This site has been created to provide the community with information about the new Performing Arts Center. The blog is maintained by the Center’s Senior Project Manager Chris Button and will be updated regularly with news and photos chronicling the project’s progress

Published January 12th, 2015 by
A new crane arrived on site, smaller (just look at the pathetic counterweight compared to Junior’s crane), but still, more than adequate to do the job. This crane was here Friday, and will be on site for just a day or two to place our remaining air handling device.
Published December 23rd, 2014 by
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Dear Hobart and William Smith bakers! On behalf of the entire construction team for the Performing Arts Center, we’d like to express our sincere appreciation for the generosity of the…

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Published December 23rd, 2014 by
Beginning late last week, metal studs arrived on site and were placed around the instrumental rehearsal room. The studs were then covered with a water resistant board made of fiberglass and gypsum. This board will remain through the winter, and the bricks applied over it.

Dear members of the Hobart and William Smith community, Much has happened over the last few weeks, and the difficulty seeing it makes me think of the “Wizard of Oz.” …

Read More PAC Update: Behind the Curtain

Published November 25th, 2014 by
For loads under 12,500 lbs. the best option is a 360 lb. hook ball.
Published November 17th, 2014 by
The final photo for this week…a view from inside.  As they say, Onward and Upward!!!
Published November 1st, 2014 by
The beam is parallel with the beam the iron worker is working along. It will have to turn 90 degrees to the east for placement.
Published October 23rd, 2014 by
Once the beams are set, metal decking is placed over them to create the floor or roof base. The decking is cut as necessary with a torch or a grinding wheel, and tack welded to the steel framing. Before floors are poured, the building must be completely plumb and level as the concrete slab serves as a structural membrane that ties all the framing together.
Published October 13th, 2014 by
The other half of the rupture machine is shown here. The folks at CME call it by its given name, Satec.  I personally prefer to think of it affectionately as “Arnold.”

Dear members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community, During the summer when we were pouring a lot of concrete, I referenced the testing procedures required by the state…

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Published October 8th, 2014 by
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Dear members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community, The building is changing rapidly now, and I want to get a quick update out about what you’re seeing. In…

Read More PAC Update: Steel Progress!

Published October 3rd, 2014 by
High strength grout is place under a steel plate, and the plate then tamped down to the precise elevation the beam needs to be set at. The plate is drilled to allow the bolts to slide through it. Once the grout hardens it has sufficient strength to receive the full load of the building transferred through the columns.

Dear members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community, Steel is all about math…more precisely, geometry. There’s a whole lot more involved as well (still math), but let’s stick…

Read More PAC Update: Steel