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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.