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Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Can See Clearly Now, the Haze is Gone

The sun came out and melted about a foot of snow.  That's a lot of melting.  I mentioned a few days ago that the Daily Herald published an article about the finished design of the temple.  In studying that, I am wondering if the basement will need to be deeper.  I'll just keep watching.
It's fun to see the tabernacle on stilts.  I'll never get tired of this.  Work on bracing the piers continues.
What a beautiful building this is! 
I noticed some snowmelt under the northeast corner.
I zoomed in for a closer look.  I doubt this is temple standard quality for a font.
Machines can move freely underneath the tabernacle because the piles of dirt are out.
The dirt is, once more, being removed from the north lot.
Notice that one of the track hoes was quite comfortable as King of the Hill.
Something is happening in the northwest corner.  Looks like the retaining wall sprang a leak.
It was a beautiful day to be working at the site, compared to earlier this week.  Notice at the right side of the photo someone's red jacket is hanging on the retaining wall.  I took my coat off, too.  
It looked like something serious was happening on the south side.  I zoomed in to see what they were doing.  I don't think the machine is a drill rig, but I know enough to notice the supports behind the rear tires.  This machine was lifting something up and down.
I think they are testing the slurry curtain.
At first I thought these pipes were part of a fence on the south lot near the buried slurry curtain, but now I'm wondering if this is related to the testing.  Hopefully my engineering family members will weigh in soon.

7 comments:

CJAllred said...

The news article said there will be two levels below ground and two levels above ground. It seems like they will have to dig out a lot more.

CJAllred said...

The news article said there will be two levels below ground and two levels above ground. It seems like they will have to dig out a lot more.

Chelsea said...

I agree with CJAllred. It looks like they have done about 20 feet so far. Am I mistaken?

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Julie said...

I agree that it looks like they have excavated about 20 feet, and I'm not sure that's deep enough. I'll keep watching -- thanks for your comments.

Chad said...

I think I read in one of the captions that the piers may be a permanent fixture and incorporated in the foundation. But it looks as though cement forms could easily be placed between the piers and directly supporting the structure. I cannot tell how they are being reinforced though. Are the piers reinforced between the inner and outer set of piers, preventing forms from fitting between them, or no? Looking at the blueprints, the foundation doesn't appear to be as intrusive as if the piers were permanent.

Julie said...

I think the piers are permanent and that the new foundation will be poured between the piers. The metal braces will allow forms to fit. But, I'll keep watching.