Maintenance worker removes sod at Ingersoll House. Photo by John Williams.
Knox College maintenance staff and student workers removed damaged sod at Ingersoll House on Monday. Other construction projects there this summer, in tandem with the lengthy dry spell, took their toll on the existing sod.
New sod is scheduled to be installed later in the week.
Workers install new doors around Alumni Hall on August 2. Photo by John Williams
Renovation continues at Knox College’s historic Alumni Hall. New doors are being installed at all four corners, after the stone-flanked steps and porches were rebuilt. An architect’s drawing from prior to construction in 1890, below, shows at most six steps up to the corner doors, rather than the present ten. After the plans were drawn, trustees ordered the building raised several feet, so the basement would be taller.
Berrien Street Construction Panorama. Check out a higher resolution version of the photo to see some of the detail of the work on Berrien Street, including new gutters, right, and asphalt being laid in the background on the left half. Photos by John Williams
Director of Facilities Services Scott Maust and other facilities services workers were out Tuesday morning forming one of the new gutters along Berrien Street. The gutters replace old railroad ties and will allow for better drainage on Berrien Street. After the gutters are in place the road will be resurfaced and access should return through Berrien and Cherry Streets by the end of next week. (Left: Maust shovels in some concrete on a new gutter on Berrien Street.)
For Maust, getting his hands dirty with some concrete is nothing new. Last summer he helped pour the concrete pathway just north of Seymour Union and has 13 years of experience on a road construction crew in the Midwest. (Right: Maust uses a trowel to shape a gutter on Berrien Street.)
Steam rises off the hot asphalt as a worker tamps down the edge of the resurfaced parking lot on Cherry and Berrien streets on Tuesday, July 31. Below: Workers start laying one of the final strips of asphalt on the parking lot on Tuesday.
Workers have been spreading asphalt blacktop today on the parking lot at Cherry and Berrien streets. When the job is completed, the parking lot will be expanded by roughly 10 to 12 spaces.
Photos by John Williams.
Lumberyard demolition. Photo by Peter Bailley
Workers from Brown Excavating and Demolition of Alpha, IL, on July 26 tear down the last remaining section of several wooden sheds that have been demolished at a former lumber company at Prairie and South Streets on the Knox campus. Built in 1915, this was the oldest of the sheds. The newer brick building behind the shed will house the College communications office.
A worker at the Ingersoll House smooths the concrete of the new accessibility ramp on Tuesday, July 24.
Work continued at the Ingersoll House this week with a majority of concrete for the accessibility ramp being poured and work being done to replace the sidewalk that was removed during the installation.
In addition to the ramp, sidewalk and landscape work on the house, a project for a new patio near the west side of the house will start next week.
Workers remove old lights in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse. Photo by John Williams.
A lighting upgrade is under way in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse to install brighter, more energy-efficient lighting in the athletic facility.
The Fieldhouse is home to Knox College’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams.
In addition, the 48,800-square-foot facility is used for Knox wrestling matches, and it includes multi-purpose courts suitable for volleyball, tennis, basketball, and other sports.
A worker checks levels for new Dining Services equipment. Photo by John Williams
Installation of a new, energy-efficient cooler/freezer continued through the middle of July at Knox College Dining Services in Seymour Union.
Landscaping around the south side of the Ingersoll House has been completed and features a variety of plants, making the entrance to the property more inviting to birds.
The front of the Ingersoll House has been filled with two projects this summer. While the major landscaping work along the south edge of the property is complete, the accessibility ramp is in the midst of daily concrete deliveries.
The house, which is home to Knox College President Teresa Amott, has garnered recent attention from the Assistant Editor of The Register-Mail Jay Redfern on his blog Jay Talking.
Right: Workers smooth concrete for the inside wall of the Ingersoll House’s new accessibility ramp on Tuesday, July 17.
Bellow: Concrete is shoveled into the frame for the inside wall of the new accessibility ramp on Tuesday.
Despite temperatures nearing 100 and a heat index well over 100, two workers continue fixing the roof of Wilson House on Tuesday, July 17.
The two member crew has been on numerous buildings around campus this summer. The workers are currently repairing leaks around the chimney on Wilson House, then they will be working on the new Office of Communications building roof and removing a brick chimney from a residential building in the next two weeks.