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TODAY news for Thursday, October 29, 2007

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Centennial Complex update


By the end of September 2007, the Centennial Complex project reached a major milestone: the completion of the structural steel phase.
By the end of September 2007, the Centennial Complex project reached a major milestone: the completion of the structural steel phase. Today on the corner of Anderson and Stewart Streets, the steel skeleton soars four stories above the yawning pit carved from the pad, which up to a few months ago supported Gentry Gym. During the two months it took to erect the steel frame, some 1,757 pieces were used; the longest column was approximately 40 feet in length, and weighed approximately 22,000 pounds. With the completion of the steel phase, construction continues, although it will not be as visually interesting to the casual observer for the next few weeks. Currently, the concrete floors are being poured.  On October 22, the third floor step-seating platform was poured for lecture room 3113 (see inset photo).  Backfilling and compacting of the dirt around the footings continue in preparation for pouring the ground floor. The framing of the interior walls will begin by the end of October, and the framing of the exterior walls will start in mid-December. The finishing stage is scheduled to begin toward the end of May 2008. The Centennial Complex will be complete by the spring of 2009, creating a major anchor to the south end of campus.    
    – Photos and text by Dennis E. Park

TODAY news for Thursday, October 29, 2007