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Odd Fellows Hall Project Gets Rolling (and Spinning)

May 6, 2009

Layton Construction has teamed with Emmert International to move the 118-year-old, five-million-pound Odd Fellows Hall building across the street to open up space west of the Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City for a new federal courthouse.

Workers did a test run on Monday, April 27, 2009 and moved the building about a foot. The next day, construction crews were able to successfully move the building 115 feet horizontally to the west. Crews anticipated that the risky, meticulous move would take at least eight hours, but were able to complete the move in just two. Safety teams monitored the building carefully throughout every inch of the move, using hydraulics to keep the building level as it transitioned from its original location across an engineered wood-structured "bridge" to a heavily compacted soil surface covered with one-inch steel plates. The area was engineered to carry the load of the five-million pound structure.

On May 6, 2009, crews successfully turned the building 180 degrees, a process that was also completed more quickly than workers had anticipated. The slow and steady turn was barely perceptible to observers. Workers were required to reposition the moving apparatus--a complex cable and pulley system--a number of times to complete the rotation. The Odd Fellows Hall building is now facing south--it was turned backward in preparation for its move across Market Street to its new location, catty-corner from its former location.

Phase Three of the process is to move the Odd Fellows building back to its original location once the foundation has been removed and the hole back-filled. Phase Four will slide the building north across Market Street. The final phase will move the structure east into its new home. The project team anticipates the final move to happen in August.

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