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The Kingdome Comes Down...

May 2001

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050101.jpg (118510 bytes)night.jpg (80809 bytes)Tuesday, 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.
050201.jpg (133049 bytes)Wednesday, 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 out.
050301.jpg (120317 bytes)Thursday, 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.
050401.jpg (120410 bytes)Friday, 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.
050501.jpg (129812 bytes)Saturday, 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 really well.  
050601.jpg (131465 bytes)Sunday, 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.  
050701.jpg (122396 bytes)Monday, 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 file.
050801.jpg (121325 bytes)Tuesday, 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 of).  
050901.jpg (118873 bytes)Wednesday, 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.
051001.jpg (123705 bytes)Thursday, 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.  Progress!
051101.jpg (127243 bytes)Friday, 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.  
051201.jpg (127595 bytes)Saturday, 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 Forum.
051301.jpg (119170 bytes)Sunday, 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, Mom!
051401.jpg (112500 bytes)Monday, 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.
051501.jpg (108236 bytes)Tuesday, 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.  
051601.jpg (118337 bytes)Wednesday, 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
051701.jpg (111239 bytes)Thursday, 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.
051801.jpg (113677 bytes)Friday, 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 someal_and_jimmy.jpg (51305 bytes) 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.   trichord.jpg (49614 bytes)Here, 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 thebolt.jpg (65320 bytes) 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.
051901.jpg (118243 bytes)Saturday, 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 website.
052001.jpg (117658 bytes)Sunday, 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!
052101.jpg (117482 bytes)Monday, 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.
052201.jpg (129435 bytes)Tuesday, 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!
052301.jpg (126215 bytes)Wednesday, 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 them.  
052401.jpg (116130 bytes)Thursday, 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.
052501.jpg (111073 bytes)Friday, 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.  
052601.jpg (114954 bytes)Saturday, 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!
052701.jpg (115054 bytes)Sunday, 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.
052801.jpg (112628 bytes)Monday, 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 any construction!
052901.jpg (119264 bytes)Tuesday, 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 silence!
053001.jpg (106928 bytes)Wednesday, 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. 

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