Rooftop Equipment Lift Sets New Record for Stewart Perry

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The last few weeks have been special here in Knoxville. Last week, a 550-ton capacity crane was moved onsite for a special lift of the rooftop units at the southern retail center. This process involved over 12 truck loads of crane parts that we assembled onsite. This was followed by 5 more loads of equipment including a generator, refrigeration equipment and HVAC units that were placed on the roof of the adjacent building.

The use of this large crane was required as the back of the mall is inaccessible for heavy equipment. The crane include over 200 feet of boom to reach the rear of the building.

Progress in other areas of the project included the following:

Shops A:

  • Steel erection complete
  • Underground MEP work ongoing

Shops B:

  • Interior framing of upper level shops
  • Brick work on upper level
  • Overhead MEP ongoing
  • Lower floor slab poured
  • Lower level overhead MEP
  • Lower level framing
  • Roofing ongoing

Shops C:

  • Slab on grade poured
  • Framing of walls ongoing
  • Overhead MEP ongoing
  • Roofing ongoing

Shops D:

  • Footing complete
  • Steel erection ongoing

Shops E:

  • Steel erection complete
  • Topping slab poured

Northern Retail Center:

  • Final painting ongoing
  • Novar controls – termination in progress
  • Atrium cart lift install started
  • EFIS – ongoing at atrium
  • Brick complete at atrium
  • Cart curbs poured in atrium
  • Subway – In-wall inspections complete
  • Office areas – above ceiling inspections complete
  • Bathroom tile work to start next week

Southern retail Center

  • Atrium second level floor poured
  • Second level patio poured
  • Overhead MEP ongoing
  • Interior wall framing ongoing

Site work:

  • Cable TV/date system conduit install
  • Site lighting conduit started
  • Utility tie to shops ongoing

Impact of Southerner Snow Storm Also Touches Knoxville

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The snowstorm that belted the southeast last week was also felt in Knoxville. Fortunately, the city was more prepared than most. Salt trucks were out early, so it was more of an inconvenience than a grid lock. People leaving our pre-construction meetings and returning to offices in the Atlanta area were trapped roadside (or in hotels, for the lucky ones) for as long as 24 hours. Onsite, the cold weather continues to be an impact to our pace but progress was made in the following area:

Northern Retail Center

  • Brickwork was completed on the north side of the building
  • Atrium framing and sheathing was completed, dampproofing applied and masons moved in to start brickwork
  • Interior walk-in coolers were erected
  • Cleaning and application of floor polish materials were applied when temperatures allowed
  • Sheetrock finishing moved forward
  • Fire sprinkler piping was complete and air tested due to temperatures
  • Permanent overhead light fixture installation nears completion
  • Secondary wires were pulled from switchgear to transformer. Our goal is to have permanent power by mid-February
  • Landings and ramps at doors poured

Retail Shops C

  •  Structural steel and roof decking complete
  •  Stud wall roof framing began
  •  Underground MEP to start next week

Retail Shops B

  • Structural steel and roof decking complete
  • Stud wall roof framing began
  • Underground MEP to start next week
  • Revised drawings in review

Shops E

  • Structural steel erection ongoing

Southern Retail Center

  • Structural steel and decking of main building completed
  • Overhead MEP started
  • Under-deck MEP started
  • Plumbing Floor drains coring moves forward – 85 complete
  • Revised drawing in review
  • Atrium elevator, escalator and cartveyors pits installed
  • Atrium footings installed


  • Site Fire and domestic water system installation nears completion

Site Concrete

  • Last retaining wall at ramp poured



Standing Structural Steel at the Northern Retail Center

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We worked through Labor Day, when eight truckloads of structural steel were on their way from Alabama for arrival at 7:00 am Tuesday. This marked a new phase of construction for our northern retail center.

With a multi-story building, our crew required a 100-ton capacity crane to hoist equipment to the second level to begin installation of the structural steel. Other developments around the site include:

  • Steel is inventoried and “shook out” to its location for future erection.
  • MEP crews were busy with overhead rough-in of utilities.
  • Fire sprinkler contractors were added to our onsite team.
  • Precast Crews continued hoisting the 50,000 pound and over loads of concrete into place at the southern end of the project.
  • Caisson crews near complete of their work with less than 10 units remaining.
  • Concrete Crews poured footings for the upper and last retaining wall.
  • Earthwork crews progressed with underground utilities and rough grading of the site.