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 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…

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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…

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Published September 29th, 2014 by
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Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community, A lot of progress has been made since I last updated you, and a lot of progress is coming. I’d like…

Read More PAC Update: Masonry and Steel

Published September 20th, 2014 by
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Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community sign their names in the concrete of the foundation of the Performing Arts Center.

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Published September 19th, 2014 by
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Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community, I’d like to plan on the concrete signing beginning at 3:30 pm today.  Let’s meet at the Scandling Center Commons room steps…

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Published September 18th, 2014 by
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Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community, In my college years, I was often mistaken for David Letterman. OK, the truth is that a few of my friends…

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Published August 21st, 2014 by
Below: Step 1 – Starting with a stripped site (7/24) ready for footing excavation.

Dear members of the Hobart and William Smith community, Today I write to share the excitement of spaces coming together. This summer has brought rapid change to the campus, and…

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