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RIAC & Warwick City Council reach agreement on airport runway expansion

Interlink

Providence Business News has information on the agreement between the Warwick City Council and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) which will allow the runway expansion project at T.F. Green to finally move forward.

The agreement includes details on which houses in the area will be taken or sound-proofed, provisions to relocate a ball field which will be taken by the expansion, agreements on monitoring air and water in the area, and signage and promotional materials about Warwick.

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Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green to increase

Commuter Rail train at T.F. Green Station

MBTA Commuter Rail train at T.F. Green Station. Photo from RIDOT.

The Governor, RIDOT, and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation announced today that MBTA commuter rail service to T.F. Green Airport’s station at the Interlink will almost double starting November 14th.

The biggest gripe about the Interlink service since it started last December has been the timing of the trains. Few people have been able to take advantage of the train service to connect to flights at the airport. The initial service was always set to increase once the station at Wickford Junction came online and initial service was more catered to commuters heading to Boston than to people needing to reach the airport. Wickford Junction station is slated to come online sometime in April (it is currently ahead of schedule!); this early boost in T.F. Green service is welcome news.

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Yikes! Planes collide on New York runway

Air France Flight 7 F-HPJD bound for Paris, was taxiing on a runway when its left wingtip struck the tail of Comair Flight 6293, which had just landed from Boston and was taxiing to its gate at Kennedy, one of the nation’s busiest airports.

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Ride on the Interlink

Yesterday I decided to return my rental car early to the airport, rather than today to Dorrance Street (glad I did). So after dropping off the car, I took a ride on the Interlink:

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Interlink

The rental car area is like an airport check in. It looks quite nice actually.

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Interlink

Interlink

I actually walked most of the way, but some people took the moving sidewalks as an opportunity to relax (and enjoy the view?).

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Interlink

Interlink

Interlink

I thought it was nice and shiny and clean, and importantly yesterday, warm.

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For realz this time. Commuter rail to T.F. Green Dec. 6


Photo (cc) Mr. Ducke

It is not a trick, RIDOT issued a press release and everything. Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green starts on December 6th.

Trains will depart from T.F. Green, inbound to Providence/South Station, at the following times:

  • 6:13 a.m.; 6:52 a.m.; 7:15 a.m. – To Providence and South Station
  • 6:27 p.m.; 7:36 p.m.; 7:51 p.m. – To Providence only, change train at 8:12 p.m. to continue to South Station

Trains will arrive at T.F. Green, outbound from Providence/South Station, at the following times:

  • 6:01 a.m.; 6:25 a.m. – Arriving from Providence only
  • 6:17 p.m.; 6:53 p.m.; 7:26 p.m. – Arriving from South Station and Providence

The one-way fare between Providence and the airport it only $0.25 more than it costs to take the bus.

Ticket fares will vary by distance traveled. Travel between T.F. Green and Providence constitutes travel in two zones and costs $2.25 each way. Travel between T.F. Green and Boston costs $8.25 each way. Seniors and persons with disabilities get 50 percent off. Children age 11 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Monthly passes for unlimited travel between Providence and T.F. Green cost $77. Monthly passes for unlimited travel between T.F. Green and Boston cost $265, which also includes travel on all MBTA buses and subways and the Inner Harbor Ferry.

Schedule information can be found on the MBTA website. Fare information can be found at here.

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…It says it does, but it really doesn’t


Photo (cc) Eric Kilby

So, I’ve been hearing from all around town that MBTA service to T.F. Green starts on Monday. There is even a schedule [.pdf] posted on the MBTA website. So I posted about it.

Then PBN posted about it. Then I got an email from Ted Nesi. Ted tells me that the Governor’s spokeperson said, “no.” Service is not starting on Monday.

Then I email RIDOT for a statement and got this response from Charles St. Martin:

While the entire schedule (for all stops from Providence to Boston) goes into effect on Nov. 22, the service to and from the Airport is not starting on Monday.

