Friday, June 18, 2010

STICKS AND STONES (the stick part)

Once the asbestos problem with the drywall was abated, demolition could move ahead. With the drywall removed we can now see the skeleton of the building that protects the skeletons. Many walls had peculiar bends and warps in them, and being able to see the framing shows why. The uplifting of the south side of the building by the hydrophilic bentonitic mudstone underlying it put extreme vertical pressure on the 2x4s, bowing them or sometimes splitting them vertically. The framing also shows how strongly the concrete floor sloped to the north. Once the framing itself was removed, all that was left in the administrative wing was the steel girders, whose exciting removal will occur in a few weeks.

Photos courtesy of Dinosaur National Monument

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