Monthly Archives: April 2013

The countdown to the grand opening

The countdown to the opening of the Wallis Annenberg Hall is underway! Until the new building opens! You can also check the countdown timer and media of the construction process in the East Lobby in front of Student Services.

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Crane ready to be removed

After lifting the last rebar and sheet metal to the fourth floor, the large crane is scheduled to be removed this weekend.

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First floor wrapped in green tarps for fireproofing

The first floor is shrouded in a set of green tarps since fireproofing of the exposed steel structure should be underway soon. The tarps are necessary since the fireproofing is a gypsum-based plaster that is sprayed into place.

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Highest beam placed, steel workers shake hands

Part of the topping off festivities, crews cheer as the highest beam is installed and the two bolters finishing installing it.

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Topping off ceremony

April 24 marked the day that one of the last beams (and the one at the highest point on the steel structure) was raised into position. The ceremony included lunch for the construction crews, signing the beam, attaching the U.S. … Continue reading

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Welders hard at work

Teams of welders are hard at work throughout the building, from the top of the peaked roof to the basement you can see their bright torches and sparks.

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Pumping concrete for the second floor

Teams of workers maneuver the heavy piping carrying the cement from the cement trucks at ground level. This pipe is clamped together with heavy-duty clasps that have to hold up to the pressure necessary to pump the viscous concrete.

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Second floor concrete pour

Delivered by 27 cement trucks, the approximately 270 cubic yards of concrete go through several stages before workers have a complete floor. From pumping the cement up from ground level, hosing the concrete into general areas, flattening, shaping and then finishing, … Continue reading

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Fourth floor steel beams almost complete

The steel beams that form the roof are almost all in place. The only section that remains is the section in the right of the photo. The crane crews should complete this last section on Monday and then will help … Continue reading

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Construction elevator

This industrial lift is on the exterior of the building on the west side and allows construction crews more freedom to haul equipment and supplies to the upper stories without needing to use a forklift. Using a second (smaller) crane … Continue reading

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