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It’s All About Teamwork
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.

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