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Commencement on the Diag

In mid-February a team of individuals from Development, Architecture and Engineering and Plant Operations met to begin planning how to convert the Diag in the center of campus into venue to safely seat 4,000 graduates and upwards of 25,000 friends and family members. The physical challenges were enormous, they included trees blocking site lines, hills which required temporary removal, temporary flooring, folding chairs, bleachers, audio walls and sound towers. The planning for the event involved a project schedule which was very similar in nature to a construction or renovation project. The phase outlined all of the activities which involved competitive bid and award such as Flooring, Seating, Audio Video and staging.
The photo at right shows the stage under construction.

Commencement on the Diag Project Report

  [photo, The stage being assembled]
[photo, A view of the Diag from North University towards Hatcher Library ]
View from North University towards Hatcher Library
[photo, outdoor floor under construction.]
[photo, outdoor floor under construction]
A floor is constructed to make a solid base for the chairs.
[photo, Bleachers]
Bleachers set up.

[photo, Assembly of one of the video walls.]
[photo, Assembly of one of the video walls.]
One of the video walls being assembled.
[photo, Rows of chairs set up on west Diag]
[photo, Rows of chairs set up on west Diag]
Chairs set up on the west side of the Diag.

Watch a time lapse video of set up and take down of the project.

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