I was thinking that this weeks work would show dramatic difference from last week. It looks like they will be able to go up about one story in two weeks. That means by April they should be close to topping out the wall framing. I suspect they will use prefabricated wood or metal roof trusses which should go up fairly quickly.
The steel around the elevator shaft is not only for the first floor open spaces but the design loads for the corridors on the second floor and above are much higher than the design loads in the rooms. I also suspect that this is the only steel framing they will need as the floor plan for the second to forth floors will be different. (less open space)
The foundation that I can see for the parking garage appears to be pretty stout. You can tell by the large pile of excavated dirt near where the old credit union building was. Just about every cubic yard of material excavated will be replaced with concrete. I also saw some substantial rebar mats stockpiled on the site. Looks like plenty of rod busting going to take place there. Once they get "out of the ground", the parking garage will go pretty fast because each level will be repetitive. Finish work on the garage will be mostly perimeter cosmetics as the interior will be "plain Jane" the only thing needed is lighting and life safety related mechanicals.
They are scheduled to open the Taft Street dorm in AUGUST of THIS YEAR. I'm thinking it will be close, but if they can keep up this work progress they could very well make it. If they miss the deadline, it won't be by much. I spoke to the band director one evening on my walk and he said they were going to give him a sodded and watered practice field in August. An ambitious schedule indeed. I estimate they have accomplished easily 1.5 million dollars worth of work since the first of the year.