Foundation 04: Centre for Computing and Engineering Construction

February 1, 2003 to February 28, 2003

Feb. 4, 2003 12:46 PM
Closeup of the construction at the south end of the lot.

Feb. 4, 2003 12:35 PM
This image shows one of the drilling rigs with the drill-bit (which can be seen on the ground) removed for cleaning
and the spout of the de-watering system (red arrow).
(This image, created from 4 photos, has been left uncropped to illustrate
how the panorama is distorted to maintain perspective.)

Feb. 5, 2003 12:36 PM
A closeup of a drilling rig which is capable of drilling at various angles (all the other rigs can only drill vertically)
drilling the holes (later injected with concrete) for the foundation-stabilizing pylons against which the foundation wall will lean.

Feb. 6, 2003 12:43 PM
The construction site, looking west from Dalhousie Street from the middle of the lot,
where an earthen ramp was constructed and through which excavated debris was trucked out.
(172° FOV, 5 photos).

Feb. 6, 2003 12:45 PM
Looking south, the last of the I-beams are buried along the north side, completely encircling the lot.
Note that the I-beams appearing above ground vary in height depending on location.

Feb. 17, 2003 12:45 PM
Looking south from the gate, a week later; the blue crane has left and the earth has been uniformly graded.

Feb. 17, 2003 12:43 PM
Looking west from Dalhousie. Hoarding is erected along the south end,
surrounding the entire site excepting the two gates.

Feb. 18, 2003 12:42 PM
Note the stabilizing-pylon holes drilled through gaps in the shoring
along the base of the west wall; the earth-mover digs along the east wall.

Feb. 18, 2003 8:03 PM
Looking north from Church and Dundas. The Esso station which, if Ryerson had purchased,
would have allowed the Centre to extend the length of the block from Gould to Dundas.
On the positive side, snack-runs will be a lot shorter and will not require dodging traffic.

Feb. 19, 2003 12:40 PM
Hydro service installation at Church and Gould.

Feb. 21, 2003 12:40 PM
The earthen ramp mid-way along Dalhousie Street is no more. As the excavation progresses north,
debris is removed via the gate on Gould Street.
The last remaining crane was removed on Feb. 20th, leaving only the earth-movers and the drilling rig.

Feb. 24, 2003 8:18 PM
The crane at rest on the last remaining "island" of soil still at street-level; looking through the fence.

Feb. 26, 2003 12:45 PM
The entire lot is finally excavated to a uniform depth.
Drilling for the stabilizing pylons continues along the north-east wall;
note the plumbing for the de-watering system.

Feb. 26, 2003 12:40 PM
The ramp is restored and used by the dump trucks
to remove the excavated soil.

Camera settings for the two night-shots: 800 ISO at 0.25s (shutter priority mode), WB at "fluorescent"
giving slightly over-exposed, but wholly pleasing night pictures.

Photography and Commentary: Luis Fernandes.