A year ago this site was nothing but dirt.
As you can see in the webcam photo above, the full frame of the Health Education Campus (HEC) building now is evident, with most of the trusses up and the skylight starting to be installed.
In the end, that skylight will include more than 27,000 square feet of glass, and weigh more than 400,000 pounds. As of the end of September, crews had poured nearly 20,000 cubic yards of concrete, and placed more than 1,600 tons of rebar.
How much work did all of this progress take? More than 225,000 person hours. Here, you see several of the trusses from below:
And then above, as workers paint them:
Now that the building’s shell is nearly complete, crews are turning to essential interior tasks, like ductwork, electrical and other utility needs.
Meanwhile, faculty at the School of Dental Medicine are working with architects from the Westlake Reed Leskosky architecture firm on plans for the clinic that will stand opposite the Health Education Campus building on the north side of Chester Avenue. Known as the Schematic Design Phase, this stage involves the architects’ research about the project’s goals and needs, culminating in conceptual drawings that ultimately become floor plan layouts.
This dental clinic project remains on schedule to have construction start in May of next year, with an opening to correspond with the completion of the main HEC in the summer of 2019.