Tuesday, June 26, 2018

CNSTRCTN XIII, #4 Inside, Outside, All around the Town 6/26/18

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

So another week when it was hard to know in which direction to run first with one's iPad, ready to take some stunning photo.  Blogger runs, but will let you judge the quality of the photos.  Here are a few shots from the kitchen area:
In the first photo on the left, we are looking across a newly opened area from the kitchen hall to the bookracks in the hall leading to the cafeteria.  Tn the second shot, the workman had left his tool in place to help him find it in the morning (just being silly, blogger is).  What he seems to be doing is creating a spot for a new stove platform, which  will be in that general area just behind the old sink that was next to the ice maker.  (Memory and imagination help in most of these photos since what the viewers who are familiar with the old probably will not recognize familiar land marks.)  The steps may be more familiar to many of you.  They were the ones you passed on the way to the kitchen.  They are "all gone" now to make way for a floor that will stretch from the kitchen hallway to the opposite wall to create a new room.

Now to the elevator tower and related.  The first shot
gives you an idea of how early the men began work.
It is about 6:45 on a cloudy morning with the sun
crating a strong silhouette.  Blogger brightened it a
bit so you could see a few features.  You can see perhaps
that the white stone work is getting close to the top and
that the scaffolding may seem a little less cluttered.
The photo on the left below is the tower from the other side, and you can see lots of bricks ready for use above the outside door to the chapel area which is still in the brick motif, to use a fancy, though not very accurate word.  This entryway is to the left of the elevator tower, and blogger thinks it will take awhile but knows that things can move much more quickly than she anticipates.  More photos to follow next week on that topic.  (It might be well here to throw in a caveat, namely that the arrangement of the text pretty much goes where the blog site wants to put it, not the way the blogger hopes it goes.)
The photo to the right is one inside the tower showing the opening
for the elevator stop on that floor (maybe third).

Today we will close with an outside photo that doesn't seem so significant, but is the forerunner of beautification of the exterior of the CLC.  Your imagination can begin working on possible plantings.
               Have a week of recognized blessings. Au revoir.

Monday, June 18, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XIII, #3 Follow that Noise

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in hearth's hand.

So where weren't we this past week?  Kitchen changing
appearance rapidly; remote moves to demolish one
kitchen wall; demolition of walls to create new faculty
dining area; first steps to removing balcony trappings;
new machinery delivering concrete to new elevator;
continued work on tower roof; removal of classroom
platforms.  Are you ready?                                                                                                            

1) Last of the stove base going under the drill.                          photo 1)

2) The man on the scaffold is removing some undesirable objects in preparation for the taking down of that wall in the cafeteria.

2)                 3)                                             

   In 3) a young fellow is removing the remains of a wall that
separated a storage room from a hallway near the cafeteria.

4) Are they looking for evidence of asbestos or maybe just testing  to see how easy/hard removal of the balcony front will be (that operation is at a standstill right now)?

5) We're still indoors looking through 307 to the doorway that
issues from the elevator in preparation for the passageway that will take people to the main hallway.  The leg belongs to a workman on break.
                                                5)  .
6) Now to the outside to a piece of machinery that reminded blogger of a huge praying mantis when she looked out her bedroom window and saw its upper extension.  Egad!  Out to the roof she ran (actually walked--she does not run on the roof) to see what is this creature is.  It is a boom carrying the hose that is delivering concrete to the elevator exit hallways.  (A giant mantis would have been more exciting, but maybe not!)

7) On the ground is the cement mixer and the vehicle into which the concrete is sent, then carried up into the hose you see.

8) The whole operation is maneuvered by a man standing on the ground and holding the control box.  It took blogger a few minutes to spot him.  How clever can they get!

7)                                                                                                          8)
Blogger is pretty much run ragged trying to keep up with all this, and so will close with a farewell shot (for now) provided by a retreating worker.

