Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 62 - The view from my desk

Hodge Hall is sporting a new look on the Fee Lane side.

The last of the cement for the inside of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center was poured this week. We've watched cement mixers and pump trucks roll in and out for many months as the crew poured cement, spread it and polished the hard concrete on each floor. We watched as the tiered risers for the theater-style classroom were formed. This week, the crew filled each step of the metal "pan" stairs in the rear stairwell with cement. And that was that.

We have a new look on the Fee Lane side. The green paint we saw on the east and front elevations weeks ago has now been applied to the main tower. It's not really paint, but a "fluid-applied membrane air barrier." Gregg Rinnert, site manager for the Skillman Corporation, said the coating will keep moisture from collecting between the concrete block and limestone veneer.

There are a few more frames inside the windows on this side now. Most of the action is taking place on the east end of the front elevation. We'll take a peak at that progress next week. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 60 -- The view from my desk

The windows on the Fee Lane side of Hodge Hall are taking shape.

The patterned terrazzo floor has been poured
and polished on the third floor
outside the Department of Marketing.

Activity has slowed considerably outside my window, although I know there is a lot of work being done on the other side of the building and inside.

Outside, the crew has installed framing for the windows and added protective metal flashing above the bottom row of windows.

Inside, I got my first look at the terrazzo floor in the third floor corridor on the existing section of Hodge Hall outside the Department of Marketing. The floor has an asymmetrical pattern of different shades of tan and gray called "Ivory," "Deep Twilight" and "Nutmeg." The wall covering has been removed and the walls painted "Amazing Gray."

The restrooms are nearing completion. The stall walls and doors are stacked in the hallway awaiting installation and there are no sinks, but the wall tile is in place, the floors have been polished (they are covered with paper in the photo) and the walls painted a soft green called "Willow Tree." Automatic lighting has been installed so that the lights come on when you walk in the room.

One of the new women's restrooms is almost complete.

European students at Kelley institute experience an American Fourth

European students from the Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute captured Bloomington's Fourth of July parade
 as they kicked off their month-long program with the most American of holidays.
Red, white and bear? Young parade participants show their colors. 
Independence Day is all about freedom.

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute is a U.S. Department of State program that brought 20 European students from 13 countries to Bloomington for the month of July. These students are learning about social entrepreneurship through classes based on the top-rated curricula of the Kelley School of Business and School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Shortly after their arrival, the students had the opportunity to spend the Fourth of July with us. Eric Jorda, a GSEI participant from Spain, shares his experience.

If there is something that has caught (my still brief) attention of the United States of America it is your July 4th celebration!

For us, the members of GSEI,  it was a very complete day in which we discovered much more about American culture.

After a good breakfast, we headed to see the parade of Independence Day. We saw the representation of diverse groups, and it was great! 

Eric Jorda, right, experiences his first-ever baseball game,
complete with hot dogs and fireworks, at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
IU student Lauren Tarbutton, left, is working as a Resident Assistant
with the GSEI program.
  At the same time, it was very surprising for meto see how even with a huge variety of groups, the parade was a success. I think that in my country we can’t do that because probably the groups would fight against each other.

In the afternoon, we went to see a baseball game in Indianapolis. I've never seen one! I had a great time, ate many hot dogs and nachos, and plus that, the Indiana team won 4-1!

Our July 4th ended with fireworks after the game, however our stay here has only just begun. I think none of us can predict how many unforgettable experiences we are going to live here.

I'm learning a lot from all my classes, but more importantly, I'm learning a lot from my peers, their way of seeing and understanding the world and its cultures. Every night when I go to sleep, I feel very lucky.

Thanks GSEI mates, and thanks Sara, Andrew, Rachel and Lauren for all your help and kindness, and above all, thank you all for all the experiences that I got, and thank you for all the experiences that will come in time.

Vive aprendiendo, para aprender a vivir.
Eric J.

After the Indians' victory, the GSEI students capture Fourth of July fireworks on their smart phones.