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Construction Update

As work escalates on Reliant Stadium, so does our coverage. will now post construction photos every two weeks.

Thus far, 76 percent (835,500 of 1,100,000 square feet) of the elevated deck has been poured. Nearly 77 percent (115,783 of 150,000 cubic yards) of the total concrete has been poured. Roughly 72 percent of the reinforcing steel tonnage (10,425 of 14,500 tons) is in place. Approximately 21 percent of the total structural pre-cast pieces have been set as of mid-April.

Both the northwest and southwest super columns have been completed, totaling 15 lifts each. Work is nearly complete on the 15th and final lift of the northeast super column. Workers are now extending the vertical rebar and anchor bolt template for the 15th lift. Lift 12 is on tap for the southeast column.

The false work towers have been erected in Quadrant A and D, where the structural steel is arriving at the site and being pre-assembled. The work on Quadrant A's super truss began on January 31 and is still ongoing. The erection of the structural steel and the low roof barrel truss on Quadrant D just started.

From Kirby Drive, you can also see that work has been completed on the pedestrian ramp in the northwest corner of the stadium. The foundation for the southwest pedestrian ramp is set.

There are currently 770 workers on the construction site.

Reliant Stadium is set to open in August of 2002 when the Texans host the Miami Dolphins in their first home preseason game. Houston will then host the Buccaneers the following week before embarking on its inaugural regular-season campaign.

Reliant Stadium will not only house the Texans, but will also serve as the host for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, beginning in 2003. And the stadium is slated to host Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.

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