Wondering why there’s scaffolding and shrouding around the west end of Buildings 50A and 50B? As part of our “Three Questions For” series, we checked in with the project’s manager, Steve Filippoff of the Lab’s Project and Infrastructure Modernization Division, to get the low-down on what is known as “The Pergola Project.”
Can you describe the work being done on these two buildings?
As part of the Lab’s seismic modernization efforts, concrete overhang structures (known as pergolas) that hang over the roofs of Buildings 50A and 50B are being removed. The pergolas will be replaced with steel-framed structures of similar size and shape. The scaffolding has been erected to temporarily support the pergola structures during demolition.
How does the work affect employees?
The vehicle and pedestrian routes to the buildings have been altered as a safety precaution. During six weekends in June and July, the entire Building 50 complex will be closed, as well as Perlmutter Road. The occupants have been notified and updates will be posted in Elements.
When will it be finished?
Demolition of the pergolas will be completed in July, followed by minimal construction activity in August and September. Starting in October, the erection of the replacement steel pergolas will take place. Once completed, the scaffolding will be removed in November. The project team appreciates the cooperation and patience of the Lab community while this important work is completed.