Friday, August 18, 2017

RNVTNS VOL. III, # 3 Time Marches On

Memories like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hand.

As blogger blogs, the next section of the new sidewalk to the field house is continuing.  The photo here shows the beginning which now swings around to the right of the fire hydrant and then onward where you see the dark gray path with the foundation layer of the next section.  Next week's photo will, blogger presumes, show a great deal more of the sidewalk, and maybe the whole thing.

 The new lavatory is pretty much finished and you can see the color of the flooring.  The stall doors are pretty much the same color.   The whole lavatory is quite different from what we are accustomed to.

Other interesting items:  Here's something to practice on your days off.
Really, you may like it.  The first trick is to get oneself up after putting on the stilts, blogger has heard.  This occupation seems to be had by younger men.  Hmmm.

Now to get practical.  Choices, choices.  Brick color is very important for the next big move here on the campus--the addition for the commons.
Blogger recalls that when the theatre was built, the bricklayers couldn't alternate occasionally with a dark brick because they weren't being made anymore.  We'll see what kind of surprises the bricklayers can come up with this time.

Around back, we find a new ditch with pipes already in place.
There seem to be more coming, however, judging from the
stack of them to the side.  They are for new outdoor lighting in
that area.

But on Thursday all became said and done when the sky announced its own plan.  This sent workmen inside and out scurrying to their cars.  Probably you may recall why.Friday, however, brought the workmen back and busy again.  As the site manager said, "It's scrunch time now."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

RNVTNS VOL. III #2 Stay Out of Their Way

Memories like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hand.

Reminder: you can enlarge a photo by clicking on it.  Return to the blog with another click.

Well it certainly has been a busy week.  The workers know that for Phase 1 they are looking at only about four weeks and are working mightily to get their parts ready.  To start with was the pouring of the foundation for the Commons addition.  This shot was taking from a third floor window, so you are looking at the hose for the pouring of the cement, while you can also see what they have poured.

To the right, we can just see in the left hand corner the cement mixer truck along with the hose and the whole of the foundation, covered, perhaps, to avoid a too rapid drying.

Before a few finishing touches could be accomplished in the hall way, the terrazzo had to be polished to reveal the "real thing".  This is done, as you can see, with a lot of water as the polisher does his work.  Another man is suctioning the slurry, as the spent liquid called.  One of the things that impresses blogger is how tightly ordered each step of this whole complex renovation is.  Good management.

Now with the terrazzo work finished, painting could proceed on new doorways  Note the color of the door and window frames.  It's the same color of the lockers in the hallway.  Nice touch.  In this photo, you can also see the finished terrazzo in front of the president's office.

On a higher level, 2 1/2 actually, the new classroom is now occupying most of the media center's south side.  This classroom 
will accommodate a smaller class.  In Phase 2, other classrooms will occupy the north side.  That side will remain the media center for this coming school year.

The lavatory on the first floor is almost finished so we can fill you in on that next time.  Be sure to stop by.

Friday, August 4, 2017

RNVTNS VOL III, #1 No Rest Around Here

Memories like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

N.B.  You can enlarge any photo in this blog by clicking on it.  Another click will restore the blog.

Now, let's get down to business.  Blogger must stay out of the way of the workmen, but their activity is quite obvious.  So much goes on overhead as they work on wiring and other mysterious things.  Early in the week a man was drilling holes in the new lavatory wall for the sink installation.  Later we find the sinks.  Certainly a surprise, but reminding a few of us of the sinks in the dormitories at our orphanages years ago.  Interesting.
Outside brings more surprises frequently.  The roof over the foyer near the skylight sports a few new whatevers (maybe connected to the a/c system).  On the expressway side we see more elements of a/c installations.
Perhaps the most notable on the soccer side of the building and a development of last week's blog is the beginning of the wall of the building extension that we can see in this photo.  If you are a casual walker near the building, you can keep an eye on this area.

Well, that all for this week, folks.  Blogger will be away for a week, but will be taking photos again and sending them on to you when she returns.  Always something new here, so stay tuned.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

RNVTNS VOL. 2, #4 Building a Good Foundation

Memories like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

This week has been exciting outside because they poured concrete for the footers for the extension of the building on the north side, eastward from the faculty room.  So in the photos today, you will get an idea of a of how this proceeded.
Here we see one of the last tasks.  Note the steel mesh in the foreground.  (NB: many terms will be lay-speak, not professional lingo!).

This photo gives you the bird's eye view of the path the footer will take.  Obviously, much work has already been done to prepare for the pouring of concrete.

Now with the stage set, the men wait for the arrival of the cement mixer.  While this may be daily routine for the workmen, blogger up in her 4th. fl. viewing stand is getting excited.

Cement Mixer, Do Your Thing

First, after the mixer arrives and is ready to deliver, the trough sections must be attached to the mouth of the mixer (remember, this is lay-speak).

Next comes the pouring and smoothing and checking depth.  Since this is one of 
blogger's favorites, she's left it larger.

The concrete rounds the bend and heads home, i.e. to its destination against the building.  We’re approximately outside the corner of rm. 111, Ms. Johnson’s room.  That means we’ve past the old lavatory, Dr. Koehl’s office, and Mr. Greife’s room, 112.  These three rooms will become one large room eventually.

After the concrete is poured and somewhat dried, the workmen are ready to mark it for the rods that must be inserted to hold the concrete blocks coming next.  They do it the tried and true way by snapping a chalked cord.  So in the photo above we see a man holding the east end of the cord, and in the photo to the left, a man holding the west end while a third worker reaches down to get the cord to snap it against the concrete.  Voila, a red chalk line on the drying footer. 

So, now you have it.  The last look we will take of the scene for today is at the footer with rods that were planted along the red line, before the concrete dried completely—a goodly crop.

You’re looking west in this photo, by the way.                               Are you exhausted yet?