Jan Marie Traynor

Construction update

Blog Post created by Jan Marie Traynor on Feb 23, 2011

When we first started these blogs I talked about our ongoing construction - I figured it was time for an update. The short story is that it has been a long cold winter and that as slowed the progress. On the plus side the money runs out June 30th so they absolutely have to finish by then. This week the upper footings are going in so it is starting to look like a building. We also got word that sometime in the next two weeks they will begin drilling the 12 geothermal wells. The wells will each go down 500 feet - yes I said 500 feet and there are 12 of them. They will use a special drill rig that will stand 45 feet tall when extended and will block completely one of the three access roads onto the campus. They tell me it only makes 90 decibels at the well site which is 20 feet from my classroom but I will believe it when we hear it. It will take 3 weeks to drill all the wells. After that a 90 foot crane will arrive to erect the steel. The whole process has really been a lesson for our students -  a construction lesson, a geology lesson, an environmental lesson, and also a lesson in patience and perseverance.

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