August 2015 Construction Blog

 In cSPACE News

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.

Historic window sill in need of repair

Historic window sill in need of repair

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.

Worker walks alongside school facade and completed deep service excavation

Worker walks alongside school facade and completed deep service excavation

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.

New fire hydrant against a saturated grounds

New fire hydrant against a saturated grounds

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.

Cistern site excavated along north side of school

Cistern site excavated along north side of school

Excavator covers first course of cisterns with gravel

Excavator covers first course of cisterns with gravel

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.

Second course of cistern forms laid perpendicular

Second course of cistern forms laid perpendicular

Crew  holds membrane with remaining backfill covering cisterns from view

Crew holds membrane with remaining backfill covering cisterns from view

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.

New water main amidst unfinished renovation of new mechanical room

New water main amidst unfinished renovation of new mechanical room

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.

Small excavator fits through doorway of former boys washroom

Small excavator fits through doorway of former boys washroom

 

Former boys washroom being excavated

Former boys washroom being excavated

 

New plumbing runs in place ready for a washroom transformation

New plumbing runs in place ready for a washroom transformation

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.

Large saw on guides allows precision cutting through 15 inches of concrete

Large saw on guides allows precision cutting through 15 inches of concrete

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!

Cut opening in terrazzo floor is prepped with rebar for concrete patch

Cut opening in terrazzo floor is prepped with rebar for concrete patch

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