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

A Burst of Activity at UC Commons – Knoxville

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With the holidays and the arctic blast that brought snow and temperatures near O degrees is behind us, the pace of work has picked up.

On the northern retail center:

  • Framing and roof deck of the high atrium progressed.
  • Brick masons are making progress, revealing part of the finished façade.
  • EFIS crews have start at the rear of the building.
  • Concrete crews are forming ramps at doorways.
  • Interior wall framing moves forward.
  • In-wall MEP rough-ins are ongoing.
  • Overhead MEP rough-ins are nearing completion

Lower retail shops:

  • At the 2 level retail (shops B), steel erection crews are busy installing metal decking on both the roof and the second floor.
  • Steel is arriving for shops C and E.

Southern retail center:

  • Steel erection has started inside the block outer walls.
  • Brick crews are setting up scaffold for the brick veneer.
  • Concrete crews are working at the rear of the building completing formwork for the concrete pour of the loading dock area.

Rising to New Heights

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Production during the holidays can be difficult, but our crews have worked hard, taking only a few days to spend with their families. On the atrium of the northern retail center, the tall roof metal truss system was set in place. This set the top elevation of that building 70 feet above the ground floor. The final stud framing will reach an additional 7 feet.

On the ground floor, concrete crews were busy forming for the atrium slab-on-grade pour. Steel crews are back onsite and have started erection of the frame work for the second level.

On the southern end of the project, masons moved forward laying block for that major retail center. Steel erection is scheduled to begin the week after New Year’s. Concrete crews also poured the first of two concrete handrails at the ramp to the rear of the project. Work inside the project has include the completion of the topping slab for the northern retail center. Stud walls are being installed as well as in-wall and overhead MEP rough-in.

 

Precast Erection Complete

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The 250 ton capacity crane has been set to rest and the line of trucks hauling 60,000 pound concrete beams and double tees has ended. The precast erection of the southern retail center floor and parking deck is complete.

Concrete crews now begin their task of preparing the area for the leveling slab for the southern retail center. Loading dock ramp precast is also complete and we are preparing for the pour of the topping slabs and walls.

On the north end of the project, steel erection is complete for the main building with roofing operation soon to start. Entrance atrium steel erection is ongoing.

Phase 2 of the Precast Structure Taking Shape

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With the precast structure on the northern retail center/parking deck complete, crews move to the lower elevation of the southern retail center. Loading docks and ramps for the area appear with each new section erected.

On the northern end of the project, our last topping slab of the elevated deck has been completed and approved to start steel erection next week. Our next elevated pour will be in the loading dock area. Down below in the northern parking deck, our last “light duty” slab on grade concrete paving pour has been completed. Concrete test have confirmed strength that has allowed the beginning of our overhead rough-in of utilities.

Caisson work on the southern lower area of the project is now complete and concrete crews follow with the last few remaining pier caps. Both drill rigs have now move to the upper portion of the parking deck area. Overall, blue skies and no rain have been a blessing.

*The first image you see above is from our live web cam, which you can visit at here.