Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alucobond Panel Installation

The installation of Alucobond panels is moving right along. The process includes varies steps. First, crews working for Sunrise Erectors screw galvanized light-gauge steel Z-clips through the ice and water shield (dark blue) that covers the building.

These clips are screwed in place every 16 inches, through the ice and water shield and into the metal stud of the exterior of the building. Between the Z-clips, 3-inch rigid Styrofoam insulation is put in place (light blue, above).

Across the face of the insulation the stand-off grid system is installed. These steel strips run vertically across the building. 90% of the stand-off grid work is complete.

The stips run vertically above and below the windows.

The Alucobond panels are clipped onto the stand-off steel grid.

At panel joints (where two panels meet) there is ½ inch spacing where you can see a reveal strip that is colored differently then the panels to give a shadow effect. On the second and third floors it is a dark bronze reveal and on the first floor it’s a gray reveal.

Panels are arriving on site every day from the fabrication shop, located in Canton, MA.

Sunrise Erectors also began installing cedar siding between windows on the West side of the building. Cedar accents were selected to help this side of the building conform to the look of the residential neighborhood. The cedar will be installed between windows on the third floor and in a section along the bottom of the windows on the second floor down to the Pavilion level.

Stainless Steel panels will run horizontally along the bottom of the building, wherever the building meets the ground or the lower level of the parking deck. Much like a back splash of a kitchen sink, this stainless steel will act as a back splash to handle things like salt, water and dirt that typically come in contact with this part of a building.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Rooftop Units Installed

Three rooftop units (RTU) were installed today at the Carpenters Center. These air handling units will provide heat and air conditioning for the entire building. Each RTU is approximately 10 feet wide by 38 feet long and weighs nearly three tons.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Drywall Work Continues

This week, drywall work was completed on the third floor of the building, with the exception of the elevator door fronts. Elevator work is expected to begin later next week. When the elevator work begins the door fronts will be drywalled. Drywall crews have started work on the second floor.

Electrical and mechanical inspections of the first floor are scheduled for next week.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Alucobond Panel Installation Begins

Crews working for Sunrise Erectors began installing the Alucobond Panels on the exterior of the Carpenters Center.

The following series of pictures was taken at the same time of day, driving Northbound along the building. Notice how the panels appear to change color. The reflection of the sunlight along with the viewing angle changes the appearance of the panels. This detail is part of the architectural design of the building.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Then and now

February 13, 2009

September 2, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Video Update

The Carpenters Center is coming along. Siding is currently going up. Check out these interviews with a couple of carpenters on the site who are getting the job done.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Communicating stairs erected

Ironworkers with American Architectural Iron, began erecting the communicating stairs between the second and first floor of the Carpenters Center. The communicating stairs through the open well will allow for foot traffic to flow through the first and second floors of the Training Center, creating a unified, multilevel interior.

When the iron work is complete, the stair pans will be filled with concrete. The stair treads and landings will be walnut veneer hard wood flooring.

Meanwhile, on the third floor, the drywall is nearly complete. Carpenters working for H. Carr & Sons have started hanging drywall on the second floor of the building.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Window Installation Begins

Last week, window installation began at the Carpenters Center. A composite crew of carpenters and glazers working for Sunrise Erectors began installing punched opening windows on the second floor.

Aluminum window frame installation continues throughout the building. The lightweight gauge of the aluminum frame requires it to be installed to the wall assembly (metal stud, Dens Glass, air/vapor barrier) first. Once the the frame in place the carpenters and glazers can install and seal the glass within the frame.

To ensure proper layout, crews work from the corners of the building and work inward to the center.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Drywall started on third floor

Carpenters working for H. Carr & Sons began hanging drywall on the third floor of the building this week. Before starting the drywall, the area needed to pass electrical and plumbing inspections. After passing inspection, crews were given the go-ahead to close up the walls.

Drywall screws are used to attach the drywall to the metal stud frame. The carpenter screws one in every eight inches along the four edges of the board and every twelve inches through the center of the sheet.

After the boards are hung, tapers come in and tape along the joints, where two boards meet. They apply a compound to the area, put the tape down and scrape the area with a broad knife to ensure the tape is wet and embedded in the compound. A second and third coat of compound is applied and finally the taped areas are sanded down flush to the drywall. When this process is complete the walls are ready to be primed and painted.

The third floor of the Carpenters Center will include office space for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, and various Local Unions. The third floor will have
* 1 reception/waiting area
* 35 offices
* 6 conference rooms
* 14 storage/file rooms
* 4 copier rooms
* 1 men’s and 1 women’s restroom
* 2 break rooms

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


As of August 31st, construction of the Carpenters Center is 60% complete!

Photo Recap - August