Grading Work Progresses

The fixture contractor began assembling the shelf units in the back stockroom. They are moving quickly and have also started in the receiving area.

We are progressing in the front of the store by installing wrap stands and cash registers. Electricians are finishing out the neon lights on the exterior of the building and benches have been placed.

We have completed the asphalt binder in the parking lot and in front of the building. Sidewalks are finished.

Our team has completed the soil nail wall. We rough graded the flood plain area in preparation for the stream work to begin on the upper side of the bridge.

Stream work continues. Below the bridge, we have grassed and mulched. The slope adjacent to the roadway and stream is being final graded.

Hardscapes and Stream Restoration Continue

The soil nail wall should be completed this week. The slopes above the soil nail walls have been grassed and are starting to establish a good stand of grass.

The bollards for the handicap signs have been installed in preparation for the remainder of the concrete sidewalk to be formed and poured.The stream work is ongoing. In this section, the new channels have been graded and temporarily stabilized prior to the stream being diverted to the final location.

Retaining Walls Progress While Interiors Get Finishing Touches

Major segmental walls and tiered gabion basket walls are complete on the site. There are two small segmental walls remaining on the Jett Lanier Drive that ties to the Spine Road which should be getting started in the next couple of weeks.

The soil nail wall is nearing completion. The section of the soil nail wall tying to the gabion basket wall has the upper 5 feet prepped and ready for the shot-crete application.

Lots is happening in the parking area. Concrete sidewalks are being formed and poured. The irrigation system is being installed in islands to prep  for landscaping. Curb and gutter has been completed.

Inside, the vinyl composite tile (VCT) flooring and the carpet have been installed on the sales floor and the office. Both are perfect for high traffic areas.

The Starbuck’s area is taking on a whole new look. Cabinets are in place and the equipment is being installed. Glass counters will finish the space.

The frozen foods section of the store is nearing completion. Our team has placed coolers and freezers throughout the space.

 

Structure and Aesthetics Coming Along, Inside and Out

We are continuing to work on the soil nail wall installation. Here, we’ve drilled and installed the soil nails in preparation for the wire reinforcement mesh and the shotcrete application.

We are completing  the aggregate base stone in the parking lot and prepping for the remaining curb and gutter. Plans are to have the remaining parking area covered with asphalt binder by the end of this week.

We continue to place fill in the Spine Road in preparation for the installation of the sanitary sewer and dry pipe systems.

Inside Target, the VCT flooring and red stripes are being installed. Carpet will follow.

The restrooms have partitions, and hand dryers and soap dispensers are next.

Marmoleum is going up on the walls in Guest Service, VCT to follow.

 

Gastonia Redevelopment Moving Toward Completion.

We  are using quick lime to dry the onsite material to make it more compact.

With the exception of 50 trees to be planted along the creek banks, all the planting within the flood plain of the offsite stream has been installed.

We  have finished up to the ½ way mark of the soil nail wall.  Here our team is getting ready to start blowing shotcrete on the wire mesh.

We  have topped out the block in this area and will install the cap block to finish out. They have roughly 150sf of wall left to complete.

The staging area has been graded and the stone placed. This area will be covered with stone and asphalt binder.

Inside, Kydex and paint is going on the walls. The drinking fountain has been installed.

Final touches to the cart corral area are completed and now ready for floor grid.

All the hardware for the exterior doors is installed and secure.

Progress On All Fronts

Crews started the soil nail wall this week. This is the first part of the wall, and provides structure for the concrete that will be poured later.

Crews continue to cover subgrade with stone.

The off-site mitigation work is looking good. All the grading is complete with 75% of the small plantings in place. The larger plantings will be done next week.

Crews started the demolition of the concrete median for the offsite roadway improvements.  The crew will have to work closely with the NCDOT and the resurface contract, to be completed at the same time.

Stone crews yield way to paving crews as the first lift of asphalt is put down in the parking lot.

Gaston Town Center Is Taking Final Shape

 

With the storefront complete, work on the parking lot is in full swing.

