Sunday was Day 5 – we had great weather and the crew made a lot of progress. They told us they’d be done by mid-morning Monday (that’s today!).
We stopped by around 1pm and took all the photos above. It was getting pretty hot at that point, so the crew took a long lunch and came back to make more progress in the evening. We used that window of time to run errands and catch Fred in the following provocative pose –
It was fun to watch them work – you can see how they’ve simplified and perfected the build process for the arched cabins. One example of their efficiency is their two rope colors. Each panel has two ropes on it, one on either side, one red and one black. There is a crew member on the opposite side of each rope, pulling the panel up as the install member pushes/guides it from the ladder side. Because they have different colored ropes, they just yell over to the other side, “Tension on red” or “Hold black”. Efficient, quick and safe.
After they pulled that panel up, each of the guys on the ladders fixed it into place. As they were working back and forth (way high up!), there was another crew member on each ladder, moving it along underneath them. Communication was clear and frequent the entire time. Great teamwork.