Building Progress, April 17, 2009

All photos by Brad Elliott
  • Steel beams frame where a metal deck will be constructed to hold the powerful Keck Telescope
  • These men of steel erect the metal deck for the new observatory above a 14-inch thick slab of concrete
  • Workers have completed a masonry wall around the new central plant building, which will house cold water generating equipment
  • Workers have nearly completed the massive excavation aptly dubbed Winter Hole
  • An excavator scoops tons of dirt and sandstone to lower the Adams Center even with the bottom level of Whittier Hall to the south
  • The dome at Carroll Observatory will be moved early in the fall to this new structure beyond the outfield fence at Carr Field
  • The new campus road drops down below the Page Hall parking lot west of the former physics building where crews are storing construction materials
  • Crews have installed a new road and adjacent parking lots near Armington Halls, Reynolds Gallery, Deane Chapel, Deane Hall and Lovik Field
  • Crews will soon begin setting rebar cages at the east end of the site to anchor the three-level building containing the east pavilion, which will house the new gallery
  • Workers make repairs to the foundations of the 14 Las Barrancas faculty homes that were destroyed in the Tea Fire
  • The spiraling concrete staircase of the new observatory takes shape beyond the centerfield fence of Carr Field
  • After crews installed shoring and tie-backs at Winter Hall, a huge truck pumped concrete into the rebar footings
  • For six hours, a huge pump truck delivered 570 cubic yards of concrete into the footings of the 44,000-square-foot, three-level Adams Center
  • A steady stream of trucks carrying more than nine-and-a-half cubic yards of concrete wait near Winter Hall before feeding one of the largest pump trucks in the country
  • Large excavators encountered several huge sandstone boulders at the Adams Center site
  • Huge dump trucks continue to transfer dirt and sandstone to the track, keeping all excavated material on campus
  • Once the rebar cages are installed at Winter Hall, a huge pump fills them with concrete
  • In two days, more than 900 cubic yards of concrete was pumped into the footings of Winter Hall
  • Crews close one lane of the campus road above Kerrwood Hall to install new electrical and telephone/data conduits
  • The site of the burned-down physics building is being used to store construction materials
  • Crews have installed a new road and adjacent parking lots near Armington Halls, Reynolds Gallery, Deane Chapel, Deane Hall and Lovik Field
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