Trusting The Trusses

December 26, 2007
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The main trusses for Calvin College's new 175,000-square-foot Van Noord Arena went up recently. Each section is 70 to 80 feet long, 13 feet high, two feet wide and weighs approximately 33 tons. The truss sections were fabricated at Steel Supply & Engineering in Grand Rapids and were brought to Calvin's campus via wide-load trucks. The Christman Co., general contractor on the project, provided planning and coordination for this phase of the project, as well as management of schedule, construction budget, quality and safety for the overall project. Van Noord Arena is part of a $49.5 million athletic expansion — the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex — that in turn is part of the school's current $150 million fund-raising campaign. The new arena, which will seat nearly 5,000, replaces the Calvin Fieldhouse, which was built in 1965, as the home court for the school's Division III men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team.

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