Just to put things in perspective, this project has now lasted longer than the average human pregnancy. And like a pregnancy, it has not been without its discomforts. The various crews who have worked on the job have had to deal with the logistics of maneuvering large machinery in a small space with a lot of overhead wires and people living just a few feet away. Those of us who live in the neighborhood have had to deal with sometimes painful levels of noise, dirt, and fumes, and--during the early, "extremely loud" phase--floors and walls that occasionally shook so badly that things fell off the shelves; we've had to cope with the loss of parking spaces, the inconvenience of having to walk up to half a block to get to our trash dumpsters, and--perhaps worst of all--the loss of privacy. But that's life in the big city, and we all try to get through it--both workers and neighbors--with as much consideration, patience, and courtesy as we can muster.
Things are quieter at this point, now that the project is moving closer to the actual building stage, but despite my litany of inconveniences, i find myself missing those earlier days of the project. It was a lot of fun taking pictures of the Hütte and the excavator crawler in action; by comparison, i'm finding things a little less exciting to watch these days. But exciting or not, this is an important stage in the work, and it is impressive to see the precision with which all the measurements are taken; and it's kind of fun to watch the concrete being poured. The major concrete foundation should be poured in a couple of weeks, so until then, i guess it will be more measuring, more rebar, and more wooden forms. As a side note, i have to admit that i do enjoy the sounds of rough carpentry: the whine of a circular saw, the rhythm of a hammer.
Here is how things were looking yesterday. I'm guessing that the brick-sized pieces of concrete are being used as supports for the rebar framework.
This group of pictures was taken on Tuesday evening.
By late this afternoon, several sections of a wooden barrier had been built. I assume this is going to be used as a form for the thick concrete foundation.