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blocked off UP? i havent noticed anything.. then again i live downtown and take 5th street to school, so i dont travel UP every day. it was probably just for the weekend or a quick fix repair. of course they are doing lots of serious construction immediately to the north of UP for the new bridges/access lanes, but nothing that i know of planned to happen to UP.

 

Sorry...not UP itself, just a section alongside it between the road and the river.  You can see the stadium beyond the construction fencing so I was guessing it was related to the bridge that's supposed to go accross.

 

Homecoming weekend is going to be pretty spectacular once they get it all done since you won't have to leave campus for the game anymore.  Straight from the parade to the tailgate!

 

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agreed! cant wait till next year. yes thats the two new suspension/girder(?) bridges under construction (in the first picture), and the new access roads to the bridges.

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Speaking of suspension bridges, do they still hold parties on the suspension bridge downtown now that dancing is allowed on campus?

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there are a few events still held at the suspension bridge but i would guess many of the "dance parties" have been moved to campus. ive seen a few in the quad.

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Speaking of suspension bridges, do they still hold parties on the suspension bridge downtown now that dancing is allowed on campus?

there have been at least 4-5 events that ive noticed held at the suspension bridge since you asked that question, haha.

they started installing the guy wire cables for the new suspension/girder feeder road bridges by the stadium..

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and much more extensive brick work has begun on the west side. for some reason the blue siding material thats behind the brick looks pink in this picture (it was at sunset), but you can see the difference between the pink (blue) and the signature baylor red brick.

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found a fantastic spot for viewing construction.. right behind the law school. i hadnt been back there since the stadium started rising so it was crazy to see how impressive it looks across the river.

here are a few of what i presume are caisson type things for the footings of the pedestrian bridge. there is another behind the tree to the left.ECEBDB7A-D284-4629-ABD1-F9B70FDD5F0C-481

and of course, the view everyone wants to see.. the interior of the stadium
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found a fantastic spot for viewing construction.. right behind the law school. i hadnt been back there since the stadium started rising so it was crazy to see how impressive it looks across the river.

here are a few of what i presume are caisson type things for the footings of the pedestrian bridge. there is another behind the tree to the left.ECEBDB7A-D284-4629-ABD1-F9B70FDD5F0C-481

and of course, the view everyone wants to see.. the interior of the stadium

 

 

Very nice.  I semi-recognize that riverbank as I used to check out a sunfish from the marina and sail up and down the river as far as they would let us after class.  What's going on in the distance with the crane? 

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Very nice.  I semi-recognize that riverbank as I used to check out a sunfish from the marina and sail up and down the river as far as they would let us after class.  What's going on in the distance with the crane? 

haha, yes the riverbank has changed a bit. there used to be a few little coves/cut offs of the river on the northern side. i think they are converting the one closest to 35 into the new stadium marina they are building for sail-gating.

that construction is the new track and field stadium/complex, on the other side of the new marina from the football stadium. 

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Very nice.  I semi-recognize that riverbank as I used to check out a sunfish from the marina and sail up and down the river as far as they would let us after class.  What's going on in the distance with the crane? 

That appears to be the location of the new track & field complex.

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they are starting on cladding on the upper right portion of the west side.

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Because I haven't contributed photo-wise in forever, and just happened to be in the area yesterday, as I was heading back to H-town...

 

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Because I haven't contributed photo-wise in forever, and just happened to be in the area yesterday, as I was heading back to H-town...

 

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your photo of the west side came out much better than my shot through the windshield with a glare. you can get a much better feel for how it actually appears in person, in your pictures.

i happened to be driving down MLK yesterday showing an older friend of mine the construction around the stadium, and noticed (besides the fact they are straightening MLK from where it turns on NE on E 11th, southeast to the overpass your second photo is coming up on, along with new access roads from 77/La Salle to the new stretch of MLK for an alternate route to/from the stadium) that they are putting in another section of road along side MLK between i35 and 77/La Salle, to expand MLK from the current 2 lane configuration, to 4 lanes separated by a median. i dont even think a 4 lane road will be sufficient for game day traffic, but i guess they are hoping most people walk to the stadium from campus or the downtown area.

hopefully TXDOT speeds up the access roads on 35 north of the stadium. i heard they werent supposed to open until a year after the stadium is open, which would make traffic interesting for the first year.

