Friday, August 9, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 65 -- Getting ready for the students' return

A sign of progress.
All around the IU campus, workers are busy finishing up summer projects before the students return. The Kelley School is no exception. While the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion won't be ready for classes until the Fall 2014 semester, some renovations to the existing building were completed during the summer. Here's a peek at what students will see upon their return.

The first floor lobby, which used to open onto 10th Street at the far end, has a new floor,
new paint, and the ceiling is being replaced.

The south corridor of the first floor, heading toward the Undergraduate Career Services Offices.
New bathrooms are on the right. 

Hydration stations have been installed on each floor
 of the renovated south corridor.

These shiny, modern bathrooms are a huge improvement on the Ugrad side.

New stairwell on the southeast side near SPEA.
A window to the future: Plexiglass was installed in the construction wall on the 1st floor to allow students to watch the progress of the Hodge Hall expansion. The area behind the glass is the top tier of the Commons area.

Still a lot of work to do here, but you can really start to envision this new grand entrance.
We can't wait to see it filled with students.

Do you remember this photo from a past post? It's a mechanical room that was
destined to become a hallway. It now looks like this...
The pipes were rerouted or moved entirely, and a concrete saw cut a hole though the wall to make
a walkway to the lower entrances of the auditorium-style classrooms.
The crew is still removing the blocks of concrete that they had to saw through. 

Week 65, the view from my desk.

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