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.

 

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.

Specialized Foundation Crews Back Onsite

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Work at University Commons this week included the return of several specialized contractors. At the center area of the project, soils were tested and found to be unsuitable for footing installation. Geopier crews returned for installation of a support system for the settlement sensitive load bearing footings and the wall that will support precast structures. With that work complete, footing installation resumed in that area.

At the southern end of the project, caisson installation moved forward after the release of permit. On the northern end, retaining wall footings were completed and our first wall pour was made. Crews also progressed with rebar and form installation for future wall pours.

Civil work included utility installation with the setting of multiple large water quality filtration units as well as building pad fill and grading.