Monday, April 23, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XI, #2 On the Wings of Imagination.

Memories, like birds--fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands

A better idea of small windows in the sanctuary comes with this photo.  Note the number and that what you are seeing is only the right side of the sanctuary area.  The other side has the same number but not in a symmetrical pattern.  (Asymmetry keeps us on our visual toes, but may not satisfy those who like all their
ducks in an orderly row, or don't like visual surprises.  Understood.)

Moving inside the old chapel space, the viewer gets a hint of where the new entrance to the chapel from the outside, will be.  Seeing the honeycomb wall on the right of this photo helps to locate the area in the back of the old chapel.  The door across the presumed entrance hallway is a new door--never there before.  It is roughly where the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was.  Notice the top of the photo; you've seen that ceiling before, you may recall, in photos of the room-like structure inside the chapel, and to the right of the future entrance from the hallway.  (Keep your imaginations in good shape, remember.)  Blogger won't leave you totally in suspension, however.  Therefore...

Behold the room-like structure with the two mystery doors (not really) on the upper level.The door on the right wall will come from the elevator area (yes, it will stop on the 1 1/2 level),
while the door on the left will open up in the hallway on that level.  This may be an area you have never been on, but it IS there and holds various administrative offices and a large meeting
room.  If you can do some mental dancing around here, you may be able to get a good notion of the floor plan of this area.  The new part of the chapel, by the way, extends out to the right off this photo and toward the soccer field.

You're doing well.  Now to substantiate the mental images you've been working hard on...
What you're seeing in this photo is the scaffolding for the construction of the elevator tower.  In-between the scaffolding and the chapel wall will be the path to the outside entrance to the
chapel hall, a nice accommodation for people coming for a
religious function or a quicker access to the offices in the east
hallway.  Also you note that scaffolding extends laterally toward you, which means that it is in front of classroom windows, therefore classroom space.  The plot thickens.  But that is for another day.

It's pretty obvious that much thought has been given to all this.  Blogger continues to be utterly amazed at the mastery of detail and ingenuity of the builders.  We trust we will remain in awe of the same.  Au revoir.

Monday, April 9, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XI, # 1 Workers Spring into Action, in the Snow

Memories like birds, fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands.

We will start this second week of April noting that, during this past week with the students on holiday, the workmen were able to accomplish much.  These photos won't tell the whole story because of blogger's restricted access.  We'll begin with an outside look into the work yard with a heartening thought, blogger is supposing:
to wit, aren't you glad your yard doesn't look like this?  It's the little things in life...

At the other end of the yard full of stuff which you're glad you don't have to deal with, there is more progress in the offing.  The scaffolding is near the newest addition of masonry going toward the soccer field.  It won't go farther, blogger is thinking, because there is still so much going and coming of large pieces of equipment needed inside the extended part of the chapel.  That new section of wall whispers of hope.

Now to the inside with a few interesting elements of progress and one lingering reminder of what used to be.  We'll look at that first. What you see in this photo (enlarge it for better effect) is a cut-away of the old wall that used to be outside the president's office.  Sturdy piece of construction.  It occupies the middle of the photo and is, as you can see, layers wide.

       This photo is placed here just to show that there is still some serious work to be done in the CLC

As new doors are opened, old ones are closed permanently.  In this case it is the former outside door of the faculty room.

And just to emphasize that the faculty members will still be able to leave the building conveniently, here is the new door opening to replace the one just closed off.  Don't they think of everything!
We move now into the end of the big week of Easter celebration to the less spectacular, but still celebratory, Easter season.  May your Easter season bring daily reminders of the blessings of God's incarnation.  How so?  Today is the feast of the Annunciation, postponed because Mar. 25, the real day (--nine months before Christmas) landed on Palm Sunday.  So there you have it.  It's a very nice way to start celebrating the Easter season.                                                  Stay tuned.

Monday, April 2, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. X, #4 Full-Steam Ahead Almost

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

The construction crews were here in force on Holy Thursday, the first day of the students'
spring break.  One worker made mention to blogger that now they could make noise!  She rejoiced with him.

In the photo you see one of the few room divisions beginning to emerge at the east end of the CLC.  Perhaps they are intended to accommodate small groups of students working together on the same project--certainly not a new venture, but now more convenient and out of the hallways.

