Building the New National Library of Israel Complex
Updates on Construction
The work is moving ahead on schedule as we continue working on infrastructure, and finishes to the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems. There are about 125 workers on-site daily, with 30 on the night shift. Work is ongoing 24 hours a day, six days a week.
The architects, along with Library staff, have finalized detailed designs for millwork furnishings and are now in the process of selecting suppliers. As part of the implementation methodology, we have set up mockups of openshelves, carrels and flooring in our current building, as well as a special room with mockups of flooring, wall cladding, and ceiling materials inside the new building, in order to evaluate implementation and wear.
The new building's most groundbreaking sustainability feature will be Israel's first below-ground "rock store", a mechanism for storing thermal energy which will significantly reduce energy consumption required to cool the building. The concrete foundations for the 'rock store' sustainable cooling system have been cast, and all of the stones have been placed in the enclosures.
August 2018: Work begins on building foundations
Following the completion of excavations at the site, work has now been passed on to Electra Construction Ltd., who have already begun casting concrete for the new building's foundations
May 2018: The digging and reinforcement work is complete
The excavation and retaining wall work has been completed.
The five subterranean floors of the new building have been fully excavated with over 200,000 cubic meters (ca. 7,000,000 cubic feet) of earth removed from the site.