Construction makes for a dusty week

Published 7:36pm Saturday, April 19, 2014

Over my albeit brief career in journalism, I’ve been able to make photos and write stories from some pretty unique locations.

I’ve made photos from inside the Secret Service security ring surrounding President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton.

I’ve been on the sidelines for The Game between Ohio State and Michigan and the Iron Bowl between … well, you know.

But this week I wrote stories and designed pages from inside a construction zone.

Well, it wasn’t technically a construction zone, but the newsroom here at the Times-Journal’s building is undergoing a substantial facelift, and this week the work was well underway.

In the end, new walls, ceiling tiles, carpet and televisions will welcome visitors and Times-Journal employees when the pass through our newsroom.

For me, it has been endlessly interesting to be able to look past the drop-ceiling frame and see the old wooden ceiling panels and structural columns that have been hidden for decades.

While the sounds of hammering, drilling and rewiring can be a bit distracting, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

I don’t think anyone in the newsroom has minded weaving their way between stands of temporary scaffolding while on our way to make a hot cup of coffee.

And it only takes a few second to wipe the thin layer of 150-year-old dust off your computer in the morning.

This week, my workspace reminded me of my summers in grade school and high school working on the housing developments around Columbus, Oh.

It was a fun time wearing a hard hat a working alongside others as they hung drywall, ran electric wires and did one last check of a new home before the new owner’s stepped turned the key.

Seeing the old ceiling come down to reveal the layers of history underneath also reminded me of all the history there is in Selma, and how much of it is hidden from view.

Like the architectural features of our offices, there are hidden stories and treasures waiting just out of view all around town.

After the ceiling project is finished in the coming days, work will begin on the walls, electrical wiring and carpeting in our newsroom.

It will surely be loud. It will be dusty. And it will be awesome to watch.

Call me crazy, but I can truly say I’ve enjoyed working in a construction zone again, if only for one week.

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