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Building Update: 20 months

It’s a new year, we are 20 months post-fire and we just started the spring 2020 semester at K-State. We are feeling energized! Over the course of this year we will watch as Hale Library nears the finish line of a two and a half year recovery, restoration and renovation project. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we are amazed at the progress made in just the last few months.

Several construction workers install ceiling tiles on Hale Library's second floor.
On Dec. 11, 2019 several workers installed the ceiling on the West end of the second floor.
The east end of Hale Library's second floor has sheetrock and ceiling installed, but not flooring
On the same date, the East end of the second floor was almost ready for flooring installation.
New carpet can be seen throughout the second floor of Hale Library.
Just a few weeks later on Dec. 26, 2019 the second floor was looking fresh and clean with new carpet throughout. Most of second floor is scheduled to open after Spring Break.
The second floor of Hale Library can be seen on the other side of a glass wall.
On the other side of this glass wall, there will be new help desks for both library and IT help. Previously, these two help desks were in separate locations. Now it will be easier than ever for our users to find help. (Jan. 13, 2020)

Up on the third floor, construction has started on a new 60-person classroom for library instruction. The large instruction room is made possible through fundraising efforts by the Friends of the K-State Libraries.

Steel framing creates and oval shape where a new classroom with be located.
On Dec. 11, 2019 the large instruction room was starting to take shape, literally. The outside of the instruction room with have a unique ellipse shape.
A large classroom is enclosed in the middle of the third floor of Hale Library.
Fast forward to Jan. 9, 2020 and the classroom is now enclosed with drywall.
Plumbing pipes for a cafe are roughed in.
Behind the temporary walls on the first floor, work continues on Joyce and Joe’s Cornerstone Cafe. On Dec. 6, plumbing was roughed in for the new cafe.
Three workers repair plaster on the ceiling in the historic portion of the building.
The plaster repair work has begun in the historic 1927 portion of the building. Here, three workers repair the ceiling on the second floor of Historic Farrell Library. (Jan. 2, 2020)
A worker repairs the plaster in the Great Room.
On Jan. 8, 2020, a worker repairs plaster near the ceiling of the Great Room. It is estimated that all the plaster repairs will take about six months to complete.
Two workers prep the ceiling for wood beams.
Also in the Great Room, workers prepped the ceiling for the return of restored wood. In our next blog post we will detail this exciting process that has been months in the making.

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