In her December 20 report on the progress of the construction
in Lilly Hall, Noelle Owens, project manager in the Physical
Plant, provided a rundown of the multitude of tradespeople
who were working on the project and enumerated their tasks.
There were roofers and coppersmiths
welding gutters and downspouts, she reported; window installers
cleaning up rough masonry openings, blowing in insulation
and installing windows; demolition crews opening up areas
within the building and “cutting masonry walls like
butter,” she wrote; and metal fabricators who welded
and installed the new stairway.
There were concrete workers pouring
foundations and floors; plumbers, insulators and sprinkler
fitters working on various kinds of piping for room heating
and cooling units and bathroom plumbing and fixtures and the
fire sprinkling system; and masons widening or closing openings
in the foot-thick masonry walls.
There were sheet metal workers
installing ductwork; temperature control technicians putting
in control wiring for thermostats; electricians working on
wiring for door security, fire alarms and for the emergency
power generator and lighting; telecommunications people were
installing data and phone lines; wall framers were putting
in metal wall studs and track; “rockers” were
placing sheet rock on newly framed walls and ceiling soffits.
And finally, there were carpenters,
“who have been busily doing a hundred and one tasks,
everything from shuttling out debris to reframing the complex
and kookie building structure,” reported Owens.
Soon, a new batch of technicians
will arrive at Lilly, she says, acoustic ceiling installers
and locksmiths among them.
Keeping everything straight are
the project’s supervisors and site leadmen. And watching
over it all are the designers and engineers, “making
sure that the building vision is remaining on track and will
meet our needs,” says Owens.
The $3 million renovation of
116-year-old Lilly Hall, which will refurbish the building
while adding elevators and restrooms, modernize its electrical
and mechanical systems and install handicapped accessibility
structures, is expected to be completed by April.