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Monday, October 27, 2014

Walkways, Driveways and The Pavilion

The crane is going to become an invisible man for Halloween.  As in, adios.
The driveway, however, is going to turn into an entrance.  Maybe not by Halloween, but soon.
So much to see today.
Walkways are appearing in the north lot.  I took this picture from Center Street, facing southeast.
The walkway in the picture above is this walkway running across the bottom of the picture.
This walkway begins at the intersection of Center Street and University Avenue.
A third walkway leads directly from Center Street to the north planter.
My camera spied some posts inside the green construction barrier along University.
When the barrier goes away, the posts will remain.
A new concrete walkway now orbits the large planter in the north lot, seen in this view from Friday's cam.
Windows in the president's office are lit on the right.
The smaller north planter has been holding piles of dirt for quite awhile.
New white trim is now being placed along the gables.
The south gable has soffit and fascia board.
And a gablet! Look at the bolt along the ridge of the gablet.
The bolt, disguised in this picture, is attached to a grounding cable, inside.  The gablets are wood, so they aren't grounded.  But a lightning rod will be attached to the gablets to ground the gables.
The south lot is always busy, and today was no exception.
The fountain has lost his forms, but that doesn't mean he won't receive more concrete.  There are still a few more layers which need to be poured.  The concrete will ultimately be finished with stone.
The south lot has two stairwells.  One can be seen on the left, covered in plastic.  Forms are rising above a new planter between the stairwell and the fountain.
Forms for a second planter rise on the east.
Stairs under the plastic covers are being formed on top of heavy-duty geofoam.  Heat tape will keep ice and snow from freezing on the stairs. 
All of a sudden, the pavilion seems to be coming to life.
We are seeing framing for windows and doors.
There will be three glass doors at ground level: East, north, and on this west side.
Brian Olsen labeled a photo from the construction cam to help us better understand.
There will not be a door on the south side of the pavilion.  Stairs rise from below the pavilion and come up on this side of the elevator shaft, which is in the center of this picture.
The base has been poured for the planter this side of the pavilion.  
The area around the pavilion received the waterproofing membrane today.  The mat which directs the flow of water on top of this layer can be seen across the top portion of this picture.
Geofoam is slowly covering the south lot.
These men moved the geofoam quite easily.  This large block likely weighs about 130 pounds.  Some is lighter, but some of the geofoam blocks, mostly used underground, can weigh up to 500 pounds.
This is a picture of progress:  Scaffolding which came from the steeple tower.
With the scaffolding disappearing, my camera was able to get some good views of the steeple openings.
The tower is painted.  The scaffolding is coming down so windows can be delivered.  I'm told this will happen soon, via a crane we'll be able to see from the cam.  I fear my idea of soon and the crane's idea might be different, but let's hope for the best.
Painters are still at work on the steeple base.
When I saw the steeple this morning from the cam, I tried to visualize art glass.  I smiled, too.  The bright lights on the right aided the concrete pump as it poured walkways on the west side.
The workman on the right is facing one of the new walks.  The little machine and a buddy were working hard, spreading dirt everywhere.  Notice the corral on the left.
The stairs in this emergency stairwell have been poured.  I believe a small building will cover this.
Planters, the pavilion, trim, gablets, so much to see.
And, of course, the sky was gorgeous, too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gablet Roof!

Look closely.
It's there.
A roof on the gablet!
Ta-dah!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Study in Window Jambs

Clouds moved out of the way just as I arrived this morning.
I was delighted to see the lower part of the south gablet in place.
Someone removed the sensor in the apex.  You were wondering about that, right?
The last corbels are up, on the west side.
Now it's two and two.
I took a lot of pictures this morning.  This was one of the last.
I wondered about the copper wire at the east gable.  It looks like grounding wire.
With no shortage of pictures, I checked the other gables.  A copper wire is at the west gable, also.
The north gable has a wire.
So does the south gable.  It looks like the gablets will be gounded,
Just like Moroni and the finials.
The missionary box is not grounded.  It will soon be removed so the north lot can be landscaped.
This is a whole different kind of grounded.
The roofers are almost finished. 
They aren't going quietly.
The last bare patches in the roof are almost gone.
The massive south lot is being covered in geofoam.
The geofoam rests on a special mat that tells the water where to run.
I can't talk to water, but I guess this mat can.
Even though there is a lot to see in this picture, I want you to look at the steeple.
The woodwork is almost finished.
These men were working hard to place trim along the edge of the slate.
Unfortunately, their day was just beginning.
Today I tried to understand something I couldn't figure out last week.
On Wednesday I saw some boards propped up against an upper window of the southeast tower.
But it so easy for me to get distracted at the site.
Today, I tried again.  Look at the window barely visible at the scaffolding line.
The wood went here.
These are window jambs or sub-sills. I took a lot of pictures.
This is the next row of windows.  A niche is on the right, but look at the jamb in the window on the left.
My camera tried to help out.
He's an eager beaver sometimes.  We are seeing original brick inside this opening.
This is another picture from last week of an upper window on the northeast tower.
This is that same window today.
I see bolts.
I see gaps.
Why am I seeing gaps?
Yes, I noticed the beautiful brick.
The second row of windows on the northeast tower is the same as on the southeast tower.
The arches on this row are different than the arches at the top of the tower.
I checked all the towers.  This window is on the northwest tower.
The window on the left is the same window as the one above.
I don't know why the bricks are missing in that arch.
 
The windows in the southwest tower don't seem to be as far along as the other window jambs.
The wood is being bolted in place. I believe there will be a window on the inside, and another on the outside.  The space in between is called a thermal break.  Word is spreading that the windows are on their way.
The jambs on the windows on either side of this niche in the southwest tower are visible.
The window on the right is the window on the left above.
This is the doorway below it.
So far there isn't any wood in the jambs of the tower doorways.
I had windows on my mind as I left the site.
My car was parked under these beautiful windows on Center Street.
They were built at the same time the tabernacle was constructed.
Gorgeous morning.  Gorgeous site.  Gorgeous fall.