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.

Structural Steel Erection Brings Upper Level Retail to Life

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Steel crews are working seven days a week for the erection of the frame of the northern upper level Retail Center. All of the columns are standing and as much as 70% of the joist and girders have been set in place. On the southern end of the project over 240 pieces of precast concrete are standing. We are starting to see the outline of the ramp to the loading dock as well as the southern parking deck.

With the competition of all remaining drilled piers for the project, earthwork grading operations move forward and the site begins to take shape. Utility crews are busy with completing underground piping and spillways, while other crews hang storm water piping under the parking deck. Water main installation is ongoing. Fire sprinkler crews as well as underground electric work has also progressed.

Our team has completed two of the heavy duty topping slabs at the loading dock as well the last upper retaining wall. They now are concentrating their efforts for atrium foundations. This includes elevator, escalator, cartveyors and shopping cart lift pit construction.

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.