August 2015 Construction Blog
It’s hard to believe that August is now already gone for another year and that children too are already back at school. While at King Edward School classrooms are still a ways off from their next lecture, construction has continued in epic fashion throughout August.
For the most part, the big gesture of site excavations has now been completed and those “not in the know” would be hard pressed to comprehend the complicated network of new services now hidden throughout this old school.
Several meters under the surface, new water and sanitary lines are marked by fire hydrants and manhole covers that are scattered around the school site.
Most notable in scale, was a massive excavation in early August for new rainwater cisterns. Spec’d to address storm water capture on site and the storage of water for irrigation needs, the excavation, engineering and construction involvement required for these storage vessels is impressive.
While now hidden some 5 meters underground on the north side of the school, undoubtedly the details of theses elements will be captured within a sustainability story yet to come.
Within the building, new water service and sanitary lines are also being run from the ground floor up while mechanical ducting is being completed from the 4th floor down.
An excavated historic boys washroom on the lower level has now been inlaid with new plumbing runs for washrooms facilities in support of future studio theatre patrons, performers and tenants.
Along the south facade another intricate demolition scene has included cutting window openings through a 1950’s concrete wall sutchered to historic sandstone. While the concrete cutouts still remain in place, hopefully in the week to come we can reveal historic windows that have been hidden for 60 years.
Throughout July and August plentiful rain have slowed progress but the grounds have mostly dried up. Now the effort continues to “button up” the building as suggested by foreman Gord before the snow flies!