The Braille Monitor                                                                                January/February 2002

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The crane operator crouches in the open door of the crane directing President Maurer as he moves a shovel full of dirt from the hole to a dump truck.
The crane operator crouches in the open door of the crane directing President Maurer as he moves a shovel full of dirt from the hole to a dump truck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the demolition was done with sledgehammers, and President Maurer tried his hand at that work as well. Here he prepares to dismantle a brick wall.
Some of the demolition was done with sledgehammers, and President Maurer tried his hand at that work as well.   Here he prepares to dismantle a brick wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture stretches across the entire two-page spread.   It shows the whole Institute excavation sute and large construction equipment.
The ground breaking ceremony for the new National Research Center for the Blind took place on Friday, October 10, 2001. The following Monday morning the digging equipment moved in in earnest to begin excavating the foundation for the building. The construction company has been busy ever since. By December 19, this is the way the site looked

 

A giant tank lies here beside a track hoe.  A temporary cable stretches across the scene above the track hoe to provide power to the fire protection system.
The construction crew made an unwelcome discovery as they dug the foundation. A giant tank filled with an unidentified liquid was discovered buried in the ground. Six tanker trucks were required to pump out the tank. It lies here beside a trackhoe. A temporary power cable stretches across the scene above the trackhoe to provide power to the fire protection system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the pile driver began pounding the soldier piles into the ground, the blows could be felt throughout the entire National Center. In this picture you can see a twenty-eight-foot soldier pile being sunk by a pile driver at the end of a fifty-foot boom.
A twenty-eight-foot soldier pile being sunk by a pile driver at the end of a fifty-foot boom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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