Friday, March 27, 2009

Digging for Footings and Foundation

This week crews working for A.A. Will Corp were digging the ground in preparation for footing and foundation work. This work is being done at the future location of the building pavilion and stair tower.

The excavator, pictured below, digs down to the blue clay surface using a straight edge bucket. One foot of crushed stone is poured onto the clay to grade it out to a flat surface. Form work for the foundation is set on top of the crushed stone. Early next week the footings will be poured into the forms by S.& F. Concrete, Inc.

In the interior of the building, structural steel is being added for bracing of existing columns in preparation for the construction of the third floor and roof.

It is anticipated that the earth retention at the south end of the site will be installed in the next week or two. Soldier beam and lagging will be driven in to the ground to allow the area to be dug for the permanent retaining wall that will be the south wall of the parking garage.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Meet the Carpenter Steward and Carpenter Foreman

Carpenter Steward Desmond Roach and Andy Guay, Foreman for H. Carr & Sons.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Carpenters Arrive on Site

The first crew of Union Carpenters arrived on site this week, working for H. Carr & Sons.

Carpenter Steward Desmond Roach, Local 33 and Foreman Andy Guay, Local 67, installed safety railings around the perimeter of the building.

Steward Desmond Roach.

On the first floor, a temporary office/meeting space is being built. Here carpenter Bruce McDonald, Local 218, is working on the metal stud framework.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Demo nearly complete, building to begin

Crews are finishing up demo and debris removal at the site this week.

Steel beams are loaded onto truck.

This week crews worked in the area that will be the future location of the welding training area. Debris needed to be cleared from this spot. Notice the drop from the foundation to the dirt below. With the area cleared out, it will be ready for concrete to be poured to level the foundation.

In the coming week, the site will be prepped for construction to begin. The Building Permit is being issued and a work order has been put in to the gas company to cut and cap gas lines.

The carpenter steward will soon arrive on site to implement safety measures, which include installing guard rails around the perimeter of the building and installing rails and temporary covers for floor openings. The openings cut into the foundation allow access to the electrical and plumbing throughout the building.

Here’s a look at the building before construction began:

This is a view of the building on March 12th:

Friday, March 6, 2009

Concrete Block and Brick Removed

In addition to completing the dismantling of the steel structure of the second floor, NASDI has completed the demolition of the building's walls.

After the second floor beams and columns came down, the brick and concrete block were removed from the entire building.

This is a picture of the building before construction began:

Here is the structure on March 6th. The second floor has been entirely removed, as well as the walls on the first floor.