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Duke University Perkins Library

projects / Asbestos abatement / duke university perkins library renovations

Scope of Work:

Environmental Holdings Group,LLC (EHG) was contracted to perform the environmental remediation and selective demolition of the former 100,000-square-foot historic library in the very heart of the west campus. EHG had to carefully dismantle and perform abatement on the seven-story library by hand in order to preserve the historic structure. This phase of the renovation focused on the original 1928 library building and its 1948 addition, including the iconic Gothic Reading Room and Mary Duke Biddle Rare Book Room, which together comprise the newly named David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

EHG also performed interior abatement and demolition of the main lobby and hand-demolished stacks to make way for new state-of-the-art stacks.

The most challenging portion of this project was the logistics of an occupied library with an active student campus environment. With an aggressive schedule and limited space, EHG had to develop a waste management program that increased productivity for EHG and the subcontractors that shared the same workspace.