Let’s get the ugly stuff out of the way first. Last Wednesday we got another soaking rain (Good thing, too. The ground was almost dry…). So Thursday morning when I took out the trusty golf cart, things were a little soupy. Before long, I was in a bit of a mess:
Thankfully, my buddies at BR Kreider had big machines and a chain that they could use to extricate me. Thanks again, guys. On the landscaping front, we are continuing to beautify things. Some more maples have been planted:
Along with some Canaan Firs, at the junction of the new driveway and the connector drive:
This week, they came back and mulched some of the trees:
And finished seeding the last patch on the front of the property, where the excess topsoil pile used to be:
And putting in the final storm water structures:
The plan is to stake out the parking lots today, so that they can begin pouring the curbing this week. After that, stone will be laid and final grading will be completed. That will help with many of the muddy areas up there.
They’ve also begun to repair the washout in the spillway that goes into the main basin. It involves grading, laying fabric, and carefully placing boulders in such a way as to contain the water flow and dissipate the energy of the water as it flows through:
Weather-permitting, they’ll begin trenching for the sewer lines today. Some of the trenches are up to 20′ deep, which necessitates using trench boxes to help guard against collapses. Here they are, laying on their sides:
And here are some of the sewer structures, waiting for installation:
Last, but certainly not least–the building. The footers are almost completed now. First, last Thursday’s pours:
And Monday’s, including the footers for the deck out back:
They’ve also begun to insulate the block:
And the elevator shaft got a few touches. First, it was primered:
Then the waterproofing membrane was applied:
Followed by the insulation:
They’ve also erected the scaffolding on the concrete wall forms, and putting in the final rebar so that they can finish the forms and bearing plates:
Today, the masons should be arriving to lay block up the step footers, and on the front side of the building. Thursday looks like rain; but hopefully we can pour the main wall on Friday. A couple more weeks of detailed foundation work, and then we should be setting steel and getting some discernible structure into place. November and December should see some dramatic progress.
Until next week.