Looking at the large area of the CLC you can see that a new doorway has been broken through from the faculty room.  Since the door closest to the new windows used to be the outside door, a new outside entry is being worked on where the last faculty room window next to the original outside door was. (If you got lost in this last sentence, blogger bumped her nose three times.)

What you see to the right is a development developing (yes) on the second mezzanine level, aka known as the library level (old).  The beam by this time is up crossing the room pretty much where the photo suggests, i.e. straight up.  Recall that that area will end up being three classrooms (blogger thinks it's three, but maybe it's two.  We are all learning as this adventure unfolds, and especially if we don't have easy access to the plans.)

Now to the other end of the construction site, things have been
moving right along in the last few days of March.  More concrete blocks have been delivered near and in the new chapel extension, ready for the end of rain/snow.  Things at this stage of progress always look so messy, but ah, to think ahead...

 Nearby is the site of the future outside entrance to the chapel and the elevator hallway.  The general area of the elevator hallway becomes a little clearer in the photo since you can see the removal of a section of windows.  There's pretty much work left to be done in this whole area, even on the inside, as you can imagine.  That whole window unit used to be in the last classroom at the end of Hilton Hall (the main hall on the first floor.  Is that name for the hallway new to you?)  Before we end March's story, and looking at this last photo, note the elevator shaft-well in front of the windows-that-used-to-be.
Leaving well enough alone at this juncture, blogger will let you go and rest up for another exciting adventure of CNSTRCTN, as we launch into April and Vol. XI.  Happy first week of April as it resonates with the Easter miracle.

Monday, March 26, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. X, #3, Look West, Good Readers

There she goes again.  Look west from where?  From the fantastic chapel extension area, Good Readers!  That puts us back into the new library (CLC).  While there were some almost indiscernible developments in the chapel area, most activity seemed to be taking place in the West.    To wit: the divisions within the CLC space;
                1)                                             2.                                    

In photo 1.  Blogger really doesn't know what the enclosure is going to contain.  What she did not notice however was what appears to be a window on the left side.  In photo 2. again blogger doesn't know what's going on here, but this does show the outside window, original in brick, that is currently in the faculty room and will be removed.  On the other side, precautions have been taken to prevent the fac. room from looking like a few other rooms after some demolition took place.  In photo 3., blogger will go out on a limb and guess that it will contain HVAC stuff.  As you can see it is very near one of the skylights (upper center and right).  Blogger does pretty much after-hours "crawling" to get these photos.

Now for what did happen in the chapel area:
This very substantial looking framework will be in
the reflection area in the back of the chapel.  The ladder on
the right is in the way of our seeing the double door entrance
off of the vestibule (old word) or lobby, as it says on the plans.
Blogger is not at all sure of what is going on above the framework, but thinks the whole reflection area which goes to the far wall (not visible here) may have a dropped ceiling.  We shall see; but blogger will let you know as soon as she does (or maybe vice-versa, who knows?).

That's all she knows this Monday of Holy Week.  If possible, blogger will be able to get some "new views" after Wednesday which is the last school day before Easter, and when the workers will come back to do some of the noisy stuff they can't do when school is in session.  She hopes to do some lively (i.e. men working) shots for you.

Also she hopes that all of you stalwart readers have a very blessed Triduum and Easter.  God bless.

Monday, March 19, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. X, #2 One WOW Week

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

Where to begin?  Blogger was out from Monday to
Thursday of the week and was very eager to see what
had been accomplished in her absence.  First, what
happened inside the new CLC.  Space divisions--------->
What you are seeing most directly is what used to be the lavatory and the president's office spaces.  To the right of the photo, you can see the newer part with the outside wall of the faculty room.  This area is part of the newly constructed and is under roof for a long time, as you may remember.  Work in the CLC is still to be done, obviously, but ever now and then a new task appears in the offing.  This drill is ready to put a needed hole through to the basement.


When that whole section to the edge of the building was complete, the workmen stopped to relocate a bit.  The tool was not to nap for long, however.
 By 9:30am, it was busy in the area to the right of chapel (looking at the north side of the building), creating a new opening for a  passageway into the building, the vestibule area on the first floor, and into the next level up (1 1/2 floor).  You will have to see the final work to understand what is being said here, blogger thinks.
At any rate, the next photos show that work, and how exact the operator can be with the tool. 

