Ceremonial “First Rock” Tossed Into Hole
Bowling Green, KY – It’s been seven weeks since construction work on the National Corvette Museum sinkhole began, with the ‘filling of the hole’ process officially starting yesterday, December 29th.
Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode cast the first rock, inscribing ‘Awesome God, Everyone Safe’ on it. “The good Lord let it happen. It was roughly a quarter to six in the morning and we did not have anyone in the museum. No staff, no visitors, no guests. We’re so thankful for that,” Strode said before tossing the first rock into the hole.The weeks-long process to prepare the hole to be filled was no quick and easy task, as the openings to the cave had to be first plugged.
“Each side of the cave is approximately 30 feet long and about 20 feet high. It’s just not feasible to fill the entire cave with rock so the construction team had to get creative with plugging every crevice,” said Strode.
A combination of steel sheet piling and gunnite were used to create a barrier before loads of gravel were conveyored into the building to begin filling the hole.
The construction team has lowered a remote-controlled Bobcat into the hole to level out the gravel. They expect the process of filing the sinkhole to take about two weeks.
Currently the hole features a 48-inch manhole which will allow access to one side of the cave, even after the sinkhole is filled.
“We have some ideas for an exhibit where you can see into the cave via a camera with lights, and guests would be able to maneuver the camera, so we needed access to the cave to allow us to service that equipment as needed,” said Katie Frassinelli, Marketing & Communications Manager.
A number of exhibit companies are currently bidding on the planned sinkhole/cave exhibit which will be installed in the Skydome once construction work is complete. The work is expected to be complete by July, and the exhibit is anticipated to officially open Labor Day weekend, 2015 as part of the Museum’s 21st Anniversary Celebration.
The National Corvette Museum is located at I-65 exit 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is open seven days a week, from 8:00am until 5:00pm Central Time. Museum admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids age 6 to 16, $8.00 for seniors or $25.00 family admission. Children age 5 and under are free.
While access to the Skydome is currently closed for construction, a Plexiglas viewing window is available so that guests may watch ongoing work.
For more information on the Museum, visit www.corvettemuseum.org, download their free app on iTunes or Google Play or call 800.538.3883.