January Construction Blog
With cSPACE King Edward opening later this year, construction activity in January has kicked 2016 off to a great start! We are excited to share progress on our dedicated artist studios, the ascension of our new elevator shaft, a few moments of demolition, and new walls!
Up in the 4th floor artist studios, progress has extended beyond the new concrete flooring up to the roof assembly. Along with studio partition walls that have now been marked out, frames have been prepared for new operable skylights to be installed in the spring. Special attention was placed on positioning skylights at a height that artists can view the downtown skyline.
With the historic roof rafters doubled up for increased strength, our Irish contingent of carpenters Danny and Eugene have worked to even out discrepancies and bowing that has occurred to the roof over time. With new blocking in place, insulation is also well underway to make this a comfortable space for artists to create.
Drywall will be used to the finish the ceiling and illuminate the dramatic volume of the space while the patina of brick will add to the unique character of this space. With our recent tenant call still in progress, we look forward to seeing what artists and creative practices will bring this space to life!
Throughout January the void created through the centre of King Edward for our elevator has begun to transform. From the ground floor up, masons have been laying brick for each entire floor in just a few days.
A door buck at each level is used to frame each door opening. Once each floor of brick is complete a concrete bond beam is poured to structurally connect the shaft back to each floor slab of the historic school. One wheelbarrow load of concrete at a time, is boomed up from outside through a classroom window ramp and manhandled into location.
At the time of this update, our team of bricklayers is now set to complete the 4th floor sections before capping the elevator shaft in the attic. With a time-lapse camera in place to capture the action, we look forward to sharing the progress of this work in the month ahead.
Amidst an increasing amount of new construction material in the way of mechanical ducting along with electrical conduit runs, there are still a few moments of demolition on onsite. Some areas require insertions between brick shaft walls for new air ducts and in other places a new doorway.
On the ground floor, demolition occurred this week to open up the doorway for our theatre support space. In our endeavour to carve as much functional use out of this historic building as possible, this space below the main entry stairs is slated to become a location for a box office, bar and food sales or a place to store a baby grand piano.
Throughout the month we have also seen the pouring of concrete in places where historic concrete needed love and where new construction is to occur. On the 4th floor a new pad has been poured where the roof will be lifted for a social kitchen space. With exposed historic brick and sandstone together with the new glass architecture of the west wing, this will be a compelling place for informal meet ups, creative brainstorming and coffee.
On the ground floor, new concrete flooring is now home to partition walls and the necessary hanging structure for toilets, sinks, and showering facilities. We are pleased with the spatial organization of this space and how it will support patrons, back-of-house event needs and everyday tenants alike.
We are excited too that new foundations are in place for the new north entranceway. This location following its renovation will be an architectural beacon out to the community – housing a new stairway and large landings with great downtown city views.
In the months ahead we look forward to seeing this new construction begin and to the creative signal that King Edward will become!