August 26, 2011

Ethnic Cultural Center Renovation Update

By Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Exciting progress continues to be made on the renovation project for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s Ethnic Cultural Center.

On Friday, August 19, the walls containing the historic murals in the ECC were extracted from the building and transferred to a facility where they will be stored under archival conditions until being reinstalled in the new building.

Below is a quick look at the extraction process of the Native American Mural:

The process began with the mural being cut from the roof and surrounding walls. It was attached to metal beams that were connected to concrete blocks for support.

Here the braces and wall are being connected to a large crane


Once a crew member gave the signal, the wall is slowly lifted from the building


The wall is lifted higher and the inside of the building is exposed


The crane continues to lift the wall into the sky, and moves it to the designated landing spot onto the street.


The wall is lowered to its “landing spot” on the street.


Construction workers continue to feed instructions to the crane operator.


The wall is covered with a special weather guard for protection during its transfer to the storage facility. The wall is then lifted onto a flatbed semi-truck for its transfer to the storage facility.

Photos by Nataly Brockwell

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Learn more about OMA&D’s Ethnic Cultural Center.

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