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UER Forum > US: Northeast > Dorm Ultrasounds (Viewed 560 times)
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Dorm Ultrasounds
< on 11/18/2017 12:55 AM >
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(These photos are from 2016-09-25)

I figure it's safe to post these now; the building has been complete for several months and is now open, but in September 2016 it barely had it's walls up yet.

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A solo exploration.

For a long time I wanted to explore this these dorms after driving past them almost every day for a year. Eventually I caved and, in a 2AM fit of madness, went by myself.

01: The Approach
The place was lit up like a Christmas tree on New Year's. On foot I approached from a side road after leaving the car parked somewhere inconspicuous and used my camera's long exposure times and telescopic lens to stake the place out.


02: Starry Sky


03: Closer
For a solid half an hour I slowly made my way along the outer perimeter of the construction site and took my time so that if security showed up, I could still maybe weasel my way out of it.


04: The Rubicon
But security never appeared, and I found an easy way in. Heart pounding, I admit to hesitating in front of this doorless door.


05: Step Out of the Dark
I was now standing inside of the unfinished dorm building.


06: Aluminum Lattices
This building features a concrete and steel construction with smaller metal frameworks all throughout to form the floorplan. The doorway I entered through is off the left side of this photo.


07: Down the Hall
This room turned into a long hallway with unfinished rooms on either side. I couldn't tell if they were to be dorm rooms, common areas, or maintenance facilities.


08: Newton Approved
They looked recent and I had half a mind to eat one... but thought better of it.


09: Orange Lift
An open window and just a smidge of fiberglass. Hopefully the students will get windows that open as well.


10: Drywall and Boxes
Venturing down the hallway got me into some maintenance rooms full of large boxes and heavy equipment.


11: OSHA REQUIRED
I wasn't sure if that big metal thing was the heat exchanger nor whether it was active, but I sure as shit didn't want to find out at 3AM.


12: Power Control
These gray mammoths seemed to be the dorms' electrical distribution center. "Take only photos, leave only footprints" is both a good explorer's philosophy and a good strategy to not vaporize yourself.


13: Second Floor
Eventually I'd made my way around the first floor and found the stairs up to the second. It looked almost identical.


14: Loops
A ton of wiring conduits hung all over shiny new copper pipes.


15: Stairs to the Third
Clearly they weren't done with this flight yet.


16: Purple Halls
I'm not sure what these walls were made off, but this wasn't purple paint.
This was very clearly a residential floor. Unfinished dorms flanked the hallways on each side.


17: Inside a Dorm
Walking into a dorm presents two windows, which, if they work like the downstairs ones too should open enough to fit a fan into.


18: Inside a Dorm (Entrance)
The dorm's door opens into what looks like a small space for coats or something.


19: Shadowy Stretch
As I moved into the other side of the building, it became clear which side they were closer to finishing.


20: Atrium
The front of the building had a large open space for hanging out.


21: Atrium (2)
The railing was just wire tied to metal posts so I didn't lean over too far. This is when I started getting antsy, as the light were on here and These big windows are clearly visible from the college itself.


22: Loading Bay
It seems they deliberately left this wall open to bring in various materials without having to squeeze through doors or deal with the stairs.


23: The Final Flight
My heart was thumping hard by the time I reached these stairs. I'd been here almost an hour, undisturbed, and this was the last floor of the building. I knew I'd never come back here after how nervous I'd been the whole time; I'd either see the fourth floor tonight, or I'd never see it at all.


24: The Fourth Floor
This was it. The fourth floor. Upon setting foot here, I noticed a ripping sort of noise... like someone knifing through plastic sheets or cutting open boxes. The noise caught me off guard and it was at this moment that I began to panic. I quickly turned tail and began jogging back down to the third level. But I wasn't satisfied; I had no photo, no evidence, no proof of reaching the fourth floor!

And so I turned around and tiptoed back upstairs.

The tripod made no sound when it touched the floor, and I barely breathed. I focused, adjusted, and pressed the shutter - and my camera began its two second beeping timer. I wound up with overexposed nonsense and took this second shot with my heart in my throat.

Before the camera's preview was even over I swept up the tripod's legs, descended each staircase with extreme haste, and made my exit back through the same door I entered through.


Epilogue

Now out of the building I retraced my steps around the perimeter. I still hadn't seen anyone, but the noise I heard earlier had me spooked and ready to leave. Tripod over my shoulder and bag swinging back and forth I approached some big dirt hills from earlier excavations. I was about halfway there when I began seeing a dim light moving across the leaves to the right.

I looked left, at the one thing I absolutely did not want to see: a flashlight pointed at me.

The flashlight redirected straight down almost immediately after I looked at it. Either the flashlight-holder got spooked too or they just didn't want to deal with the situation at what had become 4AM, because I made it behind the dirt pile and nobody followed me.

Continuing to trace my steps I reached the road I entered from and broke into the sprintiest sprint I could while carrying a tripod and other camera equipment. The paranoia was in full swing by this point and I took a long and circuitous backroad home.

What became of the guy with the flashlight or why they never followed me I'll never know, but now I drive past the building every day and remember this trip.




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Clean, well squared off images
A good active site set.
Doing this type of site is risky because contractors have a large investment at stake.
Be mindful of always shooting at the same height; another curse of the tripod.




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Purple walls?

Maybe it was designed by the architect formerly known as Prince?




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^^ or willy wonka




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Posted by blackhawk
Clean, well squared off images
A good active site set.
Doing this type of site is risky because contractors have a large investment at stake.
Be mindful of always shooting at the same height; another curse of the tripod.


Thanks! Yeah, now that you mention it almost all of them are at the same height. I had a "shoot n' scoot" mentality going on since the paranoia of being there alone was getting to me. Besides a few shots like the fig newton, I dropped the tripod down, adjusted the exposure time, took a shot, then moved on.

I would've loved to stay longer but I got out by the skin of my teeth as is!

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Purple walls?

Maybe it was designed by the architect formerly known as Prince?



It wasn't purple paint or wallpaper, it was like a plastic version of the cardboard on drywall. I guess it's a step forward? now that I look at it I think they used the same stuff for the ceilings in the rooms themselves.




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nice infiltration

now that you have experienced the adrenaline rush of hearing unexpected people activity in an active location where youre not supposed to be your exploring will never be the same




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nice infiltration

now that you have experienced the adrenaline rush of hearing unexpected people activity in an active location where youre not supposed to be your exploring will never be the same


Yes well,
night time, a dorm, a tripod mistaken for a rifle... enter the hero.
It had to crossed my mind




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That sheetrock is pretty standard

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That sheetrock is pretty standard

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You know, I looked at those walls and something told me the purple layer was some kind of moisture barrier. Either that or insulated wall board.




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