March 2011 Construction Update
March 28, 2011
Quarry Visitor Center – The drywall in the visitor center is complete. Work continues on the tongue-and-groove ceiling. Installation of this ceiling should be completed by April 1.
The bathrooms have been primed and painted. Tiles are now being installed on the bathroom walls.
The roofer is working on the downspouts and gutters.
Installation of the photovoltaic panels on the roof of the visitor center will begin this week.
Quarry Exhibit Hall – The contractor has moved heaters into the building and will tarp the building so that painting can begin. They are using an epoxy primer that isn’t as temperature-sensitive as other primers.
Work will begin on the north curtain wall this week. Once the north wall is finished, the contractors will proceed to the east, west, and south walls, in that order. Installation of the curtain walls is expected to take between 30 and 45 days.
Exhibits – Park staff received work-in-progress photos of several of the exhibit structures currently under construction. Among these was a photo of the Steamboat Rock model. This scale model, part of an exhibit on the rivers of Dinosaur NM, will be located in the Quarry Visitor Center.
Although the exhibits in the Quarry Exhibit Hall will focus on paleontology, those in the visitor center will introduce visitors to the many and diverse features of the monument, ranging from pictographs and petroglyphs to homesteading history, and from geology to rivers and ecosystems.
March 16, 2011
Be sure to check out the new Exhibits section of the Construction Update.
The restrooms have been primed and first cost of paint applied. Tile work in the restrooms is scheduled to begin next week.
The installation of a tongue and groove ceiling began last week and is ongoing. The wood used in this ceiling was part of the original quarry building. During last summer's demolition work, the wood was salvaged and set aside for use in the new visitor center. This recycled wood is one of many sustainable features in the visitor center and exhibit hall.
Quarry Exhibit Hall – Installation of structural steel on the north wall is complete except for revisions and reinforcements. Painters will soon prime the north wall and interior painting is scheduled to begin soon.
Lead-based paint abatement continued in spots.
Exhibits - This week marks a milestone of sorts for the new exhibits that will be installed in the visitor center and exhibit hall: Park staff received a hefty package from our exhibit fabricator containing full-size proofs of all the exhibit panels. With just over 100 panels needing a final once-over, we’ve pulled out our proverbial fine-toothed comb and are enjoying a preview of things to come.
March 3, 2011
Quarry Visitor Center - Electrical work continued this week and was focused on the Intermountain Natural History Association bookstore and the sloped ceiling that covers the exhibit area.
Drywall installation was ongoing and is expected to be completed at the end of next week.
With much of the drywall already installed, interior painting is expected to begin sometime next week.
Quarry Exhibit Hall - Welding of the structural steel frameworks for the mezzanine and interior and exterior ramps has been completed.
Installation of the wind columns on the east and west walls has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of this week. The wind columns are I-beams attached to the steel frame of the quarry and to the foundation. They provide additional strength and rigidity for the structure.
Did You Know?
Mormon crickets are wingless grasshoppers that swarm across roads through the summer in the western United States. These flightless insects can form such large swarms that the road appears to move and change colors where they cross.