Friday, December 13, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 83 -- Other views

Kelley School photographer Josh Anderson shows Hodge Hall's end-of-the-year progress.

10th Street elevation.

A prism feature on the Hodge Hall tower at 10th and Fee.

A view from the north, under The Bridge across Fee Lane.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 80 -- Window to the future

The windows have been installed in the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center, giving a collegiate feel to the expansion. The panes are solid with adhesive lead strips creating the grid pattern. 
Enjoy the view.

A ladder is framed by one of the tall windows on the 10th Street side of Hodge Hall.
Outside in the distance, the point of the IU Art Museum is visible.

From the second floor of the Hodge Hall expansion, looking down into the tiered Commons area.
The main area will be filled with light from the tall windows.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 75 -- Heavy and precise work

The 15,000-pound archway is the heaviest solid piece of limestone in the Hodge Hall project.
You could call it a milestone -- a 15,000-pound milestone.

The solid piece of limestone is the heaviest piece of stone on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

The stone was brought in on a flatbed truck along with bundles of various other cuts of stone. The bundles were offloaded with a lift, but the archway remained on the truck, which had to back into the construction space on Fee Lane.

There, a 90-ton crane was in position to lift it into place above the door on the north entrance to the expansion. Crew members in highlighter-green T-shirts had the task of securing the stone and helping to guide it into place.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 70 -- Other views

Kelley School photographer Josh Anderson was out and about the exterior of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center recently, showing the progress from all angles.

The limestone veneer on the front elevation is nearly halfway complete.

The tower at 10th and Fee marks the main entrance to the Commons area.

Masons are installing the limestone veneer to the tower section on the Fee side.

The bay windows are near a secondary entrance on 10th Street.

The flat top of the tower on Fee Lane is juxtaposed with the pointed gable from the 10th Street roof.

The north end of the Hodge Hall expansion, as viewed from near the Bridge on Fee Lane.

The view from my desk, Week 70.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 69 -- The view from my desk

The exterior on the west side of Hodge Hall is steadily changing.
Limestone pieces in various shapes and sizes look like
pieces of a puzzle.

Masons at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center are completing the last two ornamental buttresses on the west elevation.

The limestone work is moving a bit faster this week, too.

The tile work above the upper windows is complete, except for the window bank on the left, which remains unfinished to allow workers to load and unload materials through the openings.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 68 -- The view from my desk

The late morning sun rises over Hodge Hall.
Classes have begun, and most of the work on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center has returned to the interior and exterior of the expansion.

Behind the scaffold that is near the top of the first floor, you can see where masons have begun creating the ornamental column-like buttresses between the banks of windows. Limestone work continues around the tower that marks the main entrance.

Meanwhile the large openings on the left side of the building have been fashioned with temporary "doors" that block the weather but can swing open to load and unload materials on those floors.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 67 -- View from my desk

Hodge Hall is looking positively green this week. 

The cement has been poured for the new hallway that cuts
through the mechanical room on the first floor.
Workers are finishing up the very last items on the Hodge Hall construction punch list for this summer's interior renovations in advance of the start of the fall semester.

Gender signs are going up outside of the new bathrooms. Electrical cords are being gathered and stowed. Dollies, carts and scaffolds are being rolled to new places. Boxes and the general detritus of construction are being broken down or swept up and tossed away.

The new hallway that required cutting through a wall and rerouting of pipes and cables in the mechanical room on the first floor is taking shape. The floor has been poured, and part of the wall has been sealed. The construction crew will build new walls before the access to the lower level of the theater-style classrooms in the existing building can be used.

On the outside, the Fee Lane side of Hodge Hall was treated this week with the green membrane air barrier that will help prevent moisture buildup between the concrete block and the limestone veneer that will soon be going up.

But it's the inside that students and visitors will appreciate most. The interior of the sections of the existing undergraduate building that are adjacent to the expansion will certainly look different to those returning to Kelley after months away. Gone are the old Spanish-style orange tiles that caused anything on wheels to make an incredible racket. The walls have a fresh coat of paint. Students and recruiters can once again get to the Undergraduate Career Services Office without walking outside to bypass the construction.

We're ready.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 66 -- View from my desk

Lots of lifts on the construction site today.

The crew has been hanging out in the basket lifts around the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center this week. They've adorned more of the top-floor windows with decorative tile and wrapped other window frames with black weather-proofing material.

The scaffold around the tower at the main entrance at 10th and Fee is steadily making it's way up. Two big sections of limestone on the front elevation are nearly complete, and we thought the limestone work on this side of the building would be several weeks off. It's a nice surprise to get to watch this part of the show sooner than expected.

While there is still quite a bit of work to be done on the front elevation, masons have begun
the limestone facade on the Fee Lane side of the tower.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 65 -- Getting ready for the students' return

A sign of progress.
All around the IU campus, workers are busy finishing up summer projects before the students return. The Kelley School is no exception. While the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion won't be ready for classes until the Fall 2014 semester, some renovations to the existing building were completed during the summer. Here's a peek at what students will see upon their return.

