August 2012 Student Housing Construction Update
Pouring Mud, Stinging Steel, Measuring Twice and Cutting Once
With the parking foundations and vertical walls completed in June and July, the residential floor foundation work and vertical unit wall installation began in August. The foundation for the residences and common areas was completed on August 24.
Framing is expected to progress at the remarkable rate of one floor every three-and-a-half weeks. As seen in the following update, residential layouts became more visible throughout August as the site was prepared for concrete pours (mud pours) on August 16 and 24.
August 1: Following the addition of plywood floors, workers begin installation of rebar support structure on the west side of the complex.
August 8: Rebar installation continues and unit wall footing construction begins.
August 15: Infrastructure and room layouts now complete on the west side and area ready for concrete "mud" pouring the next morning. The network of electrical lines is now visible for both the east and west sides of the residential complex.
August 15: Rebar supply for foundation work on east side of complex.
August 15: Close-up of rebar anchoring.
August 15: Close-up of rebar and unit wall footing construction.
August 15: Unit wall footing outline.
August 15: View of more residential unit room footings.
August 15: Construction of north wall along property line and forming emergency exit route.
August 15: View of underground parking and residential housing foundation forms.
August 15: View of temporary underground support of second level foundation work.
August 15: Temporary vertical wall supports for ground level parking structure, pending completion of lagging.
August 16: Concrete pour commences on complex west side.
August 16: Concrete pour continues with student residential unit layout now visibly outlined.
August 24: Cement delivery staging on 7th Street with cement pouring occurring at the rate of one truck every 6 minutes.
August 24: Cement crane on Westmoreland Avenue pumps 800 cubic yards of concrete to form the east podium deck.
August 24: Workers pour cement "mud" from crane hose into foundation forms.
August 24: Cement is leveled and smoothed after pouring.
August 24: Cement finish work continues.
August 24: Close-up of Level 2 foundation and apartment unit outline.
August 24: "Measure twice, cut once": Construction workers begin installation of wood framing for the units.
August 24: "Stinging steel" or the installation of steel beams begins at residential complex 7th Street entrance.