Saturday, December 11, 2010
The North Parking lot required a few retaining walls. The "cut" walls were built with the old stones that once supported the building foundation. During renovation, several piers had to be replaced mostly due to water damage. Once the foundation dirt was removed, it was discovered that the piers were supported on poured concrete footings (thankfully...), but they had also intermittently supported the structure with these stones. Most had rolled away from the structure and were loose in the basement. They were cleaned out as repairs were made. Instead of hauling them to the dump, they were reused to create retaining walls. Great work from our stone mason!
First coats of paint are going on the walls and the refurbished school house windows are being installed. About 50 of these windows lived in the basement of Sawtooth for over 40 years. As they were being refurbished, one had been inscribed with a knife reading "I hate you Miss Wilson". I'm sure Miss Wilson is long gone, and the author probably has grandchildren now, but the message lives on at Sawtooth!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
The wooden dock on the North End of the building is being replaced with a new concrete dock that will be used as a patio. Glass roll-up garage doors are being installed. This will be a great way to let the outside in during the spring and fall.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The interior build-out is moving quickly now. The shell walls are painted, partition walls are going up, and the wood floor is being refinished. The original wood floor that remains is being sanded and sealed while the areas that were repaired are being stained to match the old as closely as possible. Electrical rough-in and HVAC duct work is progressing well. Site work and paving will start this week and should be complete by the end of this month.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The insulation of the walls has begun. The envelop is receiving a 1" foam insulation with an R-11 value and an additional 6" of batt insulation equivalent to R-19, for a total around R-30. This is being done for both energy efficiency and noise reduction. The impact was immediately noticeable.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
The roof work has begun, windows are being installed and siding is nearing completion. The building will be dried in very soon, so that the interior construction can begin. The ceiling is being insulated from above the deck. We are installing ISO board insulation onto the existing deck and then "rebuilding" the new deck on top of the ISO. Once complete, it will be a well insulated, efficient system, while preserving the original wood slat roof structure from the inside. We have had a good stretch of dry weather, hopefully it will continue for about 2 more weeks.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Yes, it's cliche, but this is a true testament to "They don't build 'em like they used to". For the construction junkies, these are the floor joist where we are replacing damaged wood floor. These joist are ~5" on center. Now days, finding them less than 12" would be a surprise.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Framing work is nearing completion. The beams salvaged from the Georgia cotton mill are installed - see picture, also note the picture of a few beams that were removed... Most of the water proofing wrap is on the building. This gives a little better perspective of what the new building elevation will look like. We also started putting the new metal siding back on the walls.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
After more than 50 years, the light from the north facing Sawtooth windows is flooding the building. We immediately recognized the brilliance behind the design of the building with the abundant natural light and breeze moving the hot air out of the windows.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
The building was constructed in the early 1900’s. It served as the home to General Wax Industries until the 1950’s. It has had a variety of uses since General Wax. The unique sawtooth architecture was used in this period for several reasons. These buildings were typically for manufacturing so the “tooth” design made expansion of the facility easy, because they could build one section at a time. This design allowed for the occupant to orient the window/glass sides to take advantage of natural day lighting to the manufacturing areas.
This is an example of a building’s life coming full circle. The building was designed to provide an environment sensitive to the employees needs for lighting and comfort. These features have long been hidden in this building, and we are re-introducing these to a entirely new generation office tenant.
Demo work began in June. We will follow the renovation progress monthly as this building is re-birthed.