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Over and Out

January 23, 2012

We have our move-in certificate and our new partners in the Prior will begin moving in soon.  Furniture is arriving and all should be done by the end of February.  I really have nothing more to report except that I have enjoyed blogging with you and that this will be the last installment on the Innovation on the Rise blog.  I encourage you to log in to the Health Sciences Library web site for the latest information.  And of course, the grand opening tours and informal gatherings for the new floors will be announced as soon as the plans are ready.  So take a look at our new beautiful building.  I have found coordinating the project details with all of the construction teams, administrative teams, and staff very interesting, enlightening, and fun.  Thanks for your comments and hope to see you in the Prior.


Ready!!! Set!!! Wait!!!

January 9, 2012

We have passed the final inspections and are waiting for the certificate for full occupancy. The project is also seeking LEED Silver Certification.  While we are waiting I thought you might like to view the 7th floor space. This floor houses the academic offices for the Departments of Orthopaedics and Emergency Medicine and the Division of Vascular Diseases & Surgery. The views can be spectacular and there is lots of natural light as long as the cosmos is cooperating.

Academic Offices 












Conference Room










Next Monday is the holiday celebrating the life of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I will get back to you after that with the latest news about the final phases of the project.

2012 Is Here!!!!

January 3, 2012

We are still waiting on a few things before we can receive our certificate for full occupancy on the 6th and 7th floors.  Until then I thought I would share some picture of how things are looking on the 6th floor.

Tower of Power











Lecture Hall

I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed bringing you these weekly updates on the construction. As this blog comes to a close we will be starting a general blog that will inform you of news and events in the library.  So stay tuned for more information on the “new” blog and, of course, our plans for the grand opening celebrations.


Happy Holidays

December 19, 2011

 This time of the year I wax and wane with nostalgia for the past and enthusiasm for the future.  I think about the past to remember my best memories of friends and family and work.  Just last week, the contractors working at the north side of Prior Hall unearthed a set of steps. I was not here when Prior Hall was originally built in 1972 (see picture at left).  But looking at this historical picture from the Medical Heritage Center archives, I do marvel at how far we have come.  In the 1990’s, the bottom floor was enclosed and the entire building renovated to better serve our faculty, staff, and students.  The Center for Clinical Education and Assessment was built in the early 2000’s.  This addition heralded a new era for Prior Hall in that our collaborators in education, research, and service began sharing space in the building.  Since then the Copyright Management Center, Office of Global Health Education, Center for Clinical Translational Science, Caffeine Element and ICU simulation suite have all been added within our walls. And now we are just about ready to celebrate the addition of two new floors to be filled with faculty, staff, and students.    I am looking forward to 2012 and hope that you will join us in celebrating our new facility, new endeavors, and new partners.

Enjoy the holidays, be careful and safe and see you in 2012.

Movin’ On Up

December 12, 2011

I am not sure if I would call it moving, relocating, or simply expanding.  The Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center (CSEAC) is in the process of moving video equipment, clinical practice models, and all operational necessities to new space on the sixth floor.  It is an exciting time for the Center as they prepare to begin using the space to teach and educate our medical students.  CSEAC will continue to use the basement space also. Don’t forget– we will be celebrating the opening of the sixth floor with CSEAC in early winter quarter so you will be able to see what a wonderful learning and collaborative space has been added to the Prior.  Hope to see you there.

We Passed with Flying Colors

December 5, 2011

All projects passed life safety inspections and we will now move on to securing final occupancy inspections for the 6th and 7th floors.   We have a few items yet to complete like some elevator work, doors, painting and cleaning.  In January the Library will co-host an open house with the seventh floor occupants (Emergency Medicine, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedics) and one in February with the sixth floor occupants (Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center) as well. 



IMPORTANT:  If you see a problem that needs to be corrected – send me a note via the blog.  We want our space to look terrific.  Thanks for your help.



In and Around the Prior — Continuous Quality Improvements

November 28, 2011


The Fire Marshal and his staff will be on site November 28 and 29 for the Life Safety Inspections for the building. This inspection is required before anyone can occupy the new space on 6 & 7 and must be performed next week in order to stay on schedule.  The testing will be disruptive with horns and sirens periodically throughout the day on all floors.


9th Avenue Garage Tunnel Closed Nov. 28-Dec. 7 

The portion of the underground tunnel from the 9th Avenue Garage to Meiling Hall will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 7. Crews will be resurfacing the tunnel floor in this area. Pedestrians should use the outside routes to get to and from the garage to Medical Center buildings.




Trench Work

The Medical Center Expansion project will mobilize fencing and traffic restrictions in preparation for the chilled water loop underground work that is scheduled for November 2011-May 2012. There will be two pedestrian walkways into Prior and another fence/overhead protection structure will be erected, similar to the one we had for the vertical expansion.  There will be one shuttle location in front of Doan/Rhodes Hall going to Martha Morehouse and UHE, the Ackerman Shuttle location is on Twelfth, just east of DHLRI. The CABS bus stop is moving to Twelfth. 



Traffic Patterns

In November, the James loop (east of or behind the Prior) will reopen to two-way traffic and the east construction fence will be removed. Pedestrian traffic and vehicular traffic will be permitted and there will not be a security guard at the east loop entrance after that date.