May 27, 2010
Quarry Visitor Center – Structural excavation is complete. The concrete foreman is on site laying out the sightings for the foundation. The concrete for the footings will probably be poured next week. After the footings are complete, the concrete will be poured for the lower walls in the following weeks.
Quarry Exhibit Hall – The demolition of the old mechanical systems should begin this week. All hazardous abatement has been completed except for the windows. The putty for the windows was found to have asbestos in it. Therefore, an abatement will also have to be done for the windows, which is unexpected. Until the abatement is finished, all other demolition is on hold. The protective structure over the fossils is just about complete. The next step will be to dismantle the large Gantry crane. That will be a complicated process which will involve laying tracks to bring the crane outside, and two other cranes which will assist in dismantling the Gantry crane.