Friday, August 3, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 12 -- The view from my desk

Buck Reed breaks up more rock to make sure there's enough room to pour the steps to the Hodge Hall addition.

Well, we thought it was over. All of the holes had been made for the Hodge Hall expansion footings, and we were hoping that would be the last we'd hear of the jackhammer for a while.

But there's Buck Reed, breaking up some rock near the bridge that joins the undergrad building to the Godfrey Center across Fee Lane. We're thinking about changing our name from the School of Business to the School of Rock.

They wanted to be sure there is enough room to pour the steps that will lead up to Hodge Hall's Fee Lane entrance, so they've been busting through quite a bit of rock today.

Nathan Morrison, Kelley's construction overseer, tells me the work inside the building is going well. They've finished removing the windows and replacing them with concrete blocks on the first, third and fourth floors on both sides of the building.

The second floor will be a little more tricky. The limestone frames around the skinny windows actually protrude from the building, so they will have to be removed to create a smoother connecting wall.

The problem is, they also protrude into the classrooms on the inside. They may be working on those windows through November. A lot of the work will be done after hours so that classes won't be disturbed.

I'll be interested to hear what the students think of the progress as they return!

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