Enormous cranes, trucks, bright orange trailers, and lots of mud. That pretty much describes how the Alonzo G. and Virginia Decker Quadrangle (located just south of Garland Hall) and the southern end of the Homewood campus have looked since last spring. To the untrained eye, it was a mess. But slowly, order seems to be emerging from the chaos.
The Decker Quadrangle, set for completion in the fall of 2007, will establish a new public entrance to the Homewood campus, including a visitors and admissions center (Mason Hall), the Whiting School’s new Computational Science and Engineering Building, and a massive underground parking garage, covered by a new multi-use quadrangle.
As you might imagine, the whole undertaking has meant moving a lot of dirt and pouring a lot of concrete. To get a sense of just how much, consider:
Dirt removed from construction site: 12,000 truck loads* Average depth of hole dug for parking garage: 30 feet Capacity of underground garage: 604 vehicles Concrete poured: 18,504 cubic yards Rebar installed: 2.1 million pounds Post tension cables installed: 144 miles Mechanical piping installed: 14,200 linear feet Concrete masonry units (CMUs) used: 45,000 blocks CMU grout used: 150 cubic yards Tent tie-downs installed (for special events) on new quad: 64 metal anchors Labor hours: 340,000 hours Area of Computational Science and Engineering Building: 79,000 square feet *Figures as of press time