Making it Black: Paving Through the Night at University Commons

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Northern Retail Center:

  • With turnover of the northern retail center scheduled for June 16, paving crews started on Saturday afternoon and paved the main drive at University Commons Way until the wee hours of the morning.
  • Concrete crews moved forward with sidewalk pours on Sunday morning (Father’s Day) to ensure the space is ready for the large retail center on Monday morning.
  • Final cleaning crews worked through the week, dusting and polishing, in an effort to turnover a shining product to the client.
  • Site electrical crews also worked late during the weekend to turn on parking deck and exterior site lighting tall poles. The place was a glow as we completed final testing. Apologies for the power bill.
  • The north end of the parking deck is stripped and ready to receive fixture crews.
  • Coolers and freezers have been energized and are holding their required temperatures.
  • Telephone lines have been installed and are “hot.”

Lower Level Retail Shops:

  • Work on all retail shops is substantially complete.
  • Final inspections are being completed on a daily bases with perm. Power is available at all locations as required.

Southern Retail Center:

  • Terrazzo flooring is complete inside the main building.
  • Storefront installation is ongoing at the multi-story atrium.
  • Shelving installation is ongoing.
  • Coolers and freezers are installed.
  • Perm power is also available.

Joe Johnson Bridge Ramp:

  • Bridge work is complete except for minor punch list.

We still have much work to do before opening dates in August – but we see light at the end of the tunnel.


A Buzz of Activity

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Crews have been very busy the last two weeks in all locations of the University Commons project. On the southern retail center and adjacent shops, over 69,000 square feet of topping slab were poured. The precast bridge support beams were also set this week, so the outline of the connecting road from our project to the Joe Johnson Bridge can been seen.

At the northern retail center, work included:

  • Masonry contractor busy erecting scaffold to start block and brick work.
  • Roofing crews arrived this week and materials were hosted to the top of the second level.
  • Atrium structural steel framing and decking was also completed.
  • Metal stud and sheathing work progressed  and exterior walls are all but complete.
  • Interior work include overhead MEP rough-in
  • Preparation is soon to start for the pour of the final topping slabs.

Next week we will pour 1 of the 4 remaining concrete pours for the ramp to the elevated loading dock areas. This will make access much  easier to our multi-story project.