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.

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