Friday, March 29, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 46 -- The view from my desk

An increase in temps means an increase in activity.

There's a lot of anticipation going on over at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

Crews have been waiting on warmer weather to finish some of the concrete work, and a lot of the prep work was done this week.

In the photo, you should be able to make out the yellow covering on the ground floor. That's a vapor barrier that is put down before cement can be poured. To reinforce the concrete, elevated rebar is placed on top of that, and metal mesh is placed in the sloped areas that will create the tiered classroom on that level.

On Saturday, the largest crane to date for the construction will be on site to lift air-handling units to the top of the expansion. How big is it? Remember the 90-ton crane that impressed me every time I saw it? This one is a 260-ton crane. 10th Street will be closed in front of the Kelley School beginning at 7 a.m. so the crane can maneuver into place.

More concrete block has been delivered as the exterior walls continue to take shape, and a lot of ducts have been unloaded onto the second floor for work to begin there. The roof tile should be arriving in the next week or two.

After having a late snowstorm last weekend and bitter cold temps this week, we're also anticipating more seasonable temperatures!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 45 -- The view from my desk

The calm before the snowstorm.

The unseasonably cold weather has slowed the cement work on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center this week.

But while it might be too cold for cement to set, the workers have been braving the chill and wind atop the "Penthouse" preparing the roof for the addition of the slate tiles. 

The hope is to be able to start the tile work soon, and to finish pouring the concrete slab next week. But with a major winter storm on the way Sunday, that work might be delayed.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 44 -- The view from my desk

Up high, down low: Part of the construction crew works on the upper floor of the expansion while others have been making a slope for the tiered classroom on the ground floor.
(Editor's note: Due to basketball games beyond our control, this blog post is a couple of days late.)

While the students and much of the faculty and staff were gone for Spring Break, the construction crew completed a major transition of power in Hodge Hall.

Electricity to Hodge Hall was shut off for three days while workers hooked up a new transformer for the building. Everything went well, and the undergraduate side of the Kelley campus was reopened before the end of the work day on Wednesday. Although it was a little chilly while the heat worked to catch up, faculty and staff were happy to get back to their offices.

Work continued on the concrete masonry on the east side of the building and materials are in place to start work on the Fee Lane side. At the foot of the expansion near the corner entrance, you can see the platform sections that are part of a hydraulic scaffold workers will stand on while putting the concrete block in place.

On Friday, the last of the cement was poured for the second through the fourth floors. Only part of the ground floor slab remains to be poured.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

IU Kelley/Maurer team wins investment competition over Harvard, Yale

Brandon Benjamin (4th year JD/MBA), Jorge Alvarez (3rd year JD/MBA), Damon Yousefy (3rd year JD/MBA), Nathan Chun (3rd year JD/MBA) and Eli Stoughton (3rd year JD) advance to the international competition in April.

Congratulations to IU's Kelley School of Business/Maurer School of Law team, which recently brought home the top prize in the Venture Capital Investment Competition at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

The team's performance bested those from Harvard, Yale and Michigan, among other schools. The IU team moves on to compete in the international finals at the University of North Carolina in April.

Teams reviewed business plans and pitches from an innovative online tutoring service and a pharmaceutical development startup and decided in which to invest. After valuation and due diligence sessions, two teams invested in the tutoring service; four teams, including IU, invested in the pharma company.

Based on feedback from the VC judges, the IU team beat the competition in the written reports on the term sheet structure and executive summary, and in the live negotiation and Q&A sessions.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 43 -- The view from my desk

Construction materials for inside and outside the Hodge Hall expansion are stacked around the site.

The news this week is not so much what has happened at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center construction site, but what will be happening next week.

Concrete masonry work has begun on the east side of the expansion.
(Photo by Gregg Rinnert, Skillman Corp.)
The crew will take advantage of the absence of students during Spring Break to hook up a new electrical transformer. That means all of the power will be shut down in the undergraduate building, which will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

SPEA will also be closed on Monday.

