2002-03 Photos--B3/B1 steel erection

getting ready for B3 steel erection

The columns and trusses for B3 were the first project of the summer...here folks are staging material and getting ready (JM).
truss segments staged
By December, the grade beams for B3 are in place...and segments of the main trusses are staged for assembly in front of the station...(WR)
more truss segments staged
...and behind the station (WR).
B3 bottom trusses
One of the main support trusses is set in place...(JM)
b3 front main truss erection
...followed by the main framing truss for the first floor of B3 (JM).
from the back
A view from the back side of the new station (JM).
digging out for B1 foundations
Next, digging out for the B1 foundations (0203).
steel foundation beams on a sled
Some of the steel foundation beams for B1 staged on a sled next to the B3 frame (0203).
more foundation beams
Another view of the staged beams, probably taken from the level 2 B2 back deck (0203).
timber grade beams
Laying down the timber grade beams (0203).
grade beams
Looking at the grade beams from the side (0203)...
closeup view of the timber foundations
...and from the ground (0203).
strong foundations
The columns and grade beams for pod B1...as far as was planned for this season. B1 now houses the "emergency camp"--i.e. a power plant, emergency galley, and emergency/summer berthing (JM).
ARO webcam photo after sundown

An excellent view of both the dome and the elevated station, from the NOAA ARO webcam on 25 March 2003, a few days after sunset.

last plane out on 15 February
Here's the front of the station as the last flight of the season heads north on 15 February (MH).

Credits...the NOAA ARO webcam photo was grabbed from the site indicated; photos marked (JM) are from Jerry Marty; photos marked (0203) are from a photo CD produced by the 2002-03 summer crew who graciously sent me a copy; MH is winterover research associate Michael Holstine; and photos marked (WR) are from Wayne Ranney's Earthly-Musings blog. He'd worked at Pole in 1986-87 when we jacked up Clean Air...his December 2002 visit was when he was working with tourism and showed up on this single engine turbine Otter.

While this was happening, several miles to the southeast the SPRESSO seismic lab was being completed.

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