The first contract deals with the complex issue of our custom-built elevator. After months and years of negotiating with government authorities for funding, and with the manufacturers for the best possible price, we finally came to an agreement. Menuiserie Pouliot, who worked with us in the spring, should complete work on this project by summer 2009.
The second contract deals with all the work on the exterior of the building. This includes everything from broken windows to our service entrance, not to mention the security exits at the back. Maçonnerie dynamique will complete this work and should begin in early March 2009.
Phase II restoration work began in late March. Menuiserie Pouliot is presently working on the top floor, plastering the walls, and will soon begin painting. These rooms, which were used as workshops during the prison period, and as offices and apartments in later years, will be converted to office space. This is an urgent need with our eleven full-time staff in cramped quarters, others spilling onto the library balcony, and additional student jobs planned for the summer.
Wiring for our computer and Internet network is also being set up. This will allow us to have wireless access in the library and College Hall, among other things.