Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 37 -- The view from the inside


Imagine sitting in this bay window on the fourth floor of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center 
during the beautiful Indiana fall, looking out over the Arboretum. 


I got to put my hard hat on Friday and tour the construction and renovation inside Hodge Hall. It's impressive to see what has been done, and to imagine what it will be like when it's finished.

I can envision students huddled in the conversation areas hashing out details for a case competition, or sitting in one of the bay windows, catching up on course reading.

I see distinguished alumni meeting with the dean in a large meeting room with tall windows and coffered ceilings.

And I see students sitting in a tiered classroom watching a presentation that uses the latest in teaching technology.

It's a bright future.

Put your virtual hard hat on and take the tour with me....

The construction entry on the first floor of Hodge Hall holds a lot of promise.
We're on the upper level of the first floor, looking toward the lobby of Hodge Hall.  This Commons area will have  many tables and chairs on different levels where students can study,  meet over coffee,
or steal a quick nap between classes.

Believe it or not, this will one day be a hallway to the large auditorium-style
classrooms on the Fee Lane side of  the expansion. The barrel-sized pipes
on the wall will have to be rerouted and the wall torn down. Normally, pipes like
these would be in the basement, but that tough Indiana limestone proved
too costly to bust through any farther
when the business school was built in the 1960s.
Blueprints and renderings are posted on construction walls to show the students what's going on behind them and what the finished building will look like.

This used to be the student lounge on the second floor.  When construction is complete, it will be
a hallway to the expansion. A built-in recycling center will be on the left.
A computer lab in the existing building, on the inside of an exterior wall, has had some modifications. The windows, now filled in with concrete blocks, used to look out onto Fee Lane.  Students have had to deal with some inconveniences, but they're being good sports about it. They know having an undergraduate building that matches the quality of their Kelley degree will be good for them, too,  even if they've already graduated. 

Workers have been framing walls and installing ducts on the third floor of the expansion.


These pipes are part of an innovative chilled air system. Kelley will be one of the first to use it. 

A view of The Bridge connecting Hodge Hall to the Godfrey Center,
from the third floor of the northwest end of the expansion. 

Those who meet in the large conference room on the fourth floor will get
a wonderful view of the beautiful IU campus.

A bay window is adjacent to what will be the large meeting room.

This is an open terrace on the southeast side of the fourth floor.
SPEA can be seen behind the construction on the left.

Our guides: Nathan Morrison, left, who is overseeing the construction for Kelley,
and Allan Headley, director of Facility Operations and Services. Nathan meets with me every week to fill me in on Hodge Hall's progress and to answer all of my construction questions. 
This is the view from my desk this week. Not much visibly different, except for a few holes inside and outside
the footprint, where workers are installing some pipes.

Reverse view: My desk is on the second floor
behind the highest shade.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 36 -- The view from my desk


Beautiful, sunny day in Btown.

Things outside my window don't look a whole lot different this week, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been plenty of work going on.

Crews have finished pouring, spreading and smoothing the concrete floors on each level of the Fee Lane side of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center.

The "hangers" you can just make out dropping from the ceiling of the first floor (OK, you have to look kind of hard), are actually on every level, and they'll be used to hang wires, tubes and conduit for mechanical, electrical and HVAC components.

A shipment of electrical conduit was unloaded this week, and the electricians have been busy connecting the old part of the building to the new.

I'm also just beginning to see some of the metal framing and larger conduits, as workers on the 10th Street side move west.

It's pretty amazing how fast this is coming together!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 35 -- The view from my desk

The Hodge Hall expansion has topped out!

What weighs 1,000 tons?

About seven adult blue whales, 680 Volkswagen Beetles, 400,000 bricks, 1/10th of the Eiffel Tower, 1/88th of the Golden Gate Bridge frame....

And the steel used to construct the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

The project has now "topped out" on the Fee Lane side, and except for a few pieces of odds and ends, all of the steel is in place.

A lot of work was done over Winter Break, despite a blizzard that closed the IU-Bloomington campus the Wednesday after Christmas. But the crew was on the job the next day, working around and through the 15 inches of snow on the ground.

Inside, the renovation continued. Those old, bumpy orange tiles were removed from the hallways on each floor in the front section of the building, and work continued on the new restrooms.

This week, a concrete truck has been pumping cement to the upper floors along its hinged arm, which resembles a spider leg. So far, 694 cubic yards of cement has been poured, according to Gregg Rinnert, site manager with The Skillman Corporation.

On the 10th Street side, plumbing and heating lines are being installed, as wells as ducts. The electrician is here installing conduit feeders from the existing building to the expansion, and workers have begun framing walls.

Rinnert says about 50 people are working on the site every day. If the average American man weighs about 190 pounds, that's 19/4,000th of the Hodge Hall steel.