting ready to paint.

Progress (3/13/2020)

Tile work in renovated restroom

First floor women's restroom - tile!

Progress (3/17/2020)

wall tile samples

First floor women's restroom - main wall tile.

tan floor tile samples

First floor women's restroom - floor tile.

grey accent tile sample

First floor women's restroom - accent tile.

greay polygonal accent tles

First floor women's restroom - a closer look!

Progress (3/24/2020)

new grey and tan tile in library restroom

First floor women's restroom - accent tile with grout.

new tan tile in library restroom

First floor women's restroom - main tile with grout.

new grey accent tile in library restroom

First floor men's restroom - accent tile with grout.

new tan tile in library restroom

First floor men's restroom - main tile with grout.

Progress (4/1/2020)

row of toilets waiting to be installed

Toilets have arrived!

row of toilets waiting to be installed

Up close and personal!

Progress (4/8/2020)

maroon tile on wall between restrooms

Tile where first floor water fountains will go.

men installing toilets in library restroom

First floor women's restroom - installing the toilets.

men installing tile in library restroom

Second floor women's restroom - installing the tile.

tiled alcove

Second floor women's restroom - tiled closet.

new sinks installed in library restroom

First floor men's restroom - installation of sinks.

installation of toilets in library restroom

First floor men's restroom - installation of toilets.

mop sink in custodial closet

First floor men's restroom - new mop sink in custodial closet.

Progress (4/17/2020)

remodeled entrance to library restrooms

First floor entrance as seen from the east side.

remodeled entrance to remodeled restrooms

First floor entrance as seen from the south side.

view of remodeled entrance of library restroom

First floor entrance as seen from the west side.

Progress (4/21/2020)

installation of sinks and stall partitions in remodeled library restroom

First floor women's restroom - installation of partitions.

New toilets instaled in library restroom

First floor women's restroom - installantion of toilets.

installation of sinks in women's library restroom

First floor women's restroom - installation of sinks.

installation of toilets and partitons in library restroom

First floor men's restroom - installation of toilets, urinals, and partitions.

installation of sinks in renovated library restroom

First floor men's restroom - installation of sinks.

Progress (4/28/2020)

New partitions in librray restroom

First floor women's restroom - partitions are in!

New gray partitions in women's library restroom

First floor women's restroom - view of partitions from the entrance.

New gray partitions and urinals in library restroom

First floor men's restroom - partitions between urinals.

Plastic lines walls in women's restroom

Second floor women's restroom - prepping for painting.

men' restroom without partitions

Second floor men's restroom - getting ready for fixtures and partitions.

skinny room with palstic on walls

Government Documents workroom

Finishing touches - color matching the baseboards.

Progress (5/5/2020)

Remodeled women's restroom in a library in grays

First floor women's restroom - a study in gray.

Pendant lights over unfinished counter with gray tiles in background

First floor women's restroom light fixtures.

Gray granite counter top getting ready to be installed.

Countertops going in on first floor!

Remodeled library restroom in gray tiles and partitions

First floor men's restroom - view from the door.

First floor men's restroom light fixtures.

mop sink in custodial closet

First floor men's restroom - new mop sink in custodial closet.

view of remodeled restroom in library from door

Second floor women's restroom

closet space in large restroom

Second floor women's restroom - closet in handicapped stall.

open space with windows, walls, and an elevator

Back side of upstairs closet in elevator foyer

Installation of water fountains on maroon wall

Water fountains being installed on first floor!

Progress (5/15/20)

Entrance to restrooms with water fountains

Completed entrance to first floor restrooms.

Wooden door and water fountains

Door to first floor women's restroom.

Mirror and sink area in women's restroom

Mirror, counter top, and sinks in first floor women's restroom.

Stalls and changing table in women's restroom

Stalls and changing table in first floor women's restroom.

Mirror, counter top, and sinks in restroom

Mirror, counter top, and sinks in first floor men's restroom.

restroom stalls with changing table

First floor men's restroom stalls with changing table.

Mop sink in custodial closet

New mop sink in custodial closet in first floor men's restroom.

Office suite with red arrow pointing at new wall

New wall in Outreach & Instruction suite.

View of restroom from entrance.

Second floor women's restroom - view from the door.

Men's restroom viewed from entrance

Second floor men's restroom - view from inside doorway.

mop sink in custodial closet

Second floor men's restroom mop sink in custodial closet.

Closet in restroom

Second floor women's restroom closet (closed).

Restroom closet with one door open

Second floor women's restroom closet (half open)

Restroom closet with both doors open

Second floor women's restroom closet (fully open).

workroom

Government Documents workroom with new wall.