Signage is ready to welcome customers.

Inside, aesthetics are coming together. Ceiling tile is installed to the front of the store, with offices on tap for next week.

Painters are taking care of the gas lines, which will finish off the roof.

Excavation is taking place for the new wetlands area along the creek.

Gastonia Moving Closer To Finish Inside and Out

 

Front View of Building

All the signs, glass and store front has come together and is complete, with the exception of the feature wall. Sidewalk will be complete soon.

 

Ceramic tile installation

Inside at the food service area, the ceramic tile is almost complete. The projects are beginning to come together and we are seeing more definition due to the completed work.

 

Finished ceramic tile work

As mentioned previously, the food service areas are getting more defined by the finishing touches such as the ceramic tile shown above.

 

Cooler & Freezer area

In addition to the front food service areas, the areas behind-the-scenes, such as the cooler and freezers, also had tile installed.

 

Front Offices of building

Glass has been installed in the office areas up front. The sheetrock and mud are almost complete and will be ready for the painters soon.

 

Pole relocation process

Steady work continues on the offsite roadway improvements. Electric crews have almost completed the transfer to the new pole locations.

Civil Crews placing fill

Crews have been placing fill on the west side of the steel arches to build the future roadway up. There is still another 8’-10’ of fill to go in here.

 

Retaining Wall

Wall crews continue to progress with the segmental portion of the retaining wall. They have installed nearly 1,000 sf of block in the past 3 days.

Gastonia Channels Forward

New channel staked

The channel defining process began with the crews staking out the new channel and started to install the rock vain on the downstream side of the arches.

 

Rock vein installation

Rock vein is installed and the crew is working on the riffle section going under the arch. There will be 13 of these structures to be installed in the new channel.

 

Curb crews pouring concrete

Over 2,000 linear feet of concrete curbs was poured by the Curb crews. There is around 800 linear feet left to pour in the parking lot and will be finished next week.

 

Main Drive of Parking Lot

Fine grade crews are working to get parking lot grades cut and stone placed. This is the main drive on the east side of the parking lot.

 

Glass installation shown

The Storefront is coming along nicely. Glass is being installed, as well as some of the sidewalk signs.

 

Sidewalk for front of building

We are finishing up our sidewalk prep work with lights, tree grates and bollard sleeves.

 

Ceiling Tile Installation

We have also started our tile installation. Once all the pieces have been cut out for columns and sprinklers the tile will go up fast.

 

Food Area Sheet Rock installed

In the Food Ave area sheet rock is up, mud is being applied and paint will soon follow.

 

 

 

 

More basket wall work and paint is the norm at Gastonia.

Basket wall crew at work

Crews have been working 7 days a week to get the basket walls up and over the arches. This is the first basket layer over the top. There is +/-8’ more fill and baskets yet to place.

 

Flooring beneath the arches

Crews are flooring in the arches so that the new stream alignment can begin. The grading crews will establish a rough elevation for the stream crew to work from. The stream crew will define the channel and splash pools for the new location of the stream.

 

Site of off-site stream mitigation before clearing

Stream Mitigation Site after Clearing

The off-site stream mitigation clearing was started and the new location staked. You can see the existing stream to the left. The new stream location will meander along beside the existing channel.

 

Electric Crews starting on line & pole work

Electric crews have been working between storms to get the pole switched over so that the road widening can start soon.

Primer and Paint sprayed on sales floor

The painters have begun their work inside on the sales floor with primer and are following with wall paint. The ceiling grid was started this past week as well.

Sanding of drywall installed last week

Sanding of the walls is almost complete in the guest services area. Painting is expected to start this week with the ceiling grid starting shortly afterwards.

Drywall sanded & primed ready for paint.

In another part of the building, the offices are also near completion and are will be ready for paint by the end of the month.

 

Preparation for signs going up

Storefront crew working on one of the entrances to building

The exterior of the building is also taking shape. The sidewalks are almost complete, exterior cosmetic work is ongoing, as signs are ready to be hung.