Drains, part 1

Some earth moving equipment arrived so we’ve started digging for the new brewery drains. At his point we have more people working at once than ever before; digging, placing drain pipe, making concrete forms, not to mention moving all the dirt and concrete debris out of the way.

Real electrical work also started today. Light fixtures should arrive on Monday and everyone is looking forward to a much brighter work environment!

In other news, we’re in the midst of replacing the aging & tornado-damaged pump house roof. The dinosaur, whether born as graffiti or mural, is definitely staying – it’s a local fixture! The work crew even gave the dinosaur a temporary fix while we wait for a replacement door.

Cold SNAP!

We’re anxious for the cold weather to break so that we can move forward with building the new entrance ramp. Not only is it a bit cold for excavating the ramp’s foundation – they can’t pour standard concrete in this weather.

Since timing is everything… the cold hit after the old HVAC system was removed but before the new one was installed. Ironically, we’ve got to wait for warmer weather to install the new heating system.

For now though we’re heating with a couple of kerosene “torpedo” heaters to keep the work crews happy (not to mention preventing the pipes from freezing.)

You really get a sense of how big the building is when two of these demons can barely sustain 50 degrees inside! Fortunately they’re good enough to let indoor work proceed while we all complain about the weather.

Concrete Removal

Now that the edges are cut, the concrete to be removes is jackhammered into pieces that a bulldozer can remove. This is a loud and dusty job… but so satisfying.


The jackhammer basically perforates the areas to be removed.

Slabs and chunks waiting for the bulldozer.

The jackhammer attachment is swapped for a bulldozer bucket.

It’s beginning to look like a rectangle.

After the bulldozer was finished, the next day was all about shoveling out the small debris and sweeping out the entire building.