Friday, April 26, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 50 -- The view from my desk

The construction crew has started tiling the roof.

Some new action at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center construction site this week: The crew started tiling the roof.

The tiles are gray slate, and resemble the roof tiles of many of the buildings on campus.

The crew also started working on the concrete block surrounding the tower stairs. You can see the stairs in place. The stringers are metal "pan" stairs, meaning each step has a recessed area that can be filled later with cement and then covered with tile.

The concrete risers on the ground floor are not quite finished. They expect to pour the rest of the cement this week.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 49 -- The view from my desk

This is not the view from my desk; it's the view from the Wells Library. I thought you should see all the work that's
been done around the corner.  Kelley will have a formidable presence on 10th Street. (Photo by Josh Anderson.)

The masonry work on the front elevation of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion is nearly complete, and it's pretty impressive, even in its industrial concrete block state.

Here's my view. Not too many changes visible, but....
The hydraulic scaffolds will make their way onto the Fee Lane side of the building next week. But first, the last of the cement for the ground floor has to be poured.

...there has been a lot going on inside the frame. The crew
started pouring the concrete risers for theater seating
on the ground floor. (Photo by Gregg Rinnert.)
The crew has been working on shaping the concrete risers for the two theater-style classrooms that will seat 180 students each.

And the interior staircase is being assembled.
Another milestone got underway this week: The assembly of the metal stairwell in the lobby area of the expansion. The stairway is on the Fee Lane side of the building and will be painted and trimmed with wood.

Inside, the terrazzo tile has been installed in the new restrooms. We may have to take a look at that next week....

Friday, April 19, 2013

Senior Erick Ferrer on creating Midwest Diversity Case Comp

Students network at the inaugural Midwest Diversity Case Competition in 2012.

We're very proud of Kelley senior Erick Ferrer, winner of IU's P.J. and Hilda Hill Senior Recognition Award for 2013. The honor goes to an outstanding senior on the Bloomington campus who has done the most to improve race relationships as an undergraduate. Among other things, Erick helped create Kelley's Midwest Diversity Case Competition. We asked him recently to talk about how the competition came to be.

Erick Ferrer

The idea for the Midwest Diversity Case Competition began in July 2011, not even two years ago. We had a simple mission: make a forum where students from diverse and unique backgrounds could showcase their talents to the best companies in the world.  While the mission was simple, the journey there was anything but. As Kelley Student Diversity Council president, I approached fellow Kelley student Jon Sobilo with a request: “Draw me up the biggest case competition you can possibly imagine, and then make it even bigger.” 

And Jon did. At a projected cost of $26,400, we were well past the borders of absurdity.  In order to pull off something even half our projected size, a team of two would not do.  Jon recruited student Conor Schmitt to help share the workload as well as to capture a more creative direction. MDCC had a precursor, a diversity case competition centered exclusively around Kelley students. It was sponsored by General Mills and KPMG, so that's where we started. The three of us made five presentations in September 2011 and gained five sponsors, including a $15,000 grant from Target. A few months later, we added Xerox as a sponsor.

In January 2012, planning the actual event became top priority. Under the astute leadership of Dr. Martin McCrory, the event, which some staff members declared to be doomed for failure, was a tremendous success. To accomplish this, the team of students and faculty under Dr. McCrory spent 3-5 hours per day, every day, for the two months preceding the event. For such tremendous dedication and leadership, and for saving the event from our own limitations, we owe Dr. McCrory a huge debt. In addition to his efforts, this initiative could have never gotten a chance without Pam Warden, a Director in Kelley’s Alumni Relations Department, and her assistant Betsy Feeney. 

The first MDCC had teams from 10 universities, six sponsors donating $30,000 and three very happy and proud founders. Anup Segu, Elizabeth Whitis and Paul Saliterman all provided invaluable support throughout MDCC 2012 and graciously took over as Directors for MDCC 2013.  The work they have done has been nothing short of amazing and under the leadership of Dr. Tom Lenz, this event has grown to be the largest such competition in our country.  

After surveying the competitors and corporate sponsors from our inaugural year, we made some improvements to the competition for this year. Corporate sponsors told us they were interested in meeting more students who were actively looking for internships. As the competition was for upperclassmen, most of the competitors already had internships/full-time jobs. So we opened the competition to all years. This also fit our goals of encouraging and mentoring underclassmen to prepare them for rigorous case competitions and give them exposure to great corporations. 

We thought we were crazy to dream toward $26,400. This year we reached $49,500 in total funding, 14 participating universities, 10 corporate sponsors and hundreds of lives touched.  This is a tradition that Kelley has promised to continue well beyond our years as students. We wish you all the best of luck in the competition and ask that you look to compete in good faith.  This is a celebration of you and your talents. Spread the word of the power of inclusion and the power of aspirations. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 48 -- The view from my desk

Cloudy and cool today, but it's been mostly springlike this week.

Lots of hauling and lifting going on at the Hodge Hall construction site.

We have another large crane on the site now. This one is being used by the masonry company to lift concrete block to the upper levels. The forklift can only reach so far. You can see the hydraulic scaffold on the outside of the fifth level at the corner.

On the Fee Lane side, workers have been using another crane and an aerial lift to deliver materials to the upper floors -- insulation, pipes, frames for walls. Railing and steps for one of the stairwells also was delivered this week.

On the ground floor, workers have built wooden forms for the sloped classroom floor.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 47 -- The view from my desk

We've all been ready for spring, and the Hodge Hall crew made the most of warmer weather this week.

Spring has sprung in Bloomington. At last. It was warm enough this week for workers at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center to spread some cement  and mortar.
Crews work fast spreading the wet cement.

The concrete slab pour for the ground floor was fun to watch as the cement pumper angled it's spider-like arm between the steel beams and the crew worked fast to spread and smooth the cement.
The cement pumper maneuvers into place.

On the other side of the building, workers seemed to be making quick work on the exterior concrete block walls. The hydraulic scaffold has edged its way to the front right corner of the expansion.
The east end of the building, near SPEA.
(Photo by Gregg Rinnert, Skillman Corp.)

It was also warm enough to finish spraying the fireproofing material on the remainder of the steel beams.

We'll be seeing a lot more activity in the coming weeks!