February Construction Blog

 In cSPACE News

With spring in the air and less than a year before we reopen the doors to King Edward, there is an increased pace on site and time appears to be just flying along! This February’s update on construction includes completion of the elevator shaft, pile foundations for our onsite armatures, and further detailing of attic studios just ahead of our tenant proposal submission deadline.

View towards attic studios  from 4th floor corridor

View towards attic studios from 4th floor corridor

Since our last update the attic studios have progressed in fine fashion. With framed in walls, roof insulation and skylight frames in place – one can see the vision for these spaces really begin to take shape.

Intricate angles of studio ceiling receiving tape and mud

Intricate angles of studio ceiling receiving tape and mud

Drywall and plastering has also been initiated, bringing a sense of fresh whiteness to the ceiling, while accentuating the contrast between rough sandstone and exposed brick walls. This new dramatic ceiling-scape against historic building suggest a unique spatial condition like that of a contemporary installation within a historic space.

Funky corner studio with framed skylight opening

Funky corner studio with framed skylight opening

Recently completed in time for this entry is also a small pièce de ré·sis·tance for these forth floor studios – the cupola skylight framing. After much deliberation, we are pleased that a solution to address the weather-tightness of the roof while also revealing a view up to the historic cupola has been resolved.

View up through skylight frame to historic cupola above

View up through skylight frame to historic cupola above

 

With space for gallery exhibitions, informal seating, and a great cupola view above, we recognize that this will certainly become a unique gathering place for our artist community in the years to come.

Future studio walls marked on concrete

Future studio walls marked on concrete

Reaching new heights has also been achieved for the elevator shaft this month. After initiating the shaft foundations in December, masons have now completed the final 4th floor of concrete block wall earlier this month.

Top interior of elevator shaft with steel carrier beam

Top interior of elevator shaft with steel carrier beam

Completing the structure for the elevator now includes a steel hanging beam and concrete pad that encloses the top of the shaft up in the attic. After filming some of the elevator shaft construction, a calm has once again returned to the attic with that portion of the construction complete.

Cumulation of elevator shaft in the attic

Cumulation of elevator shaft in the attic

Down in the lower mechanical room where our video captures the new heat recovery unit being installed, we are pleased to have the temporary wall opening now enclosed.

New concrete foundation wall shoring up lower mechanical room

New concrete foundation wall shoring up lower mechanical room

With new concrete foundation wall and support columns, we can now rest easier knowing that the engineered temporary shoring (that for several months held up three stories of stone school above) has been replaced successfully with permanent structure now in place.

New steel columns in mechanical room

New steel columns in mechanical room

With plaster repair and paint scheduled for the mechanical spaces, we are still waiting to unwrap our mechanical air handling “present” from a few months back.

Architect Kevin Nyhoff inspects ceiling for repair

Architect Kevin Nyhoff inspects ceiling for repair

As the new heat recovery unit along with boilers are now in their installed location awaiting connection to the rest of the building, the new electrical main panels are in place also getting ready for action. In the coming weeks we anticipate our new electrical to be energized and our use of temporary generator power to come to an end.

Electrical panels await full energization

Electrical panels await full energization

On the exterior of the building while window installation and stone repair eagerly awaits spring weather, there has been other recent change underway. For one, rebar cages for the new piles are now on site awaiting installation to support the new west wing theatre foundations.

Rebar cages arrive for west wing foundation piles

Rebar cages arrive for west wing foundation piles

Along the exterior of the south facade, scaffold stairs provide a temporary fire escape and recall the historic stairs once providing emergency egress.

Temporary exit stairs on south facade

Temporary exit stairs on south facade

 

 

These historic stairs on the north side of the school were removed in the 70s but added an interesting character element to the historic school back in their day.

Northside King Edward School with historic fire escape, 1960s

Northside King Edward School with historic fire escape, 1960s

To the north, we now have concrete piles in place for our service enclosure that will house site irrigation equipment to power supply, bike lockup and recycling collection. To the east of the school, piles are now also in place for our east armature that will provide an adaptable structure for arts programming and play enclosure for our Montessori tots.

Concrete boom near future north service enclosure

Concrete boom near future north service enclosure

 

 

Early in the month a new concrete pad was also installed where our new north entrance will soon begin to take shape.

New concrete floor in NE entry levelled with power trowel

New concrete floor in NE entry levelled with power trowel

With a calendar shift to Spring in the coming weeks, we are certainly looking forward to more greenery on the horizon and to work on the exterior grounds and building to resume once again. Stay tuned for the construction action in the month ahead.

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