So that sounds weird, but what it basically means, is that the new MBTA schedule is out, they change from time to time just as RIPTA’s do, and while the T.F. Green run is listed on this new schedule, the service will not actually start on Monday.

This is all well and good, and I understand that, but check out the schedule the MBTA has posted. All I see is this:

Notes: This schedule is effective from November 22, 2010 and replaces the schedule of January 11, 2010.

And the schedule lists service running to/from T.F. Green. No disclaimer anywhere about that service not being active yet. No asterisk, no notation, no thought-bubble. So you can see the confusion.

I’ve heard from a number of people who were under the impression that the trains were running Monday. I wonder how many people will be on the platform at 6:13am Monday morning waiting for a train.

I did also ask Mr. St. Martin if there was any update on when service actually will start and it is still set to start, “sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Update:

The MBTA just updated the Providence line page.

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Commuter Rail service to T.F. Green starts…


Image from RIDOT

No train service Monday, it was all in our imagination, and in a .pdf schedule released by the T. See all the details on the drama here.

It is not the perfect schedule by far, but it is a start. Trains will begin running to the new station at T.F. Green on Monday.

Weekday only service is scheduled as follows:

T.F. Green to Providence and South Station
T.F. Green Providence South Station
6:13am 6:33am 7:45am
6:52am 7:12am 8:16am
7:15am 7:35am 8:51am
6:27pm 6:42pm N/A
7:36pm 7:51pm N/A
7:51pm 8:06pm N/A


South Station and Providence to T.F. Green
South Station Providence T.F. Green
N/A 5:41am 6:01am
N/A 6:00am 6:25am
5:00pm 6:06pm 6:17pm
5:40pm 6:42pm 6:53pm
6:10pm 7:11pm 7:26pm



As expected, these hours are largely beneficial for a commuter from the Warwick/South County area to Boston. There are also reverse commuting options from Providence to the airport. I believe those are partially intended to allow airport workers to reverse commute down to the airport and may serve some utility for passengers grabbing shuttle flights in the early morning.

But I suspect looking at this schedule most will complain about the cost of the station for such a meager offering of service. All that can be said is this is preliminary service; service will expand when the Wickford Junction Station opens late next year.

Download the full Providence Line schedule as effective Nov. 22nd at MBTA [.pdf].

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InterLink to open October 27th

InterLink Map
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(September 20, 2010) – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is pleased to announce Wednesday, October 27, 2010 as the opening day of the InterLink, the region’s new transportation hub. At this time, rental car companies will be fully operational in the garage. The customer service building will also be open along with the Skywalk connecting to the airport terminal. Intercity bus services will be stopping at the Interlink via Jefferson Boulevard.

“RIAC, working together with project partners RIDOT, FHWA, and the rental car operators want to ensure travelers a first-class customer experience,” said Kevin A. Dillon, President & CEO of RIAC. “We look forward to the October 27th opening of the InterLink and expect the much anticipated train service to commence soon thereafter.”

The InterLink Project Team is comprised of Rhode Island based Construction Manager Gilbane Building Company, Designer of Record Jacobs Engineering Company and Project Manager PB Americas. Gilbane will have the facility completed within the original contract timeframe; by the end of September. From there, the rental car companies will finish their fit out and detail work.

Dillon added, “I would like to commend the team of Gilbane, Jacobs and PB. They have been thorough in their work on the InterLink while remaining within the project budget and mindful of project schedule considerations and day-to-day airport operations.”

To prepare for the move, there are public education efforts underway to assist the public with the new path of travel. Highway, roadway and building signage will be modified and new signage will also be added. The pvdairport.com Web site will be expanded to include a section devoted to the InterLink.

On the evening of Tuesday, October 26th after the final flight arrives at T. F. Green Airport, the rental car operators will close their counters at the terminal. Beginning the morning of October 27th all travelers returning vehicles or picking up vehicles will do so at the InterLink.

