It seems that all capital projects begin with demolition, and this one was no exception. Once we had the collection vehicles and displays stored safely elsewhere, construction crews swiftly set to work inside the museum, removing interior walls and the old ceiling insulation and chicken wire — leaving a blank slate inside.
Outdoors, workers set about breaking apart the decades-old concrete slabs (where traction engines once stood on display), but the slabs proved a more formidable foe than the interior walls. Reinforced with both wire and rebar, they were not departing easily. But the planned installation of modern plumbing demanded that they be removed, and our construction partners (Commonwealth Construction Company and David Roser Excavating) ultimately won the day. Who knows what surprises tomorrow’s undertakings will bring!