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The Suburbanite
  • HOF renovation work winding down

  • Work to remodel the rotunda building at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is moving closer to completion.

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  • Workers spent parts of two days last week on top of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s famous dome.
    A crane lifted workers to the top so they could install a new energy efficient cap. They replaced the old cap.
    The work is part of “The Future 50” expansion project that coincides with the Hall’s 50th anniversary this year. Work started in August 2011 and has moved toward the final stages.
    Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of May, said Joe Horrigan, vice president of communications and exhibits. “We’re hoping for our summer season that we’ll be up and finished.”
    The project has seen the hall expand to 118,000 square feet from 85,000 square feet. An additional 37,000 square feet is being renovated.
    Some of that renovation work is being done under the dome in the hall’s rotunda building, which was built in 1963.
    Horrigan said the space — once the building’s entrance — has been gutted. Work in the rotunda to install new exhibits with interactive displays and video begins in February. There also will be a new Hall of Fame store.
    A new main entrance and grand lobby, which opened last July, was constructed on the building’s north side toward the center of the building and closer to parking lots. The move also was part of the effort to minimize the infiltration of outside air and help to control the temperature and humidity in the building, according to the hall’s web page detailing the work.
    A state-of-the-art environmental control system that monitors humidity, temperature and lighting in the building was needed to help preserve historic documents and artifacts in the collection, the website noted.
    For more information about the hall’s renovations and expansion, visit the website at www.profootballhof.com and click the “expansion project” link.