Lots to report this week!
The asbestos abatement of the back room floor tiles started on Tuesday afternoon, and was done by Thursday afternoon:
The next step in this room is to grind the floor down to the concrete and seal it. Then we will move the things that will stay in the new prep lab back in there before the wall is built to separate the future prep lab and traveling exhibit spaces.
Back in the main exhibit space:
In preparation for being completely removed and re-built to code, the railing on the staircase on the south end of the museum was taken off:
and then the rest of the staircase was un-bolted and came apart fairly easily:
Cases are being removed to make several of the alcoves bigger:
The process of breaking through the cement-block wall to create the new opening between the main exhibit space and the future traveling exhibit area has started:
And the wall on the end of the fluorescent minerals room has also been partially removed:
This area will be part of a future mineral exhibit that looks like a mine, and the fluorescent minerals room will be entered from the side rather than from the front.
It's pretty dusty in there, but the demolition will be done soon and the process of re-building can start!