I stopped by Strawberry Canyon the other day to check out the construction progress. In one month's time since my last visit, some nice progress has been made, and as Berkelium97 noted, some milestones are being reached this month.
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As part of the project to seismically strengthen California Memorial Stadium, steel braces will be installed along the west wall of the stadium. They will be installed starting May 15 and will rest on the plaza on top of the SAHPC.
Forming and pouring exterior walls continues. Concrete pours continue to take place approximately every three days. The final concrete pour for the new building’s exterior is scheduled to take place May 27.
Installation of interior utilities (plumbing, electrical and sprinklers) is underway on the first floor of the new building.
Starting with the south end, we can see the work on the 4th level of the structure. Most of the SAHPC is a two-level structure, but on the south end starting at section HH, the structure contains two additional floors for coaching offices for the olympic sports.
Another view of the south end further ahead.
A view of the south end facing the stadium from a month ago.
The same view a month later. One thing to note is that at this south end, the SAHPC rises slightly higher than the previous ground level. Three of the framed rectangular entries (HH-I, I-II, and II-J) will no longer be accessible. Instead, the SAHPC plaza deck in this area will be level with the base of the glorious arches.
Here we can see approximately how far the 3rd and 4th levels extend to.
The sloping rebar will be stairs on the plaza. According to some renderings, there will be a landing halfway up the stairs. It looks to me like the stairs could be made wider but that concrete wall will serve as some sort of divider for another pathway that will exist on the other side of the exterior wall.
A closeup of the rebar that will soon be stairs. The stairs will rise above where the SAHPC goes from two stories to four stories.
A view showing the section of the plaza that has yet to be poured in concrete. The unpoured section roughly corresponds to where the weight room will be.
The open rectangular section in the middle is part of the entrance area on the north end of the SAHPC. The entrance will be at the 2nd level, with exterior stairs up to the plaza level and down to the first level.
Rebar is laid down for that final concrete pour.
The concrete for the plaza towards the north end has already been poured.
The north end of the SAHPC is where the football locker room, coaches offices, and team meeting rooms will be. The heart of the action.
More of the football end.
I have no idea what that giant box is. Maybe an elevator shaft for service in case they don't build that loading dock?
That giant box isn't the most picturesque feature.
Work continues in the Boalt Lot: temporary trailers were delivered to the Boalt Lot May 8. Construction to level the trailers, connect them to utilities, and build ramps and stairs is underway. These trailers will serve as office space for the Student Athlete High Performance Center construction project team, who are scheduled to move from Memorial Stadium the week of May 31.
Remember what used to be in this spot? Those 2 houses that were moved out.
Here they are, 2241 and 2243 College, 2 houses that went to the highest bidder. I wonder if anyone bought them and where they were moved to.
One day, this Boalt parking lot between the law and business schools where the trailers have been installed will be transformed into an academic building. I mention this here because the plans include a nice grassy area that could be used for pregame activities.
There will also be a nicely landscaped pathway leading to the stadium. The band might find this useful. I can't remember what route the band currently takes to reach the stadium.
View from Piedmont Avenue.
Finally, the new ticket plaza, which will have a red tile roof according to my avatar.