Friday, October 27, 2017

RNVTNS: VOL. VI, # 1 Down to where the Action Is...and Up too, of Course

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

So here's the week's news: action inside and out.
First we'll go to what happened at the east end.  Drilling for why? blogger could only guess, but he (driller) had to stop because school was in session when drilling is a no-no.  It's amazing how sound travels through cement and steel.

Also at the east end some action inside chapel.  The window frame of one window is removed?
Why for????, but here's proof.

The opening is still open (boarded up at night), so it must be serving some significant purpose.

Moving to the west, we find lots of activity what with crane assist, and ceiling cross beams (lay-
speak), and welders on hand, and corrugated sheets being placed this very morn,
blogger has been kept busy.!
 Note the welding in the photos.  Blogger always gets excited when she can capture welding.  For why?????  Be that as it may, you can see the progression from the laying of all the assorted beams (ah, lay-speak) to placing of what is starting to look like a roof.
  So up to the very minute (exaggeration since they didn't stop working after this shot was taken), here the story.  Stay tuned for the further adventures of RNVTNS!

Thursday, October 19, 2017


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

Monday:  As of 11:00 only light work at the chapel end.This photo was taken earlier, around 10:00.  Seems reasonable to expect the cement mixer some time soon.

 Tuesday:  Looks like the deed is done: footings poured.

Wednesday:  Still at the chapel end, a tantalizing development on the exterior walls of the building.  The markings in this photo are for the holes needed for the placement of girders.  By the end of the day more holes will be cut.

Thursday:  While outside, blogger noticed a workman unscrewing a panel of a chapel window.  Going inside and following a workman into the chapel, she found a crew of men taking the windows apart.  This was the moment blogger had been waiting for--to see how it was going to be accomplished.  Watching for some time yielded a number of photos.  Only two are shown here, but the second one has an interesting aspect.  The man on the left is from the company (his own) that will clean and repair the panels.  He's concerned that the men are being careful (they are--they are from another company that does this kind of work).  As this is being typed, the panels are leaning against the wall in a few places in the chapel.  These windows all have a sort of storm window on the outside, as you can figure looking at these two photos.
A very eventful and instructive morning for blogger.  This job has its perks!

Tomorrow will find blogger out of town, so what happens on Friday will be documented next week.  Until then...

Friday, October 13, 2017

RNVTNS VOL. V,# 3 Things Moving, Moving, Moving

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

The movement around here just this morning makes blogger think of the old Fats Waller song, "The Joint is Jumpin'", as she recalls from her big brother's record collection.  Well jumpin' it has been, keeping blogger almost running from one end of the roof (off and on the Sisters' patio) to the other.  Yesterday brought frustration when she realized that for the second time she had missed a floor being poured, this time the chapel floor.The photo right next to the poured floor is a shot of the elevator shaft and new entrance foundations as they are being prepared.  (The white boxes on the bottom right are air conditioners in second and third floor classrooms.)  Men were working around that area early today, as you can see.
The sight of the crane from a 4th. fl. window drew blogger out to the patio to begin the "snapping" of photos on her iPad.  It got more interesting the longer she stayed outside.  The next photos are of the commencement (more or less) of the work at the collaborative learning center (aka media center or library).
Lots of measuring and double checking with a level until all the roof beams are in place.  Then the side beams are placed by the crane operator and the checking with a level is repeated.  Very meticulous work with lots of ascending and descending of ladders.  Blogger is mightily impressed and thankful!Blogger was not outside when she took this photo, but at the faculty room window.  Else she would have had to wear a hardhat (seriously).  She has one from the theater construction, by order of that site manager (one learns about OSHA also while working this kind of gig). In this last photo, we can see the man welding the side beam in place.  The welding continued, blogger is sure, until all the beams were secured.  
Well as the reader can see, it has been quite a ride this morning.  Blogger will have to venture out this afternoon to see the further adventures of

Friday, October 6, 2017

RNVTNS VOL. V, #2 Now You See Them, Now You Don't

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

Intersting week: at first all quiet.  Where are they?  Hmmm; must be at another sight.  Then suddenly on Wednesday...

                                                ...the mortar maker makes an appearance.

This means...yes...walls.  But lo, not the a wall for the 21st. Century Collaborative Learning Center (blogger finally has the newest and best term for it), but...yes, walls for the chapel.  Now, that's exciting!  And not just the east wall, but also the north wall facing the soccer field.

Yes, that was Wednesday.  Alas, on Thursday: all quiet.  Sigh.  Such is the life of a construction-watcher.

On another tack, let's come indoors and see what the some students are seeing each day.
This classroom has been arranged by one of our very creative teachers.  Look around and determine what subject is being taught here.

.Now that we have you guessing, where was the last photo on the right taken?