Now that the Engineering Control Structure has been moved to the back end of the property, crews are completing the preparations required for high probability excavations to begin again Dec.1. The field team is completing installation of the support functions that have been moved to the front area that was under the first tent location. The front yard area was fully remediated on Aug. 1. The Shelter-in-Place Siren System will be tested in November. We will return to our regular monthly tests on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and the first Wednesday of every month throughout the high probability operations.
Many in the community are aware that we encountered numerous challenges under the first tent location, which impacted our schedule. The current project schedule indicates that we will complete high probability work in winter 2016/2017. Then the remaining low probability work would start in the winter of 2017, with an estimated completion in the spring of 2017. Site restoration would follow, and the property returned to American University in the summer of 2017. The 2017 completion date forecasted in this revised schedule assumes that we will encounter the same types of delays and roadblocks that we did during the first tent location. The schedule for completion will always be fluid and can change either direction, depending on what we encounter under the next two tent locations. Our goal, however, is to continue to work safely and effectively so that we can finish earlier than 2017.