September 28th – October 9th Construction Blog

 In cSPACE News

The highlights for the end of summer and a kickoff to Fall were undoubtedly dust related! From inside our dear school to around the grounds, the impact from cutting through historic brick and stripping the playground sod down to its new-finished grade will leave lasting impressions.

Cutting into century old brick for new mechanical runs

Cutting into century old brick for new mechanical runs

The action inside has continued after our lead paint abatement and boiler removal was completed. This included cutting through century old brick to make new doorways, space for mechanical ducts, and new elevator shafts. Let’s give kudos to the craft and precision that are required for these cuts in each unique and sometimes challenging location.

Scored walls shows brick residue where new openings will occur

Scored walls shows brick residue where new openings will occur

One transformative incision through brick has been into our new artist studios. After adding a steel lintel supports and removing dense stacked bricks, we can now enjoy how this space will become a desirable gathering place – open to the community down the hall, with art gallery walls and a cupola skylight above.

Demolition in action for new artist studios

Demolition in action for new artist studios

 

 

 

Finished opening to new attic studios

Finished opening to new attic studios

Several openings have also been made between classroom spaces to create connected spaces for some of our larger tenants. This opening on the third floor will “future proof” the space for cSPACE and for tenants like Alliance Franciase, will be used to connect between teacher’s lab and Media Library space.

New steel lintel and opening between former 3rd floor classrooms

New steel lintel and opening between former 3rd floor classrooms

Large openings have also been completed on floors three and four for the new elevator. Once the level two wall has been opened up we can look forward to the new elevator shaft openings that will occur at each floor level.

New opening to 4th floor elevator space

New opening to 4th floor elevator space

Outside on the exterior grounds, plenty of dust has been kicked up with stripping the excess earth down to their finished grade heights.

Quiet resolution to a busy day of stripping and grading in front of King Edward School

Quiet resolution to a busy day of stripping and grading in front of King Edward School

Freshly graded site around King Edward School

Freshly graded site around King Edward School

 

From new manhole covers, to the new park and where our “art cubes” and parking area will be situated, one can see that the “canvas” for the vision come to life. But with hard hats, boots and tools laid down for a rest, here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

A quiet moment in third floor class room

A quiet moment in third floor class room

 

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