Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – This fall semester I came across a wonderful opportunity working with Turner Construction Company on the Walter Field House. The Walter Field house consists of a full-size football field with a four lane track enclosing the field. Construction at the end of Spring semester and at the beginning of the Fall semester they started placing the vertical columns.
Now eight weeks into the project, they have 80 percent of the steel structure complete with walls being built every day. In addition, the roof is starting to cover nearly 25 percent of the structure. I get to work with the project superintendent, David Stanton. Therefore, I get to learn firsthand what all goes into the $12 million project. Furthermore, I am involved with Construction documentation, Quality assurance, Site coordination, and Information distribution. This experience is great and for this field house to be built on Ohio University’s campus is so cool to be a part of.
One of the coolest things to see is the roofing structure being built. This is because the field is an open area, the girders for the roof are massive, causing two sections to be placed at the same time in order to help support each other. They do this by using two cranes, lifting them at the same time, and placing them with less than a foot clearance at the peak of the structure.
Additionally, I work with a great group of guys. The foremen teach me something new every day I am there. Overall, this experience benefits me due to the fact that over the past two years I have been contemplating about going into construction management. It gives me great experience and I’ve learned that it is something I enjoy doing.