Fire-Life-Safety Issues Part of Construction
The current construction efforts going on within the Pollak Library and along the walkway from the front of campus to the library will also address fire-life-safety issues so that the campus is not only beautiful but also a safe area.
Within the library, changes to state fire code since the building was constructed in the 1960s are being addressed in proposed windows for high-rise ventilation. The proposals must be approved and the windows installed before students, faculty and staff can reoccupy the upper floors of the structure.
A related safety project, to install basement smoke control, is slated to begin in August, with completion by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, work continues on the fire lane or promenade area. To meet modern fire codes, the existing lane needed to be widened and improved before the upper floors of Pollak Library South would be cleared for occupancy.
“While the promenade started as a fire-life-safety project, university leaders took the opportunity to create an iconic entrance to the campus while expanding opportunities for students to gather, study and enjoy our campus environment,” says Ali Izadian, associate vice president for capital programs and facilities management.
The combined Pollak Library/promenade project is expected to cost about $8 million. Approximately half of the funding will come from the library renovations budget and another roughly $3.5 million from the university’s capital improvement fund, which provides money for campus improvement projects.