The Kingdome Comes Down...
July 1, 4:45 p.m. - I think the workers might have gotten this
weekend off. I haven't seen any action today at all! The
newsletter said that the two south towers will be topped off in June but
I don't think they are quite there yet. The north towers (the ones
closest to me) will be topped off in October. Sean Watts noted the
other day that they were quite kind to do the north towers last so that
they don't cut off my view prematurely. I think he's right.
|Sunday, July 2, 2:30 p.m. - Not a creature
is stirring on the site today. So while I'm looking at the
non-action, I noticed something. In the newsletter, they talked
about topping off the north and south towers. I realized that I can
actually see, from my terrace, six towers... The one I marked B in the
photo has a counterpart on the west side of the site. Are these the
south towers? The one I marked A has counterparts on the other three
corners of the site. Is this the southeast tower? Will they be
building two more like B in the north end of the site? hmmmmmm
|Monday, July 3, 4 p.m. - There has only
been a bit of action today. None of the big machines were running,
no pile driving, but some of the cement trucks were wandering
around. It's been very quiet. And, speaking of quiet, the
newsletter had an interesting note. I'll just quote.
"Construction hours on the project are: 5:30 a.m. to ll:30 p.m.
on non-holiday weekdays, and 7:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on non-holiday
Saturdays. In the early morning and late evening hours, the Project
is limited to low-impact activities such as construction staging, material
off loading, and concrete pouring." Interesting, I think.
|Tuesday, July 4, 1 p.m. - Traditionally,
it rains on July 4 here. But, it looks like tradition may suffer
this year. It's cool and cloudy but dry. On the site, there's
no sign of life at all. Things should ramp up tomorrow. There
is some kind of "bird's beak" structure due to be completed in a
couple of weeks as part of the eastern roof truss. Maybe this is
what's going on the two stanchions that I pointed out in June 28's
|Wednesday, July 5, 4:15 p.m. - There is
action on the site today but it's really quiet. The pile drivers
must be recovering from the long weekend. Howard Frisk has posted
some great implosion and rubble photos on his website.
Almost hard to believe that the Kingdome was standing here a little over
three months ago!
|Thursday, July 6, 4:15 p.m. - There's a
fair amount of incremental progress going on. The arrow in today's
photo points to what I think are going to be the stadium seats facing
north. And, I must remark on the beautiful sky in today's
photo. Sometimes it just takes my breath away.
|Friday, July 7, 4:15 p.m. - I realized
today that it's been several days since I've heard pile driving... I still
see some of the piles stacked up around but I can't see that there are any
pile driving machines on site! Wonder if they are done? It
sure is quiet. Today we have a new thing and we've lost an old
thing. The new thing is a big box (marked with the arrow) in the
middle. I can't tell if it's like a giant dumpster or something that
will be part of the structure. Time will tell, I'm sure. And
they removed all of the coil making things that were lined up on the west
edge closest to my terrace. Guess they have all the coils they need.
|Saturday, July 8, 4 p.m. - I used a bit of
a different shot today to show you some stuff. You can see the rock
pile better and see the rock crusher machine right in the middle between
the pile of bigger rocks and the ever growing piles of crushed
rocks. The stadium isn't the only construction in the
neighborhood. See the building on the far left? That building
is one of two (the first one is out of the picture) recently finished and
opened. The one to the right of it was an iron frame at the time of
the implosion and is now taking on its skin. Just to the right (and
behind it) is the headquarters of Amazon.Com. It used to be a
veteran's hospital. A commercial real estate friend of mine tells me
that Amazon has also leased most of the office space in the three new
|Sunday, July 9, 12:30 p.m. - Today's shot
is yet again another angle. You can see the crowds making their way
to the ballpark a full hour before game time. It's a sell out.
No action on the site but a lot of these baseball fans brought their
camera to capture the new stadium.
|Monday, July 10, 4 p.m. - There's lots
of little action going on today... cranes craning, dump trucks dumping,
rock crushers crushing... you get the picture. No big stuff.
Just busy, busy, busy. I did get a call from my friends
at Q13 Reports asking to use my terrace to get some construction
shots. This time I did not screw up their picture. From the
left are: Camera guy - Keith Bubach, Intern - Tim Martin and
Reporter - John Yeager.
|Tuesday, July 11, 4 p.m. - Late yesterday
afternoon my eye caught two major trucks leaving the site with heavy
machinery. It sure looks to me like they carted off the rock
crushers. There is still a relatively sincere pile of uncrushed
rock. Wonder if they are going to use it uncrushed or recycle it
uncrushed. Or if the rock crushers just got tired of working and
left for vacation. Wonder where rock crushers go on vacation.
|Wednesday, July 12, 4:30 p.m. - Not a
whole lot of really visible change in the site today. I will say
that without those pile drivers, the construction is a very quiet
neighbor. I have to actually go look to make sure they are working!
|Thursday, July 13, 4:30 p.m. - How about
the sky in today's photo?! Interestingly, while it's pretty
spectacular to look at in person, it looks even better in the photo.
Strange. The site news today is missing rocks. See the rock
pile? There's a bunch missing. No sign of where they
went. Q13 ran their story last night and the head guy that they
interviewed said that the east side of the seating part of the stadium
will go up first. This is very nice of them. It means we'll
get a good view of it without the west side blocking us.
|Friday, July 14, 4:30 p.m. - Again, no
substantial change in the site today. Just more of this and
that. We haven't had any rain in a long time and the site is looking
a bit dusty. But, I can see no discernable difference in the amount
of dust climbing up to my terrace. No noise, no dirt... this stadium
is so far a very good neighbor!
|Saturday, July 15, 11:15 a.m. - I caught
them in the act! They are hauling away the pile of bigger rocks,
truck by truck by truck. This is going to leave a big blank space in
the rock pile part of the site. Can't wait to see what goes
there. I think where the rock piles are will be stadium parking, but
I'm not sure.
|Sunday, July 16, 2:30 p.m. - They
hauled an enormous amount of rock yesterday. It's amazing to see it
gone. Rikketyrik found a link on the First and Goal site that shows
another view of the rock piles - http://www.firstandgoal.com/webcam/default.asp.
