A regular feature that tracks the progress of the new Central Library and light-rail transit
F.M.Frattalone Excavating and Grading Inc. has finished its work on an earth-retention system. The system consists of piles driven into the ground with lagging (horizontal wooden planks) clamped onto them. Frattalone finished hauling away dirt from the library to another construction site off Highway 280 in St. Paul.
Knutson Construction is now beginning work on its $4.2 million Central Library contract. Knutson will also work on a shoring system and complete more excavation. Following the final excavation, Knutson will begin installing caissons and footings for the new library. Their work is expected to last through Feb. 2004.
Quick Stats: about 96 percent of the razed building was recycled - 21,144 cubic yards of concrete and 2,018,280 pounds of steel. This exceeds the 80 percent guidelines for demolition.
Plans for the New Central Library can be viewed online at www.mplib.org. Comments on the new library can be submitted through the Web site; via e-mail to AskUs@mplib.org; by snail mail to New Central Library Project, Minneapolis Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401; or by filling out a comment form available at any Minneapolis Public Library. Comments can also be submitted to the library at 630-6263.
Source: Anne Ulseth, New Central Library