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    Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Maybe nobody cares, but a nice three minute video. I used to live there and have been to dozens of games; let me tell you the public spaces outside the seating bowl - - concessions, restrooms, etc. are terrible.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=kuvMjPC5gEY#!



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    This is an amazing facility. I remember visiting it once and learning about how they built the roof as a single piece of poured concrete. I may not have it exactly right, but as I recall the story, they built forms inside, poured the concrete, then had tractors pull miles of cable tight around the perimeter, and this lifted the roof so that the forms could be removed. Once you recognize that the roof is a single piece of concrete, it does make you feel a bit unsafe!



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Quote Originally Posted by TOFB4ISU View Post
    Maybe nobody cares, but a nice three minute video. I used to live there and have been to dozens of games; let me tell you the public spaces outside the seating bowl - - concessions, restrooms, etc. are terrible.

    Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation Video - YouTube!
    Awesome! Thanks for sharing I am a huge Illinois fan. Assembly Hall needs this uplift and it looks great. The 2005 team was a nice touch. I will never forget the game they played Arizona in the tournament. I did cry.



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    This is an amazing facility. I remember visiting it once and learning about how they built the roof as a single piece of poured concrete. I may not have it exactly right, but as I recall the story, they built forms inside, poured the concrete, then had tractors pull miles of cable tight around the perimeter, and this lifted the roof so that the forms could be removed. Once you recognize that the roof is a single piece of concrete, it does make you feel a bit unsafe!
    Found a Wikipedia article talking about that: Construction of Assembly Hall (Champaign) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    According to the article "To Cover this Assembly Bowl: A 400-ft Prestressed Saucer, the roof was cast in 24 segments of 15 degrees each. Each segment of the roof is 52 feet wide at the rim, and 6.5 feet wide at the center. The central ring beam, or very center of the dome, is a heavily reinforced 4 feet thick concrete slab that contains 170 cubic yards of lightweight concrete. The entire roof used 2,880 cubic yards of light weight concrete that weighed only 105 pounds per cubic feet."[1]
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    After all the post-tensioning was completed the 85 sq. in. of total cross-sectional area of wrapped steel was fully encased in 200 cu yd of grout, creating a permanent bond.[7] The post-tensioning of the concrete worked so well that the roof raised 2 in. off of the center tower by the time tensioning was finished.[7] The post-tensioning of the roof was completed on March 16.[7]


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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Here is some more good stuff that is like I recall. I love the part about the tractor being used to create enormous tension.

    The building was constructed on a truly massive scale in every respect. The 400-foot diameter of the building reaches its peak at 128 feet above the center floor. During construction a special horizontal-wheeled tractor was borrowed from missile silo work to wind 614 miles of 1/5" steel wire around the dome's edge, circling the dome 2,467 times. This placed more than 130,000 pounds per square inch of tension on the concrete, which caused it to squeeze inward and rise upwards, such that the 800,000 square feet of wooden scaffolding which had supported the concrete when it was poured was uncovered and removed. The dome today is 2 inches less than it was when it was originally poured due to this operation. Even the concourse was built on an impressive scale, with 24 bridges leading onto the quarter mile concourse, which is lit by 24 skylights.

    Assembly Hall: UIHistories Project Virtual Tour at the University of Illinois



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Illinois is my second favorite University - thanks for sharing!



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Ok so Illinois and Indiana both have well known basketball arenas named Assembly Hall. Who copied who?


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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    My favorite Assembly Hall moment. Breaking the hearts of the hoks never gets old.

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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBroncos View Post
    Ok so Illinois and Indiana both have well known basketball arenas named Assembly Hall. Who copied who?
    Illinois opened in 63, Indiana 71



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    Illinois opened in 63, Indiana 71
    But Indiana's is more well known


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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBroncos View Post
    Ok so Illinois and Indiana both have well known basketball arenas named Assembly Hall. Who copied who?
    And both have lesser-known football stadiums named Memorial Stadium.



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBroncos View Post
    But Indiana's is more well known
    Not for its architecture! Who cares about being known for national championships?



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    Not for its architecture! Who cares about being known for national championships?
    Damn straight. They don't call this the Iowa State University of Science and Technology for nothin'. Give me a ****in' engineering conversation any ****in' day of the week and twice on Sunday.



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    $25 increase to student ticket prices. So they used to be $170 and will now be $195. Yeesh if it isnt expensive enough to go to school there



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    Re: Illinois Assembly Hall Renovation

    I have degrees from both Iowa State and Illinois so have spent many hours watching basketball in the Assembly Hall. There was a very long and spirited debate about whether to remodel or build an entirely new facility. So glad they chose to remodel as the Assembly Hall is so unique and iconic. The white, curved dome can be seen for miles rising up over the flat horizon and corn.



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