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Updated October 19, 2015
With Halloween just around the corner, ghouls, goblins and skeletons adorn grounds and doorways in neighborhoods nationwide. But this week at Capital University, bones of another kind are rising up from the ground to form the steel frame — the very skeleton — of a modern, technology-rich learning space that will breathe new life into the campus footprint it occupies.
Two hundred and three tons of steel began arriving at Capital last week from Ohio Steel Industries, in Pataskala, ushering in a new phase of construction on the Convergent Media Center. A massive 80-ton crawler crane proudly flies the American and Capital flags atop a 190-foot boom as it gracefully lifts, hauls and sets each steel beam gently in its exact place.
With the steel framework in place, the next phase of construction will focus on the exterior and interior of the building, conceptualized here with these architectural renderings of the following spaces:
A “topping out” is an ancient builders’ tradition marking the raising of the structure’s highest beam or structural element, honoring a thus-far safe construction site, and offering a blessing for the building’s future, and for those who will use it. The practice began as a Scandinavian rite, in which builders placed a tree on top of a new building in order to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced by the use of lumber in the construction. These days, the tradition continues to be observed, and we invite our Capital University community and friends to join us in celebrating this important milestone. Read more about the history and superstition surrounding the topping-out practice.
Beginning Tuesday, October 27, the 12-foot steel beam that will support the edifice’s tower will be accessible just inside the construction site on the north side of Leonard Hall. For two days, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, neighbors and other members of the Cap Family will be invited to inscribe their name on the beam, which traditionally is painted white, in permanent marker to note their participation in the historic project. Signing can take place between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, and markers will be provided.
We are using 2,800 feet, 203 tons and 11 semi loads of steel:
The 34,430-square-foot Convergent Media Center, slated to open for classes in spring 2017, will support current and emerging degree programs that embody technical arts and convergent media, and that will flourish in an interdisciplinary, creative and collaborative environment. It will be the confluence of tradition and the digital age, facilitating new connections between past, present and future, and making lessons already learned and new knowledge yet to be formed relevant and accessible to the masses. Read more at Where Worlds Converge.
Demolition and Construction Timeline:Updated July 16, 2015
The Capital University community was joined last week by community leaders, business and elected officials, trustees, alumni and more for a celebration marking the official groundbreaking for its new Convergent Media Center.
The Convergent Media Center will be a 34,430-square-foot active learning hub that will support current and emerging degree programs that embody technical arts and convergent media, and that will flourish in an interdisciplinary, creative and collaborative environment.
"Today, as a key part of this new vision we're breaking ground on a technical arts and convergent media center, where classroom instruction will ensure that our students keep pace with change in a digital age," President Denvy A. Bowman, Ph.D., said. "Fostered by the hard work of our expert faculty, we're building for the future — a future which promises to be dynamic, a future which promises to offer new tools and technologies, a future which promotes communication, artistic expression and cultural understanding."
With shovels in hand, University trustees, students and community leaders ceremonially broke ground. They were Bernie Ostrowski, vice chair of the Board of Trustees; Rick Lombardi, chair of the Board Facilities Subcommittee; Denny Freudeman, University trustee and immediate past Board chair; Trustees Jim Havens, Carol McWilliams, Ron St. Pierre and E.J. Thomas; Student Government President Jackie Niese; and Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler.
See the full gallery from our historic groundbreaking for the new Convergent Media Center.
Just one week following the first turning of the soil, a massive caisson drill rig now has cleared foundation holes that plunge 25 feet under ground. They will be filled with concrete to form the new structure's foundation piers. Excavation of the building's lower level continues.
Power Outage Planned in Renner Hall
The main electrical line that feeds power to Renner Hall currently runs within the footprint of the new CMC building. Facilities Management is preparing replace and reroute the line during the week of July 20, beginning on Monday from 2 to 10 pm. Building occupants are asked to help prepare for this power outage by following these steps:
Please note that the heating plant will be impacted by this outage from approximately 9 to 10 pm Trouble parking during construction?Remember, Trinity Lutheran Seminary has provided 24 parking spaces in its lot for those who have an F pass. Look for the sign that reads, "Capital University F Lot Pass Parking Only.”
It took just six hours to demolish the existing structure that stood where Capital University’s new Convergent Media Center will be constructed. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss the time-lapse video Communication Professor Betsy Pike created using footage captured by our webcam and by Dustin Grovemiller, assistant director of Alumni Relations and Annual Funds.
Since work began June 15, Loy Hall has been razed and debris has been removed from the site. Bricks and stone have been salvaged and cleaned for reuse, and fence screening has been installed around the construction site. As of July 1, some additional parking for faculty and staff is available at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Looking ahead to the week of July 6, work to prepare the site for excavation of the basement and foundation work will begin. This will require a series of planned power outages as the underground line that supplies power to Renner Hall is rerouted. Here is the schedule as it stands now:
Updated: June 12, 2015
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