Monday, October 19, 2009

Scenes from the Work Site

Construction continues at the Addison and its new addition at a feverish pace, so much so that we are unable to cover everything on our website with our weekly image post. So, to bring our readers up to date, here are some additional "scenes" from the work site. Click the images to make them larger.
The tall, green fences surrounding the site have been removed and landscaping has begun in earnest. Old walkways are being reconnected (see above, left, and bottom), pavers are being laid at the base of the Addison's steps (see above, right), and new trees and shrubbery, chosen months ago, are being planted this week before winter freezes the ground. Vegetation for the green roof atop our loading dock is being placed as I write this, and we hope to have pictures of that soon.
Inside, millwork is being installed throughout all the work spaces. The display shelving in the Museum Learning Center is now in place (see above, left). Shelving and casework are almost finished in the art library (see above right). Soon, the entirety of the Addison's art book collection will be made accessible in one place for the first time. Walls are being raised and carpet put down in the staff office spaces and, finally, trucks are able to offload at our new loading dock.
And, lastly, new restrooms throughout the Addison and the addition are near completion, with tile work inspired by the 1930s era of the original building (see above, left). Each day brings another goal in the construction process to completion, and we, the staff, continue to keep our eyes on our calendars as we count the days down to our move back and our future reopening.

Posted by

James M. Sousa
Associate Registrar for Collections and Archives

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