The renovation of Alumni Hall will involve complete removal and replacement of interior floors. Because the floors are tied into the walls, temporary steel structures — not unlike the “flying buttresses” in Gothic cathedrals — will support the east and west walls for the time between removal and replacement of the floors. Above, footings were excavated for concrete bases of the steel buttresses.
Below, an ironworker welds the exterior beams.
To protect the brick sidewalk and new concrete driveway in the front of Alumni Hall from the heavy equipment that will be used during the renovation, thick plastic sheeting has been laid across the surfaces, followed by 20 truckloads of gravel. The gravel will be removed following completion of the work.
To kick off the transformation of Alumni Hall, we are hosting a contest! The prize? A tour of Alumni Hall before the makeover! This contest will be online only and hosted on our social media sites. To enter, either retweet the @knoxcollege1837 tweet about the contest or write a comment on Knox College’s Facebook post about it by Saturday October 5th. There will be six winners, three from each site, with the tour at 3:30 p.m. on October 8. This contest is for current students, friends of the College, and any alumni willing to make a trip back to their alma mater. Those selected will receive emails on Sunday the 6th and they must respond to them within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good luck!