Friday, June 29, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 7 -- The view from my desk

Between a place and a hard rock: The jackhammer has been working nonstop this week.

The view from my desk changed quite a bit while I was on vacation.

Much of the "hillside" along Fee Lane has been hauled away, and workers have been busting up the layer of rock underneath to make room for new construction that will expand the
Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center. It's beginning to look a little like a rock quarry.

Gone is the white PVC pipe just beneath the surface that used to house the phone lines. They've been moved, along with other telecom lines. 

Next up: water lines.

Monday evening, the water to both sides of the Kelley School and SPEA will be shut off for four to six hours as workers reroute water from a pipe that crosses the construction site to a new water main under the street. 

Drinking water sources have already been taken out of service and won't be available till the water passes tests to ensure it's safe to drink -- that may not be till July 9. "Water Boil" notices will be posted at all water sources until then, and Kelley will have drinking water on hand for students.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 6 -- The view from my desk

It may not look that different from last week, but a lot of work has been done.

Guest post by Mary Jo Spiegel, internet marketing manager.

Full disclosure—this is not the view from my desk. My desk looks out on shady trees with no construction in sight. The sounds of construction, however, do reach my area and most every corner of the building. Ah, the sounds of progress. According to Nathan Morrison of Kelley's Facility Operations & Services, this week's sounds of progress came from:
  • Excavating dirt down to the rock, a task that's nearly completed
  • Pulling in 1,800 wires (that's 900 lines) and switching the building to new fiber-optics
  • And, mostly, from jackhammering rock for the footings of the building expansion
As site preparation continues on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center, I look forward to hearing (and seeing) more progress in this first phase of construction.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 5 -- The view from my desk

Excavators have been moving dirt away from pipes so they can be relocated.
If watching people dig in the dirt is your idea of a good time, this was the week for you at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center construction site. 

Excavators have been moving a considerable amount of dirt this week. The goal is to uncover several different pipelines and conduits that have to be rerouted before more digging can take place. 

A lot of the digging has been going on at the front of the building on 10th Street. The hole there is big enough for a good-sized swimming pool, which workers might need next week when the temps are forecast to be in the 90s with no rain in sight.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 4 -- The view from my desk

Excavators continue to remove dirt down to a layer of rock on the site where the Hodge Hall expansion will be built.
It has been a month since construction began on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center. The work is going well, helped along by good weather. Nathan Morrison of Kelley's Facility Operations & Services said the project is on schedule and there have been no big setbacks.

This week, excavators with Reed & Sons Construction have been working mainly on the 10th Street side, breaking through the sidewalks and scooping up concrete and dirt down to the layer of rock. There has been an almost constant stream of dump trucks rotating through the site to collect and remove the dirt.

On the Fee Lane side, conduits have been installed to carry the telecom cables, and they're getting ready to re-route the main water line.

On Thursday, we watched workers gingerly pluck a medium-sized Japanese Maple from the ground with its roots intact and carefully remove it from the work site to be replanted elsewhere. The larger trees that had to be removed for the expansion will also get new life. I'll write more about that later, but there are some pretty cool ideas in the works!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 3 -- The view from my desk

A little gray and rainy in Bloomington today, and the temperature hasn't reached 60. Welcome relief to the workers after the 90+ temperatures last week. 
There's been a lot of earth-moving going on this week at the construction site of the expanded Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center. The excavator has been peeling back the layers on the hill outside the undergrad building, exposing some pipes. The jack hammer poked around and under them, breaking up rock to make a trench that runs from the building to the sidewalk. They poured cement to make a concrete bed, then attached a temporary hose that runs the length of it.

Workers also started breaking up the concrete in front of the building and taking up the slate tiles in the courtyard area, stacking them neatly on pallets. Today a lot of the work is being done at 10th and Fee, so I don't have a great view of it, but "out of sight" does not mean "out of mind" on a construction project. The jack hammer has been at work much of the day.