Posted on Apr 18, 1997

Crews on Wednesday began driving the first of the 134 piles that will connect the new addition of Schaffer Library to bedrock 12 feet below, according to William Shafer, capital projects manager.

About a dozen piles from the 1974 addition were extracted earlier this

The pile-driving phase is expected to last about three weeks, and
produce a loud, rhythmic noise that will be audible for some distance. Piles set close to
the 1961 structure will be pre-drilled to avoid having vibration close to the building,
Shafer said.

Meanwhile, a contract for construction of the F.W. Olin Center was to be
awarded shortly, Shafer said on Wednesday. Bids for the project were within budget, he