Friday, February 1, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 38 -- The view from my desk

Workers have been installing pre-cast concrete walls near the entrance of the Hodge Hall expansion.

Truckloads of pre-cast concrete wall sections arrived this week, and the construction crew has not wasted any time getting them installed to the exterior of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

The wall sections are formed to spec off site and are put in place using a crane. The method is faster than installing forms and pouring the concrete in place.

Although the walls can give us a glimpse at what the exterior is going to look like, they are not the finished product. Limestone will be added to the outside. The concrete is scored with slots for metal wall ties that anchor the mortar and limestone veneer to the slabs.

Speaking of limestone, Gregg Rinnert, site manager with The Skillman Corporation, told me this week that the limestone removed from the exterior of the old building before construction began weighed 880,000 pounds. It will be recycled into crushed stone.


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