November 9th – November 27th Construction Blog
With a fresh blanket of snow this last week we are reminded of winter returning yet again and the implications of colder days. For King Edward, exterior site work has slowed down but inside there continues to be a flurry of activity!
Undoubtedly still capturing our awe is the new elevator opening cut through four storeys of the school. Not only does this provide an inspiring vertical view through the full height of the structure, but we also get detailed glimpses into the construction method from 100 years ago.
With this significant intervention now behind us, there are still a few doorways openings and mechanical cores required through historic brick walls. Yet throughout the school with red dust covering the floors and walls – the memory of cutting still remains.
Within every classroom, narrow incisions through the brick to insert mechanical ducts and conceal them out of sight are nearly complete. On the 3rd floor a memory in chalk from the Market Collective in 2013 reminds us of the creative energy that will return to King Edward in 2016. Let’s not forget to support our local artists again at this years market!
With new in-floor plumbing installed in the lower floors, we are excited to see new concrete floors going in. In the lower mechanical rooms there are freshly poured floors that now await new boilers and air-handling equipment. While the walls are still not much to look at, a firm foundation is a reassuring improvement.
Our former janitor and boy’s washroom from last week are also now complete with new concrete floors – all the closer to their new function as support spaces for the Studio Theatre. This will also be the location of new showering facilities for performers but also for those cyclists who share our commitment to supporting alternative modes of transportation and the need for a rinse.
We are also pleased that foundations are now in place for the elevator shaft to be built in masonry block all the way up into the attic. We hope to capture this process in more detail in the weeks to come.
Up in the our 4th floor attic artist studios, work is also underway to level the floors. With rigid insulation laid to make up discrepancies in levelness, a new self-levelling concrete topper will provide a conducive flooring underfoot for artists to get their work done.
As a late addition to this blog, we are excited to say that concrete is going in today in the studio space. Thanks to Andreas Wissmann for posting this twitter photograph that captures a pour going in through the roof!
Each week amidst the dust and demo, cutting and welding, we are also intrigued by acts of archaeology – the stories captured in forgotten objects. This weeks retrieval from between King Edward’s historic walls include the ephemera of a graduate nurses pamphlet (date unknown), what looks to be a tobacco tin (confirmation pending), and a touching note from a past student, longing for the fondness of others.
With little reminders like the note of a sad student, we trust that the reimagined new use for King Edward as an accessible and inclusive place for creativity, will set a new precedent for lasting community change.