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Monday, April 22, 2013

Huntsman Hall Construction is Expected to Take About Two Years

Ken Snyder
Ken Snyder

Now that Lund Hall is down and the tunnel project is just wrapping up, the most common question people ask me is “How long will it take before the new building is done?” The timeline shows this major project will take about two years to complete.

Things will go down before they go up because a strong foundation must be laid for this new building before the framework can rise. The area that is now fenced off will be that way for the next two years. This is inconvenient for those who must walk around it each day, but as work progresses it will become quite clear why that space is needed.

For the next two years, all of us will have a front row seat to watch the progress because we’ll be able to see it unfold live from our webcams. I hope you’ll continue watch my blog, however, because often the updates I will share will be about what’s going on inside or behind the scenes.  

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lund Hall – It’s All About Recycling

Yes, I have noticed that Lund Hall is still standing. And yes, I know I wrote in my last blog that it would be coming down on April 1 or 2. And no, I’m not going to do the easy thing and say, “April fools!”

The demolition of Lund Hall
Lund Hall
It’s all about recycling. In order to attain LEED status , we need to recycle as much material as we can from the demolition of Lund Hall. Specifically, we need to recycle all of the metals, dry wall, plastics, and especially the brick. In order to do recycle the bricks, we need to get all the contaminants, or parts of the building that are not brick, out of the building. That means things like doors, window frames, cabinets, and drawers are being removed from the building. This step has taken longer than anticipated. Notice I said recycle the brick – not re-use the bricks. My understanding is that the bricks are ground down into a powder and then the powder brick material is recycled.

Our latest estimates are now that the walls will be coming down sometime early in the week of April 7. You can keep a watch on things by going to our page where the two webcams are posted. Soon it will not be a matter of watching for the walls to come down as it will be to watch them go up. And the brick from Lund Hall, in some recycled form, will live on in another location.
Ken Snyder
Ken Snyder