• Camarasus skull in the cliff face, rafters on the Green River, McKee Springs petroglyphs

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

September 2011 Construction Update

Stegosaurus model arriving at new location (top) & Stegosaurus model in place at new location.

The Stegosaurus model arrived at its new location outside the Quarry Visitor Center on September 15 (top photo). Placed between the parking lot and pedestrian bridge, the Stegosaurus greets visitors heading into the new visitor center.


September 27, 2011

Quarry Visitor Center - The Stegosaurus model arrived at its new home in front of the Quarry Visitor Center. Learn more about and see photos of the move here.

Shades have been installed in the multi-purpose room, where visitors will be able to watch a film about the monument, and blinds were installed in the offices at the rear of the building.

Exhibit installation got underway at the visitor center on Monday, Sept. 19 and was largely complete by week's end.

 
The Quarry Visitor Center during exhibit installation with several of the exhibits already in place.
The Quarry Visitor Center during exhibit installation.
 
Newly installed red pavers cover the main floor of the Quarry Exibit Hall.

The new pavers at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

Quarry Exhibit Hall - Following a new coat of paint on the walls and big steel beams, the painters have wrapped up their work inside the building.

The pavers have been installed on the ground floor of the Quarry Exhibit Hall. Because the pavers sit on a layer of sand and gravel , in the event of future ground movement, individual pavers can be removed, the area beneath them leveled, and the pavers replaced, keeping the floor level.

During a year and a half of construction, a thick layer of dust & dirt settled on the quarry face, dulling the appearance of the fossils. To
ensure the fossils look their best when the building reopens on Oct. 4, Dinosaur NM staff gave the quarry face a thorough, but gentle cleaning with vacuum cleaners and damp cloths. The newly-cleaned quarry face looks great and the bones almost seem to pop out of the rock.

 
Staff from Dinosaur NM, standing on the quarry face and in a man-lift,  clean the quarry with vacuums, removing dust and dirt accumulated during construction.
Cleaning the quarry face.
 
The Allosaurus and Camarasaurus slab casts in their new locations in the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

The Allosaurus (foreground) and Camarasaurus (background) slab casts in their new location at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

Exhibits - The Camarasaurus slab cast, the Allosaurus jimmadseni slab cast and the juvenile Steogsaurus all returned to Dinosaur NM after spending most of the past two years at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal. Thanks to the museum crew who loaded the artifacts, transported them to the monument, and installed them in their new homes.

The Allosaurus skeleton has also returned to Dinosaur NM. Like the slab casts and juvenile Stegosaurus, the Allosaurus has resided at the Utah Field House of Natural History State
Park Museum
for almost two years. Prior to its return to Dinosaur NM, however, the Allosaurus had a further adventure, spending a bit of time in Salt Lake City where it was cleaned, repaired, and had its tail repositioned.

Most of the Quarry Visitor Center exhibits were installed last week This week, work is underway on the exhibits at the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

 
New exhibits at the Quarry Visitor Center, some leaning against walls and some still wrapped, await installation.
New exhibits at the Quarry Visitor Center await installation.
 
The Allosaurus skeleton, newly-installed in the Quarry Exhibit Hall, and a crew working on the exhibit that will surround and incorporate the Allosaurus skeleton.
The Allosaurus skeleton in its new home at the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The skeleton will be part of a larger exhibit showing the landscape and animals of the Late Jurassic at Dinosaur NM.
 
Boulders recently placed alongside the wall of the pedestrian bridge leading to the visitor center.

Boulder placement has been underway outside the Quarry Visitor Center. These recently-placed boulders are alongside the pedestrian bridge leading to the visitor center.


September 12, 2011

Quarry Visitor Center - As construction nears completion, touch-ups, punch list items, and final cleaning are all underway.

Crews have also been busy installing a number of final details, including the rainscreen panels on the north side of the building under the space frame, the roller shades for the multi-purpose room, and boulders outside the building.

The building flush-out to remove indoor pollutants that may have been emitted by adhesives, paint, carpeting, and other components used during construction was completed the first week of September.

 
View of the Quarry Visitor Center.
The Quarry Visitor Center in early September 2011.
 
The railings along the ramp leading from the mezzanine to the main floor of the exhibit hall were recently painted brown.

The railings along the ramp leading from the mezzanine to the main floor of the exhibit hall were recently painted brown.

Quarry Exhibit Hall - Painting is once again underway on the exterior of the building. The recently-installed sheet rock walls and railings inside the building are also being painted.

The mezzanine will be carpeted and composite pavers are being installed on the main floor of the building. The pavers, in lieu of a solid concrete pad, will better accommodate the expansive soils under the exhibit hall and won't suffer the cracking seen in some concrete floors in the old exhibit hall.

Outside the building, final grade site work and boulder placement has been underway.

 
A paving crew works in front of the Quarry Exhibit Hall, shade structure, and comfort station.
A paving crew works in front of the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The shade structure (center) and comfort station (left) are also visible.
 
Photos on this "Welcome to Dinosaur NM" panel depict Dinosaur's diverse resources.

Photos on this panel, the first visitors will see when they enter the Quarry Visitor Center, depict Dinosaur NM's diverse resources.

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Exhibits -

We visited the fabricator's shop on September 1 and, for the very first time, saw our new exhibits in all their three-dimensional glory. After two years of looking at drawings and photos, it was great to see the real thing!

Here's a look at some of what will be taking up residence in the exhibit hall and the visitor center when exhibit installation begins next week.

 
Exhibit panel with information about the different areas of Dinosaur NM.
A large aluminum map will be added to this trip-planning exhibit. Each color block provides information about and suggests activities for a different area of Dinosaur NM.
 
A tree-shaped exhibit includes information about Dinosaur NM's diverse ecosystems.
Dinosaur NM's diverse ecosystems are featured on a cottonwood tree, an iconic symbol of the monument's living landscapes.
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A geology exhibit includes three stylized rock layers.
These three rock layers, part of a geology exhibit, evoke the many rock layers preserved at Dinosaur NM. Check out the May 9, 2011 Construction Update to see how the design for this exhibit evolved.
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Historic photo mural, a wooden skid, and crates.
This historic photo mural, wooden skid, and crates are part of an exhibit on the early paleontological work at the monument. Check out the April 25, 2011 Construction Update for more information on this exhibit.
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A section of the Quarry Exhibit Hall mural showing part of an Allosaurus.
Part of an Allosaurus on a section of the 86-foot-long mural that will be hung in the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The mural depicts Dinosaur NM as it may have looked 149 million years ago. Check out the June 20, 2011 Construction Update for more information on the mural.
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