Next Tuesday, construction crews are hoping to hoist a 70,000-pound house onto the seventh floor of one of UCSD’s engineering buildings.

Amazing, right? I immediately began to salivate over the photographic opportunities the hoist would bring.

But I was also curious to see what goes into putting together such a unique house. I tagged along with Randy Dotinga as he learned about how to construct a slanted building destined for a seemingly precarious perch.

Here are some photographs from their work one day last week: 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
From inside the house, construction crews discuss details of building the unique project.
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Crews are working on the house on a site below the engineering building they’ll hoist it onto. 
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Construction supervisor Don Franken stands inside the house, the dream of artist Do Ho Suh, that will be hoisted onto a UCSD building.
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Franken checks in on details of the project with another crew member.
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Carpenter Larry Smith makes a measurement on the side of the house.
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The house is tilted, so that it will appear to jut out of the engineering building.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Crews plan to fasten the house to the building by threading beams through the floor.
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Franken stands inside on the top floor of the building the house will sit atop.

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Construction crews work outside on the seventh floor of the engineering building. Inside is a diagram of what they expect the house to look like. .
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Crews work on the seventh floor, where the house will eventually rest.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A view of the under-construction house from the seventh floor.

I’m a photojournalist at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact me directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664.

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Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com...

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