February 9, 2018
Work halted a bit this week as cold temperatures prevented the mason from completing the top of walls at the Apparatus Bay. As soon as they are able to finish the rest of the roof, decking can be installed over the south portion of the building. On the north portion of the building, roofers are installing insulation and cover board to prepare for the metal roofing. Inside the building the full height stud walls are being framed.
Finishes are well underway inside the Police Administration and the Council Chambers. Walls are primed, acoustical ceiling tiles are installed, flooring is in progress and casework is being set. After determining that the front vestibule wall must be rebuilt, materials are on order and reconstruction will begin shortly.
February 2, 2018
Masons are finishing up the front wall of the apparatus bay, the last load-bearing masonry wall. Once that is topped out, the remaining steel joists will be placed followed by the metal roof deck. On the north and center sections, where framing and metal deck are done, the roofer is starting to stock material. The exterior walls of the north and center bays are framed with metal studs. The contractor is moving on to interior stud wall framing.
Wall and floor tile has been set in the restrooms. Ceiling grid is installed throughout the Police Administration along with all ceiling fixtures. The elevator is operational and ready for inspection next week. The entry vestibule is the largest remaining task in Phase 1. The exterior wall of the old vestibule has been removed in order to expand the space. New floor slab will be poured and new windows will be installed the entire length of the vestibule.
This week the contractor began excavating for footings in order to build the new low walls around the north side of the Firehouse, and for a walkway on the north side of City Hall.
January 26, 2018
Framing for the exterior walls began this week. The metal roof deck is about 70% complete; once it is finished the contractor will begin installing the insulation and sheet metal roofing system. All of these elements – the roof and the exterior wall – are key for the next milestone of getting the Firehouse enclosed and weather tight.
Finishes such as paint, wall tile, floor tile and acoustical ceiling grid are being installed in the Police Administration offices. The elevator is installed and will be operational in the next two weeks. The contractor is pouring footings and will soon be building walls for the expanded entrance lobby.
Several retaining walls will be constructed in the next few weeks. These include the seat walls around the North side of the new Firehouse, and the retaining wall for the new stairs on the North side of the existing building.
January 12, 2018
Load bearing masonry walls continue to be built around the apparatus bay, however cold temperatures after the holidays and into the beginning of January halted progress. Masons continue to work when the temperatures are suitable for setting and grouting. They need about 6 to 10 more working days to have the masonry walls ready to support structural steel roof framing.
Iron workers have set the steel structure and joists for the middle and north section of the Firehouse. They continue to do detailing work on the joists and all of the steel connections and the miscellaneous steel that connects to the steel structure.
The roofer finished the shingles on the low roof around the existing Firehouse garage. Preparations for tuck pointing have started; masonry joints are being ground out and color is being selected for new grout that will go back into the joints.
Inside the building all drywall is hung, taped and mudded. Painting will start in the coming week and several other finishes such as floor tile and ceiling grid will follow.
Once the crane demobilizes and temperatures are conducive for pouring concrete, the contractor will pour the sitting walls on the north side of the firehouse and also the footings for the extended City Hall lobby.
December 22, 2017
Firehouse: The structural steel framing for the living and administrative quarters of the Firehouse are complete. Decking is in place on the low middle roof. You will see the crane in place for a while yet, while iron workers continue to ‘detail’ or install and weld the smaller steel parts onto the larger frame. The masons continue to build the block walls around the apparatus bay and workout room, to create a bearing wall so that steel can be set on the south portion as well.
Site: Site work has been on hold while both the steel crane and the roofing crane are in the way. (Independent of our construction project, Ameren was on site today to ‘soft dig’ a hole for the new pole and transformer.) The remaining utilities on the north parking lot will resume after the roofing crane goes away, but not sooner than the second week of January.
Renovations: The new shingle roof and the new flat roof are in place. Roofers continue working to tie the two different roofs together and finish off around the edges and roof penetrations, etc. Inside the building, the elevator contractor is making adjustments to the elevator platform. Most of the drywall ceilings in the Chambers are hung. We believe we have a resolution for the fire-rated wall on the west side of Police Administration, so ICS will take out and rebuild the stud wall over the next week or two. Once that happens the remaining finishes (painting, ceilings, flooring) can move forward. The new heating and cooling system are soon ready for start up.
December 15, 2017
FIREHOUSE: The crane mobilized this week and erected a majority of the steel for the North half of the Firehouse. Masons continue to lay up block walls. Foundation walls are backfilled.
SITE: The last storm structure around the Firehouse was installed this week. The utility contractor will return to the north parking lot to tie in the remaining sewers near the future Sally port.
RENOVATIONS: Elevator installation continued this week; equipment is set in the equipment room and rails for the cab are installed in the elevator shaft. The ceilings, beams and soffits in the Chambers are framed and drywalled. The west wall of the Police Administration is still on hold while we wait for approval of a fire rated assembly from the County Plan Reviewer. The majority of the shingle roof has been replaced. The flat roof replacement is underway. Once the new flat roof is complete, the shingle roof will tie into the flat roof. The old rooftop mechanical unit was removed early this week and the new one is being set and reconnected to existing ductwork.
December 8, 2017
FIREHOUSE: The slab on grade in the North half of the Firehouse as well as the slab on grade for the fitness center behind the apparatus bay have all been poured. Masons continue to lay up structural concrete block walls, however they did not work on Thursday and Friday due to the temperatures. The foundation walls are getting backfilled; Structural steel for the north half of the Firehouse will be erected next week.
SITE: When the remaining storm sewers on the south parking lot and behind the Firehouse are completed, the utility contractor will return to the north lot to finish utility relocations outside of the Police entrance.
