On Friday 11 January 2002, the "cornerstone" of the new elevated station was laid. Well, not really. Rather, a time capsule, scheduled for opening in 2050, was placed in the north end of this grade beam closest to the beer can. When the beam was opened, the group was surprised to find an earlier "capsule" left behind by others...participants shown in the first 2 photos (by Katy Jensen) are (L-R) Erick Chiang (NSF polar research support director, Jerry Marty (NSF construction manager), Carlton Walker (Raytheon construction manager), and Karl Erb (NSF director of the Office of Polar Programs).
After the loading, the participants and observers pose for a group photo (by Andy Martinez)...but not for long. Weather was brisk, with a 24-knot wind! The crowd you see includes members of the House Appropriations Committee, looking after our tax dollars. Oh, their flight north was delayed by McM weather, so they got to experience Pole overnight hospitality (read, sleeping on the floor).
Here is the Antarctic Sun article, excerpted from the 13 January 2002 issue.