Monday, June 11, 2018

CNSTRCTN XIII #2 Time and Noise March On

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

Where to start?  This past week has seen such a flurry of
activity on almost every level of the building, even the
4th. floor with men coming off the elevator and going
out to the roof.  So we'll start on the 3rd. floor with the
shrouded section of the hallway.  Purpose: to keep dust
out of the hall as much as possible and to contain asbestos
from--not sure since the targets for such removal seem to vary.
A new doorway must be broken from the classroom, so perhaps
it's related to that.
Moving up a half flight brings us the the ghost of a library.  You may notice on the right, the red ghost.  Actually (every ghost needs an "actually) it was in the temporary classroom that was the first thing to go on that level.  But the impressive thing is the space which will become bigger before it becomes much smaller--one fairly large classroom on this side of the whole 2 1/2 level.  On the other side which you have seen pictured in the blog many times, there will be two classrooms.
1)           2)

The middle photo requires an about-face for the viewer since we are looking into the old stack room now that the wall is removed.  What to do with all the doors that have been taken down in various places?  Well, there they are.  The third photo above shows what one sees coming down the far east stairs from the 3 1/2 level.  Hmm--that was quite a surprise that blogger didn't anticipate as she rounded the corner on the staircase.  The new doorway goes into the area you see in the background in the first photo of the three above.  Blogger still isn't clear on what that whole space will contain, except a restroom must go back there somewhere.

Now to the first floor with some interesting developments.
First the chapel scene.  Stepping inside the reflection room
space, we begin to understand, upon reflection, why it will take months for the chapel to be completed.
Stepping outside--oops, we must go down hallway next to chapel and go out the east door--we come around to the outside just past the chapel itself, to get a look at the elevator toweras it is donning its beautiful white stone" dress".  The black above the stone and in-tween pick layer to hold it,

you're looking at the tower as it still seems shrouded in the black that
insulates it from moisture (blogger supposes).
On the other side of the tower, there is a large opening at ground level
that they will use to install the elevator proper.

And so ends another week of Vol. XIII in the saga of CNSTRCTN on Hilton Dr.  If you think it amazing that we are only in the 13th. month, you should be here.  You might feel as many of the staff here do, that it's the 23rd. month.  It's been quite a ride that certainly isn't finished.
But this blog spot is.  Have a good week!  God bless.

Monday, June 4, 2018

CNSTRCTN, Vol. XIII, # 1 Out, Down, and Up (hopefull, not down again)

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

We'll start at the east end, this 13th. month of renovation/construction.  What you see in these two photos is work occurring on the outside and the inside of the chapel.  In one, the framework that is being placed on the front to the north face and above the new stone surface.  Blogger can't see yet what the frames are for.  In the second photo, you're seeing into the chapel just far enough to observe the bricklayer on the inside working on the light tan bricks (matching the ones in the old chapel
recall).  You must look carefully to see the man in the first window.  (Try enlarging the photo.)

Now moving inside to some exciting developments there.  The top photo shows what was happening in the old library on 2 1/2 floor.  The red line on the wall is the signal to the sledgehammer gang to take that wall down.  They did this with gusto and a little too much abandon and took out a line of water pipes.  Oops!) A short span of mayhem ensued.  It happens.

The next photo takes us the the cafeteria where the ceiling tiles have been removed, exposing the ceiling above and, interestingly, the skylight as it extends to the roof.  Again, enlarge the photo.

The  third view is one that has developed this very morning in room 307 where a passageway will soon be constructed that will lead from the elevator to the main third floor hall.  This is a big step
in finishing the whole elevator adventure.  Of course the same
thing must occur on the second floor.

Blogger always feels somewhat removed from all of this unless she can get to the action or the result of the action, but this morning the library team is working right under her, or at least that's what the banging and drilling sound like.  Who knows?  Any more "oopses" and she may be able to look down on the men from her office computer.  One hopes not.

Well, enough excitement for the beginning of June with much more to come as chapel steadily marches onward, with elevator keeping stride.  Until next week, Nakemiin (Finnish for farewell.  Put two dots above the letter a to make it more authentic--blogger doesn't know how to do that on this computer).