RENOVATIONS: Drywall is hung and taped on all of the framed walls in the Police Administration, less two walls that are awaiting approval from the County Plan Reviewer. All ceilings and soffits have been framed in the Chambers. Ductwork is installed and insulated throughout the Phase 1 area. Elevator assembly and installation has begun and will be ongoing over the next few weeks. Roofers have removed the old shingle roof and are preparing the substrate for placement of the new roof. The rooftop unit that serves the Firehouse will be replaced with a new unit next week.
December 1, 2017
FIREHOUSE: The slab on grade in the North half of the Firehouse as well as the slab on grade for the fitness center behind the apparatus bay have all been poured. Masonry block walls continue; structural steel on the north part of the Firehouse should start going up next week.
SITE: The storm and sewer work on the north parking lot are done for now; the remaining utility work right in front of the Police entrance will resume after the site utilities on the south are completed.
RENOVATIONS: Drywall is hung on a majority of the framed walls in the Police Administration. Next week the elevator assembly will begin. The foundation along the south side of the existing Firehouse has been waterproofed and back filled. In a few weeks the footings for the new City Hall entrance will be poured.
November 17, 2017
FIREHOUSE: Masons continue to build the load-bearing block walls while the plumbers and electricians finish below-slab rough-ins to prepare for the concrete slab on grade to be poured next week. The slab on grade in the living quarters is schedule to pour likely Wednesday; the slab on grade in the apparatus bay will follow a few weeks later.
SITE WORK: The storm sewer under the south parking lot was completed this week; the contractor moved to the north parking lot to begin the storm and sanitary relocations that are necessary before the Sally Port can be built. The retaining wall around the transmission tower (southeast corner of the existing building) is finished and back filled. Several other site retaining walls will get started in the coming two to three weeks.
RENOVATIONS: The foundation wall along the south side of the existing building was excavated in order to fill in the basement windows and apply waterproofing to the foundation. Once completed it will be back filled again. Inside, the masonry elevator shaft is up to the roof and the roof has been cut open to allow topping out the elevator shaft. Mechanical units are set in the attic, and duct work is being run to the Chambers and throughout the Police Administration offices. Pending an in-wall inspection, the stud walls can start to be drywalled next week.
November 10, 2017
FIREHOUSE: The foundation wall forms were removed, and the back of the foundation walls have been partially waterproofed. Masons continue to build the masonry bearing walls throughout the firehouse. These walls will hold the steel structure above. The electrician is roughing-in below slab so that concrete slab on grade can be poured later this month.
SITE: The storm sewer along Sappington Road is in place, all except the first structure that will go in the drive entrance to the Police / City Hall parking lot. The contractor is continuing the storm sewer under the south parking lot. When that is complete they will move to the storm and sanitary sewers on the north side of the existing building, near the Police entrance. ICS will also begin to excavate next to the south side of the existing building to install waterproofing on the foundation walls.
RENOVATIONS: The masonry walls around the elevator are built up to roof level. Next week the contractor will cut the roof open so the elevator shaft can top out above roof level. Mechanical units were delivered and set in the attic this week, and duct work is being installed from the attic to the Chambers.
November 3, 2017
FIREHOUSE: The south and east foundation walls for the Firehouse were poured on Wednesday. Forms are being stripped today. The back side of the wall will be waterproofed next week and the mason will begin building block walls. The electrician and plumber will continue with underground rough in at the south end (the Apparatus Bay and work rooms).
SITE: The new storm sewer is in place up to the north corner of the firehouse site; they have to stop here until AT&T move the remainder of their fiber line along Sappington Road; AT&T will be here on Monday. Until then, they are skipping over that section and installing the south end of the sewer line on Saturday (tomorrow), because it runs across the construction entrance and will cut off access to the site. The retaining wall next to the Police Administration offices will be formed and poured in the next week or two.
Once the storm sewer along Sappington is done, the next utility to tackle is the sanitary and the storm sewer next to the current lower level Police entrance. ICS also plans to start the retaining wall north of the old Firehouse, next to the cell tower enclosure.
RENOVATIONS: All but a few windows in Phase 1 have been replaced this week. Masons began building the block walls for the elevator shaft. Once that is complete next week, the framing subcontractor will be back to build the remaining stud walls in the Police Administration, then construction will proceed towards closing up the walls with drywall. Ductwork is in fabrication; once it is delivered and installed ceiling construction can begin also.
After the storm sewer on the south parking lot is finished, ICS will start excavating along the south wall of the existing building to install waterproofing on the basement and foundation wall. After the foundations are backfilled again over the waterproofing, then will be the time to start cutting the new opening into the south wall of the existing Firehouse kitchen.
Firehouse: More building footings were prepped and poured this week. Foundation crews are preparing the re-bar and form work for the foundation walls on the south and east side of the building. Underground plumbing and electrical rough-ins below the future building slab are underway and nearly complete. The contractor began demolition of pavement in order to start putting in the new sewer along Sappington Road next week.
Renovations: The outside of the elevator pit walls were waterproofed early this week, then backfilled with rock. Next Monday the main level floor slab will be poured back where it was cut out for the elevator pit construction. The sawcutting and removal of the existing foundation wall in front of the elevator will happen next week also, to create the new elevator door opening at the lower level.
The design team proposed a new route for ductwork from the attic to the Chambers, which will not require running duct outside and back in through the roof. The contractor is pricing this alternate. Once it is received, reviewed and found acceptable then they can proceed to fabricate the duct.
It was decided this week that the new water heater will remain on the lower level (Phase II). Thus Phase I plumbing can proceed, and will temporarily tie into the old water heater until Phase II construction begins. Now that plumbing is proceeding, the ADA restroom can be made operational again.
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.