Fencing around portions of Zumberge Library marks the beginning of renovations and construction of an addition to the existing building.
The completion this summer of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons creates the opportunity for repurposing Zumberge, which will be called James H. Zumberge Hall when it reopens as a centrally located administration building in May 2014. The creation of office space in the new Zumberge Hall will reopen classroom space in other campus buildings that had been turned into offices.
As reported earlier, the university has been planning for this project for years and will not need to raise tuition to provide funding. The $22 million project, which will be built to LEED Silver standards, will be funded through university-issued bonds and Campus Development Funds. The Board of Trustees, at its November 2 meeting, approved the selection of VIA Design as the architect/engineer for the renovation of Zumberge Library and the selection of Wolverine Building Group as construction manager.
The construction effort will cause the currently marked handicapped parking spaces at the southwest corner of Zumberge to be enclosed within the construction fencing. To accommodate the parking loss, additional handicapped parking spaces have been added to Lot M at the best possible location, immediately south of the walkway between Lake Michigan Hall and Lake Ontario Hall.
Zumberge Library will remain accessible throughout winter semester and will close April 27. The temporary satellite library in the Kirkhof Center, Thornapple Room, will open April 26.