Happy New Year!
Finally, as you can see from the photograph I supplied this month, work has started on the roof of the new building. It was very cold when I was at Itasca in January. Once again so cold, that the building crews had a tough time getting their diesel powered equipment started and operational. However, it warmed up enough on January 11 to fire up a large crane and to begin hoisting up roof trusses on the east end of the building. If you check out the construction cam, you will note that many of the trusses are now up on the main part of the building. Next, they will sheath the roof in plywood. Then, construction can begin in earnest on the interior. I suspect the buildings appearance will not change soon for several months, as all the work will be hidden under the new roof. But, I will try to occasionally document and report on the progress on the interior. Overall, construction of the building was delayed a bit by the long spell of below zero days but it is getting back on track.
Professor David Biesboer, Director, 11 January 2014