The first floor lobby, which used to open onto 10th Street at the far end, has a new floor,
new paint, and the ceiling is being replaced.

The south corridor of the first floor, heading toward the Undergraduate Career Services Offices.
New bathrooms are on the right. 

Hydration stations have been installed on each floor
 of the renovated south corridor.

These shiny, modern bathrooms are a huge improvement on the Ugrad side.

New stairwell on the southeast side near SPEA.
A window to the future: Plexiglass was installed in the construction wall on the 1st floor to allow students to watch the progress of the Hodge Hall expansion. The area behind the glass is the top tier of the Commons area.

Still a lot of work to do here, but you can really start to envision this new grand entrance.
We can't wait to see it filled with students.

Do you remember this photo from a past post? It's a mechanical room that was
destined to become a hallway. It now looks like this...
The pipes were rerouted or moved entirely, and a concrete saw cut a hole though the wall to make
a walkway to the lower entrances of the auditorium-style classrooms.
The crew is still removing the blocks of concrete that they had to saw through. 

Week 65, the view from my desk.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 64 -- Limestone edition

Masons have been installing the limestone veneer on the east and south sides of Hodge Hall.

A few of months ago, I was in the elevator with one of the crew members working on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center. I asked him what his job was, and he told me he is a mason, and he was working on the CMU -- that's the "concrete masonry unit" or concrete block to us lay people. I asked him how that was going, and he said fine, but he was really ready to get started on the limestone: "That's the fun part."

A well-designed puzzle.
Even though we can't see much of it from my window, "the fun part" has been happening for several weeks now. It might look like the masons are putting together a rather large puzzle, but there's a particular pattern they follow -- every stone has it's own spot in the design.

The stone -- Indiana limestone, of course -- arrives already cut to fit. There are several different shapes and textures and shades of color. Thousands of pieces of stone. Limestone weighs between 160 and 175 pounds per cubic foot. I'm waiting on some figures to do the math on that, but let's just say that is one heavy job.

The pattern appears random, but of course, it's not. Special pieces surrounding the windows and doors have to be factored in, and everything has to fit together with 3/8" mortar joints. That's pretty precise. Things like rain drip and wind pressure on windows also have to be considered to make the veneer structurally sound.

Visitors to IU often say it's one of the most beautiful campuses they've ever seen. Friends of mine said during their initial visit here that everything was so perfect they half expected to find that it wasn't real -- that at any moment they'd happen upon a film crew making a movie on this idyllic set. Part of what makes it so charming and collegiate are the limestone buildings, and it's easy to see that Hodge Hall will be a jewel among them.

The view from my desk: Most of the limestone work is happening on the front elevation,
but the masons have started on the trim at the bottom of the tower. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 62 - The view from my desk

Hodge Hall is sporting a new look on the Fee Lane side.

The last of the cement for the inside of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center was poured this week. We've watched cement mixers and pump trucks roll in and out for many months as the crew poured cement, spread it and polished the hard concrete on each floor. We watched as the tiered risers for the theater-style classroom were formed. This week, the crew filled each step of the metal "pan" stairs in the rear stairwell with cement. And that was that.

We have a new look on the Fee Lane side. The green paint we saw on the east and front elevations weeks ago has now been applied to the main tower. It's not really paint, but a "fluid-applied membrane air barrier." Gregg Rinnert, site manager for the Skillman Corporation, said the coating will keep moisture from collecting between the concrete block and limestone veneer.

There are a few more frames inside the windows on this side now. Most of the action is taking place on the east end of the front elevation. We'll take a peak at that progress next week. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 60 -- The view from my desk

The windows on the Fee Lane side of Hodge Hall are taking shape.

The patterned terrazzo floor has been poured
and polished on the third floor
outside the Department of Marketing.

Activity has slowed considerably outside my window, although I know there is a lot of work being done on the other side of the building and inside.

Outside, the crew has installed framing for the windows and added protective metal flashing above the bottom row of windows.

Inside, I got my first look at the terrazzo floor in the third floor corridor on the existing section of Hodge Hall outside the Department of Marketing. The floor has an asymmetrical pattern of different shades of tan and gray called "Ivory," "Deep Twilight" and "Nutmeg." The wall covering has been removed and the walls painted "Amazing Gray."

The restrooms are nearing completion. The stall walls and doors are stacked in the hallway awaiting installation and there are no sinks, but the wall tile is in place, the floors have been polished (they are covered with paper in the photo) and the walls painted a soft green called "Willow Tree." Automatic lighting has been installed so that the lights come on when you walk in the room.

One of the new women's restrooms is almost complete.

