Moving the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

June 21: First day of summer also brought the final move of the original 480 feet for the flood damaged building of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

Tuesday evening, June 21 around 7:30 p.m., the building rolled the final 70 feet to complete its journey to a new location. The next phase, which will take six to eight weeks to complete, involves removng the 40 dollies, inserting roller beams and elevating the building about 12 feet. Then the building will slide on top of the new foundation/parking garage.

The move started April 16. Watch Us Move Our 1400 Ton Building. We hope to move the 1400-ton museum in May of this year.

With the additional weight of bracing and steel support added to the building, it now weighs 1740 tons. This is requiring structural engineers and Patterson Structural Movers to review all procedures to ensure the safety of workers and the building in preparation for the move. Additionally, dry weather conditions are needed to move the building.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is the nation’s foremost institution preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture. It is located at 87 Sixteenth Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. For more information, call 319-362-8500.