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Construction reporting, week by week, from October 12, 2009 - February 22, 2010. The reporting continues on construction archives 2, construction archives 3 and construction archives 4.

Week of October 12, 2009

First up on construction is the roof. These photos show the delivery of polyiso insulation for the roof. The last 2 photos show Eduardo and Heladio digging to find the foundation for the northwest corner of the old building. In the 1920's this was part of the building, but in the '60s it was removed to make another truck well. We're restoring this section of the building and wanted to build on the old foundation, but were surprised to find very little evidence of that foundation, so we're going to put a new one in ourselves.

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Week of October 26, 2009

More work on the new roof this week. The pictures below show us getting polyisoinsulation up onto the roof, and views of the layers that are being built up there. The layers you're seeing in the pictures begin with 16" laminated veneer lumber, 2 x 8 rafters in between, 3 layers of polyisoinsulation, 2 x 8s on top, covered with OSB, or oriented strand board. Cellulose that has been saved from the deconstruction will be blown into the spaces between the LVL's.

A couple of points: The annex, or newer section of the building, is currently a staging area for materials we're using on the roof of the historic building. As soon as we're done doing the roof on the historic side, we'll do the annex roof. Also, you'll see me mention a moisture barrier in a couple of the photos. It was recommended that we install a moisture barrier along the sides of the roof to keep the cellulose insulation free from moisture. This week we also started selling or donating things we didn't need that we had accumulated from the deconstruction, primarily using Craigslist.


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Week of November 2, 2009

This week we continued working on the roof (by roof, right now I mean the historic bowed roof). Once the polyiso and rafters were up, we filled in the rafters with more polyiso and blew in a mix of used and new cellulose insulation. People like Tom O'Connor and Mike McCarty worked on more materials management inside. The city inspector came by for a 3rd time, and told us he doesn't need to visit for the roof again. We sold our suspended lights to people on Craigslist. Eduardo and Heladio poured the foundation for the new room (front north part of the building). And most importantly....still no dumpster! The last couple of pictures show our meeting with Frank Lucente, who began working at the GG in 1952, and Dave Patrize, whose father was the original Patrize of Kanners and Patrize. We spent a couple of hours learning about the history of the building, and what life was like during the decades Frank worked at the building.


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When we deconstructed the place, we saved all of our old cellulose insulation. This stuff is made from old newspapers and dates back to the 1920's. We stored it in a plastic-lined room in the back of the building and this week retrieved it for use on our new roof. Here you will see Kenny of Kenco blowing it into open areas in our new roof. At least that's what I think they were trying to do...


Our meeting with Frank Lucente and Dave Patrize about the history of the building got Frank to recall his old boss, Sam Kanners, a short, cigar-smoking, spitting man who wanted things the way he wanted them.




Week of November 9, 2009

The roof is becoming watertight with the addition of DeckArmor. More polyiso being delivered for the walls. Organizing scrap materials. Work begins on the mezzanine in the front of the building (by Second Ave). Work begins on the 3-season room, the only exterior addition we'll be doing (located on northwest corner of the building).

Week of November 16, 2009

This week finds us finished with most of the layers of the historic roof, with only the Duralast layer still to go. Before we can put Duralast up, we need to get 2 more roof sections done. First is a small section of roof that runs in the front of the building that is not bowed like the rest of the historic roof - we're calling this section the front garden roof, because it will be a rooftop patio/garden area. The pictures below reflect he work on this section of the roof. We are also working on the addition to the building (northwest corner), and that will have a small roof. As soon as these roofs are prepped and insulated, the Duralast membrane will be added to the whole thing.

One picture shows the carpentry group looking over the edge of the building at something. That something was the filming of a movie chase scene right along Second Ave.

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Week of November 23, 2009

This week we saw the front of the building finally looking like it did in the 1920's, with the northwest corner well on its way to being reestablished. We even replicated the original weave brick work and limestone accents. We also made great progress on our front rooftop garden area, establishing the walls, parapet and doorway. The last bit of old plaster came off of the inside ceiling. We ran into an issue midway through the week where we almost resorted to a dumpster -- the debris from the old roof had to go, but we couldn't find anyone to take it, and we couldn't use it. We put the message out to Facebook ,and got an answer (connected up to national Recycling, who agreed to take our roof debris and our plaster). Way to go, Facebook community!