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The pedestrian bridge is coming along nicely.. Over half way done. It looks like the beam sitting on the barge in the lower right will be mounted before the days end..

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More facade going in...

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2014 homecoming is going to be awesome. 

 

Now if they could only put the station for my imaginary HSR line from Houston to Waco next to campus I'd be set.  We'll need to reroute the Houston station to the Energy Corridor, though.  :P

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I know it's only been 2 days but I was heading to class and noticed something strange on the roof of the newest/last segment of the roof structure they just installed. A tree! I had no idea the "construction tree" would make an appearance at the stadium (it's my first time seeing a construction tree in person), and especially didn't expect it to come literally the same day they put up the last beam for the roof.. It seems like skyhouses structure was complete for at least a week before a tree finally popped up..

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And they got that beam that was sitting on the barge installed..

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Just down the river are the barges getting new beams ready to install..

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I'm assuming the bridge span will be complete by the end of next week.. If I counted correctly there are 7-8 more sections to go.

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unfortunately my estimate of the bridge span completion was wrong. they have gotten two segments in since the last update (the two that run parallel to the newest two in the last update), and the barge cranes have been parked near the track and field stadium site since the weekend. we have had some high wind advisories and of course the freezing weather.

my reasoning for updating though was because i saw a truck taking soil samples today at the site for the new Athletics Nutrition Center..



"What Baylor football coaches are calling the “next step” in the program’s development arrived Friday, as the school announced plans for the Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center.

The 12,000 to 14,000-square foot athletic dining hall will be located adjacent to the Baylor Marina, just across the parking lot from the Simpson Academic Center and the Allison Indoor Practice Facility. Essentially, Baylor’s football players will be able to practice, visit their tutors and grab a bite to eat all within a short walk of each other, “one-stop shopping,” as Baylor strength coach Kaz Kazadi put it."

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and of course the Nutrition Center..

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Bonus.. a recent close up interior shot of the stadium i found.

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What are they doing in the top right half of the rendering?  I see the track and field area, but what's that between it an the stadium that looks like a series of giant rectangular sand traps?

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What are they doing in the top right half of the rendering?  I see the track and field area, but what's that between it an the stadium that looks like a series of giant rectangular sand traps?

 

Probably areas for shot put and discus, etc.

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woah.. when i was searching trying to find out what those sand pit looking things were i found these plans for campus..

everything from the SLC being doubled in size to new trail systems and an island in the Waco Creek, to the Music and Arts buildings being conjoined by a new large building, the Engineering building doubling in size, new pedestrian malls and road layouts, and a much expanded East Village.
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Well I lied. I drove by again and they just installed 2 beams but something big just went down at the bridge site.. There were cops everywhere and a few fire trucks and what not. We got shooed away by the cops but as we were leaving we passed what looked like a media photographer (had 2 large cameras with him) walking back towards the site. I presume we'll hear something about it on the local news..

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Well I lied. I drove by again and they just installed 2 beams but something big just went down at the bridge site.. There were cops everywhere and a few fire trucks and what not. We got shooed away by the cops but as we were leaving we passed what looked like a media photographer (had 2 large cameras with him) walking back towards the site. I presume we'll hear something about it on the local news..

 

 

Looks like the commotion may have been someone who fell or jumped into the water nearby.

 

http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Rescuers-Respond-To-Report-Of-Person-In-Brazos-River-242473941.html

 

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damn.. kwtx just updated their facebook.. the guy is still missing. not looking good... my thoughts go out to the worker and his family, unfortunately i have a feeling the dive team will find his body still strapped onto the scissor lift. :/

Have they named the pedestrian bridge after anyone yet? Maybe they can name it after the worker who gave his life for Baylor..

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well, work started back up today, though plenty of signs of the accident remain..

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the area where the man lift fell into the water is now roped off and a memorial set up on the base of the bridge support.

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the scoreboard supports going up..

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crappy pano

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What are they doing in the top right half of the rendering?  I see the track and field area, but what's that between it an the stadium that looks like a series of giant rectangular sand traps?