European students at Kelley institute experience an American Fourth

European students from the Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute captured Bloomington's Fourth of July parade
 as they kicked off their month-long program with the most American of holidays.
Red, white and bear? Young parade participants show their colors. 
Independence Day is all about freedom.

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute is a U.S. Department of State program that brought 20 European students from 13 countries to Bloomington for the month of July. These students are learning about social entrepreneurship through classes based on the top-rated curricula of the Kelley School of Business and School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Shortly after their arrival, the students had the opportunity to spend the Fourth of July with us. Eric Jorda, a GSEI participant from Spain, shares his experience.

If there is something that has caught (my still brief) attention of the United States of America it is your July 4th celebration!

For us, the members of GSEI,  it was a very complete day in which we discovered much more about American culture.

After a good breakfast, we headed to see the parade of Independence Day. We saw the representation of diverse groups, and it was great! 

Eric Jorda, right, experiences his first-ever baseball game,
complete with hot dogs and fireworks, at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
IU student Lauren Tarbutton, left, is working as a Resident Assistant
with the GSEI program.
  At the same time, it was very surprising for meto see how even with a huge variety of groups, the parade was a success. I think that in my country we can’t do that because probably the groups would fight against each other.

In the afternoon, we went to see a baseball game in Indianapolis. I've never seen one! I had a great time, ate many hot dogs and nachos, and plus that, the Indiana team won 4-1!

Our July 4th ended with fireworks after the game, however our stay here has only just begun. I think none of us can predict how many unforgettable experiences we are going to live here.

I'm learning a lot from all my classes, but more importantly, I'm learning a lot from my peers, their way of seeing and understanding the world and its cultures. Every night when I go to sleep, I feel very lucky.

Thanks GSEI mates, and thanks Sara, Andrew, Rachel and Lauren for all your help and kindness, and above all, thank you all for all the experiences that I got, and thank you for all the experiences that will come in time.

Vive aprendiendo, para aprender a vivir.
Eric J.

After the Indians' victory, the GSEI students capture Fourth of July fireworks on their smart phones.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 59 -- The view from my desk

The walls are up on the Fee Lane side of the Hodge Hall expansion. 

Well, that's impressive.

The installation of the concrete block is all but finished on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center. Workers left some larger "window" openings on the Fee Lane side to make it easier to load or remove material on the upper floors using the hydraulic lift. But they'll soon match the other window openings.

We saw a little bit of black granite being installed around the bottom of the tower. The masons continue to work on the limestone veneer on the other side of the building. That process is a little slower than installing the concrete block, so it might be a while before we see the limestone on the west side.

Window frames have also been added to the front elevation.

This is the front elevation along 10th Street as seen from the entrance to the Arboretum.
(Photo by Kelley School photographer Josh Anderson)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 58 -- The view from my desk

The exterior concrete block on the west side of the expansion should be completed early next week.

And just like that, the concrete block has been installed all the way up past the third floor of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

It's amazing how fast the masons work, very methodical and efficient. That phase of the work should be done early next week.

Inside the existing building, the crew has been working to get the hallways done and the bathrooms renovated before students return for the fall semester. Gregg Rinnert, site manager for The Skillman Corporation, said the terrazzo floors have been poured, and they will start polishing them next week after the walls have been painted.

They've also started installing the bathroom fixtures in the new bathrooms.

The masons continue to install limestone on the east side, and have started framing the windows with limestone on the 10th Street side.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 57 - The view from my desk

The storms bypassed us this week, which made it easier for the masons to work on the concrete block.

We've watched this week as the scaffold climbed higher day by day outside of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion. Some bad storms that were supposed to hit Monroe County midweek ended up skirting us, and by the end of the week, the masons had finished laying the concrete block wall for the first floor of the expansion.

I was glad to see windows on this side of the building. The theater-style classrooms on the other side of that concrete block often are in rooms with solid brick walls.

Installing the limestone veneer is like putting a big puzzle together.
On the other side of Hodge Hall, the masons continued installing the limestone veneer. Gregg Rinnert, site manager for The Skillman Corporation, shared some photos with us of the beginnings of that exciting phase of the construction.

Looking collegiate: The first window to be blocked in. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 56 -- The view from my desk

The scaffolds are set up along the west side of the Hodge Hall expansion, stacked with concrete block.

The masons working on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion have started laying the concrete block all along the westside elevation facing Fee Lane and my window.

The work on the rear stairwell tower went very quickly. Nathan Morrison, Kelley's construction liaison, explained to me that they put up the walls around the stairwells first so that they can be used safely by the workers.

The front tower stairwell has the handrail attached to the stairs, but the handrails in the rear stairwell will have to attach to the walls, which made it necessary to build the walls before pouring the cement into the pan stairs. It might be interesting to watch the cement pumper angling through those window openings to get that job done.

Another exciting milestone this week: On the east side of the construction, tucked under an awning so you can't really see it, masons have started laying the limestone veneer. (Just noticed "milestone" and "limestone" are anagrams....)