It has been a while since I reported about progress on the new building at Itasca. Why? As mentioned before, construction has been slowed because the Itasca campus has been firmly in the jaws of a bitter winter ... and it still is. The photos you see accompanying this blog entry were taken at a temperature of zero degrees. I checked the thickness of the ice on Lake Itasca. It stands at 35 inches with more ice forming. Pretty cold for a spring day in mid-March, eh?
But, I am happy with its progress. The roof is completed and getting shingled. The floor is finished, and all of the interior rooms are framed up. It is starting to look like a real building! The electricians are putting in the conduit for electricity and the CAT-5 cables needed to get our electronic systems/phones up and running. The construction company is having reps from the window company come to Itasca this week. They will instruct the carpenters about how to install the hi-tech windows for our close to zero energy building.
The photos show a bit of the interior. One is a view down the length of the southern side of the building (called the sun corridor) that will allow passive heating of the building through the large windows on its southern wall. The second shows Louis Hammond standing near the middle of our auditorium. He is one of our main computer consultants from the University. Louis looks a little glum, perhaps because it was very cold inside and outside of the building. The last photo shows one of the classrooms. It will have very good indirect lighting from the large window on the north side and the window high on the roof that also allows indirect lighting into the building. Hopefully, by the end of May, we can get into our new digs and use it for a good part of the summer.