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The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

Project Timeline


Architect Selection

Crane positions rebar cage - photo by Cheryl Rusnak


May to December 2005
Architect Search Committee meets

January 2006
Committee recommendation brought to University's Capital Projects Committee for its approval

February 2006
Board of Trustees approved Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn as the architect for the building




March 2006 to April 2007
Programmatic review and schematic design

May 31, 2007
Board of Trustees' review and approval

June 2007 to Spring 2008
Design development, cost estimates, drafting of construction documents

May 2008
Board of Trustees' design and funding approval




Autumn 2008 to Spring 2009:  Slurry Wall Construction
The site is prepared and the slurry wall and ring beam are constructed.

Summer 2009:  Excavation
The basement that will house the automated storage and retrieval system and the mezzanine level mechanical room are dug.

Autumn 2009:  Floor Construction
The basement and ground floors are put in.

Winter 2010 to Autumn 2010:  Bridge, Connections and Interior Work in Regenstein
The bridge from Mansueto to Regenstein is built, the pathway through Regenstein to the bridge is constructed, and the interior work in Regenstein is finished.

Winter 2010 to Autumn 2010:  Dome Construction
The dome is constructed.

Summer 2010 to Winter 2011:   Automated Storage and Retrieval System
The automated storage and retrieval system is assembled on the basement level.

Winter to Spring 2011:  Completion of Mansueto Construction and Loading of Materials
Finishing work is done.  Faculty, students, staff, and visiting scholars begin using the new Library in May 2011.

Summer 2011:  Book Loading
Materials from campus libraries are loaded into the automated storage and retrieval system.

October 2011:  Dedication
The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library is dedicated on October 11, 2011.