 

If you're talking about that rectangular peninsula inbetween the track stadium and the football stadium, it will be tailgating spots and I believe there might be an amphitheater of some sort. Can't remember. 

What are they doing in the top right half of the rendering?  I see the track and field area, but what's that between it an the stadium that looks like a series of giant rectangular sand traps?

 

If you're talking about that rectangular peninsula inbetween the track stadium and the football stadium, it will be tailgating spots and I believe there might be an amphitheater of some sort. Can't remember. 

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they are installing the final beams on the pedestrian bridge as we speak.. it now spans the whole river. i just went over and snapped a few pictures...

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Track & Field complex

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and a couple other recent pictures...

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heres a little drive by past campus and around the stadium construction, along with the track & field stadium construction..

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haha, unfortunately i grew up in the age of cell phones, so ive been multitasking behind the wheel ever since i learned to drive. i agree, its not the safest, but i try not to use my phone or w/e else when there arent many cars around (it was mainly just an 18 wheeler in front of me for this vid).

anyways i figured some people would appreciate the video of driving between the new hybrid/suspension bridges and going around the back(front?) side of the stadium that never really gets seen, and include the staging site for construction along with the track and field site.

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we discovered a series of neat old cantilevered concrete docks along the river yesterday that provide pretty nice views of the stadium.. (we never really wandered to the west before, by the Texas Ranger Museum/behind the grave yard.. we mainly just go behind the law school, so i cant say the docks were too hidden).

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This doesn't have to do with the football stadium, but one of the two cranes went up today for the new Business school. A mod can start a new thread if they want for "other Baylor construction" or w/e...

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They're painting the pedestrian bridge. And turf is supposed to start going in sometime in May.

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The letters on the southwest side of the stadium went up today.. The north side letters should be going up tomorrow.

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Any word on what they are going to do with the Hankamer builiding when the business school moves?

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The McLane family, yeah.. Drayton made the largest gift in school history if I'm not mistaken, to build the stadium. If that is indeed true, then it was over 200 million because baylor recieved a 200 million dollar private donation like 5 years ago.

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Very nice pictures! McLane Stadium is definitely an elegant stadium. What I enjoy most is how the stadium embraces the Brazos River and seemingly brings the University closer to the river as well.

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I got to see the inside of McLane Stadium a few weeks ago while visiting Baylor for its annual Pruit Symposium. It's a very nice facility!

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Went back for the game this weekend.. Wow the Baylor campus is becoming even more impressive! They are really serious about achieving the campus master plan.. If/when they pull it off it will undoubtedly be the nicest campus in the state.

A new chapel if I'm not mistaken, with the brand new business school behind it..

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Fountain mall is finally getting a new (I assume there used to be one there..?) fountain.. Along with the 5th st pedestrian promenade development

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Penland renovation & dining hall expansion

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The Beauchamp Athletic Nutrition Center

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Baylor Scott & White Athletic Health Center

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Wife and I drove through Baylor campus last week for the first time in years. I was quite impressed. The stadium and athletic center look really nice the way they positioned them on the river. 

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Impressive but I think SMUs campus beats this

Right now, i agree.. SMU has a slight edge on Baylors campus. Theres a reason I said "If/when they pull it off" (the Master Plan), that Baylors campus will be the nicest in the state. Admittedly i haven't seen any long term master plans for SMU but Baylors Master Plan is unfolding and its looking great!

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Wife and I drove through Baylor campus last week for the first time in years. I was quite impressed. The stadium and athletic center look really nice the way they positioned them on the river.

Yeah theres an article from earlier this year talking about the river front facilities..

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"Now Baylor’s stadiums, ballparks and other athletic facilities along the Brazos River are a model that many other schools would like to emulate.

Beginning with $266 million McLane Stadium on the shoulder of Interstate 35 all the way across LaSalle Avenue to the Willis Family Equestrian Center, Baylor’s facilities have become an impressive showcase and a remarkable recruiting tool for the coaching staff.

“One of the Big 12 athletic directors that was here a couple of weeks ago for NCAA tennis said you have the best athletic facilities in the country,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said. “I think that’s exactly right. Baylor has been very generous to athletics as far as allowing us to develop facilities in the most beautiful part of campus right along the Brazos River.” "

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