With the official start of construction at the new site of Westside School, we are excited to share the progress with you! Don’t miss the link to a video above!
Before construction could begin, the first step was to secure the site with fencing, put erosion control in place and to establish temporary power for the project.
Early phases primarily included demolition of the interior of the future academic wing. This demolition phase included dismantling the interior of the (now former) sanctuary, removing the east and west faces of the main building, and demolishing all of the classrooms on the ground floor.
The more recent phases of the project involved significant saw cutting of existing concrete at the ground level, saw cutting of the existing asphalt to prepare for excavation.
Throughout the project, materials have been continuously sampled and tested to appropriately deal with any substances requiring abatement. As the building was constructed in the 1970’s, some small portions did contain materials including asbestos. Examples were sheet vinyl and popcorn ceiling. Additionally, some of the windows were built by their manufacturers with tape or caulk that contained small quantities of asbestos. All materials are being handled by the demolition and abatement subcontractors with safe and compliant methods.
Excavation has occurred with the emphasis placed on the west and north sides of the building where the elevator and tallest wall will be constructed. Coordination with plumbing and electrical service connection has also driven the sequencing of work.
Monday, June 16 was a big day as the first concrete was poured for footings. Walls and the elevator pit are now being formed up. Soils excavated have been stockpiled on site to utilize as fill and to ensure high quality soils are available for use on the project grounds
During the month of May, the Arbor Heights Co-op preschool continued to operate under the gym as they have for 17 years. They moved out during the first week of June and on June 9, work commenced in the Gym building. Protective materials have been put down to protect the gym floor, demolition has been accomplished under the gym of classrooms, windows and walls.
An interesting feature of the project is the salvage of 2×10″ joists and glulam beams from the project for use in the new building. The glulams will form stair treads and the joists will form the dividing wall between the Middle School Commons and the foyer. Additionally, tongue and groove car decking will also be salvaged for use in the building.
This week, the roof has come off of the foyer preparation for further demo and the construction of the new three stories of Lower School foyer, main foyer and gallery spaces.
As the progress continues, we will keep you updated! So be sure to stay tuned….