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The Kingdome Comes Down...

 March 2001

 

remember, all photos are thumbnails - click on them to get the bigger version
When you click on  you get a really non-zoomed version of the day's photo!  
030101.jpg (69998 bytes)Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m. - First of all, thanks to all of you who wrote.  Answering email is sure a lot more fun than sifting through rubble!!  I've got all my power back (and believe me, it looks much worse with the lights on!) and cable and everything.  No cracks in the walls, just junk on the floor.  I was very lucky and I'm very grateful.  I did learn that the 500+ workers on the project left the site yesterday according to their safety plan and were out in less than 20 minutes.  That's fairly amazing considering they were all over the place and it's a big place.  Today they spent evaluating and tomorrow it's back to work.  It really is amazing to think of what could have happened and what didn't.
030201.jpg (73387 bytes)Friday, March 2, 3 p.m. - Despite what my living room cam may show, I have made great cleanup progress.  I have now cleared the way for the HomeGrocer.Com delivery person to get in here tomorrow with my much needed groceries so all is fine here.  And all seems to be good at the stadium.  There were lots of workers out there working today.  The circle today is around what will be the base for the scoreboard.  They are making great progress with it.  And, isn't that sky lovely?
030301.jpg (64454 bytes)Saturday, March 3, 2 p.m. - I've been trying for the past half hour to get a clearer photo than this one with no luck.  The air must be filled with earthquake dust.  There is some work going on today but it seems rather quiet out there.
030401.jpg (67912 bytes)Sunday, March 4, 5 p.m. - It's a quiet day on the site.  I saw someone driving around in a golf cart earlier.  Must have been security.  Dan, the craneologist, reports that the earthquake cracked Big Blue's elbow.  But, she's already had an elbow transplant and has been recertified and is ready to go.  Little Blue road the quake with no damage.  Dan did say that he was tied to 3 beams (about 15,000 lbs) when the quake hit and he was thrown around enough that he finally just jumped out.  We've all got stories to tell for a long time to come.
030501.jpg (75703 bytes)Monday, March 5, 4 p.m. - Lots of action today.  You can hear it and you can see it.  And all under such a lovely sky.  When I got this photo there was a gravy train of cement mixers (I circled it) all lined up and ready to ...  no idea but they sure lined up nicely.  Thetopoftruss.jpg (23786 bytes) two arrows point to two places in the truss where it looks like there is more stuff than in the other places.  (How's that for technical?)  It looks like more steel or more something.  It's hard to tell.  Jeff found this photo on the First and Goal site that shows the truss several days ago looking from the bottom up.  And, that reminds me, for those of you that missed the original announcement, you might consider joining our Clamcam mailing list (where Jeff posted this photo this morning).  It's a nice little community...  Come on and join!
030601.jpg (70284 bytes)Tuesday, March 6, 4:15 p.m. - Check it out!  We've got a new thing on the north end of the truss... It looks tailor made to hold the top part of the truss!  And it's another glorious day in the Pacific Northwest.  
030701.jpg (70682 bytes)Wednesday, March 7, 2 p.m. - Before the earthquake (the day, before, actually) the trees that had been on the northwest tower disappeared.  My Mom thinks Big Blue nicked 'em.  We discussed it on the mailing list but a note from Rikketryik this morning reminded me that I'd never mentioned it here.  There was speculation that those were not actually the traditional construction tree-topping trees because the tower is not the highest point on the site and they might be waiting to get to the highest point and hoist a tree up there.  Another theory is that they were truly Christmas trees only and they just took their time taking down Christmas decorations.
030801.jpg (69259 bytes)Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m. - Tonight's picture is a different temporal view... I did take one earlier in the day but selected this one for a couple of reasons.  One, I just thought the dusk shot looked cool. But, more importantly, this afternoon they moved the lump extension into the photo!!  It's circled in red.  I'm particularly proud of catching this one because it is exactly the kind of thing that I usually miss and you guys always find!
030901.jpg (68510 bytes)Friday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. - Two photos today!charpy.jpg (35032 bytes)  Tony sent me this one from Charpy's site.  It is a great overview of the progress.  Note how many seats have been installed on the west side! Charpy has some great shots, treat yourself and go check them out.   But, of course, the big news is that we have our lump extension installed.  Now the north end lump matches the south end lump and we're clearly getting ready for the top part of the truss.
031001.jpg (113190 bytes)Saturday, March 10, 1:15 p.m. - Well, they are not taking Saturday off this week!  Check out the action near the south lump.  It's not only getting a piece installed right as I took this photo, but it has a new thing that is obviously there for the next piece!  It's too hazy out today to get a clear shot but even so, you can clearly see the latest action!
