Residents and commuters can now see a large crane being constructed on the Municipal Complex building site.
The crane is being used to set the steel beams into place when framing of the building begins Monday.
Work is proceeding to pour the concrete slab foundation; the foundation clearly visible from Central Avenue is the location of the new Council Chambers.
Crews from the Jaynes Corporation and their subcontractors will continue to pour the foundation concurrently with erecting the steel, and will be placing steel for all three stories of the building in as many as four “building zones.”
Zone One includes the Council Chambers and entrance to the new municipal building from the eastern edge of the site, facing 9th Street.
They will be progressing with concrete work and steel placement in April and May, working from east to the west and from south to the north.
Work is expected to take six to eight weeks, depending upon weather and wind speeds.
Once they achieve approximately 50 percent of steel completion, they will begin work on the structural exterior.
Residents may see two or three flatbed trailers a week entering the townsite, as the steel beams continue to be delivered to the building site.
The trucks have been directed to use the truck route and travel to Trinity Drive then Knecht Street. They have been asked to avoid peak commuter travel times.
Infrastructure work on Iris Street continues for the next two months and plans for landscaping and street side parking are being coordinated with neighborhood residents.
Once that work concludes, crews will move to Central Avenue east of the 15th Street intersection to install the final utilities infrastructure.
This work is expected to begin in late May; the County is coordinating parking needs with the Bradbury Science Museum to accommodate tour bus parking at the Trinity Site across from Marimac Plaza during this time frame and may be able to perform some of the work at night to avoid impacting downtown traffic and businesses as much as possible with street closures.
With spring winds increasing, the contractor is beginning to increase dust control efforts by watering down the site several times a day.
A base course parking lot is expected to be installed soon, which should help with blowing dust.
The Municipal Complex remains on track for completion in Fall 2013. A “topping off” public event when the last piece of steel is set into place for the building is expected this summer.
Residents or businesses with questions about the project are encouraged to contact the County’s Project Manager, Dan Erickson at email@example.com or call the Capital Projects Office at 662-8112.