Thursday, March 14, 2013

More Aerial Views, Two Tower Caps Were Moved, and the Garage is Down

My nephew Chris visited the site again this afternoon and took more photos from the NuSkin building.  A lot is happening.  
Mr. Track Hoe was back at work in the north lot.  It looks like more work is needed along the retaining walls.
This hydraulic jack hammer is working with the track hoe.  He appears to be breaking up cement, but I can't explain why anything, after months of work, could have been overlooked there.
This drilling machine is placing a metal casing in the area between the east barrier and University Avenue.  Notice the four rebar circles.  Even my engineer husband had trouble speculating.
Chris never misses an opportunity to wax poetic with his camera.  The crane is in the south lot.  The drill with the casing is in the previous picture.  The boom of a concrete pump can also be seen here.  The aerial view shows the pump before it was extended. 
Let's speculate about the tower caps.  All I can say for sure is that two have been moved.
I know that these tower caps were not in that place  during the winter.  I am guessing this was like a checker game, moving here and there based on the ability of the crane to get the tower caps across the lot.
Horizontal braces were placed through the center of the cap to enable the crane to connect.
The workmen put the size of these tower caps in perspective. 
The NuSkin garage is down and the work now involves removing the concrete.  Directly south of the former garage, in the upper right hand portion of this photo, is the Post Office, still a busy place.  Rumors abound as to its future, but I'm content to wait and see what happens. 
The hydraulic cement crusher was at work today amidst rebar noodles.
Big Mama Track Hoe viciously attacked the concrete.
This view of the south face of the tabernacle shows the demolished garage.  Notice the center entry to the tabernacle.  The width of the original brick can be seen, but also look at the width of the gunite which was applied last fall to secure the exterior shell. 
I had asked Chris to take some close-up pictures of the work in the basement.  He said it was pretty crowded down there.
I love peeking through the shell of the tabernacle into the basement from this aerial view.
Somehow I feel better knowing there are track hoes in the basement again.
This is the drilling machine we saw at work last fall placing the casings for the piers we can see.  
This time he's placing 400 piers below the surface of the slab.
The water is to keep the casing cool as it is drilled into place.
I think I'm seeing the tops of new piers in this photo.
Chris picked a beautiful day to visit the site.  He took a lot of pictures because he knew it was the last time he'd be there for awhile.
He's starting to love the building as much as I do.
I'll be back at the site early next week so I can see what's going on for myself.


Greg said...

I am so happy to see somebody is documenting this in such detail. Love it. My wife and I loved this building back in the day and we are so sad not to be able to witness it's resurrection. Thank you so much for doing this and know that at least one family in Canada is very happy to see this project as it moves forward despite living a great distance from it. Also, you should know that at least one family in Canada is impressed by your photography skills.

Wildflower Bill said...

I had to opportunity to perform many times in this building. I actually cried when I heard of the tragic fire. However, it will now serve a higher purpose. I am a photographer (avocation) and love your shots...I love equipment so all shots of the various equipment on site is great. You have captured some cool angles. Keep up the good work. Wildflower Bill.