031101.jpg (66215 bytes)Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. - I got some skippy about the new additions... (my source is highly reliable ) "What you are beginning to see is the installation of the “box arch” portion of the truss.  These pieces (A frames and box sections of steel) coming from the south and north ends will eventually come together in the middle and the entire truss will then be complete, save for all the welding that is underway and will continue through all of April.  We have to work the box arch from each end so the load is distributed evenly across the bottom portion of the truss already in place."  So, as my Grandma used to say, 'How about them apples?!'
031201.jpg (72252 bytes)Monday, March 12, 4:30 p.m. - I think I'm going to be saying this every day for the next several days, but here goes:  Look!  Another section of the box arch portion of the truss!  They are making rapid progress on that portion.  They have the south end already prepared for the next section.  Maybe we should take bets on what day they will meet in the middle!  Why don't you post your bets on the ClamCam forum?
031301.jpg (71721 bytes)Tuesday, March 13, 3:45 p.m. - We're missing some plastic in today's photo - the circle shows where it was.  This could be unintentional.  We've had some serious winds today.  From my office this morning I watched a huge tarp that was covering an earthquake hole on a building next to mine blow right off the building.  I posted a poll to guess when the top of the truss will meet in the middle and there are some results!  Unfortunately, I think all of us were a little optimistic.  My poll only covered until next Tuesday and that may have been cutting off the options too soon.  But, hey, it was my first poll.  You can see the results so far by clicking here!
031401.jpg (72286 bytes)Wednesday, March 14, 4:30 p.m. - Check it out!  I got one of the 'Blues' in action!  Actually, Big Blue seems to have changed his rig so now I can't tell which is Big Blue and which is Little Blue, but one of them is putting in the next section as I type this!  There was a post this morning on the ClamCam forum about the strange looking thing on the north lump extension. If you look at the south lump you can see that it looks like a box so I suggested that it might be for the dog house (see circle) that they still have on the ground.  Then, when I got home this afternoon, I discovered that they were working on the dog house.  I went inside to get my camera and by the time I got back, someone had painted 'For Rent' in big red letters on the side!  It sure cracked me up.
031501.jpg (72152 bytes)Thursday, March 15, 4 p.m. - Look what's missing!  They must have rented out the dog house quickly because today it is gone.  And, we have lovely symmetry there on the top arch in today's photo.  It's been drizzling and raining all day and that makes for a really nice photo (plus, we really need the rain).
031601.jpg (69651 bytes)Friday, March 16, 4 p.m. - 031601b.jpg (62405 bytes)Two photos today for the price of one.  Heck of a deal.  I found the missing dog house.  It's up there on the north truss.  And, on the side I couldn't see yesterday someone painted, again in red, The Erection Co. Inc.  What a bunch of jokesters.  Now that it's up there, I can see that it is an exact replica of the one on the south end.  That was my guess and I was right.  Amazing. The right hand photo is of the 'yard' that you guys rarely see but is a major part of my vista.  The reason you get to see it today is that there is clearly something happening there.  In the red circle is a section that they marked off today with yellow tape.  Looks like some impending action.  And, the arrows point to lots more seats. Slated, I'm guessing for the west side.
031701.jpg (68994 bytes)Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. - Well, I found out that The Erection Co. Inc. is not construction humor it is, in fact, the name of the company doing the ironwork!  They also did the ironwork on the Mariners stadium.  I still think it's funny that it is spray painted on the side of the dog house.  There's work happening on the site today - I can hear construction noises and see some stuff moving around.  But, it looks like the Blues have the day off so likely no change in the roof stuff until Monday.
031801.jpg (66086 bytes)Sunday, March 18, 1:30 p.m. - It's a drizzly day and there was finally a break enough for me to get some kind of picture.  Minutes after I took this the fog came back in with more rain so I think I got the only window of opportunity here.  Today's circle is around a staircase that you cannot see well in the photo but looks very strange sticking up above the top truss.  There isn't one on the north end.  Another thought I had in the absence of a lot of action today is... how do they empty those porta potties up on the top truss?
031901.jpg (77914 bytes)Monday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. - Pretty day - especially after yesterday!  John noted on the ClamCam forum this morning that the dog house on the south end has been nudge north since it was first installed... sharp eye!  And we got another piece of the top truss today.  
032001.jpg (75638 bytes)Tuesday, March 20, 4:30 p.m. - We got our own staircase on our end of the truss!  And, they moved the dog house up a notch.  Plus the south end got a new link.  The big news for all of you, though, is that I've bought a new camera!  It should be here tomorrow and promises better zooming (which we may not need for every day but might be interesting now and again) and a better shot.  I can't wait for it to get here so I can give it a try.  Watch this space tomorrow!
