The steel has found its place on our campus, like a massive Tinker Toy experiment, but bigger and more permanent. Today, we were excited to see the pieces for the roof of the new construction arrive. Something about a ceiling just makes the whole thing seem real!
Most of our steel has been delivered and is being erected to form the walls of our administration suite. It's like a giant erector set right here. The Kindergartners love it!
The concrete is poured for the new foundations that will become the administration wing off of Ellis Hall, and the faculty and admin offices for Willis Hall. Next up: framing!
This morning, before the sun was up, the concrete was down and filling in the forms for the footers of the new buildings. Later that morning crews worked with some pretty cool machinery (according to our Kindergartners) to smooth and dry the concrete. Not quite "hands-on" learning, but pretty good seats, regardless.
The students are back and already they are enjoying some of the upgrades of the new construction. Though you wouldn't know it by looking at the outside of campus as you drive up toward Willis Hall, inside, magic is happening. Well, not really magic so much as science. The chemistry labs have been outfitted with a vacuum filtration system that cuts filtration time for experiments substantially. The coolest part? Students have access to a tool that they normally wouldn't see until college. How's that for college prep?
The foundation footers have been dug for the new buildings that will connect Willis and Ellis Hall. You can literally see them take shape!
Dr. Proctor met with the Roanoke Times this past week and we ended up on the front page of the Sunday Times with details about our project and the impact it will have on the Valley. If you didn't get a chance to see it, read it here:
These may not be the most exciting additions to Willis Hall, but they're just as important. These "little things" are big accomplishments for those familiar with the "challenges" of Willis Hall, like a leaky roof (no more!), bad HVAC (we have new closets to make room for the new system!) and aging electrical (brand-spanking-new!). Yes, we're kind of giddy about these hidden gems. After all, on a rainy day like today, that new roof makes a BIG difference!
This campaign is a campaign of joy. We look forward to sharing wonderful news as we collect momentum towards our goal. Check back often and join the excitement.