July 18, 2013
June 2013 Student Housing Construction Update
The penultimate month of construction saw progress at multiple levels - installation of electrical service, fire-life-safety systems, cabinets, counter tops, finished plumbing and electrical fixtures, lighting, signs, interior flooring and elevators. Meanwhile, on the exterior, the decking was prepared and begun; the barbeque was built; the planters finished; soil and trees put into place; sidewalks, curbs, gutters, gates, walkways and street improvements were constructed; and exterior stone selected and fabrication begun. Cleaning of windows and ledges began as painting and plastering wrapped up.
June 5: Aerial view shows site work underway.
June 5: Project Team inspect granite blocks at fabrication facility in Quebec, for stone veneer surrounding the base of the building. A highly sought-after black granite with fine white variations called Virginia Mist was selected and ordered.
June 5: Architect Tony Stark points to details around first floor business center and "Pearl" student lounge.
June 5: Business center takes shape. Fountain and landscaped area is being readied in background.
June 5: The Pearl Lounge nears completion, with its two-story ceilings and glass walls now installed.
June 5: Open corridors and distinctive curvilinear design of the central student lounge come into stark relief against a summer sky.
June 5: Windows are cleaned as waterproofing is applied to support planters and fountain.
June 5: Welder assembles steel trellis over the barbeque.
June 5: Finish deck concrete has been laid in the lobby area. Openings for mailboxes appear at left.
June 5: The Pearl student lounge, an architectural centerpiece of the complex, receives exterior finishing touches, as the landscaped area to the left has been poured and readied for earth and plants.
June 12: Water covers the deck, as the waterproofing undergoes final testing.
June 12: Workers complete kidney-shaped planter around southeast end of student lounge.
June 12: Exit signs and fire life safety systems are installed and tested.
June 12: Final steel supported broom-finished concrete stairs with aggregate safety strips are installed throughout the complex.
June 12: The new widened sidewalk along 7th Street has now been installed, awaiting tree plantings later in the month. Granite will cover the base walls of the building and planters along the street.
June 26: Mailboxes have been installed in the ground floor lobby.
June 26: Palm trees have been planted along the northern perimeter of the building.
June 26: The "grasscrete" pavers have been installed in lower Westmoreland, as soil is stockpiled for eventual grass plantings which will continue the Westmoreland Promenade to 7th Street.
June 26: Light fixtures have begun to be installed, continuing the architectural detailing which distinguishes the project.
June 26: The deck surface begins to be installed, with four different concrete finishes, and varying sizes, as seen at right.
June 26: Unit doors are all in, each with a distinctive color palette keyed to different areas of the building, with polished aluminum frames and hardware.
June 26: Trees are planted along the northwest border of the property.
June 26: The barbeque is framed and readied for concrete pour.
June 30: Aerial view shows progress in installation of walkways, decking surfaces, barbeque and landscaping.