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Construction reporting, week by week, from March 1, 2010 - August 30, 2010. For earlier reporting see construction archives. For later reporting, see construction archives 3 and construction archives 4.

Week of March 1, 2010

Getting the walls prepped for insulation in the annex...window order sketch of new stairway.

Week of March 8, 2010

Insulation is gong up on the annex walls. The sewers were scoped to see how healthy they are (they are). Tom and Peggy traveled to Logan, Ohio to look at some wood we might want to use for our floors. It comes from a building (formerly a pottery building) that they are deconstructing.

Week of March 15, 2010

First windows going into the building. These 2 windows are in the annex, and will be our test cases. Once we get these in and they are working well, we can repeat the process throughout the building.

Week of March 22, 2010

Our first Solatube has gone in. The arcival group is working on scanning documents that were found in the building, even the stickers from the 1990's. We viewed one of our new induction lights that will be lighting the alley, and it was a big week for visitors.

Week of March 29, 2010

This week we were visited by quite a number of representatives of the media. On Monday Tom met with people from HBO who are doing a documentary on Detroit. Wednesday brought the Free Press and Rudy Valdez, a free-lance photographer working on a documentary about clean energy and Detroit. We also began detail design meetings to ensure that the community has a say in what detail decisions are made before the larger construction crews come in. The archival group is working on cleaning up any materials found in the building that have historical value. We packed up a number of artifacts and are sending them to the Brennans' home until construction is over.

Week of April 5, 2010

A couple of highlights from the week: opening up window openings in the back of the building, and a visit from the former tenants of the building, Frank Lucente and Bob Zukowski, along with Marilyn Beckham (granddaughter of Sam Kanners) and Marsha Kanners (Victor Kanners' wife and Marilyn's mother).

Week of April 12, 2010

On Monday Tom and Peggy spoke at a conference for Chemical Engineering students at MSU. A group also attended the groundbreaking for the Midtown Green Loop. The base for our stairway was built. Eduardo and Heladio worked on digging a foundation for our greenhouse. Motor City Brewing Works began construction on the new entrance of their building.

Week of April 26, 2010

This week work began on the alley, with the water department fixing our leaking water main. Window openings continued to be developed. Work continued on the staircase.

Week of May 3, 2010

This week most of the work took place in the alley, with repairs to the sewer.

Week of May 10, 2010

Sewer work continued. We bought a couple of new saws off of Craigslist for work that will begin on the wood for the floor. New lights were elivered.

Week of May 17, 2010

Well, we bought another building. This is the El Moore, and it is located on Alexandrine, close to Second. Plans for the building will follow. We also planted our plot at the North Cass Community Gardens and began installation of the alley lights.

Week of May 24, 2010

Work on the alley began this week, starting with repairs to the sewer, along with a new liner. The stairway leading to the rooftop garden was begun with Dormouse configuring the frame from our old steam pipes. New windows went into the annex.

Week of June 1, 2010

Work on the sewer and water mains were completed, so Redford Cement was able to come in this week and take out the existing cement. They then smoothed out the dirt surface. The first front window openings were done in the annex. Electrical boxes went in. We began collecting Arizona Iced Tea cans to use as shingles in the rooftop garden area.

Week of June 7, 2010

More window work. Classic Landscape came in this week to lay the foundation or larger and smaller stones. Lon Ullman visited us and described how he would take fallen trees from the area and turn them into our new floors. We developed a prototype for the new fence posts to determine if all specs were correct.

Week of June 14, 2010

Redford Cement came in again this week to lay down the cement portions of the alley. Kevin continued work on his wood wall, made from scraps of wood from our work. The big news, though, was the opening of the first historic windows out front. This was a banner week.

Week of June 21, 2010

The front windows went in this week! (Before being boarded back up so as to prevent breakage during construction). Walls were starting to be framed. Brick work in the alley. Ken tested for air leakage in the windows (so far, all thumbs up!).

Week of June 28, 2010

Week of July 5, 2010

The week we finally planted the alley!

Week of July 12, 2010

Big construction week....wood wall construction; mulch, new bollards and power washing the bricks in alley; insulating and framing walls; greenhouse construction; preparing wood for flooring; harvesting pieces of limestone from the Christian Science Reading Room.

Week of July 26, 2010

More wood work for flooring; Kevin's wood wall is completed; Motor City Brewing Works adds to the beauty of the alley with raised beds bordered by rocks; windows going in at the greenhouse entrance; lunch in the alley.

Week of August 2, 2010

Since we began construction in October, we had never had a dumpster until now. This week marked the first and last time we needed a dumpster. The staircase and greenhouse were taking shape this week. We obtained tiles for our bathrooms from seconds collected at the Cercan and Beaver Tile. Some plants in the alley, just a month old, were beginning to bloom.

Week of August 9, 2010

Construction focused on a new front door, framing of the front interior vestibule, window frames and glass for the greenhouse, dry walling continuing and building new back stairs. We also worked on keeping those plants in the alley watered, given the intense heat of the summer.

Week of August 30, 2010

Work on alley entrance...wooden railings for mezzanines and stairways, new arborvitae for Motor City, water storage tanks delivered.

See also

construction archives October 12, 2009 - February 22, 2010

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

Construction archives 4 May 2, 2011 - November 7, 2011