Thursday, December 13, 2012

Let there be light - in the Coliseum

If you haven’t been by the Coliseum lately, there’s plenty to see – even from the outside. Scaffolding has been erected across the entire north face of the building as it is prepared for the exterior restoration, which accounts for $3 million of the $63 million project. Workers will start cutting out mortar so the tuck pointing can begin as soon as weather conditions allow. The scaffolding will likely be in place until early next summer, but the quick pace of the project will allow it to be removed before next year’s State Fair … yeah!

To the south of the Coliseum, work continues on the New Arena, which has most of the steel columns that will support the roof already in place. As a reminder, this portion of the project is a $10 million chunk of the budget, and it will be ready for the 2013 State Fair.

As for the Coliseum itself, the interior demolition is progressing nicely. Project Manager Rich Trombley took members of the State Fair Commission on a tour of the facility Thursday and here’s what they learned…

You are now up-to-date on the most dynamic and important project in the history of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We’ll have many more exciting updates to come!

Submitted by Andy Klotz

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