The Kingdome Comes Down...
|Tuesday, April 3, 7:45
a.m. - Here's what the site looks like early in the
morning (and, I finally remembered to change the time
stamp for daylight savings time!). This will be it
until a week from tomorrow. But, while I'm
gone, don't forget the various live cam's. See you
in the ClamCam
Forum or on April 11. Behave yourselves while
April 11, 2:45 p.m. - She's BAAACK! And she had
a great time. But, my Mom started griping about no
daily photo so I knew it was time to come home.
And, look what's happened while I was gone. More
roof, no doghouses, more painting. Wow. And,
today, I became a dot come cliche. The company I
worked for laid everyone off - even me! So, here's
- send it to all your friends. I can start work
this afternoon! (As long as I can get home at
least once a day in daylight to take the photo!)
April 12, 3:30 p.m. - Well, yesterday the sun was
too bright to get a good photo and today it's just too
dark out to get a decent shot! And, for those of
you not nearby, it is really cold. Last week I was
in sandals in 90 degree weather in South Carolina.
Today I have a fire in the fireplace. On the
worksite, the workers I can see are all bundled
up. There's a lot more plastic on the seats that I
can see. If I lean way out my terrace, I can see
the steel on the west side. That's also, by the
way, where the cranes are hiding.
April 13, 2:45 p.m. - It looks to me like they have
moved the rusty thingies out a bit. My sources
told me that they would not be moved over to the west
side for another week but it looks like they might be
edging that way already. They have been moving
those seats that you see down by the rock pile all
day. They move some and then backfill and
repeat. And this morning I saw two people walking
on the top of the top truss again. There was one
on one end and one on the other and they were walking
towards each other. You'd think they could find a
less scarier place to get together for a chat!
April 14, 1:35 p.m. - There doesn't seem to be a lot
of work going on today but the cranes are back in
view. The platform that will be the base of the
giant scoreboard and the top of the grand staircase is
coming along nicely.
April 15, 1 p.m. - When I went to get the This Day
Last Year photo today, I read that this time last year
they were doing the first of the rubble giveaways.
That was crazy. People came and lined up all day
in cars and on foot to get a rock. I'd
forgotten. No sign of life on the site
today. Not even the Easter bunny!
April 16, 4:30 p.m. - Outside of the fact that the
photo is not nearly as dark as yesterday's there doesn't
seem to be a lot going on. But, I can tell you
that there don't seem to be any seats left in the
staging area so they must be making progress. And,
I was over in the International District (west of the
construction site) and saw a bunch of itsy bitsy workers
all over the west side roof. They truly did look
like little ants up there.
April 17, 1:15 p.m. - Yesterday I forgot to mention
a new development - I marked it with an arrow
today. There is some kind form (probability concrete)
going up to the left of the grand staircase.
Interesting. There are lots of workers around the
site today and the accompanying constructions
noises. It sounds nice.
April 18, 3:30 p.m. - Look at that beautiful
sky!! And, you can see, we have more seats in the
staging area today. In general, there seems to be
more action on site today. Maybe it's because it's
just such a beautiful day. Robert, our Seahawkean
(?) from England, found this great article in last
Times. It has a lot of interesting factoids
about the new stadium.
April 19, 1:30 p.m. - I think the next big action in
our view is going to be the big scoreboard.
Earlier this week they started making visible changes to
the area - removing some of the forms and adding some
rebar which I've circled. Starting next week, they
will be moving the rusty thingies and really
concentrating on the side of the stadium we can't
see. Frankly, I think that's a little rude, but
what are you going to do? Half a stadium would
look a little odd, probably.
April 20, 1 p.m. - When I took this photo there were
two people standing on the top truss by the flag. I gave
'em a circle. That must have one heck of a
view! And they are doing big painting today.
They started at the south end (see arrow) on the broad
side of the truss. Think about the amount of paint
they are going to use to cover this thing.
April 21, 3:10 p.m. - What a pretty day and a great
day to have the extra big shot! It's such a pretty
day that it looks like all the stadium workers took the
day off. Maybe they are over at the Mariner
game. I'm thinking it might be time to change the
name on my main page contents list from Kingdome Cam to
something more au courant - like ClamCam or Construction
Cam. I'm not quite ready, just thinking about it.
April 22, 1:25 p.m. - I was out this morning and saw
that not only have they put up the south end scoreboards
but they've added words and, it looks like electronics
to them already! Unfortunately, you can't see them
from this view but, trust me, they are there. Also
more than half of the east side seats are in. This
time last year we were well on the way to creating the
huge rock pile!
April 23, 2 p.m. - They removed the form on that
small northeast wall next to where the grand staircase
will be (see circle). I can see the cranes moving
around the western side. It's kind of strange to
see them weaving around above the concrete wall with no
visible base. There is the general hustle and
bustle of activity out there today.
April 24, 2:30 p.m. - Yesterday I got another
tour! It was just as wonderful as the first one
and I got some fairly decent shot. And, I got to
meet the Craneologist! I've gathered all the
photos onto another tour page.
Plus, I have an additional treat for you - a page
of photos taken from the roof! Also, I
have ditched the old ClamCam forum and created a new one
that is faster and does not have all those pesky
it out and let's talk.
April 25, 3 p.m. - In all of yesterday's excitement,
I forgot to point out that you can see where the west
side seat steel is getting finished on the far right
hand side of the photo. What you can't see, but I
will tell you, is that those seats will totally block my
view of Safeco. I won't be able to tell if the
roof is open or closed! Oh well, I'll still be
able to hear the crowds. The painters made good
progress today on the east side.
April 26, 2:30 p.m. - They have really made headway
painting the underbelly of the roof. It sure turns
it from dark to bright. Today has been beautiful
here - 63º as I type this. My door to the terrace
has been open all day and so I can report that they are
doing some loud work today. This morning it
sounded like they were driving piles again.
Interesting. I don't mind the noise. It's
kind of nice to hear that some people have jobs
April 27, 2 p.m. - More painting today. They
have this window-washer like carriage between the
teepee's so they can get to them for painting. And one
of the Blues is lowering down some identifiable (at
least from here) thing. More loud construction
noises - they make a nice background.
April 28, 2:30 p.m. - Not a lot of action going on
today but there are little pockets of workers
around. Two of them are on the northwest tower
next to the lump (see circle). It's really a
rather quiet day on the site.
April 29, 11:30 a.m. - Remember those guys from
yesterday's circle? They were still working up
there last night until it got dark! No idea what
they were doing but they had a long day.
Something's happening over at the site today. I
can't see anything but I can hear it... It's like a dull
roar - like a machine of some kind - constant and it's
been running all morning. Strange. It's too chilly
to have any doors or windows open so I can only hear it
when I step out on the balcony.
April 30, 2 p.m. - Lots of little action here and
there today. I circled a platform with two workers
on it in the middle of the inset under the northwest
lump. I think I recall that is where an elevator
will go but I can't remember for sure. They still
have some seats yet to put in. The coolest thing
today, however, is this wonderful photo that was in the
Seattle Post Intelligencer this morning. The
photographer, Renee C. Byer, must have had a fun time
getting this great shot!