Merriweather Construction Update: March 4, 2016

Despite a snowy start to the day, Merriweather was buzzing with activity this morning. Most notably, crews today were able to pour the concrete base of the stage, which will allow the work on the inside of the stage house to continue in earnest.

Meanwhile, workers climbed into lifts and onto scaffolding outside of the stage house to continue skinning the sides of the building. These green and blue base layers will provide a foundation for a cedar shell that, once complete, will compliment the existing pavilion and the new restroom/concession buildings in the west plaza.

Keeping the site safe and productive requires a lot of coordination, planning, and communication. And speaking of communication, here's a tangle of conduits that will house all the cabling needed to run the pavilion's lights, sound, electicity, internet, telephones, and everything else. 

And you thought your home entertainment center was confusing...

One of the best things about walking around the site is seeing the pride everyone takes in this work. Merriweather is a special place, and it seems like everyone working on it feels that way, even this "churning urn of burning funk" (apologies to James Taylor).

Construction Update: February 8, 2016

Some decent weather welcomed crews today as work continued on the stage house and back of house buildings. As you can see, the stage house is really taking shape now, as framing and sheathing nears completion, thanks to the lots and lots of lifts. 

Once the framing is complete on the stage house, we can begin work on the most-visible pieces: the skin (largely made up of cedar planks) and the stage.  The eastern facing wall of the stage house shows the second layer of sheathing now complete.

For now, we'll continue to hope for good weather and good progress, and dream of warm, summer sun on a lush green lawn.

Snowed in...

An historic blizzard struck the eastern United States over the weekend, and Columbia was right in the middle of it.

But only 36 hours after the snow stopped, work on Merriweather's renovations resumed. Ringed with massive piles of snow and sticky, thick mud underfoot, the construction site was a flurry of activity earlier this week, as work continued on the stage house roof and the walls for the back of house building.

Over the next couple weeks, both the stage house and the back of house should begin to take on more recognizable forms.

While it may be hard to imagine now, the same lawn that is currently dormant under two feet of snow will in just a few months host thousands of happy concertgoers. Let's all hope it's a little warmer then.