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    The closed area includes the group campsite (other campsites remain open), river access area, the adjacent restroom, water spigot and the path following the Green River upstream to its confluence with the Yampa River. A fresh animal kill is in the area.

December 2010 Construction Update

Recently installed windows, as seen from inside the building, with work lights hung above windows.

Some of the recently installed windows at the Quarry Visitor Center, as seen from inside the building.

December 20, 2010

Quarry Visitor Center – Exterior stonework has been completed on all the retaining walls and abutment walls/pilasters, except for cap stones. Exterior stonework is still underway on the overlook walls.

Masons have begun to work on the stone veneer behind the desk inside the Quarry Visitor Center.

Because of weather, the roofers were only able to work a few days this week. The flat section of the roof is now 75 percent covered. Detail work remains on both the flat and sloped sections of the roof.

The frame and glazing installation of the exterior windows continued.

Storm drain installation also continued this week.

Rough installation of the fire sprinklers is nearly complete.

Two stone masons work on the stone veneer inside the Quarry Visitor Center.
Working on the stone veneer behind the visitor center desk.
Concrete pours into wood and rebar form. Man stands beside wood form.

Pouring the concrete pad for the air handling unit to be placed at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

Quarry Exhibit Hall - The forming and rebar are nearly complete for three new bases on the sloped foundation wall.

Forming and rebar are also nearly complete for sections of the grade wall.

The concrete pad for the air handling unit was poured. The air handling unit is part of the building’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Lead paint abatement continues on south side of building.

Storm drain installation has begun.

Two men work on rebar that will be part of a concrete grade wall.
Forms and rebar for grade wall at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
Large air handling unit being lifted off flatbed truck.

The air handling unit for the Quarry Visitor Center arrived and was installed last week.

December 13, 2010

Quarry Visitor Center - The exterior window frame installation is nearly complete and most of the large south-facing storefront windows have been installed.

The air handling unit, part of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or HVAC system, has been installed.

Some interior door frames have also been installed.

Exterior stone veneer work on the building is nearly complete, although masons still have to install some sill stones. Stonework on the retaining wall and east abutment walls and pilasters, except for the cap stones, has been completed. The masons are now working on the west abutment walls.

The roofing should be completed soon. The sloped section of the roof is completely covered and the flat section of the roof is 70% covered.

View of the Quarry Visitor Center with glass installed in most of the south-facing windows.
The Quarry Visitor Center on Dec. 6, 2010, with glass installed in most of the south-facing windows.
A wall under construction is partly covered with blankets & a person in a man-lift works on lead paint abatement at the top of a steel column.

A grade wall under construction at the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The person in the lift works on lead-based paint abatement.

Quarry Exhibit Hall – Concrete work continues. Crews are framing the grade wall.

Lead-based paint abatement has been completed on the top of the north, east, and west sides of the building.

Two people in white work on lead paint abatement on steel columns painted pink.
Lead-based paint abatement underway at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
Man in a hard hat stands in dirt pit where part of a storm drain has been installed.

Storm drain installation at the Quarry Visitor Center.

December 7, 2010

Quarry Visitor Center - The stone masons have nearly completed work on the visitor center itself. Stonework is still underway on the bridge abutments walls, pilasters, and columns around the visitor center.

Rough installation of the fire sprinklers is nearly complete and rough installation of the other utilities continues

The roofing should be completed in the next couple of weeks. The early roofing work was focused on keeping the interior of the building dry. With much of that work completed, the detail work remains.

Installation of the exterior window frame is nearly complete and installation of gutters and downspouts will begin this week.

Contractors are working on exterior site work and installation of storm drains and catch basins.

Plastic is draped over scaffolding on either end of the pedestrian bridge.
Stonework is underway on the pedestrian bridge. The plastic "tents" draped over the scaffolding are heated to help the grouting set properly.
View of Quarry Exhibit Hall with scaffolding protecting quarry face & machinery visible.

View of the Quarry Exhibit Hall taken on November 30, 2010. The wooden structure was built in May to protect the quarry face during construction and includes several layers of protective material.

Quarry Exhibit HallThe majority of the work at the Quarry Exhibit Hall continues to focus on concrete. Crews are forming and pouring the grade walls. They've finished the retaining walls for the ramp turn-around and have backfilled the spaces between the walls.

The lead paint abatement crew anticipates getting the north wall finished this week.

Wooden grade wall forms stand in front of structural steel columns.
Forms for grade walls at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

Did You Know?

Picture of lizard resting on a rock.

Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.