Academic Core taking shape
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The foundation for Ohlone’s Academic Core Project has been laid down after a rainy couple of months.
There was a “dent in the schedule” during January and February, said Robert Dias, Director of Measure G, but operations are back on course.
Despite unideal weather, the past two weeks have been great for construction. Workers have made “significant progress” over the span, said Dias.
Voters passed the $349 million bond in 2010 and the project began with demolition of Buildings 1, 2 and 8, which were built in the 1970s.
Groundbreaking began last April and since then construction workers have been setting up the footprints for the Academic Core Buildings at the heart of the campus.
Structures for all three main buildings of the project are being built simultaneously.
Depending on logistics and positioning of the crane, each building is coming together with different sequencing.
For example, Building 2 is further along as its skeleton has two floors already in place.
The floors are created by “an erection of steel with safety in mind first,” said Dias.
After that, floors are decked and concrete is put over the bases of steel. The process will eventually happen with each structure.
Following this phase, Dias said work will “appear to stop” but they'll be working on other parts, such as the interior of each building.
The complex is set to open in the Spring of 2019.