Things are looking down — and up — at Alumni Hall. Removal of all the plaster ceiling, and a photographer willing to crawl through the incredibly dusty rafters, allows a view down into the central auditorium.
A worker from general contractor PJ Hoerr checks drawings during the installation of temporary steel scaffolding, visible in the background in the central section of Alumni Hall. A low-res composite panorama of this area is available on photosynth.net
A worker cuts out a water-damaged beam that will be replaced during the Alumni Hall renovation.
Kirk Anderson, Vice President of P.J. Hoerr, construction contractor for the renovation of Alumni Hall, talks to alumni at Homecoming 2013 about the renovation process.
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.