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.

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.