Sept. 21, 2012
Typical Sunrise on the Hague: Bikers, Joggers, Dog-Walkers, and a Giant Construction Crane Going By
The best thing that can be reported on any construction project can be boiled down to two words—on schedule.
Thanks to (relatively) good weather, the pilings were finished on the south side of the building (Memorial Garden) on Thursday. That afternoon, the 55-foot auger bit was taken off the crane, to cut down on the traveling weight, and the whole rig got a thorough scrub-down before hitting the highway.
At sunrise Friday, it was time to move the drilling rig to the other side of the building.
As the massive machine was walked around the block, workers laid plywood down to protect the city streets. Major style points to our contractor, KBS, for paying attention to such details. Leave no mud on the streets. Leave no pavement damage.
Come Monday morning, the drilling of the pilings will resume on the north side of the building (Mary's Garden). It's a process of boring out 55 feet of dirt, mud and silt, the insertion of steel reinforcing bars, and then filling with concrete. Early reports on the strength of the pilings is that they are well above the design standards.
Also of note:
• Space is a little tighter on the north side of the Museum, so the sidewalk will be closed temporarily as the construction fences are expanded slightly outward to make room for the (technical name) Auger Pile machine. With 43 pilings on the schedule, the work will take seven to 10 days, depending on the weather.
• On the south side, the concrete contractor will begin bringing in equipment in preparation of forming/installing pile caps and grade beams for the actual addition.