The Circuit of The Americas reached another milestone in its race to be ready for the United States Grand Prix in November, celebrating with a 'topping off' ceremony as it puts the final touches to the construction of its three-storey pit building.
Hundreds of guests gathered at the Texan construction site to witness the latest progress being made in the construction of the track and its facilities, which continues apace following delays in late 2011. Since work began early this year, however, various buildings have sprung up around the venue and the circuit continues to take shape, albeit without much in the way of tarmac.
Relief from recent rains has allowed the work to begin again in earnest, but has not detracted from the return of green to a landscape previously a mix of either mud or dust. Formwork, reinforcement, stairs and drywall have all been completed on the pit building, with the topping off ceremony marking the moment the last beam was placed at the top of a building. An omen for good luck, the Austin ceremony concluded with a 15-foot evergreen tree swinging into place on top of the pit building.
"There have been lots of questions about whether we can finish this project on time, [but] we're going to get this done," William McAdoo, senior vice-president of contractor Austin Commercial told Austin.CultureMap.com
"There have been a lot of challenges in this project, and there will be other challenges," original project investor Red McCombs added, "We've met them up to now and I have every reason to believe that we will continue to meet them. You can be proud of what you have here because this truly is for all of the people of Austin and Central Texas."
In addition to the buildings, the track is progressing too, with grading and compaction work continuing around the 3.4-mile layout, and a surface already being laid between Turns 19-20.
The USGP is due to return to the F1 schedule over 16-18 November.