It is important for travelers to note that the InterLink is located at 700 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. The recommended path of travel is Interstate 95 to Exit 13, to the Jefferson Boulevard exit. At the end of the Jefferson Boulevard exit ramp, turn left onto Jefferson Boulevard and the entrance to the InterLink parking garage will be .3 of a mile on the right.

To learn more, visit pvdairport.com.

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RIDOT announces preliminary Warwick rail schedule


Photo © RIDOT

With train service to the InterLink (aka the Intermodal Station) at T.F. Green Airport in October, RIDOT is busy planning the routes for the service. Good news, the schedule will include reverse commuting options.

Reverse commuting means trains running in the opposite direction of the typical peak direction, in the morning for example, the peak direction would be northbound toward Providence and Boston. The concern had been by some that people would not be able to commute to Warwick and the airport from Providence in the morning, stifling future development around the station, and preventing people from being able to access morning flights via the train.

The schedule tentatively includes 3 trains leaving Warwick in the morning heading north to Providence and onto Boston with 2 trains running from Providence to Warwick. In the evening, 3 trains from Boston will pass through Providence and continue to T.F. Green, and 2 or 3 trains will run from Warwick and terminate in Providence.

A full schedule with specific times is still being worked on.

RIDOT also continues negotiations with Amtrak to bring have their trains stop at the new station.

In other Rhode Island Commuter Rail news, a groundbreaking for the proposed station at Wickford Junction is scheduled for this Wednesday. The station at Wickford Junction is scheduled to open in 2011.

Of course with the addition of Wickford Junction service, RIDOT and the MBTA will have to revisit commuter rail schedules, hopefully further expanding service to T.F. Green at that point.

Related:
Airport’s station to get new routes [ProJo]

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News & Notes

→ Providence office vacancy rates rise [Providence Business News]
Blue Cross move to new HQ opens up space downtown

→ Providence Restaurant Weeks [GoProvidence]

→ Safe passing in RI: Frank’s Law [Car-Free in PVD]

→ FAA chooses runway plan for Green [ProJo]

→ Subway on the Street [New York Magazine]
The MTA has a simple, not very expensive ticket for improving how the city gets around: Revolutionize the bus. But can even the most sensible ideas get implemented these days?

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June InterLink Update

The Intermodal Facility is 85% complete and on schedule for opening in Fall 2010. The project has officially been renamed the InterLink, a name demonstrative of its multi-modal connectivity. Students attending Rhode Island Colleges and Universities with concentrations in business, marketing and/or communications were invited to assist in branding the facility by submitting names and taglines for consideration.

The winning proposal was submitted by Bryant University seniors Justin Andrews. Jameson (Jack) Antonowicz, Jacquelyn Parr, Pat Sargent and Brittany Beckerman with help from Mara Chapin and Hillary Smith. The students are all marketing majors under the instruction of Professor Jean Murray. The final name, tagline and logo was a collaborative effort of RIAC working in conjunction with their agency of record, RDW Group. (Name, logo and tag are visible above.)

An aerial view of the InterLink spanning Post Road. The airport terminal is visible to the left.

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

At the terminal end, drywall installation on ceilings and walls is complete. Painting and finish work is now underway. The elevator install is complete and awaiting final inspection. Framework is being installed under the escalators. The two moving walkways in the TEI are nearing completion.Metal panel and light fixture installation is complete for the TEI ceiling. Metal parapet framing and sun shades have been set in place along the exterior of the curtain wall glass.

Skywalk

Moving walkway work continues with the addition of chains, glass outer rails and rubber handrails at various points in the Skywalk. Lighting fixtures are complete. Framing for smoke doors is complete. Work on fire alarms, communication wiring and lighting control systems are all ongoing. Another milestone has been reached- the stretch fabric ceiling installation is underway. The fabric is heated by a propane powered unit and stretched into place. Once the fabric has reached a certain elasticity the installed can wedge the sides into the already installed frame.

The process of heating, stretching and forming the fabric ceiling panels.

A view of the train tracks with the anti-projectile screen visible above.


