COTA Austin - construction and infrastructure

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What do you think of the prospect of a USGP 2012 at Austin Texas

Good thinking. Place has good infra structure and nice climate in winter.
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47%
Not good as it has no motor sport tradition in the US.
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9%
I will wait to see how it will shape up.
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36%
I don't care.
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9%
 
Total votes : 268

Post Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:45 am

Shame on you Pup :lol:
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Post Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:08 am

Elroy?

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Post Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:09 pm

WilliamsF1 wrote:Elroy?

[img]http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4120/4852278954_705d5c1eab_z.jpg[img]

Yep. The track property is just ahead on the left. Elroy starts to the right about where the hill is.

That's one of them (FM 812). In the long run it's supposed to be expanded. In the short term it's going to be re-striped to 4 lanes, with 3 being used for track traffic on race day (3 Inbound before the race, 3 Outbound after).

There are 3 roads into the track from the west (812, McAngus, and Elroy). COTA is still in negotiation with the county over expansion of Elroy Rd. The latest from the county is that it will be expanded, but not before the race. Yet there are survey and utility markers all over the section that needs expansion. WeWillSee.
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Post Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:16 pm

strad wrote:Shame on you Pup :lol:

I strive for perfection. :cry:

I've only been to two places in Texas. So just be thankful I'm not confusing Austin with Killeen. :lol:
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Post Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:31 pm

Oh, I spent two weeks in El Paso once too! I forgot. :oops:
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Post Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:52 pm

Well, looks like the PSL/Season Ticket Pricing surveys are going out. Just completed mine.
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Post Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:09 am

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Post Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:45 pm

For some reason that youtube video "has been removed by the user". Weird. Still works at the COTA FB page though: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=24 ... =2&theater
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Post Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:39 am

I took a bunch of construction photos yesterday morning & posted them to the FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.393512833996601.107957.157330087614878&type=1


I'm just now getting around to posting some samples here. Enjoy:

The Media center on the left, then the west and east ends of the Pit/Paddock building:
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Connecting the ends of the Pit/Paddock complex:
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The Media Center:
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Work on the Medical Center is just beginning:
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East end of the Pit/Paddock and the Medical Center:
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Pit/Paddock viewed from out around Turn 11 hairpin:
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The "Longhorn Straight":
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Turn 10 (downhill 130R?):
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Trucks coming down from Turn 10 to the hairpin, delivering their loads, then returning home along the Longhorn back straight:
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You're doing it wrong. Rookie.
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Post Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:56 am

Looking good, HS.
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Post Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:19 am

The medical centre looks like its timber framed. I wonder what they are going to do for sound insulation? You'd expect a medical centre needs to be quiet and calm inside.
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Post Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:17 pm

richard_leeds wrote:The medical centre looks like its timber framed. I wonder what they are going to do for sound insulation? You'd expect a medical centre needs to be quiet and calm inside.


Yeah...I was a little surprised when I saw that.
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Post Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:44 pm

It looks to me like they're just framing the interior walls with studs. At least there are some steel columns and beams in place on the front and back. I also guess that they're going to use a stone veneer like the other buildings.
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Post Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:33 pm

AustinRaceHotels.com (@AustinRaceHotel) posted 18 new photos last night from her COTA tour of Monday afternoon. I shot some yesterday as well that I'll try to get uploaded today. Enjoy!

From the front of the Pit/Paddock looking toward Turn 1:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/austinracing/

Highlights:

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Standing at Turn 11 looking down the back straight toward the stadium section:

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From Turn 1, looking at the Medical Center, Pit/Paddock, and prep for Main Grandstand construction:

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From the parking lot area looking to Turn 1:

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Post Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:47 pm

Thanks, HS.

It looks in this photo like the curtain wall is going up on the pits and it also looks on the right like the grandstand is going vertical...
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