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Construction on the Terascale Simulation Facility (TSF) began in earnest in August 2002. Work began early in the month on the footings and grade beam. The footings and grade beam were constructed by digging trenches, reinforcing the trenches with rebar, then filling them with cement. Later in the month, with the help of a large crane, the steel infrastructure of the west computer room was put in place and the first two roof joists that span the width of the computer room were installed.

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Digging of footings and grade beam
Digging of footings and grade beam.

Reinforcing of footings and grade beam with rebar
Reinforcing of footings and grade beam with rebar.

Concrete is poured into the reinforced footings
Concrete is poured into the reinforced footings.

A closeup of the reinforced grade beam
A closeup of the reinforced grade beam.
Pouring concrete into the grade beam
Pouring concrete into the grade beam.
More pouring of concrete into the grade beam
More pouring of concrete into the grade beam.
The view of footing and grade beam construction looking west toward B451
The view of footing and grade beam construction looking west toward B451.
A closeup of the grade beam partially concreted
A closeup of the grade beam partially concreted.
A large crane will maneuver steel beams into position
A large crane will maneuver steel beams into position.
Construction workers position a steel beam
Construction workers position a steel beam.
The first four steel beams in their "upright and locked" position
The first four steel beams in their "upright and locked" position.
The diagonal and horizontal steel beam supports in place
The diagonal and horizontal steel beam supports in place.
Steel is placed for the west computer room
Steel is placed for the west computer room.
A view of the construction site looking north toward the Drainage Retention Basin
A view of the construction site looking north toward the Drainage Retention Basin.
A view of the construction site looking east toward B551W shows foundation work on the office section
A view looking east toward B551W shows foundation work on the office section.
Steel placement continues on the west computer room
Steel placement continues on the west computer room.
The roof joists are readied for their ascent
The roof joists are readied for their ascent.
The crane raises the first two roof joists
The crane raises the first two roof joists.
Maneuvering the roof joists into position
Maneuvering the roof joists into position.
Construction workers secure the roof joists
Construction workers secure the roof joists.