Finally, while we're at the chapel end, we were delighted to see that the top of the marble altar in the old chapel could be rescued for use in the new extended chapel.  It now rests in the garage you pass when you come down the hill to the school.

Dusty, but resting easy. 

With the weather warming a bit, and certainly during the Easter break here, many interesting things will be popping.  Blogger hopes to catch the essence of it to pass on to you.  Stay tuned!


Monday, March 5, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. X, #1 The Walls also Rise

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

Promised diagram?     This seemingly must be done the hard way.  OK  Here goes.

               The soccer field is to the NORTH of the building, as is Cincinnati (seen above the trees).  The softball field is to the EAST.  Around back is the express way, I-71/75, and it is SOUTH.  Can you guess where WEST is?  Yes/no, this is not a diagram, but since blogger can't attach a Word doc. (or doesn't know how to), this will have to do for now.  And blogger teases about WEST.  Blogger understands deeply that reading these descriptions of placement and directions can be very confusing, but she tries to help you along as best she can.  Perhaps the directional help above will be just that.

              It seems that all of the major wall tearing down is pretty much over, so it's encouraging to see a few walls adding to their stature.  Note in the photo that the wall directly in front of you (east wall) is rising and is about 1/2 the way to the roof. !!!!!  It's amazing what a few sunny days can do.  Note, too, that there are window openings on the left wall in the photo, not uniform in size or shape.
              The block laying workmen have been here only in the morning; there seems to be another afternoon site that beckons them away.

Back at the CLC (new library/tech lab) also, work is in progress.  We get an inside view  from inside (foyer) and an inside view from outside (what?)
In the second photo here, note the right side almost looks like it is around the corner, but is really the  reflection in the recently placed glass. What you're seeing in the reflection is a bit of the West Wall of the chapel which extends a few feet further than the CLC.  So in this second photo just above, blogger is standing in the new doorway and we're really looking into the extension of the CLC.  Lots of "stuff ready to go somewhere in that area.

 That's enough confusion for one week, but just to remind you that we do have a SOUTH side to the building, and the work going on back there is pretty much a repetition of work you've seen dozens of times, probably, on this blogg site.  The men are still in the process of getting the electrical wiring to the new LED lights back there, but as of right now, the light posts are not up.  First things first.
Back on the north side, the LEDs have been mounted, but not yet connected.  Next week....
Stay tuned.

Monday, February 19, 2018

CNSTRCTN, VOL. IX, #2 "And the Walls Came Tumblin' Down..."

Memories, like birds--fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands.

At long last, thaw having kicked in, workmen have been quite
active this past week.  Walls down, doors sealed to keep
blogger (?) out, banging at both both construction areas, and so on.  This last Friday was a real chance for the men to do much, especially at the CRC end, because the students weren't here.  The loud banging and thumping began early and lasted until the job
was finished. The photo shows how much of the work there
was done.  The mess was cleared up quickly by the shovel that had created the mess in the first place, knocking down walls by just banging on them with the shovel.  A front loader that could still get from the driveway was probably assisting.  By the time the men left, that approach was no longer available since they had already placed a long stone across it.  The shovel vehicle probably came in from the east opening which is still just that--no wall begun there yet.

At the other end, the same advance is going on.  Noise from that area was heard even earlier last week when the rain prevented any photo-taking.  Even this photo required some puddle-jumping inside the restricted area (blogger just put on her wings and floated in).  Enough of the wall that is remaining, it is hoped, allows you to place what you are viewing.  The roof above is not sealed yet and the skylight is still open, so the floor looks and is still wet.  This is an interesting photo to enlarge to give you a better sense of what is visible beyond the row of posts.

Meanwhile, above the chapel area, work was also in progress.                         The lights came down (almost forgot that they were still up since only the workers' big light had been in use) and sit patiently in two places on the floor.  At least one bid was made by a staff member for a few of them.  It will be interesting to see how she will use them if she actually gets them.

The workers are here on Presidents' Day, making up for lost time.  Drilling can be heard from the old library area, sounds like.  We shall see just as we always do (mostly!).  That means you will want to stay posted while blogger tries to keep on posting.  Au revoir.