Today I made another visit to the site and was surprised to see how much progress was made. Over break crews had completely surrounded the structure in plastic wrap and installed 4 large heaters to warm the interior up so that concrete could be poured and fireproofing installed. Nearly all of the ground floor and upper level concrete had been poured with just two sections left. So much concrete was used that in just one day 40 cement trucks were used.
One of the four heaters on-site
A worker examines an application of fireproofing
While concrete pouring and fireproofing work is being undertaken, workers are also installing plumbing, electrical, and HVAC infrastructure.
Ventilation tubes have been installed.
Workers pour concrete into a wooden form for a set of stairs
Currently, only one layer of wall is installed in places (the material that is purple). Insulation and the interior and exterior walls still need to be built. Crews will now spend time making forms and pouring the concrete for stairs and start "blocking" or building the structure's interior walls.
The Press Box is now distinguishable.
Onlookers won't see very much from the outside as the plastic walls will remain until warmer weather returns. Rochester's winter was harsher than anticipated and created some small problems but the workers over came them and the project is still slated for completion in time for the 2014 hockey season.
A view of center ice from the middle of the building (from north to south). Note the line in the concrete in the bottom center of the picture.