Phase One Officially Complete with Dedication Event

While the work on the Phase One project has been complete for a few months now, Concordia Seminary waited till the warmer and more pleasant months of Spring to host its dedication of the Johann Hinrich Benidt Seminary Center. Thursday, April 26, 2012 was the culmination of more than 3 years worth of preparation, fund raising, and work on the Phase One project. With donors, members of the Seminary community, special guests, and even members of the local neighborhood present, President Dale Meyer and Dr. Kent Burreson, Dean of the Chapel, led the dedication with a crowd of nearly 300 people.

The Lord provided perfect weather for the dedication. Dr. Meyer was sure to highlight and thank all of the various individuals and teams that labored to make the Phase One project a reality. Tours of the newly renovated Benidt Center were offered to all in attendance. The dedication of the Benidt Center shows Concordia Seminary’s continued resolve to grow, flourish, and orient its life in communal ways through beautiful gathering spaces for the Seminary community, guests, and the surrounding neighborhood.

Below you’ll find a brief video which highlights the Dedication event and a picture gallery which captures candid moments from the Dedication.

Video: Dedication of the Johann Hinrich Benidt Seminary Center, April 26, 2012.

 

Pictures from the Dedication of the Johann Hinrich Benidt Seminary Center, April 26, 2012

December Update

Most of the work is finished now. There are still construction vehicles, personnel, and equipment on the premises, but it looks like they won’t be there for long. Below, there are some new galleries and some updated galleries.New photos are at the end of each gallery.

Food Bank

3rd Floor Benidt Center Finished

2nd Floor Benidt Center

Koburg Hall

Guenther Hall (new faculty lounge, offices, workspace)

November Progress

As the Phase One project winds down, spaces that were being created or renovated are beginning to be occupied. Below, there are pictures of the office renovations in Loeber Hall. You’ll also find images of the new Food Bank now located on the Lower Level of the Benidt Center. New photos will be coming later this week, so check back for an update to these galleries.

Food Bank

Loeber Hall

Guenther Progress

3rd Floor Benidt Center

2nd Floor Benidt Center

Koburg Hall

 

UPDATE: October-November Progress

Most of the galleries have been updated with photos from the past 3 weeks. Again, progress is now in the details, but there’s still plenty to see. Look for more photos soon.

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The days of the Phase One project are slowly drawing to a close. Most of the project will wrap up within the month of November. Some things are already finished, like the East Courtyard and the Kitchen and Serving area. Rather than posting updated gallery links, new galleries have been created to display the work of October. New work is happening every day, but it is sometimes hard to capture — this far into the project, big visible differences are hard to come by and so the photos show updates about every 2 weeks or so. That way, you can see the cumulative difference. Below are all the newest galleries.

Finished parts of the Project

East Courtyard and President’s Quad

Kitchen and Serving Area

Stoeckhardt Hall

Unfinished parts of the Project

Lower Level

Third Floor

Second Floor

Elevator

Koburg Hall

Sidewalk Entry to Benidt Center

Guenther Hall

Unrelated Project, but concurrent with Phase One

Academic Quad Reflecting Pool and Seating Areas

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October Progress

The days of the Phase One project are slowly drawing to a close. Most of the project will wrap up within the month of November. Some things are already finished, like the East Courtyard and the Kitchen and Serving area. Rather than posting updated gallery links, new galleries have been created to display the work of October. New work is happening every day, but it is sometimes hard to capture — this far into the project, big visible differences are hard to come by and so the photos show updates about every 2 weeks or so. That way, you can see the cumulative difference. Below are all the newest galleries.