Customer Service Operations Building (CSO)

Exterior door and hardware installation are complete. Painting is underway as well as installation of lighting fixtures. All testing and programming for cooling tower and other control systems have been continuing. For tenant work, application of prime paint on finished drywall is finished. Metal panels are being installed simultaneously to rough-in for overhead systems. Major accessories in the toilet room have been installed and toilet partitions are to being placed next month. Glass doors between the CSO and garage connector bridge have been installed. Site work at the north side of CSO has started. Once the office trailers are removed from the site, the roadway, sidewalks and curb can be constructed.

A view of the parking garage from the Jefferson Blvd.


Garage

Granite curbing and concrete sidewalk are being installed on Jefferson Boulevard and other locations surrounding garage. Detail work is on going throughout the garage. Lights were installed at the south ramp entrance canopy meaning the majority of permanent light is up and running inside the garage. Elevators are at various stages of completion. Concrete slabs have been poured for stairs. Escalators are in the process of being assembled. An anti-projectile screen has been installed facing the train tracks. Work on the parking revenue equipment has begun. Installation of fire alarms and lighting controls continue throughout the garage. Fueling tanks and windshield washer fluid tanks are installed. Fit out for fueling islands and carwash equipment in reclamation room has been on going. Installation of the fueling system at the platforms continues. Rental car quick turn around office construction is well underway in the garage.

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T.F. Green Intermodal Facility, May Update

This update was released earlier in the month, we are just getting around to posting it now though, oops!


An aerial view of the Intermodal project.

The Intermodal Facility is 78% complete and on schedule for opening in Fall 2010. Framing, painting, and other finish work is now the focus as well as final permitting inspections.

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

A view of the TEI work underway. Escalator finish work is visible.

At the terminal end, drywall is being installed on both ceilings and walls at all levels with subsequent priming and painting. Rough-ins for communication and sprinklers under escalators is ongoing. On site testing for air handling units began in May. At the TEI bridge ceiling metal panel and light fixture installation is complete. Escalator finish work continues. On the exterior of the bridge parapet metal framing is ongoing, with installation of aluminum sun shade on the curtain wall glass. Installation of metal panels and curtain wall glass at the TEI stair tower are near completion.

Skywalk

Moving sidewalk sections being assembled

The exterior of the Skywalk structure is almost complete. Painting of the stairway at the knuckle is underway. Overhead mechanical equipment has been painted. Installation of center panels and hangers for stretch fabric ceiling is ongoing. Caulking for curtain wall system continues. The moving walkway assembly is at various phases of completion throughout the skywalk. A few of the walkways are ready for inspection. Smoke door installation has begun. Floor supports will then be installed. Rough-in work for fire alarm, communication wiring and lighting control is also ongoing. The air conditioning will be turned on inside the structure before the end of the month.

Customer Service Operations Building (CSO)

A view of the garage at left and the rental car fueling platform at right.

Installation of the ceiling grid is almost complete. All testing and programming for cooling tower and other control systems continue, air conditioning should be on by the end of the month. After the overhead rough-in for mechanical and electrical piping is complete the metal panel and drywall began on the first floor. For tenant work, installation of drywall has finished and application of primer has started. Metal panels are being installed simultaneously to rough-in for overhead systems.

Garage

A view of the train tracks and platform with the garage flanking both sides.

Only detailing work for precast concrete remains. At the ground level, concrete curbing and sidewalks are being poured and fine grading for pavement is ongoing. Caulking and topping slabs continue throughout the garage. The entrance canopy at the south ramp has been installed and the framing of parapet at the canopy is complete. Slab on grade at the entrance ramp continues. Fire hydrants are being installed as well as curtain wall glass. Handrails are being installed in the stairways and welding is complete. The water reclamation room is almost complete. Escalator installation is nearly finished. Assembly of the elevator cabs is ongoing. Anti-projectile screen is being installed along the Amtrak Right of Way. Rough-in stub-ups for parking equipment has been started. Installation of fire alarm continues throughout the garage. Fueling and windshield washer fluid tank installation was completed in April. Fit out for fueling islands and carwash equipment in the reclamation room has been begun. Installation of the fueling system at the platforms continues. After pouring slab on grade for the tenant offices, installation of metal frames for the quick turn around rental car offices is underway.

