Fall 2015

Bulldozers Came August 27

Shaw Construction returned to the Bucksbaum Campus just three days after the summer Festival ended. Bulldozers started demolition and digging in short order to meet the tight construction schedule. Trees and bushes pulled were chipped, as seen here.

Making Way for Building

Vegetation surrounding the Great Pond was pulled to make way for equipment work on the foundation for Hurst Hall. The ponds look bare without the familiar greenery, as seen in this photo taken in September 1.


Goodbye Isolde

Across the ponds and next to the Business Building, the small duo-studio building, affectionately known as "Isolde," was the first building to be torn down in this phase. This photo, taken September 1, shows where it had been.

Waterline Extended

In this phase, water, sewer, and other infrastructure will be extended to the back part of the Campus. The waterline extension went smoothly during the sunny September weather, as is shown in the photo above taken on September 24. 


Excavation Begins

Next to the Hardy Administration Building will be a companion building with a cafeteria on the first floor and offices on the second floor. Here, in a photo taken on September 24, excavation for its foundation begins.

Going Deeper

Another view of excavation for the foundation of the new cafeteria/offices building. Fall colors are starting to show.


Another View

Another view of the excavation for the cafeteria/office building shows the existing, historic Hardy Administration Building on the side where the buildings will be connected. The basement, formerly used as the cafeteria, will be finished and used for storage.


Lobby of Admin Building

Plans are to restore the historic mining building, including what had been the AMFS lobby and was before a place for the miners to congregate, seen above on September 30. The original wood floor, fireplace, and high ceilings will make this again a nice place to gather.


Driving Micropiles 

Micropiles are rods driven deep in to the earth and rock to create a building's foundation. Here, from September 18, a photo shows the machine driving them for Hurst Hall.


New Spot for Old Building

The former AMFS Business Office will be moved about 30 feet further back on the Campus to accommodate the new site design with a Middle School building and playing field where it used to sit. Here, on September 17, they start to dig the new foundation.


Another Historic Fireplace 

Inside the AMFS Business Office, another historic fireplace is opened up for checking before the move to its new location.


Preparing for House Move

Bailey House Movers set up beams under the AMFS Business Office, once the home of the Newman Mine foreman, in preparation for moving the structure.


House Move Part 2

On Monday, October 12, the house, still sitting on large metal beams, was attached to dollies with large rubber wheels, and a truck--ready for the drive 150 feet to the new foundation for the structure.

Exacting Work

Each rock of the exterior of the Business Building foundation was carefully labelled as it was disassembled so that it could be reassembled exactly as it was.

Elevator Shafts Rising

Foundation excavation for the two-story Middle School Building began literally moments after the AMFS Business Building moved. Already in progress was the elevator shaft, seen here reaching skyward on October 15. Photo: Harry Teague


Inside the Admin Building

The Hardy Administration Building was originally used by the Newman Mine in the 1800s for its miners and operations. As part of its restoration and repair, non-historic walls were removed. Remaining are brick walls, wood floors, and a walk-in safe (right).


View From Admin Building

A view through the windows of the Hardy Administration Building of the other historic building on the Campus, known as the Business Office. The smaller building was used as the home of the Newman Mine foreman.


Foundation for Hurst Hall 

Here, in a photo taken on September 24, a worker seals the concrete in the foundation for Hurst Hall. Hurst Hall will be the largest hall on Campus and can accommodate a large Romantic orchestra.


A Solid Foundation 

After it is moved, the historic building will have something it never had before: a truly solid modern foundation. Here, on September 24, it takes shape. The Business Office, seen in the background in this photo, waits patiently.


Mining Wheel Unearthed

Occasionally mining days detritus shows up during the digging. On September 18, the photo above was snapped of an unearthed mining cart wheel.


Lateral Slide

The building moved on rollers across the beams, with motion as smooth as glass. Photos taken on October 9, 2015.   


Almost There

Shortly after noon the truck tidily drove the house over next to its new foundation. The actual building movement took only about three minutes, during a week-plus of careful set-up and adjustments.

Finally There

On October 20, the AMFS Business Building finally completed its move and slid on to its new foundation. Photo: Harry Teague

Special Air Ducts

These special, large-scale air ducts (for heating and cooling) are seen being installed for Hurst Hall on October 20. The size allows air to move slowly, and thus silently, so that rehearsing musicians are not accompanied by an HVAC hum. Photo: Harry Teague