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Concrete pylons shape a surreal scene at the Green Music Center site at the northeast corner of the Sonoma State University campus, after eight test piles were driven into the soil in June. The pylons will help determine the soil reaction and will set the stage for the next step — more than 400 piles to be driven approximately 60 feet into the earth to support the GMC Concert Hall.

The pile-driving work will be completed this fall and construction of the hall begins in the spring. A spring 2008 completion date is anticipated.

June 15, following installation of the pylons, some members of the Green Music Center Leadership Council, the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma State University gathered to make their mark upon one of the concrete structures. Many well-wishers took up markers and penned their thoughts on one of the concrete piles.