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T.F. Green “INTERLINK”


Rhode Island Airport Corporation Unveils the Region’s Newest Transportation Connection

“INTERLINK, Connecting you to New England”

WARWICK, R.I. – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is pleased to unveil the name of the new Intermodal facility at T.F. Green Airport. The transportation hub will be known as the INTERLINK, a name illustrative of its multi-modal connectivity.

Students attending Rhode Island Colleges and Universities with concentrations in business, marketing and/or communications were invited to assist in branding the facility by submitting names and taglines for consideration.

The winning proposal was submitted by Bryant University seniors Justin Andrews, Jameson (Jack) Antonowicz, Jacquelyn Parr, Pat Sargent and Brittany Beckerman with help from Mara Chapin and Hillary Smith. The students are all marketing majors under the instruction of Professor Jean Murray. They submitted an initial name and tagline along with an essay providing a clear understanding of the Intermodal. The students then presented their concepts in a brainstorming session where name and tagline were further refined.

The students suggest, “The name speaks to the action of what the intermodal does. The word Link acts as both a noun and a verb”¦ the system links travelers to modes of transportation, including roadways, railways and the airway.”

“These talented Bryant University seniors researched the project and presented creative ideas for a name and tagline but also went beyond the requirements and offered a logo and sample marketing recommendations,” said Kevin Dillon, President and CEO. “Their efforts provided us with a good baseline to work from as we brand this facility for its regional connectivity and broad national and global appeal to airlines and travelers alike.”

Combining the concept of Link with the creative talent of RDW Group, the airport’s agency of record, RIAC now has a logo, tagline and graphic treatment with which to brand the regional transportation hub. (logo included below)

The INTERLINK will change the way Rhode Islanders travel. Opening in fall 2010, commuter rail, Intercity bus connections, rental car services and air connections will all be brought together. Travelers can access all these modes of transportation in a matter of minutes.

A prize of $1,000 is being awarded to the Bryant University marketing department in recognition of the students’ and Professor Murray’s efforts. The students and Bryant University will be recognized at the formal INTERLINK opening events.

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T.F. Green Intermodal Facility, April Update

An aerial view of the Intermodal

April Construction Update

Construction of the Intermodal Facility is 78% complete and on schedule for opening in Fall 2010. Remaining work will focus on finishes such as framing, painting, etc. as well as final permitting inspections.

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

A view of the Skywalk construction

At the TEI, all overhead hangers, ductwork and fan coil painting is complete. Metal ceiling panel erection is near complete as are installation of lights and sprinklers. Stainless steel decking and stanchions are installed. Fire proofing of steel frames at the stair tower has been begun. Panels over mechanical equipment at the TEI atrium have been installed. Escalators at TEI building are upright with minor electrical and minor mechanical work remains. Power distribution for mechanical and communication room are well underway. Drywall partitions are being installed on each floor.

Skywalk

A section of the moving walkway near completion

The Skywalk structure and mechanical equipment have been painted. The moving walkways continue to be assembled. Fitting and caulking of walkway stainless steel continues. Rough-in is ongoing for fire alarms, communication wires and lighting controls. Installation of metal frames surrounding fan coil units has been started with balancing of other mechanical equipments like sprinkler heads and duct work. The skywalk exterior is around 95% complete with minimal installation of glass and metal panels remaining. Painting at the knuckle stairways began in March.

Customer Service Operations Building (CSO)

Ceiling framework at the CSO

Detail work continues with door hardware installation. Ceiling metal frames continue. Mechanical devices are being tested including testing of glycol chilled water for the HVAC system. The heating system is being adjusted as well. Ceiling tile placement is nearly finished. Overhead rough-in for mechanical and electrical piping is ongoing at the 3rd floor. Installation of metal frames for tenant office walls is complete. Gypsum board installation will follow.

