As previously announced, the LSRC will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. [Posted 6:10 p.m.]

“A Generous Friend and a Master Craftsman” is the title of a new Duke Today article in which former colleagues recall the life of Rayford Cofer, who was tragically killed Wednesday in the LSRC accident. “He was a multi-talented individual, an extremely hard worker, very intelligent and had a great sense of humor,” one colleague… Read more »

Duke has lowered its university flag to half-staff in honor of Rayford Cofer, who died Wednesday afternoon in the accident at LSRC. Photo: Les Todd, Duke University Photography [Posted: 3:30 p.m., May 15, 2008]

Kemel Dawkins, Duke University’s vice president for campus services, delivered the following statement to open the press briefing held near the LSRC today at 1 p.m.: Thank you for joining us. I want to start by expressing again our sorrow at the tragic death yesterday of Ray Cofer. He was an honored member of the… Read more »

There will be a press briefing at 1 p.m. Vice President for Campus Services Kemel Dawkins will provide an update and answer questions about Wednesday’s accident at the LSRC. The briefing is for members of the news media. It will be held in front of the North Building, on Research Drive, next to the traffic… Read more »

The website for Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment is live again. The site had been down as a result of Wednesday’s accident at the LSRC. During this time its traffic was redirected to the Duke emergency website. The Nicholas School website is at [Posted at 11:55 a.m.]

The LSRC was reopened at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15. The building will close at 5 p.m. and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. No decision has been made at this time whether the building will be open over the weekend. Crews are currently repairing the building’s systems. There will be… Read more »

All faculty, staff and students working in the Levine Science Research Center should assemble in the area just outside the building’s Blue Express cafe at 9 a.m. for an update on accessibility to the building. Some areas of the building may be cooler than others, so you might consider bringing a light sweater should the… Read more »

The LSRC is now closed for the evening. Employees and students should check this website for updates about the accessibility of the building on Thursday. (Posted 9:00 p.m., May 14, 2008)

Duke has identified the employee killed in the LSRC accident Wednesday as Rayford Cofer, 63, a master steam fitter and one of the most honored and respected employees in the Facilities Management Department. For more about Cofer and today’s tragic accident, click here for a longer story. (Posted 8:20 p.m., May 14, 2008)