Construction Updates

July 17, 2019

In June we made great progress - the steel structure is fully erected and braced.  Over the rest of July, all connections and attachments will be welded.  Also, toward the end of July, the framing of the building will begin.  There is no schedule yet for any off site utilities work on West Portal Ave.

June 4, 2019

The foundation has been completed!  Starting at 6:00 am on Thursday, May 30, 56 trucks and 11 workers completed the installation of the foundation in one long day. The next steps will be additional concrete for the footings and then the steel should arrive in three weeks time. Construction is still on schedule and running smoothly!  Watch the video below for an updated time-lapse that includes the foundation pour near the end.

Bushnell Center Build - May
May 15, 2019

Preparation for the foundation pour continues. The site has been a buzz with electricians, plumbers and other contractors. We covered the site with gravel this week and will be installing rebar in preparation for the concrete pour. 

April 22, 2019

The drilling of the piers is complete - ahead of schedule. Much of the heavy equipment has been removed and we are moving into the next stage of construction. You can now see the footprint of the building as we prepare for the foundation.

4-week look ahead: Preparation for the foundation is underway. There will be some electric and plumbing work as we prepare for the pouring of the foundation.

Check out the time-lapse video of construction below.
Bushnell Center Build - March and April
March 18, 2019

We are delighted that despite the heavy rains, construction is on schedule. You have probably seen dump trucks lined up hauling extra dirt away. You may see the team laying out the location of the piers this week with pier drilling beginning next week. So far we have been pleasantly surprised by how quiet the process has been. 

4-week look ahead: Site preparation and pier drilling are all that is on the schedule for the next 4 weeks. 

March 4, 2019

Preparation of the site continues as rain delays allow. The unseasonably rainy weather has slowed our progress but our construction company, Oliver and Company, has managed to make good progress despite the heavy rains. 

4-week look ahead: We will continue to prepare site. We should begin drilling piers towards the end of the month. It should take 4-6 weeks to drill all of the piers.

February 11, 2019 

On February 7th, we held our pre-construction neighborhood meeting. This meeting was an opportunity for our neighbors to see the revised plans, meet the key players involved with the project and ask questions about the construction process. We were joined by members from our architectural firm, 450 Architects  and our construction company, Oliver & Company.
450 Architects explained how they lowered construction costs to a manageable level by removing weight from the original design. The other main change in design was to move from a living wall (which required huge amounts of water and added to the building’s weight), to a green wall. With the green wall, the plants will live in the earth and grow up the wall on a provided armature.
Oliver & Company then discussed Phase One of their work:  tree removal, site preparation and drilling the piers. Drilling should be much quieter than boring. Tree removal will begin the week of Presidents Day. Neighbors may see a few changes before that as Oliver & Company move into their mobile office.
Please watch this page for future updates and key dates for the construction. 

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