The process of cleaning the air duct system in Bailey/Howe begins tomorrow and should be completed by the first week in August. New England Air Systems will initiate the plan on June 12 and 13 by cutting access points to the duct system on each floor. On June 13 or 14, the first of five phases will commence.
Phase 1, expected to be the most disruptive, will take between five and eight days. During this phase, Physical Plant will take Bailey (not Howe) off the air handling system and New England Air will clean the air return part of the system. The Info & Instruction Classroom (B/H 123), which is used for UVM Orientation, will be fitted with temporary air conditioning and dehumidification. On June 22, the air handling system at B/H will be brought online again.
In Phases, 2, 3, 4 and 5, the air handling system will be shut down one floor at a time. People working on that floor can re-locate to Howe or another floor of Bailey. Each department head will have a plan for managing disruptions. Phase 5 will begin on June 25 and is estimated to take five days. During this phase, the air handling system on the 3rd floor of Bailey will be shut down. Public access to the 3rd floor stacks will be limited to a staff retrieval system. The air system will go online again on June 29. Phase 4, July 9 through 16, will affect the second floor (Periodicals and ILL) for six days. Phase 3, July 17 through 26, will affect the first floor (Dean’s Office, Systems, Cataloging, SMCV and I&I). Phase 2, July 27 through August 3, will affect the ground floor (Documents, Maps, Collection Development and Acquisitions).