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Steel Shots: Rockin’ Ironworkers
Posted by Tom Klemens on June 17, 2011 at 8:56 AM.



While the crane is getting set, ironworkers get into the spirit of the project by posing on the structural steel for the new building going up at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Photo by Erin English, Old Town School of Folk Music.


Isn’t it nice when somebody takes notice of the structural steel? Gail Tyler, administration director of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, has been blogging regularly since mid-February about the construction of the school’s new building. Her first post appropriately featured the beginning of the steel erection. Toward the end of March, the crew took the occasion of a lull in the action as a photo op, resulting in the image above. Here’s Tyler’s commentary from that post:


“A few days ago we handed over guitars, a mandolin, a ukulele and harmonicas to the Iron Worker crew, and took this picture before work started with the crane. At least two of them play — can you guess which?”   


According to its website, the Old Town School of Folk Music is the largest community arts school in the nation. This new facility marks the first time the school has constructed a new building from the ground up. The structure is designed to be the primary site for the school’s loudest group classes (such as Irish step dancing) and will include three large dance studios equipped with sprung floors, 16 acoustically engineered classrooms, and a flex-use 2,100-sq.-ft, 150-seat convertible space that will act as a classroom, community area, dance hall and performance venue. Additionally, the large lobby will serve as a community gathering area.


To read more about the project, visit the school website and click on Expansion Project, then Construction News, or click here.



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