Month: June 2008

Onward and upward…up to the fourth level!

We are about to celebrate another concrete milestone….the pouring of the fourth floor columns and floor. The construction crew will certainly be celebrating the completion of the pouring as the forms have become more difficult to reach as the building height increased. I bet the invoices coming across my desk will shrink by 40%! More concrete than you can imagine and enough rebar to make receiving of cell phone calls in the Campus Center difficult. We will be installing repeaters to solve this problem.

To reach our goal of completion by September 2008, work on the land bridge has been flourishing. Our roofing contractor has applied the waterproof “skin” to the bed of the bridge and we are exploring a coating for the bridge façade to eliminate the need for acid washing if unrestrained creativity becomes a problem. Julie and Tom Hurvis, the donors of the land bridge, were in Appleton in May and photographed the bridge from various angles, finding their gift larger than imagined. They have worked with the architects on a quotation which will be found spanning the length of the built-in stone bench. The landscape architects have chosen plant material indigenous to this area of Wisconsin. This bridge is going to be a beauty, visually minimizing the divide between the east and west sides of the campus.

Boldt has come to the rescue as I struggle with my construction vocabulary. They crafted a dictionary for me and now glu-lam, elephant trunk and gravel stop no longer leave me in the dark. My new vocabulary will be shared with you, the reader, as I continue to “blog.”

The committees responsible for making Campus Center decisions have toured Level “0” and found the mechanical equipment for the building neatly installed on concrete pads. The steam fitters, sheet metal workers, electricians and masons have contributed to the progress on this level. The Kohler generator, the air handling units, the electrical conduits and even the conduits for technical needs have all been appropriately placed and await being catapulted into action.

It is necessary and aesthetically desirable to have many pieces of our equipment, tech lines, and water lines buried in the ground. By far the largest piece of equipment to be buried is the grease trap for the kitchen. Its size is specified by code and I trust the size of ours does not have any relationship to the menus being planned. I am more aware than ever for the need of maps detailing exactly where everything is located under ground. Early on we had some under ground surprises alongside ol’Sage, this lesson has been taken to heart as beneath ground equipment and lines for the Campus Center have been noted on under ground utility drawings.

Masonry work has begun on level “0” The creation of concrete block walls for the various mechanical departments are complete. When the masons move to the outside of the building there will be 20 workers focused on just the limestone, block and mortar. The outside masonry work will begin on the south side of the building and then start wrapping around the west wall. We are hoping the north façade of the building and tower will be completed in October in time for the building naming and land bridge dedication.

For an awesome view of the Campus Center, head north on Lawe Street, now open, from South River Road. What a site, what a view, what a building!