Friday, September 28, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 20 -- The view from my desk

The construction site of the undergrad building expansion got a face lift this week.
The Hodge Hall construction site is sporting IU red (Pantone 201 -- now you know) with new fence panels courtesy of the IU Foundation.

The panels are similar to those around the construction sites of the Jacobs School of Music and the new baseball and softball complex at Fee and the Bypass and say "Philanthropy at WORK."

The elevator shaft at the corner of the existing
building continues to grow skyward.
The Kelley School is proud that no tax dollars or tuition funds are being used for the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion. The generous gifts from our wonderful alums -- including James Hodge, for whom the building is now named --  and a grant from the Lilly Foundation will fund the addition as well as the renovation of the existing building.

Donors can be proud that their gifts will create an innovative and collaborative environment for Kelleys in the future. But they should also be proud that their philanthropy is creating jobs and contributing to all of the businesses, vendors and manufacturers that supply the labor, materials and oversight for the construction.

As for ongoing work, crews have been shaping the walls around the elevator shaft, and creating more forms for footings. They've also been doing some heavy but delicate work on the 10th Street side -- more about that when it comes around to our side.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 19 -- The view from my desk

Construction continues under a beautiful fall sky in Bloomington.
I was out of town at a conference last week, so I was eager to see how much the view from my desk changed over the last 10 days.

We have a new "road" on the Hodge Hall construction site to give the cement mixer and other equipment easy access to the footings. There has been some discussion about naming these roads. What do you think? Dean Dan Drive? Herman B Wells Way? Walled Street?

The foundation and sides for the elevator shaft at the corner are in progress and a few more footings are taking shape. There seems to be more material on the site than when I left. Maybe it's just the migration of most of the equipment from the 10th Street side the Fee Lane side.

Word is we'll be getting a little surprise addition to the site soon....

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 18 -- The view from my desk

A little drizzle doesn't slow the addition of backfill to the Hodge Hall site.

The dump truck has been bringing in loads of crushed stone to fill in around the concrete footings at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center construction site this week.

The stone is smoothed out using a vibrating plate compactor -- the small orange machine the worker is using in the photo. He pushes it forward and pulls it back at a pace a little slower than mowing the lawn.

The crushed stone (Nathan Morrison, Kelley's construction overseer, cautioned me not to call it "gravel") will create a level surface for the concrete slab that will become the foundation for the Hodge Hall expansion.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 17 -- The view from my desk

Workers with Gibraltar Construction continue to create footings
and tie rebar together for reinforcement grids. 

The storm we had this week slowed construction on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center for about half a day or so -- it's not easy to pour cement in the rain.

The footings are well within the view from my desk now, as the construction workers have made it to the corner of the bulding. You can see cement mixer pouring cement into the form just past the giant hole where the elevator will go.

With more rain in the forecast, the depressions on the site that have filled with water likely will have to be pumped out before the footings can take shape on the Fee Lane side.