Theater construction: boring

Workers are at Near West Theatre’s construction site today, but don’t get too excited. They’re boring. Literally. To find out exactly what’s underneath the site of our future home, workers from Professional Service Industries, Inc., are boring into the soil in seven selected spots — in some cases as far as 50 feet below the surface. Using the samples that are being extracted, PSI will provide our architect and other professionals with facts about the soil itself, its ability to bear pressure, whether there’s fill or rock in it that could obstruct work, the minimum width a foundation should be, how deep the groundwater is, and so on. This is done by visually inspecting and lab-testing the samples. It’s among a number of kinds of site preparation work under way this winter for what we hope will be an April 2013 start of construction. — Hans Holznagel

Workers bore into the soil on Jan. 9, 2013, at the site of Near West Theatre's future home. Photos by Hans Holznagel

Workers take soil samples on Jan. 9, 2013, at the site of Near West Theatre’s future home. Photos by Hans Holznagel

Truck-mounted drill and core extractors are among the tools of the trade.

A truck-mounted drill and core extractors are among the tools of the trade.

It takes a rig this tall -- seen here on Jan. 9, right about where the Nov. 27 groundbreaking circle gathered -- to sample 50 feet below the surface.

It takes a rig this tall — seen here on Jan. 9, near where the Nov. 27 groundbreaking circle gathered — to sample 50 feet below the surface.

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2 responses to “Theater construction: boring

  • Bob

    actually i think this is pretty cool…boring and drilling and, who knows, maybe the first thing they’ll find is a gas or oil well that pays for the whole thing and our future in one gusher of a discovery! you know me, eternally
    optimisitc and expecting the world!!!

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