In September 2003, major construction work began at the IOTA site. Service connections are renewed and an extension building is added. Despite these daytime activities, obstructions for nighttime observations are currently (amazingly enough) not expected.
Check back regularly for an updated progress report and new site pictures of the current month.Progress report below
9/10 UPS disconnected Building removed UPS reconnected in building Blue stake search for trench Sidewalk demolished Dig to find trench - only waterline found 3' down Trench to check power lines Find 3 conductor power line rather than 4 Find exit of conduits - Telephone not in conduit Preliminary footing dig Exit slab removed Dry well for draining 1 AC unit 10/1 Foundation to go below frost line 3'4" down Bedrock not found to that depth in most places Ground rod removed from foundation area 10/6 continue digging foundations refill dry well temporarily to enable digging foundation 10/7-8 upgrade fire alarm system at IOTA 10/13 Compacted dirt test -passed Dry well all set with steel plate over top - car safe 12" diameter Perforated pipe 4-5' long on end AB fill added and compacted to center area front footing dug ladder removed Steel subcontractor checking dimensions 10/16 ground rod put back into ground lines layed to show location of foundation edges rebar being installed for first foundation pour pour in bottom of trench, no forms, 1-2' deep 10/17 Plumbing contractor came in to verify route for sink pump to an outside barrel. The dry well has been compacted away and the sink is not draining well. Work will probably happen on it next week. 10/23 concrete pour #1 at IOTA (10 yards to anchor building could have used 1 more) one truck for IOTA and one for CB. No revised schedule yet. 10/29 Forms for slab foundation installed 10/30 Plumber looking at sink drain pump and storage tank rebar for new building started 11/5 concrete floor poured - 3+ trucks worth, 30cu yds 11/10 Steel work erected 11/12 new power cables installed 11/14 new power cables connected 11/20 steel framework skeleton completed, sidewalk framed 11/21 ground ring installed 11/26 sidewalks poured Steel work delayed by administrative/insurance issues 12/2 river rock distributed around parking area 12/3 met with roofing contractor on membrane roof- Duro-Last plumber working on pipes to drain sink contractor drove off road 12/4 meeting Steel workers put on metal roof Stairs Welded in place 12/5 sink completed electrical layout in expansion started 12/6 Masonry work at commons 12/9 Electrical conduit to be installed Partition wall to be erected Waiting for steel wall panels. 12/10 panels arrive at basecamp 12/11 meeting new roof approved, 2 weeks to construct 12/12 electricians roughing out work 12/18 meeting roof work next week 12/23 Pour concrete for Commons deck Roof at iota red iron framing of windows & AC 12/24 Weld door frames in place finish roof 12/29 cut wall panels to size - clips don't work 12/30 attach wall panels 1/9 Install electrical conduits, plates 1/16 install East window, lightning protection 1/20 install doors and lights 1/27 install 3 Western windows 2/4 Seal wall openings, flash window interiors 2/5 move exterior doors Corners being sealed with flashing 2/6 Install storage room AC unit Install Main room Interior AC unit 2/10 walls painted 2/13 sink installed 2/16 Doors painted with second coat 2/18 carpet installed door thresholds installed 2/19 UPS moved, permanent wiring made 2/20 New Transformer installed 2/23 AC Condenser unit mounted most door handles installed 2/28 cut opening between old/new buildings install blackout shades Future *** 3/2 fix roof leaks 3/4 final inspection Commons building basement area excavated deck demolished power line ripped out Water line hit Water line repaierd power line repaired floor leveled and re filled 10/2 Walt hospitalized 10/4 Rebar in place 10/7 pour concrete foundation & floor 10/14 Block delivered - working on wall forms. 10/23 Retaining wall poured ~ 9 yards 10/24 Framing walls for rooms, demolishing deck 10/28 Building block wall 11/11 New support beams added, deck demo continues 11/26 lift area apron poured Block wall finished 12/23 Deck concrete poured 1/9 Install garage door 1/16 Paint walls 1/27 Fireproofing 1/29 Ceiling grid installed 1/30 Ceiling panels completed Electrical/Fire alarms 10/3 Bowl dorm connections added 10/5 Common building redone 10/8 IOTA done 10/10 work started at MMT 11/12 work started at APT
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