Looks like the way they are going, I will have to pick a new topic of
discussion as the rocks will be history!
|Monday, July 17, 4:15 p.m. - More rocks
left today and dumping them into the trucks is fairly loud. Not pile
driving loud but you definitely know they are out there working without
having to get up and look. They are also doing a lot of wetting down
of the site. We haven't had any rain in a while.
|Tuesday, July 18, 4:15 p.m. - Enough
about rocks. Let's get back to construction. I've sent the
tripod for this shot and unless something comes up that you just must
see, I'll take this shot for several days in a row so you can
compare. We have precious few trees in this neighborhood so I hate
to complain about one. But the one in the way of my view of the
construction is beginning to annoy me. At least the leaves will be
gone when we get to the serious work.
|Wednesday, July 19, 4 p.m. - Doesn't
look a whole lot different than yesterday, but that's the point of
incremental pictures, isn't it? Next month, we'll wander back
through this month and be able to do a major 'remember when'. There
is virtually no noise over there today. They must be doing quiet
|Thursday, July 20, 4 p.m. - More
invisible changes to the site. And, it's still quiet. Am I
repeating myself? We still haven't had rain and the site is getting
dustier and dustier. I suspect the watering machines will be put to
|Friday, July 21, 4:30 p.m. -
Three numbers in today's photo. 1) is the newest corner of the
stadium which is growing like crazy. It will be the northwest corner
of the stadium. The other three corners are already pretty much
done. 2) are some interesting stanchions that are also
growing. I'm thinking they might be the supports for the seats that
will face west. 3) points out a barely visible thing way in the back
of the site. I can see that it has an odd shape and a sign on
it announcing First & Goal. This looks like something they may
be ready to put up somewhere for some drive by advertising.
July 22, 8:30 a.m. - Hey! They are taking that barely visible
thing from yesterday and mounting it on one of the stadium corners!
I thought I was quite clever to catch it mid-install. However, that
was about an hour and a half ago and it's still in the same
position. System note: I think I'm going to upgrade to Windows
2000 this weekend. Hopefully, I won't lose any capabilities, but who
knows. So if you don't see any entry tomorrow, you'll know I hit a
snag. On Monday, I'll find an expert and be back in the saddle.
July 23, 9 a.m. - Today's picture is kind of
fuzzy. BUT, I did get Windows 2000 up and running
and it's fabulous. I'll work on the picture
quality next. The new thing appears to be the
start of the roof. Interesting. It looks
like it's as in place as it's going to be. We had
a nice couple of rains yesterday which sure cut down on
July 24, 4:30 p.m. - Today's photo is much
clearer. There are two items noted by
arrows. They aren't new, but I haven't mentioned
them before - one (the down arrow) is an extra long stanchion
that looks interesting. And the other is a
structure being built in the center of the site.
It looks like a top of something. And, speaking of
tops of something... A short article on the MSNBC
web site says that the first structural steel will go up
on Saturday morning. I'll be here - camera ready!
Edited at 6:45: Ok, my VP of Quality Control, Sean
Watts, had me fix a couple of typos and pointed
out that the MSNBC link is from last Friday so
that structural steel was this past Saturday...
must have been that thing that I circled in Saturday's
photo. I hope they plan more structural
steel. And... Thanks, Sean.
July 25, 4:30 p.m. - The corner of the stadium
nearest me - the northwest corner - is growing and
threatening my view! This is not going to be good for
any of us. I guess I should have gotten to them
earlier and convinced them to make that particular
corner transparent. Sigh.
July 26, 4:15 p.m. - I can't see any dramatic change
today but there is definitely a lot of work going on or
a lot of going on anyway. Machines are moving
around and new things are coming in. In the bottom
left of the photo you can see some flat bed truck loads
of big concrete slabs. These have been coming and
going for a week or so. These particular ones have
been right there for several days. I think they go
on the four corners so these must be for the last corner
they are working on now - the one that will block my
July 27, 3:45 p.m. - They are moving around those
concrete slabs again. Still don't know what they
are for. There seems to be much more activity on
the site today but I can't quit pinpoint any big
July 28, 4 p.m. - Check out the pile of rocks.
They've dumped a bunch of strange looking things on the
top of it. Quite curious. Again, a lot of
July 29, 3 p.m. - Well, Sean Watts wins again.
He correctly identified the rock pile fodder. They
are discarded platforms. I circled where one is
still attached to the corner section. They look
like platforms that workers stand on. I still
think it's a strange place to toss them.
July 30, 8:30 p.m. - We've had some really beautiful
evening skies recently and I thought I'd try and capture
one. Sadly, although I can see it with my eyes, my
camera is just not getting it. Trust me, though,
there's a little pink with some pretty wispy
clouds. No action on the site. A regular
July 31, 4:15 p.m. - There are a lot of workers out
there today and although I can't see for sure, I'm
betting a lot of them are sweaty. This is our 8th
day of 80 or nearly 80 degrees with full sun. It
is hot and a lot of us have lost any ability we had to
handle hot. We had a bit of rain a week ago Sunday
but since then the water trucks on the site have been