December 2nd – December 23rd – Construction Blog with Video of New Mechanical Equipment!
December has been a busy and exciting month with tours from prospective tenants and plenty of construction action along the way. While interior progress within the building has been impressive, the most significant onsite arrival has been our new boilers and air handling equipment just in time for Christmas!
Continuing from our last entry, up in the attic studios we are pleased that the concrete has set and that the floors are now prepped as a robust surface for artists to work. New plywood-backed drywall in these spaces will give them a good surface to create and we now eagerly await the skylights to this space.
Concrete pouring has also continued with small slabs required in new bathrooms and storage spaces on the 4th floor. With an access hole in the attic still present, concrete has been pumped up from outside and distributed internally by wheelbarrow.
On the third floor, concrete will also be added to a floor crack that is being stabilized for new washroom toilets. In uncovering this space, we can see the pinning that was added to stabilize the structure in the 1960s.
Unfortunately the adjoining historic wing to this crack was demolished in the 1978 but our contemporary west wing will rebuild on this former footprint to reinstate the wholeness of the building.
On the lower floor the masons are progressing quickly on the elevator shaft on the lower level. In this location they have had a prime view to the new boilers in the room next door and experience of the -15c winds coming in with the arrival of the air handling equipment – much to their chagrin!
On a cold December 22nd, the air handling equipment tallying 18, 251 pounds arrived via truck for its introduction within the historic walls of King Edward and former space of the historic boilers. After several failed attempts at getting the truck onsite, our Christmas mechanical package was craned off the flatbed and delicately slotted into it’s new home with careful precision and a little persuasion.
Now out from the cold and against the ghost of the former boilers, we look forward to seeing the unwrapped package in the New Year ahead! Check out our VIDEO of the event and best wishes for the holidays and to an exciting 2016 ahead!