Renovation Update – Drywall, and the unknown…

by Jenny Nehrt, Student Assistant                                                                         After all of the torrential downpours, it’s refreshing to see something dry, even if it is just drywall! The Special Collections Reading Room still appears to be in pieces: parts of the walls have been cut out and holes have been drilled, etc.  But now, it’s finally time for some wall TLC!

drywall bag

The drywall is being used to repair and patch up the bumps and bruises the room already had, and those it gained during renovations. The top of the wall between the office and the Reading Room was also finished off. The maintenance men, with a great deal of balance, put on stilts to patch the hard to reach spots.
drywall bucket

And their hard work leads to this! While it may not be much to look at now, it’s instrumental towards improving the overall condition of the room. It also means that work is moving ahead at a steady pace, keeping us on track for opening on time in the new space. Tim Shantz, of JMU Facilities Management, has done a fantastic job keeping things on track.

We do have one question for him: how will this pile of mysterious white styrofoam be used in the renovation? We here at Special Collections can’t wait to find out what’s in it.
foam boxes
Check back next week to unlock the riddle. Until the project is finished, come and see us in Carrier Library, Room 220. We’re here Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5 pm.



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