The Kingdome Comes Down...
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May 1, 5 p.m. - Today, you get a bonus photo!
Last night as it was getting dark, I noticed that those
guys at the north end of the east lump were still
working with lights! I still have no idea what
they are doing. But, I did notice that they have
installed lights along the roof arch and are turning
them on at night. They look very cool. This
photo does not do them justice at all but I thought you
should see it anyway.
May 2, 4:45 p.m. - Those guys working on that one
section at the end of the northeast lump were working
again late last night well after dark. I cannot figure
out what they are doing but they are doing it a
lot. Maybe when they finish and move over to the
northwest lump I can get a better view and figure it
May 3, 12:30 p.m. - The ClamCam
Forum was down for a bit this morning. Sorry, server
issues. So Greg sent me a note instead pointing
out something very interesting.... The guys have been
working hard on the end of the northeast lump and
the rusty thingies have missed their move date.
Coincidence? The rusty thingies were supposed to
go to the other side by April 28. They haven't
moved an inch. Interesting, eh? And, one
other thing of note: They are picking up some action on
the platform that will hold that big center scoreboard.
That's an area to watch, I'm sure.
May 4, 8 p.m. - I did something today that I've
never done before. I replaced the photo. I
originally posted one about noon. But, tonight,
the sky was just so amazing and the light was so good,
that I just had to replace today's photo with this one
which is so much better. The painters have been
busy. I wonder if they are looking for
helpers? I'd volunteer as long as I could get up
there during a Mariner game... Wouldn't that be the
coolest perch? The mysterious end-of-lump workers
took last night off. No lights, no action.
But, they are working there now... Very curious.
May 5, 1 p.m. - Well, we have new action today...
See the circle at the bottom towards the right? Well,
yesterday these orange things were lying down and today
they are standing up and growing into a nice little farm
of orange things. I can see some similar orange
things on the edge of the northeast tower. I put
an arrow where one of them is because you can't see them
May 6, 3:30 p.m. - For those of you who may have
joined us recently, on Sundays, I grab the photo from
this day last year. That's what you see on the
right. I know all of you are likely getting tired
of my talking about the guys working at the end of the
southeast lump but I'm fascinated. They were there
working away at 11 p.m. last night and again (or still)
at 7 a.m. this morning and they have been the only signs
of life on the site today.
May 7, 1:30 p.m. - There is a lot of action out there
today - painters and truckers and moving of stuff
around. Shawn found a little gem on the First
and Goal website. They are talking about stringing
cable through the truss. He thinks (and I think
he's probably right on target) that the round-the-clock
workers are working on pulling those cables. He
says that he can't see for sure put thinks there might
be a yellow thing up there for stretching those
cables. Shawn, I pulled out my binoculars and you
are right on the money. There is a yellow thing up
there right where they are working!
Excellent. Shawn noted all of this on the ClamCam
forum. There's also been a bit of confusion
about how to post to the forum so I'll be working on
making it a bit more user friendly and adding a help
May 8, 3:30 p.m. - I think they have finished the
cable pulling. The yellow thing is gone and they
closed up shop early last night. Today I can't see
them up there at all. They are busy putting the
seats up on the west side and are rounding the last
corner (the northern corner that you can just see a bit
May 9, 4:30 p.m. - Yesterday, Shawn noticed (and
posted on the ClamCam Forum) that they had taken down
the elevator (which was next to the middle rusty thingie)...
great catch that I missed. But nobody can miss
today's move. One whole rusty thingie has gone
west. Two more to go. And the painters have
been very busy.
May 10, 3:00 p.m. - Well, all our rusty thingies
have abandon us for the other side. Sigh. It
looks kind of cool, though, without them, doesn't
it? I also learned that the lump guys, were, in
fact, pulling cable... a ton of it! And the west
roof work starts on Monday. Also, those orange things
that they stood up last week? Well, they are mason
scaffolding for the west side. And, one more
little tidbit - the 'seats' we see are really just the
precast. The real seats start going in towards the end
of this month with the seat backs coming in July.
May 11, 4:30 p.m. - The craneologist has been
working hard today putting seats in. I can see
what he's doing if I lean out my terrace. You'll
soon be able to see the final ones placed at the very
far right hand side of the photo. Sean sent me a
note and reminded me that yesterday, I put a circle on
the photo and then totally forgot to talk about
it! The circle is around one of the new concrete
pillars that are popping up at the what will be the base
of the big scoreboard. There is a lot of action
going on in that space. I'm pretty ambivalent
about it. It will be fun to watch it going up but
when it does, my view will be severely blocked.
Sigh. Oh! If you read this in time, there is
a show on tonight on The Learning Channel about the
implosion of the Kingdome. Check the ClamCam
Forumfor details and follow up.
May 12, 1:45 p.m. - In today's big picture, you can
see the west side seat progress... They are
clipping along there. There isn't a lot of action
out there today but there definitely are people working
here and there. I've watched the first 3/4ths of
the Implosion show that was on last night and it is
really fabulous. If you missed it and want to see,
check out the ClamCam
May 13, 11:30 a.m. - The only action on the site
that I've seen today is the porta-pottie maintenance
truck. Not too glamorous but absolutely
necessary! This time last year we were just seeing
the very beginnings. I can't quite make out what
the circle is pointing out and I wasn't very clear in my
explanation that day, either! Happy Mother's Day,
May 14, noon - Even though there's no big drama,
today's photo have an arrow and a circle! The
arrow points out that the final block of seat forms have
been installed on the west side. And, it turns
out, that if I lean way out my terrace, I can just catch
the roof of Safeco (if it is over the field). The
circle points out some interesting, even if not very visible,
work they are doing between the seat rows on the south
side. Looks like maybe they are putting in the
steps you take to get to the seats.
