The 200+ ton crane is up and running, and the structural steel guys are slinging column steel and beams in place. These pictures are not in the right sequence. Blogger only allows 5-pics-at-a-time uploads, and I always forget to load the last pictures first. Please forgive.
Here's a gratuitous shot of my buddy Wes. In the background is a freshly poured basement roof. Since about half of it will be covered in dirt, it's 1'-6" thick.
These are the bolts that the structural steel columns fasten to. It's my job to set these bolts in the right place. The painted bolt has a nut set to the right elevation. From there the structural iron guys place the shim packs that the column will rest on.
This is the crane runway. In this shot the crane is still being put together.
This is one of the many trusses that will be used to bridge the area that spans an existing 50-foot-wide culvert that runs diagonally through the convention area. To set these trusses will require two cranes.
This is a freshly-poured footing for a retainer wall. It's my job to make sure these rebars are in the right place and that the top of the concrete is at the right height.
Another out-of-sequence shot of the crane being assembled.