The South Half Has Begun …

The steel structure for all six floors on the north half of the building is complete. The steel construction for the first three floors on the south half of the building began this week and is moving quickly. The weather has made recent work more difficult, but progress continues nicely.

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Steel Structure Emerging Quickly …

The steel structure for the first three floors on the north half of the building is in place, and now the top three floors on that same portion are being erected. Once all six floors on the north half of the building are in place, the steelwork for the south half of the building will begin. Kudos to Skanska, the steel workers, and all the construction personnel for their dedicated work, especially in the cold weather. The weather has caused occasional delays, but the workers have been able to make up for it by working on the weekends, keeping the project on schedule.



While We Were Away On Break …

While we were away on break, Skanska and the gang were busy at work! The steel has been erected in the northwest corner of the building for the first three floors, and the remaining wall footings have been laid for the entire building. The steel structure will continue to be erected across the north portion of the building for the first three floors while foundation work continues on the south portion of the building.

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Almost Ready for the Steel!

With the north foundation wall up and most of the west wall completed, it’s almost time for the steel to start arriving! Over the next couple of weeks the concrete foundation will be completed and the steel structure will start being erected for the north portion of the first three floors. Progress continues at a nice pace – thank you Skanska and all the workers for your dedicated work.

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Let the Building Begin!

The building has begun! The wall footings were laid on the northwest corner of the building this week, and the walls in that same area will be poured on Saturday (Nov 8). Watch the webcam as the building foundation continues to progress east and south. The foundation is scheduled to be completed around the middle of December, then the steelwork will begin!


Ground Ready … Prepare to Build!

Debris removal from the old building is complete and the ground is ready for the next stage. To complete the appropriate ground preparation, substantial rock removal occurred at the northwest corner of the building site, and harder fill was brought in to achieve appropriate soil compaction levels across the building site. With that completed, storm utility work and foundation preparation work are advancing nicely. Before we know it, the building will start to materialize! Keep an eye on the webcam to see the daily progress being made.


Reduced to a Hole in the Ground …

With the debris almost gone, the digging has begun! Welcome to “Rock”ingham County where construction projects typically encounter some type of digging challenges due to the rock that lurks under the surface. This project has been no different, but the workers have prevailed! Very soon we will start to see construction begin. Progress continues to be on schedule.


And Then There Was None!

The main portion of the old East Tower is now down. Only a small portion of the building remains in the southwest corner. The remaining debris is being removed (most of which is being recycled and used on other projects). Soon all that will remain will be a large hole in the ground!

Progress continues at an amazing pace, with phase two (construction) scheduled to begin in October as planned.


Amazing Progress!

If you want one last chance to see the old East Tower, you might want to go soon!  Demolition is progressing at an amazing pace as you can see by the photo; the building will be reduced to a pile of rubble by week’s end!


Exterior Demolition Under Way!

Much of the abatement process and internal demolition have been completed! It is hard to see the magnitude of change occurring at the site on the webcam, but if you have traveled past the area recently, you have probably noticed large portions of the external building now starting to come down.

We apologize for the noise of the jack hammers and other demolition equipment. Due to the proximity of the other buildings, much of the demolition must occur by hand or with smaller equipment. This process is moving very quickly and soon the jack hammers will be replaced with the wrecking ball and heavy equipment.  Demolition remains on schedule for an October 2014 completion.

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