AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 219
they have received at Lehigh. But you need an up-to-date engineermg laboratory and I uitend to build one for you."
No sooner had Mr. Fritz announced his intention than with characteristic activity, m spite of his eighty-seven years, he set about making the plans for tiie new laboratory. Various suggestions and ideas as to the most suitable plans and arrangements of the building were considered, archi¬ tects were consulted, but finally Mr. Fritz concluded that, for the purpose in view, he would be his own architect, and that the most appropriate structure would be a large oblong buflding with a high center and somewhat lower sides, substantiaUy on the lines of the large shop he had some years before built at the Bethlehem Steel Works. The outUne of the buflding can be seen in the accompanying picture. Such a buflding would provide the necessary essentials: adequate space, sufficient Ught, and the logical arrangement of having the larger machines for heavy work in the center of the buflding and the Ughter and smaUer machines at the sides.
Not only cUd Mr. Fritz furnish the design of the new laboratory, but whenever possible he was on the University campus to superintend its erection. He also personaUy selected the greater part of the equipment.
The Fritz Engineering Laboratory is of modern steel- frame mfll construction, 94 feet wide and 115 feet long, with the main center section 65 feet in height and the two side sections of lesser height. The external walls which inclose the steel frame are of cement brick Uned on the inside with red brick. A traveUng crane, operated by electricity and of 10 tons' capacity, commands the entire central portion of the building, in which the testing of large specimens is carried on. Ample Ught has been provided for by numerous windows in the side and end waUs, in the clerestory, and by a skyUght 84 feet long and