The final coats of paint on the walls have been completed. The floors in Studio 1 and 2 are finished. The Yale Digital Collections Center Imaging Lab is now complete! Now that the paintbrushes, hammers and nails have all been put away, we can stand back and admire how far we have come in the seven months since this renovation began. Special thanks to all of the workers who made this space possible.
We are entering the final weeks of construction and the lab is coming together beautifully! The team has been working hard on all fronts. The electricians have installed miles and miles of data wire as well as our new light fixtures! The painters have finished painting the ceilings, walls, and the catwalk and ladder. We now have new doors, ceiling grids and sound panels! The cove wall has been installed and has been taped. Every day there is something new!
This week was marked by the delivery of our 10 foot rollup doors! These doors will provide access for large objects to enter the studio spaces. In other news, the catwalk had its mesh sides installed. The partition beam and motor were encased in sheetrock. A few of the project rooms have gotten a fresh coat of paint. All of the sprinkler heads in the Imaging Lab were replaced. Ductwork and electrical continue at a steady pace.
This week the team has been hanging a variety of items around the Imaging Lab. In anticipation of receiving our light fixtures, the electricians have hung the support chains from the ceiling in Studio 3. The track for the partition wall has arrived and is currently being installed. One opening for the last door installation has been raised in height to accommodate the new coiling doors. Duct work continues at a steady pace.
The team has been very busy in the last few weeks. Most of the walls have been closed with sheetrock. They have been taped and sanded and will soon be ready to be painted. Installation of the plywood backing of the cove wall in Studio 1 has completed. However, the big excitement was the delivery and installation of the catwalk for Studio 2!
The Imaging Lab was a flurry of activity this week. The “big” news was the delivery of three 1300 pound steel ‘T’ beams that will be used as support for the partition wall between Studios 1 and 2. We also received our door frames and they are being installed as I write this. Insulation has been placed in east wall of Studio 1. Installation of plywood backing of the cove wall in Studio 1 has begun. Electrical and duct work continue to progress.
While Hurricane Sandy hit the area hard on Monday and Tuesday, the job site was open and work continued on the Imaging Lab. Durock was removed in Studio 1. Plywood and sheetrock were installed on the easel wall in Studio 2. Plywood blocking was put in place in preparation for the mounted arms that will hold display screens. Floor leveling compound was poured to level out the uneven floors in Studio 3 and Project room 4.
This week one doorway to the loading dock has been raised to 10 feet high, the same height as the doors to the Imaging Lab to accommodate the movement of large objects. Insulation was installed on the newly erected ductwork. Installation of copper heating pipes and ductwork continues.
Things are moving forward this week in the Imaging Lab. Copper heating pipes were installed through the office space. New conduit has been installed that will hold the data and electrical lines for all of the Imaging Lab. Installation of ductwork continues.
Here are some photos of the progress!