Garage

A view of the train tracks with the garage in the background.

Precast detail work at the south ramp and train platform is ongoing. Caulking and concrete topping continue. The garage canopy footings are now complete. Installation of curtain wall and waterproofing has been ongoing as well as installation of hoist beams, metal panels and roofing and closure details at the stair towers. Various mechanical electrical and plumbing system installations continue on all floors in the garage. Floor drains and fire protection sprinkler piping install also continue. Installation of perimeter fence and guard rail cable is completed. The escalators are on site being installed. Installation of the anti-projectile screen continues through April. The 12 foot excavation for the fueling tank was completed. The tanks have since been installed. At the QTA area, gas pumps have been placed at the 3rd and 4th floors and installation of fueling pipe and cat walks is ongoing.

From RIAC

Also read an article about the intermodal facility here.

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RIAC Intermodal Facility naming contest for college and university students

Colleges and Universities Invited to Participate in Intermodal Marketing Contest
Rhode Island Airport Corporation Launches Contest

Warwick, Rhode Island ( March 3, 2010) – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), together with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has launched a contest to develop a branding/marketing name for the Intermodal Facility.

The contest seeks to engage students in Rhode Island Colleges and Universities with concentrations in business, marketing and/or communications in creating a branding of the Intermodal Facility. Names and taglines must take into account both local and regional feel and convey multi-modal transportation connectivity to Green Airport. The Intermodal will integrate trains, planes, buses, cars and planes. This is not to be confused with any future proposal for a formal name to the public facility.

Students are asked to provide a name and tagline accompanied by an essay of 1000 words or less with a rationale for their submission. Finalists will be selected and asked to present proposals before a selection committee.

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T.F. Green Intermodal Facility, January Update

From RIAC

The Intermodal Project is now approximately 65% and on target for a Fall 2010 opening.


Escalator installation at the TEI

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

Escalators were dropped through the roof of the building and have now been installed in their permanent positions from the first to the fourth level. Elevators at the TEI site being installed work continuing throughout January. The bridge ceiling has been sprayed with cementitious fireproofing. Ceiling ductwork, fan coil units, and overhead hanger rough-in work are now taking occurring. The stair tower is now receiving metal panels and curtainwalls are being set in place.


A view of the moving sidewalk installation

Skywalk

The moving walkways’ installation and assembly is continuous. Stanchions are being aligned and leveled by laser at walkway sections 1, 2, 4 and 6. Electrical distribution is being wired from the electrical room located in the walkway’s “knuckle” to the curtainwall light fixtures. Insulation is being hung at various points throughout the skywalk. The ceiling and mechanical equipment continues to be painted white in increments. Glass installation at the knuckle began in December and continues.


A view of the skywalk connection to the CSO

Customer Service Operations Building (CSO)

Final detailing of the CSO building exterior was completed in December. Permanent light fixtures for the first floor are now on site. Permanent mechanical equipment and electrical power are near completion and the heating system should be ready for “start-up” in January. The curtainwall is being hung on the “Connector Bridge” between the CSO building and the Garage. Exterior metal panels are also being installed. The doors connecting the CSO to the Skywalk and the Connection Bridge have been framed and will remain temporary as construction continues in this area.


The garage spanning the train tracks

Garage

Foundations at stairway 7 were formed and poured in December. The precast garage was also erected and detailed. Stair 1, along Jefferson Blvd., was installed as well as doors and hardware at the Electrical rooms. Fire protection piping and permanent power distribution were ongoing processes in the garage. Several light posts were raised on the 6 floor. The elevator pits on the east side of the railroad tracks have been waterproofed. The 3, 4, & 5 level fueling canopies at the fueling platform have been installed. All three of these levels also now have fuel pipe transition sheds installed. The concrete pilings for the shoring system have been poured in preparation of setting the fueling tanks.

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