Friday, December 7, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 30 -- The view from my desk

A new section of steel goes up on the west side of the Kelley School undergraduate building.

The view from my desk looks like a giant Erector set this week.

Various pieces of construction material -- from the footings to the rafters -- are lined up along the edge of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center site awaiting placement.

The steel is going up pretty quickly on the Fee Lane side, and there's a ton of it. Several tons, actually.

Nathan Morrison, Kelley's construction overseer, stopped by my window today with the construction blueprints, and we pulled out the calculator to do some figuring.

The vertical columns of steel weigh almost 10,000 pounds -- 9,770 to be exact. The deep horizontal beam you see at the top of the photo just left of center is 40 inches tall and weighs 167 pounds per foot, making it almost as heavy at 7,800 pounds. The smaller horizontal beams across the front contribute another 882 pounds apiece.

The blueprints are intricate and precise, and it's a little mind-boggling to think of the number of pieces -- each cut to a particular size and tagged for a certain spot -- that have to be assembled to bring even the frame of the building together.

Thinking about the electrical wiring to come? Mind blown.

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