Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Not another brick in the wall


This picture comes courtesy of regular reader Ryan. It shows the slabs of prefab brick wall being delivered to Alumni. A few interesting developments can be inferred. First the color of the bricks matches the same color schemes in and around Alumni and Conte. Since the old padding was maroon, I wondered if the bricks in the wall would be maroon or a shade of red. I think a red wall against the green turf looks better on TV. I fear this might look a little dull. But I'll hold out hope until the project is done.

The second development is that it appears this wall is not real brick and will be significantly (if not all) prefabricated. I know next to nothing about construction, so this might be the most current method for building a brick wall. I just assumed they would be laying each individual brick. If it is all prefab, I don't know why the project will take so long. I also don't know how the wall slabs work from an economic standpoint nor a repair standpoint. If anyone is familiar with this, please comment or email me. I also wonder and hope that the faux wall will be easier on the players. I can't recall a player running into the old pads, but it was a nice safety precaution. Our walls are close enough to the field that a crash could happen. I also would love to know about the acoustics of a less dense wall. Will is muffle or amplify noise? So many questions. Who knew a little wall would be so interesting.


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8 Comments:

At 12:54 PM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

This is the "green" way to do it so that when they shrink the stadium to 20,000 seats to ensure a sell out they'll be able to remove and reuse the "bricks" elsewhere, to fortify GDF's bunker, for example.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I have something like this on my front steps at home. All I can say is - it's a thin slice of brick that's really fragile as a result. Seems like an odd choice to line a football stadium unless there's some serious backing to it.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

I would hope that the architect and builder know about these things. They are not load bearing walls. they will not have to bear up to traffic, wheeled or pedestrian.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

I would hope that the architect and builder know about these things. They are not load bearing walls. they will not have to bear up to traffic, wheeled or pedestrian.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger knucklehead said...

I would rather have Duece Finch run head first into a "pre-fab" brick wall than a real one. Along the same lines one of the selling points of the new field turf is that it results in fewer injuries.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger OSHAguy said...

A real brick wall is nuts. It is a lawsuit waiting to happen once a player or fan crashes into it.

I am sure BC is making every effort to make sure the wall is state of the art in safety.

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

Surely there's a joke in here somewhere about appearances over substance, perception vs. reality, etc. It's a metaphor for something, right? Or is the first New England heat wave of the summer just making me cranky?

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger CT said...

Must be pretty slow when a pre-fabricated pseudo-brick wall is a topic of conversation.

Hey, speaking of pseudo-brick walls, how would UConn look in the ACC now that Jim Calhoun has nurtured that APR into an NCAA tournament ban next year? Inspiring stuff.

You'd think that if you systematically cheated in recruiting like UConn has been proven to do, that you'd at least get a couple of the kids to the Jim Calhoun Memorial Library every once in a while? Or at least give the team the stolen laptops with Mapquest as the home page, should they get lost on their way.

 

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