May 15, 12:30 p.m. - Today's photo is so dark.
I am sorry but it's just kind of a dark day and it's
supposed to cloud up and rain this afternoon so I
thought I'd better go ahead and get it before it got
darker. There isn't a lot of visible change today
but there sure is a lot of action. Lots of little
construction noises and trucks and cars and golf carts
zooming around the site.
May 16, 1 p.m. - You can see in the top right hand
corner that they are making good west side roof
progress. The painters are continuing to make
progress on the east side. Sadly the server that
houses a lot of the photos and other images and the
ClamCam Forum is down again. I thought I had found
one I could count on but maybe not. Grrrrrr
May 17, 3 p.m. - Today's shot has a circle... They have
put some bars across the opening in the northwest
tower. I think this is - or rather, will be
- an elevator. Tony sent a note that there are new
photos up on the First
and Goal site and there are some really interesting
ones. They are sure doing a good job of
documenting the construction.
May 18, 3 p.m. - Today's circle is around what is
going to be the next bit of action: building out
of the lower seats. Yesterday they put up some
yellow stuff that clearly marks where the entrances to
the field will be(?). Also, Tony reminded me that
I haven't mentioned Charpy's
photos in a while. He's got some
great shots from his vantage point just north of the
site. Now, I'd like to introduce you to some new
friends - the great folks at Canron!
Albert Wayenberg has been sending me some great shots
and information. Canron has fabricated more than
3,722 tons (that tons!) of steel into the tricords that
make up the top structure. That's Albert and on the left
and Jimmy on the right of one of the aframe structures
that make part of the tricord.
on the left, is a picture of one of the bottom pieces
(12 tons) on the truck ready to head for Seattle.
And just look at the size of the
bolts they use (on the right)! Albert says that
their total bolt count for this project is
108,703! And, he says that before theses monster
bolts came along, ironworkers used red hot
rivets!! Also, Albert is our painter
guy... He's the one turning the arch we can see into the
great white beam! Thanks, Albert, for your photos
and great info.
May 19, 3 p.m. - The scaffolding farm grew again
overnight - see the red circle. There is a fair
amount of action on the site today, for a
Saturday. They were out there pretty early this
morning buzzing around. Mark left a note in my
website guestbook that he uses the big photo as his
computer wallpaper. Great idea and today's has
some very interesting looking sky. Oh and Tony
found yet another link of photos! Check out the
photos on the Seahawks
May 20, 1:15 p.m. - It's a beautiful day here and
today's photo ain't too bad either if I do say so
myself. I can't see anyone working on the site
today. Maybe they are all over at Safeco trying to
help put those *&$#(%^ Yankees in their place.
This time last year we had a great view of Safeco!
May 21, 1 p.m. - Look what we got today! A new
pointy thing on the end of the northeast lump!!
And doesn't it look great? It's amazing to me what
a difference that point makes to the whole look of the
arch. Wow. Very cool.
May 22, 3 p.m. - Lots o' circles today!
1. They brought back the old doghouse but someone
painted over the 'for sale' sign. 2. They
are starting the lump work on the northwest corner -
platform in place! and 3. The painters are
hard at work today. they've done the bottoms and
it looks like the north end supports have white socks
on. Oh and I found out that the official term for
the pointy ends are beaks!
May 23, 3:45 p.m. - It's a really warm day... I mean
really warm for Seattle for this time of year.
Strange. And, I suspect that working on the roof
today was a hot job! Today I noticed (and circled) some
strange wood colored box things at the bottom of the top
tier of seats. They are not new but I just noticed
May 24, 1 p.m. - It looks like we are soon to be one
crane short of a full site. While the blues are
still working, the red crane has been moved off to the
side and had its arm removed. On to the next project, I
guess. The painters are really making progress.
May 25, 11:30 a.m. - The red crane is gone
totally. Hope it has a fun new adventure to go
to. Yesterday some curious white things
appeared. I circled them in today's photo.
They kind of look like giant beer coolers from
here. It looks like most of the workers are,
indeed, taking a long weekend.
May 26, 2 p.m. - What a gorgeous day! All of
the site workers are off somewhere else enjoying it except
the painters! They are up there just
working away! I circled one that I caught up at
the top of the arch just now. Amazing. Mark
and anyone else who uses the big photo for computer
wallpaper, has an excellent photo this week!
May 27, 4:15 p.m. - I had to cheat a bit for the
'this day last year' photo. Turns out that I was
out of town on this day last year! So I snagged
the photo from May 26, 2000. No action on site
today at all. No painters, even.
May 28, 11 a.m. - The weather people have been
predicting rain and clouds for the past 5 days.
Until today they missed by a long shot. But, today
we finally got the rain and chilly weather. But,
no one is on the site so the rain isn't interfering with
May 29, 1:45 p.m. - The sunshine makes that white
top arch nearly disappear into the sky! Lots of
action on the site today but no one thing to point
to. There are trucks moving and hauling and
dumping and all kinds of construction noise going
on. Kind of nice to hear after nearly 3 days of
May 30, 9:45 a.m. - Just to the right of this photo
you can see the tri-chord of the west side! I'm
guessing that later this week, they will connect it up
to the lump and it will be in the photo. The
painters are making great progress.