Jul 30, 2017
You may recall that the 7th floor of Herter Hall was closed over winter break to remove and replace the asbestos tiles on the hallway floor. This summer, it's the turn of the 6th floor, which will be closed from July 10 through July 31. During the closure, the department staff will be relocated to offices on the 7th floor. We'll announce those offices as soon as we have determined exactly which ones will be used.
To minimize the impact of the closure on your summer productivity and peace of mind, please note the following and plan accordingly:
Photocopiers: The photocopy room will be closed, and photocopiers/printers unavailable, for the duration of the closure.
Mail: Mary Lashway will store mail in her temporary office. If you are expecting something important, you may pick it up from Mary during normal office hours. Otherwise, it will be refiled in the 6th floor mailroom on or around August 1.
Access to 6th-floor offices: The 6th floor will be entirely closed and off-limits during the first week of work (July 10-14). Subsequently, access may be possible, but it will depend on the state of the work and the availability of a worker to escort you to an office. To minimize disruption to your own summer work, please remove any materials you expect to need during that period from your office. If you need a substitute place to work or store material in Herter during the 6th-floor closure, please let me know and Amy and I will do what we can.
Alternate workspace on campus: Faculty who wish to work on campus over the summer might want to check out the Faculty Commons on the 26th floor of the Du Bois Library. It has PC and Mac workstations that you can use with your UMass net ID and password, access to the UMass Box secure storage etc., and coffee. For the duration of the work, Du Bois Library will be open 8-7 Monday to Thursday, 8-5 Friday, and 10-5 Saturday; it's closed Sundays during the summer.