Friday, October 18, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 75 -- Heavy and precise work

The 15,000-pound archway is the heaviest solid piece of limestone in the Hodge Hall project.
You could call it a milestone -- a 15,000-pound milestone.

The solid piece of limestone is the heaviest piece of stone on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

The stone was brought in on a flatbed truck along with bundles of various other cuts of stone. The bundles were offloaded with a lift, but the archway remained on the truck, which had to back into the construction space on Fee Lane.

There, a 90-ton crane was in position to lift it into place above the door on the north entrance to the expansion. Crew members in highlighter-green T-shirts had the task of securing the stone and helping to guide it into place.