While Kelley's facility services and tech staffs have been preparing for the mass outage this week, folks in the Office of the Dean have been finding space in the Godfrey Center for displaced faculty and staff who plan to work during the week.

But there was construction going on, as well.

On the east side of the Hodge Hall expansion, workers began the concrete masonry work.

Inside the footprint, more wall frames have gone up, and workers have installed a vapor barrier over part of the ground floor to get it ready for another cement pour.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Celebrate Kelley Legacy Week March 25-29

E.W. 'Ed' Kelley

At the Kelley School, we're very proud of our progressive nature, our innovations in research, and our continued diligence in transforming business education.

While we look ahead to the next great chapter of the Kelley School, we never want to forget our namesake, E.W. "Ed" Kelley, and others from the past who have helped make our business school one of the best in the world. 

To celebrate Kelley's legacy, the Undergraduate Program and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations have planned a full week of events, culminating with a Legacy Day Lunch celebrating Ed Kelley's birthday. 

Mark your calendars for Legacy Week and wear your Kelley gear all week long! 

Monday, March 25
Kelley Bstore presents: "What Would YOU do for a Klondike Bar?" Hall of Honor, 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. What would you do for the yummy chocolate ice cream bar developed by our very own Ed Kelley? Compete with your friends in “minute-to-win-it” challenges to win delicious prizes!

Tuesday, March 26
Delta Sigma Pi & Mu Beta Lambda present: Dress Like You Mean Business Fashion Show Kelley Forum (Grad Side), 7 p.m. Come see the latest business fashion trends and get ready to ramp up your work wardrobe! We’ll take you beyond business casual and look at several different possible fashion scenarios you may be faced with during your first year as a professional.

Wednesday, March 27
Alpha Kappa Psi presents: Teacher's Excellence Awards Neal Marshall Grand Hall, 6 p.m.Teacher’s Excellence is an annual event that recognizes the Kelley professors that have made a significant impact in their students' Kelley careers. This event includes a full buffet of catered food, awards, and entertainment from "Another Round" a cappella group. RSVP is required for this event. Email:

Thursday, March 28
Kelley Undergraduate Program and Phi Chi Theta present: Kelley's Got Talent Willkie Auditorium, 7 p.m. Come see how talented your classmates and professors truly are! At this annual tradition, sponsored by Ernst & Young, you can cheer on your friends and classmates as they show off their hidden talents.

Friday, March 29
Kelley Legacy Day CG 1050, Noon. At this culminating event, students will learn a bit about the history of the Kelley School, meet prestigious alumni and receive Legacy Week T-shirt and a "swag bag" full of goodies!

Steak n' Shake Lunch Kelley Subhedar Forum, 12:30 p.m. All Kelley students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Legacy Day lunch following the presentation. Enjoy hot Steakburgers and cool milkshakes in honor of Ed Kelley and the history of the Kelley School of Business. Please RSVP for the Kelley Legacy Day Lunch

Join the Twitter conversation using #KelleyLegacy

Friday, March 1, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 42 -- The view from my desk

A light snow falls on the Hodge Hall site.

Metal, cement and crushed stone are the themes of the week at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center construction site.

A section of the ground floor slab was poured this week.
(Photo by Gregg Rinnert of Skillman Corp.)
More interior framework has been installed, along with more metal ducts and electrical conduits. You can now see the classroom walls on the fourth floor, as well as the frames that will form the walls between the classrooms and the hallways.

On the 10th Street side this week, the crew took advantage of a small window of "warm enough" weather to pour the slab on the east side of the ground floor. We'll have to wait for the temps to rise a bit before more of the cement can be poured.

Workers on the Fee Lane side are getting ready. They loaded some crushed stone inside the footprint on the ground floor and packed it down to make the slope for the theater-style tiered classrooms.

More concrete block for the exterior of the building also arrived.