Progress > May 2008
A Spring Flurry (of Activity)
With the superstructure of concrete and glue-laminated timbers in place, the Kroon construction site is now a flurry of activity. The size of the crew ramped up this month from roughly 75 during the concrete pouring and glulam raising to almost 130 as masons, pipefitters, and carpenters got to work.
Through this spring and summer the focus will be sealing up the building envelope. Starting with the roof, the tongue and groove Douglas-fir roof decking was laid, with a Grace Ultra roof membrane for added protection from the elements (this has even been stretched, for the time being, over the hole in the decking where the large central skylights will be located). The exterior concrete walls on the north side of the building have been covered with a Blueskin waterproof membrane and the building shell was started with masonry laid around ground floor columns on the south side of Kroon. Inside the building the concrete for the grand central staircase was poured. Concrete was also poured for the courtyard water feature walls and the tunnel connecting Kroon to Kline Biology Tower.
But with the last of the concrete curing, there remained some demolition. By the end of the month the final push to take down the remnants of the Pierson-Sage power plant commenced, just days after Commencement for the Class of 2008. With graduates donning caps and gowns for the march up Prospect Street and hardhat-wearing construction workers bringing Kroon Hall to life, the future is looking bright.
Photographs by Peter Otis and Matthew Garrett
Edward P. Bass
Susan & Coleman P. Burke
Michael F. O. Harris Family
Carl W. Knobloch, Jr.
Mary Jane & Richard E. Kroon
Evelyn and Bonnie Lee
Diana Calthorpe & Jonathan F. P. Rose
Joan O. L. Tweedy
William D. Waxter III
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Columns on the south side.