Week of November 30, 2009

We're opening up the earth in our backyard this week to lay down the earth-air tubes. We ran into a problem with the telephone pole and had to devise a way to get he tubes into our building without knocking over the pole. We also hit a water main after being assured by the city that there was no main in our backyard - ah well, it gave us an adventure. As a result of the digging, the coal chute was removed from the building, allowing the first sunlight to penetrate the basement since the 1920's. We're also working on the roof garden area, and sorting our old roof material into Boxxster boxes for National Recycling to take. Water tanks were also delivered.

Videos of the Week

Music video with pictures from our 2 days of installing earth air tubes.


The end of the day of ET installation - Day 2.




Week of December 7, 2009

This was the week of walnut blasting the ceiling. As far as we knew, our 90-year-old ceiling had never been cleaned, and we considered many options before settling on walnut shell blasting. Ron Wells of Grand Northern Products came over and got us set up, and Eduardo and Heladio did the blasting after some training. Also this week, brick work was completed on parts of the building where brick had been removed for use elsewhere. Also, the Durolast membrane made an entrance. Finally, our old plaster ceiling was taken away for recycling by National Recycling.


Week of December 14, 2009

Big week of progress. First, the Durolast membrane was attached to the historic roof. Work began on the annex roof. Blasting finished up inside, and we moved pieces of limestone from the side of the building to the front, over the new 3-season room. In its place on the side, we'll put a historic ceramic parapet. One of the reasons we moved the limestone from the sides was for increased visibility when on the rooftop patio. Also, we needed it for the 3-season room.

Week of December 21, 2009

Blasting finished...beginning the process of insulating the annex by cutting out the cement from the perimeter.

Week of December 28, 2009

Digging the trench in the annex perimeter...preparing for the tubes.

Week of January 4, 2010

January 4, 2010 Video


Tom describing the innovative way we will be heating and cooling the annex portion of the building. We can't put radiant heating under a wood floor because we want to leave the cement in place for anticipated use by heavy equipment. But there is another way...

Week of January 12, 2010

The trench has been dug around the perimeter of the annex. This week involved laying the 1" tubing that will be used to cool the building in the summer (with cool water), then filling in with soil and laying down a vapor barrier and insulation. We also met with Billy West of Dormouse and Woody Melcher of Woodbury Associates to work on the design of a new stairway in the front of the building.

Week of January 19, 2010

This week a number of things happened. First, Eduardo and Heladio spent some time removing non-essentials from all around the walls and ceiling of the building in preparation for our upcoming wall work. In the first picture below, you see the lights that have been removed (they will be used in the finished building elsewhere). Also, insulation was added to the ceiling in the front part of the building, under the mezzanine area. Eduardo and Heladio worked on removing rotted wood from our ceiling and replacing it with good wood. Finally, the perimeter of the annex was filled with cement after all tubes and insulation were in place.

Week of January 26, 2010

Week of February 8, 2010

One of the things happening this week was testing soil samples to determine if there was any gas or harmful substances underground. Eduardo and Heladio also painted the annex ceiling.

Week of February 15, 2010

Eduardo and Heladio worked on putting Defy sealer on the ceiling all week. The east loft was first to be done, so we celebrated by having our Friday meeting there.

Week of February 22, 2010

This week began the work of the archiving group. We are taking old materials, mainly paper, that have been found in the building and cleaning them up and putting them away in a safe, acid-free environment until we can sort through it for display when the building opens. Aquatherms made a presentation about their Greenpipe product, and the Net Zero energy group reconvened for another discussion.


See also

construction archives 2 March 1, 2010 - August 30, 2010

construction archives 3 September 7, 2010 - April 25, 2011

construction archives 4 May 2, 2011 - Nov, 7, 2011