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!

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