Tracking the multifaceted process from concept to reality.
One of the requirements imposed by inspectors was a firewall between the old construction and the new construction. After lengthy discussion of what would work best for this situation, the process began. In short, a wall would be constructed to be inserted between the old and new building after opening a slice between the two. Multiple layers of 5/8ths sheet rock would provide the fire break required.
The construction of the wall started on the ground sized to match the end of the old building. After bracing one side, the wall needed to be flipped so that sheet rock could be applied to the "inner" layer. Then the wall will be brought vertical and inserted into its new slot. Many volunteer hands, brains, and power equipment made this all happen. Here is the simple story in pictures!
The roof was enclosed by January 30, 2016 and the interior insulation and exterior trim was finished early February. Much of the interior work will be completed by volunteers under the supervision of qualified technical leads. If you can volunteer skilled or unskilled labor, see the contact information in the sidebar.
Here is a four-and-a-half minute view of construction highlights!
The last few weeks have been busy with building the shell from leveling the ground to completing the roof.
Soil preparation for pouring concrete was accomplished with a laser leveler. Styrofoam, wire mesh, and rebar were combined to provide protection and tension against weather and service loads.
Concrete was poured on Friday, September 25th, and steel was delivered on Saturday, October 10th. Steel construction began the week of October 26th. Through subsequent weeks the framework, exterior walls, roof, and insulation have been installed. The roof was enclosed by January 30, 2016. Much of the interior work will be completed by volunteers under the supervision of qualified technical leads.