032101.jpg (131478 bytes)Wednesday, March 21, 4:30 p.m. - The new camera is here!  It's pretty terrific, but it has it's downside as you can see in today's photo.  The XL size you guys have gotten so fond of is now too big (that's why I've moved the icon so you might read this before clicking).  I'm going to have to rethink my strategy.  If you are interested in my thoughts, come over to the ClamCam Forum.  Meanwhile as far as construction goes, I'm thinking we're going to meet in the middle on about Friday maybe.  They are making progress, for sure!
032201.jpg (130739 bytes)Thursday, March 22, 4:30 p.m. - The north dog house is moving up!  And it looks to me like we are one section away from touching!  Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and joined enthusiasm for my new camera!  I've decided to go with the one shot a day for every day but Saturdays when it will be joined by the XL version.  I also have a surprise coming for Sundays.  Stay tuned!  
032301.jpg (130983 bytes)Friday, March 23, 4:30 p.m. - Well, I was wrong yesterday... Today we are one link away from meeting.  We did get another link today on the north end.  I was looking at the site today and remembering when the rusty thingies were sooo very tall.  Now they are pretty short, all things considered!  
032401.jpg (117881 bytes)Saturday, March 24, 10:50 a.m. - I caught them moving the dog house!  I can't believe my luck!  Isn't that cool how they just pick it up and drop it into a new location!  Wonder if they intend to move the two dog houses next to each other - a double-wide?  Oh and I realized that I had the date set European style.  I fixed it after the photo was taken.
032501.jpg (120907 bytes)032500.jpg (51812 bytes)Sunday, March 25, 8:40 a.m. - Well, here it is... your Sunday treat.  Starting today, every Sunday, I'll include, with today's photo, the photo from This Day Last Year.  Thanks so much to Robert who posted the idea on the ClamCam forum.  And, just in time...  Today's This Day Last Year is the last day of the Kingdome.  This time last year, I was sitting on the floor of my living room - with my terrace covered in plastic - just minutes away from the big boom.  Isn't the difference between the two shots just amazing?  Just beside the north doghouse this morning there's someone up there doing welding!  No other action I can see on the site.  That welder must be pretty lonely!
032601.jpg (113362 bytes)Monday, March 26, 4 p.m. - Here we are... only one year since this was a big pile of rubble.  Amazing.  They didn't finish the top span today but they did nudge up that north doghouse another notch. And, they have a bunch of plastic - blue tarps - across a large section of seats towards the south.  Wonder what it all will look like a year from now?
032701.jpg (111854 bytes)Tuesday, March 27, 1:30 p.m. - Today was a real Seattle day or rather the kind of day that most people who have never been here think is a Seattle day.  It was gray and drizzly all day except the times when it was really raining.  They put a whole lot more plastic down on the seats.  Still no final section in the truss... wonder what they are waiting for?  The south end doghouse did get moved up another notch.
032801.jpg (135181 bytes)Wednesday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. - Well, I should have figured this out and probably could have it I had thought about it.  The doghouses are for the welders.  They are moving up the truss sections as the welders finish welding the sections together!  Makes total sense.  They are holding off on the last section until they get the others welded because of the gases that are generated by the welding.  Those gasses are escaping out the ends in the middle.  There are holes which you can kind see (count three sections from the north end and you will see one of them).  These are fresh air intakes.  Interesting, eh?  It takes about 2 and 1/2 days to finish the welding on each section.  Oh also, for several days now you've been able to see some of the roof sections behind the arch.  More plastic down today, too.  Also Steve, who works in the neighborhood says they have painted some of the south end of the top arch.  I can't see it from here, though.
032901.jpg (131495 bytes)Thursday, March 29, 3:30 p.m. - They have, indeed, started painting.  I've circled the most obviously place.  And, I've learned that the plastic is to protect the seats from the paint!  Oh and the rusty thingies are scheduled to move to the other side on April 28.  I happened onto the east side of the structure today and they have put in a good bit of the glass already.  Just like Tony reported a while back - I just never get over there much to see.  Oh and they've done a good bit of the outside brick work, too.
033001.jpg (116319 bytes)Friday, March 30, 1 p.m. - I love this shot - the sky and the detail.  Some days, I just get lucky.  I got a south Seattle publication that has a few gems about our stadium.  Each section of the roof trusses weigh 98 tons and measure 130 feet in length.  The roof will measure 2.5 acres.  The two roofs will cover 70% of the seats and together they will consist of 2,750 tons of structural steel, metal decking and a waterproof membrane.  Staggering numbers, eh? 
033101.jpg (114495 bytes) Saturday, March 31, 3:40 p.m. - Ta Da!  They finished off the span this morning.  And... I missed it.  But, doesn't it look cool?  Printed on the final span, under the flag is "Ironworkers Local 86".  The painter also had a little fun in a couple of other spots.   Also, I noticed today that there is now a platform on the supports that will be the grand staircase.  There were guys walking around on it today.  

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