I was not sure how to present progress on the new Itasca campus center so I shot a video and took a photo to show the current state of construction to give you an idea.
I climbed up on the highest pile of soil present on the building site. It was not easy. The soil was saturated and very muddy. It has been raining torrentially at Itasca for the last few days. In fact, on October 11, a very strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area dumping a few inches of rain on us in just a few hours. It was a warm rain, more like summer, than the beginning of October for the Itasca region.
From the top of this mound of soil, I made a short video. It pans from the west to the east of the entire construction site. At the beginning you will see the poured foundations that will support the entry way and large fireplace. Then, you will see the walls of the auditorium (at the blue tarp) and bathroom that have been backfilled and leveled off for the pouring of the floors. Finally, the camera pans the length of the new building where the labs will be built. They are soon to be backfilled also. As you can see, most of the concrete foundations have now been laid. At mid-point of the video you will see the shadow of the intrepid Director at his vantage point on top of the hill of soil.
The photograph shows a portion of the geothermal system being fitted together for the distribution of tempered air throughout the building. It is along the north wall looking toward the east. The resident supervisor told me that by the end of October, we should start seeing the walls go up, perhaps a little ahead of schedule. Excellent!