October 13, 2017
Below is an update on construction completed this week and anticipated ahead:
Firehouse: Shoring of the south bank was completed at the end of last week. Thus workers could continue to excavate footings on the south portion of the building. Much of the perimeter and interior footings are dug, and steel reinforcement is being placed this week and next week. A portion of the prepared footings were poured with concrete today. The plumber and the electrician are both roughing-in underground services. Next week the general contractor plans to begin demolition necessary to install a new sewer along Sappington Road, and to also continue with building footings at the Firehouse.
Renovations: The footings, floor and foundation walls for the new elevator were poured. The forms for the wall were removed today. Next week this foundation wall will be waterproofed and back filled. Beyond that the block elevator walls above ground can start, and the remaining demolition for the elevator door opening can proceed.
October 9, 2017:
New Firehouse: This week on the Firehouse site, the contractor began preparations to shore the earth bank along the south property line. They drilled 17’ deep holes, drop steel beams in the holes, filled the holes with rock and concrete, and will drop wood lagging between the beams to ensure that the bank is stabilized before digging the remaining footings for the south side of the building. Next week they can continue with all of the remaining concrete footings.
City Hall / Police Renovations: the primary activity inside the Police Station is the elevator shaft. On the north side of the new elevator pit is not one but two existing concrete foundation walls that must be removed without disturbing the structure above. One of the walls has been cut out to create the new elevator door opening on the lower level. The footings and floor of the elevator pit will be poured early next week. The walls of the pit will be poured next, then the second “layer” of existing concrete foundation wall can be removed. When the elevator shaft is completely built all the way to the roof, then the remaining stud walls of the Police offices can be built and finishes can proceed.
September 29, 2017:
City Hall Renovation:
Walls for the new offices in the upper level are framed with metal studs. Most of the electrical and plumbing rough-in for this area is complete. The roof / attic framing over the elevator pit is being shored up so that the supporting concrete wall below can be removed for the new elevator door opening at the lower level and at the Chambers level. The lower level Squad Room restroom has been completely gutted to prepare for the new elevator entrance. The rebuild of the other lower level restroom is underway.
Framed offices – Main Level of Police Wing
Unfortunately we have not seen significant progress on the Firehouse site. This is the earthwork subcontractor is in the process of engineering shoring for the south edge of the site. While they were able to complete all excavation without shoring, they have now found that they cannot continue with the building footings until the slope gets shored up. This requires engineering on their part. Shoring activity should begin on Monday. The time lost this week will not add an extension to the completion date for the project.
September 15, 2017
This week has seen good progress at the new Firehouse. All of the crushed rock is now placed to replace the expansive clay. In that crushed rock, the contractor has excavated for the perimeter building footings. Reinforcement steel (rebar) has been placed in the footings, and today concrete was poured in the excavations. The same process will continue next week to get all of the building footings in place.
Police Station Renovations
A large “hole” has been dug in the middle of the old City Hall, to prepare for the new light-use elevator that will now go down to the lower level. Inside this “hole” the contractor will form and pour concrete footings, a concrete floor and concrete walls to create the elevator shaft. They will also cut a hole through the existing foundation wall at the lower level for a new elevator door opening into the lower level of the current Police Station.
Aside from the elevator work, plumbers continue to rough-in and electricians are running conduit for new wiring. Carpenters are laying out walls to begin framing interior walls next week.
Fire Station and City Hall Construction Updates
September 11, 2017 – The site is currently undergoing soil remediation to replace the poor clay soil with compacted rock in order to ensure the proper construction of the footings and floor of the new fire station. The clay replacement at the Fire House site is moving along steadily, and the updates in the old City Hall are beginning to take shape. Note that the elevator shaft, which existed on the main floor of City Hall, is being expanded to provide ADA service within City Hall.