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.

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