Southern Oregon University’s first building, 86 year old Churchill Hall needed complex seismic and architectural renovation. While keeping the historic face of the building, an entirely new skeleton and frame was needed to make it less susceptible to earthquake damage.
Originally, the 450,000 pounds of steel for the building was to be installed by tearing off the roof and placing each beam with a sky crane. Ausland’s team of installers envisioned a plan to funnel the nearly half million pounds of steel through one of the existing 3′ x 5′ windows, eliminating the cost and risks of the roof removal and crane.
Through these creative means and others, Ausland completed the project two months early and with significant cost savings.