Firm chosen to begin reconstruction of Skydome area
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) — The National Corvette Museum reopened today for tours after a sinkhole devoured eight cars on display in the museum’s Skydome area Wednesday morning.
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A structural engineering firm hired by the National Corvette Museum determined that the perimeter of the Skydome area is stable, museum officials said. The area remains closed.
The museum has hired the construction firm Scott, Murphy and Daniel to coordinate reconstruction.
Museum officials were alerted early Wednesday morning by security officials that motion detectors in the Skydome area were triggered.
When they arrived, they found a giant sinkhole – 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep, had swallowed eight Corvettes, including two on loan from General Motors — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil.
The other six cars were owned by the museum and included: a 1962 Black Corvette; a 1984 PPG Pace Car; a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette; a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette; a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette; and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.
No one was in or around the museum at the time of the collapse.
All cars that were on display in the Museum’s Skydome not affected by the sinkhole have been safely removed, museum officials said.
“With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming Aug. 27-30, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in 2014, and look forward to getting the Skydome repaired and reopened very soon,” museum officials said in a press release.
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