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One Brick at a Time

The new building’s exterior is coming together one brick at a time. The masonry team has been hard at work calculating angles, cutting , laying and washing the bricks. Each day the structure is becoming more familiar – fitting in with the timeless look around campus. It is exciting for members of the College community to witness the visual progress each week.

Once complete, there will be a total of 450,000 bricks used in this project. Additional photos of the brickwork will be posted throughout the fall.




Topping Off Ceremony

Look up! This week marked the Topping Off of the new residence hall. To commemorate this exciting milestone a concrete block, decorated with hundreds of signatures, was hoisted up to the 18th story then placed on top of the lower building for all to see. A total of 80 million pounds of concrete went into the structure of this building. This sturdy and HEAVY apartment-style residence hall remains on schedule to open its doors in August 2018.


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

The construction team has worked their way up to the 13th floor! At this rate, the building will be topped off by August. Below are some action shots of crew members working hard on a beautiful summer day in Boston. Each member plays an important role in this massive project.

Set Your Sights High!

Emmanuel’s logo was placed at the top of the stairwell on the new residence hall. Now the site of this exciting project can be seen from miles away!

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

site shot

This photo shows how the College’s new apartment-style residence hall will impact and enhance not only Emmanuel’s campus, but also the entire surrounding neighborhood. The concrete stairwell represents the actual height of the building. The U-shape building is currently up to the 6th (out of 18) floor.

Aerial Views

Last week we sent our drone up and overhead to capture some aerial views of the new residence hall project site. As you can see, the stairwell is almost finished and the tower crane is still standing strong. The construction crew has made great progress and we look forward to posting more drone images throughout the spring.



Let It Snow!

On Saturday, January 7th, winter storm Helena visited Boston. The construction crew braved the elements and did not let the blizzard slow them down. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the new residence hall project is still on track to open in August 2018.


The crew waterproofed the site and then rebar was strategically placed within the section that had not yet been filled with concrete. Rebar is reinforcement steel used as a tension device to strengthen and hold the concrete in place.


Massive snow tarps were lowered to the site by the Tower Crane.


Crew members rolled out the tarps as carefully and quickly as possible to make sure nothing was exposed.


The snow tarps protected the area overnight.


The following morning, crew members shoveled off the snow and the crane operator removed each tarp one by one.



Tower Crane

A 309-foot-tall tower crane, which is taller than the length of a football field, has been erected within the site of the new residence hall. This crane will be a permanent fixture for the duration of the construction and a key component to the project since it will aid in lifting heavy loads (up to 43,000 pounds!) to great heights.


The tower crane took a crew of workers over 20 hours to assemble.




Concrete Pour #1

The first of four overnight concrete pours took place within the construction site on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Over the course of 16 hours, 150 concrete mixer trucks entered and exited Emmanuel’s campus. These trucks delivered 1,480 yards of concrete. It is essential that the placement of the concrete be a continuous operation and, as shown in the time-lapse video below, elephant trucks pumped the concrete at a consistent rate in order to keep the distribution even. Several construction crew members were stationed within the slab frame so they could smooth out the concrete as it was being poured.

The purpose of the first pour was to create a solid, structural slab that will support the northeast section of the building and provide the foundation for the tower crane.