April 8-12, 2002

Workers continue to spray concrete along the side of the excavation area. Then they drill horizontally to install rebar supports.

To re-inforce the foundation of the original building, workers cut niches in the earth and set rebar before filling them with concrete.

By the parking lot, workers poured the concrete for the footers of the foundation of the physical plant.

At the site of the new wing, workers continued to excavate the construction site.

Dredging work was put on a temporary hold when a workman accidentally broke the water main line coming into the Archives. The line was quickly repaired and work continued on dredging down to the required thirty-five foot depth in preparation for pouring the new building foundation.

April 15-19, 2002

During the week of April 15, 2002, workers began drilling the first of some eighty holes for support pylons. The holes vary between 20 to 40 feet deep. When they have achieved the desired depth, workers maneuver a larger cylindrical frame made of rebar into the hole and then fill the hole with concrete.

April 22-26, 2002

During the week of April 22-26, workers continued to excavate the floor of the construction site and drill holes into the walls for rebar supports. Work reveals various layers of sand and fossilized remains of ancient marine creatures. Click here to read David White's Birmingham News article about the fossils.

At the Alabama Street site of the future HVAC facility, the second story rises.

April 29-May 4, 2002

During the week of April 29, 2002, workers made the "final cut" in the excavation, resulting in a hole some thirty feet below street level. By the time they are finished, workers will have removed more than 30,000 cubic yards of soil, or 3,000 dump truck loads of earth.

Updated: March 4, 2004
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435