Facilities Notifications

Oriental Institute-elevator modernization and repairs

October 18, 2022

Construction activity will start the week of Oct. 31 to modernize and repair the elevator in the Oriental Institute. The project work is scheduled to complete by March 2023 when the elevator will then be operational. Working hours for this project are 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

The building occupants and visitors can expect the following:

  • Access between floors using the stairs will be maintained.
  • Vehicles will be on-site at times during construction working hours. 
  • Signage will be in place on each floor during elevator repairs.
  • Basement restrooms will remain open but not accessible by elevator. 

Please direct questions to C. Lee, project manager, at clee12@uchicago.edu or Kevin Taylor at kjtaylor1@uchicago.edu.


Botany Pond repair and restoration project

October 12, 2022

Botany Pond will be closed for repairs and restoration from October 2022 until summer 2023. The repairs to the pond and surrounding landscaping will enhance the pond’s habitat and improve the use of the area. The steps for restoration and wildlife preservation have been planned with the consultation of faculty experts.

Prior to the start of restoration, the pond will be drained, cleaned, and assessed to then determine the extent of restoration that is needed. The initial work is scheduled to start the week of Oct. 10. The pond will remain closed until restoration is complete in summer 2023, at which time the pond will be refilled and reopened for the enjoyment of the university community. 

The campus community can expect the following:

  • Equipment will be used during initial work and restoration.
  • Construction access will be through Cobb Gate.
  • Construction fencing will be in place around the pond through end of construction.
  • Construction noise will be audible, at times.
  • Daily working hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Progress updates will be distributed throughout this restoration project.

Please note: the camera and livestreaming at the pond will not be active while work is ongoing. We plan to resume the livestream when the pond reopens.

For questions please contact Katie Martin Peck at katie2@uchicago.edu.

Thank you for your patience during this work.


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