Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weekly Construction Update: 5/25/2011

The layout of the granite pavers has been approved. (See photo below.) Minor modifications are being implemented to move forward, weather permitting.

Due to the rain this week, the removal of the existing waterproofing has been delayed until after Memorial Day.  

Beginning on May 31, the contractor will demolish and remove the waterproofing, core and install a new drain and begin the framing for the concrete.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Construction Update: 5/20/2011

In the coming week, the contractor will be:

·         Preparing  the granite paver layout for the Plaza and reviewing it with the architect
·         Laying out the steps and ramps
·         Demolishing the existing waterproofing in locations where concrete will be poured
·         Framing for the concrete
·         Coring holes for new drains
·         Abating existing insulation on the plumbing elbow joints in the lower level. The abatement will be limited to four areas of the Burrill Hall ceiling.  During the abatement, the work area will be sealed off and the air quality in the affected areas will be monitored. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weekly Construction Update: 5/18/2011

Exterior work has been delayed due to the rain.  As soon as the weather permits, the contractor will prepare the layout for the granite pavers and continue removing the existing waterproofing on the plaza.

The site survey, which veriries existing conditions, has been completed.  The contractor will use this information to prepare the layout plan for the granite pavers.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Weekly Construction Update: 5/11/2011

Work on the Plaza continues as scheduled.  This week Pepper Construction is:
  • Doing the exterior layout on the south end of the Plaza.
  • Continuing with the exploration in the ceiling on the lower level and Burrill Hall (through May 18).  They are assessing the mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Pipes are not running per the drawings, which is fairly common.  In addition, they are taking material samples to identify where any asbestos may be.
  • Continuing the exploration of the second elevator shaft, which will be completed by June 1.  After we receive drawings of the areas that will be involved in the construction of the second elevator, we will share information with the departments and people who will be impacted by that work.
The contractor has been informed of all the meetings scheduled in Burrill Hall for the months of May and June and will be doing the exploratory work around them.

Next week, Pepper will:
  • Remove the old waterproofing membrane covering the plaza
  • Core and pipe the new drains
There will be elevated noise related to these activities for periods of two to three hours at a time over the course of next week. The noise, however, will not be as loud as experienced during the demolition.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Weekly Construction Update: 5/4/2011

  • Demolition of the concrete on the south end of the Plaza ended today, May 4.
  • The temporary wall built in the Diocesan Center lobby will be painted tomorrow, May 5.
  • During the week of May 9, Pepper Construction will continue clearing soil and sand from the existing waterproofing on the Plaza.
  • At the same time, Pepper will begin exploration in the ceiling of the lower level in Burrill Hall and in the second elevator shaft.  This involves opening the ceiling, assessing what’s behind it, and patching it.  The exploratory work will not interfere with scheduled uses of the space.

Fencing on southeast corner of Plaza

Bobcat with jackhammer attachment and broken up concrete