Finished parts of the Project

East Courtyard and President’s Quad

Kitchen and Serving Area

Stoeckhardt Hall

Unfinished parts of the Project

Lower Level

Third Floor

Second Floor

Elevator

Koburg Hall

Sidewalk Entry to Benidt Center

Guenther Hall

Unrelated Project, but concurrent with Phase One

Academic Quad Reflecting Pool and Seating Areas

Many Galleries Updated

In the posts below, especially those from the month of August, the photo galleries are continually updated even though new posts are not written. You can see new photos of the East Courtyard, photos of some of the new office space and arrangements in Stoeckhardt Hall, progress on the 3rd floor, and progress on the lower level. Just scroll below and revisit some of those previous posts to click through the picture galleries.

Elevator Construction

The new elevator is coming together piece by piece. Construction occurs from inside the shaft, outward. A platform is placed inside the shaft once the guiding beams and hydraulic equipment have been installed. From that platform, which is mobile, the doors are set for each floor. The final piece to be put together is the cab itself. The hydraulic pump which will run the elevator is remarkably small. You’ll see it in the photo of the open closet in the gallery below.

Board of Regents Tour Project

Concordia Seminary’s Board of Regents met on campus last week for their annual September meeting. During their time here they were guided through the Phase One Project by Steve Mudd (Director of Facilities Planning, Phase One Project Manager) to see all that had changed since their last visit in May. Click through the gallery below to experience the visit with them.

Kitchen Equipment Finished

Last week, the new cutting edge technology kitchen was finished. All the new equipment has been fully installed. The new food service director has been on campus for the past month, overseeing the process of equipment installation and getting ready to fire things up. Food service for the campus community will begin again in October. Currently, the kitchen staff are getting used to their new equipment and training on its use. The picture gallery below shows progress of equipment delivery up to last week.

Historic Log Cabin Replica Moved

Last week saw one of the more epic moments in the course of the Phase One project. The near 80 yr old historic log cabin replica—it looks like the original one-room Seminary which began in Perry County in the mid-19th century—was moved from its hidden (and somewhat forgotten) location between Loeber Hall and the Concordia Historical Institute/Environmental Services building to the grassy lawn at the South side of Koburg Hall. Now in a place of prominence, the cabin can once again be a significant destination on campus, representative of the long and rich heritage of Concordia Seminary and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

For most of the replica’s history, it was located on the plot where the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus now stands. 20 years ago, as construction on the giant chapel was looming, the cabin had to be moved. It was tentatively relocated to the property near faculty house 13. Below, in the first gallery, some of the images (both in color, as well as┬áblack and white) are of the cabin in that location. The replica was soon moved to its most recent location behind Loeber Hall. The remainder of the photos in that first gallery capture the events of that move.

As the Phase One project was getting under way, one of the last details of the planning included moving the cabin to a much more distinctive location on campus. For this to occur during the work of Phase One was a perfect time, since certain parts of the preparatory work could be accomplished by workers already present on campus, such as laying the foundation pillars upon which the cabin would sit at its new location.

Last week at 3-man team who exhibited some of the most amazing coordination many of us had ever witnessed, often without speaking a word, slowly hoisted the cabin off of its old foundation by constructing a flat-bed trailer from underneath where the cabin was sitting. Through the sophisticated use of hydraulics and sheer skill, one man used a remote-control to guide the self-driven flat bed—which could be leveled on-the-fly with the built in hydraulics—while the other two ran ahead, behind, and often times walked under the trailer with the house sitting inches above them, in order to guide the cabin to its new location. The move created enough interest that it drew people from the campus community and even the surrounding neighborhood to watch. Beyond Call Day or Commencement, last week’s move of the replica log cabin may have been one of the most photographed events in the history of Concordia Seminary.

Below is the gallery of the cabin sitting on the property of house 13 and some old pictures we have discovered from when the cabin was moved to its most recent location (many thanks to CHI for these photos). Also included is a small set of historical photos. One is of the original one-room seminary. The other pictures come from a news article on the construction of the replica during the 1930s—it was built not long after the Clayton campus was dedicated.

Lastly, there is quite a large gallery of the move from last week.

Look for a future video featuring an interview with Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary, which captures the events of the move.