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.

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 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.

 

 

 

 

Grading Stones and sidewalks started at Gastonia

 

Crews prepping subgrade

Crews worked all week prepping subgrade and getting the north main drive ready for stone. Some areas required an undercut after not passing proof roll initially.

 

Motorgrader spreading stone

Stone was used to spread the roads around the site to bring to grade. A motorgrader was used to spread the stone. The crews used water to assist in making sure that the optimum density is achieved.

 

Roller used to compact the stone

A roller was used in the final step to compact the stone. The density requirement for the stone is 100% per AASHTO T99 standards.

 

Crews working on last bits of parking lot area

Crews working on last bits of parking lot area

Site crews have worked to get the last lifts of fill in the parking lot area so that concrete curb and gutter can be poured. The crews will fine-grade the parking lot for stone after the curb and gutter is done.

 

Crews relaying material to center of arches

The crews installed a 55 foot wide raft that the basket walls sit on. The white fabric is a high strength geotextile material that wraps the raft.

 

Top Soil installation in planters

Landscape crew installed the topsoil mix for the planter boxes in the front of the building. There is 3’ of topsoil over a 12” layer of stone. The fabric that covers the stone is for filtration purposes only. It acts as a barrier between the stone and topsoil.

Crews relaying material to center of arches

Bailing material was placed in the center of the arches by a larger excavator as a mini-excavator placed it for compaction. This is a very slow process, but with the two crews working together it is progressing nicely.

 

Crews working on sidewalk forms

Sidewalk forms for rear of building

Sidewalks are beginning to take shape and the crews are slated to start the pours this week. Preparation was completed last Friday.

 

Crews finishing walls for painters

Backer rods and colored caulk was completed on the outside of the building and as they finish, the painters are right behind them priming the walls.

 

Paint Crew Priming Wall

Paint crews began priming the outside walls of the building and as of last Friday had completed 3 sides. The painting will begin this week as they finalize the last wall.

 

Framework for guest services area

Blocking and framework has been completed in entrance and guest services area. Drywall was started and is on track to finish on schedule.

 

 

Progress in all areas of Gastonia

 

Area shown is one of two islands in the parking lot

There are two long “islands” that were prepped for curb pouring. These islands will separate the two parking lots at Gastonia.

 

New utility poles shown before lines are relocated.

The relocation by AT&T of the utility service will have to be completed before the widening of Cox Road and new sidewalk construction can be completed.

 

Excavator placing fill material

 

Fill Material Shown here

Crews used an excavator with a 60’ long reach to place the fill material between the 78’ wide arches. The photo above shows the various materials and the need for some of the work to be done by hand.

 

A top view of the raft footing at the south side of the arches

The raft footing that started last week has 4’ of washed stone and 4 layers of grid inside. The 23’ high wall will be constructed on top of this footing.

 

Crews prep for a pour near the loading dock

First pour of concrete for Truck Turn Around Area.

Sitting on 6” of stone, the concrete slab for the truck turn around area got its first pour. This is the first of the +/-400cy of 4500psi concrete that is required for truck turn around area.

 

Walk-in Storage Cooler installed

Cooler/walk-in storage has been installed and the next step includes installing quarry tile and stainless base/trim.

 

Metal Stud Installation

Metal studs were installed at the front Guest Services area. Once completed, the electrical work will begin and then the area will be finished by the sheet rock and paint crews.

 

Duct Work Installed

Duct work in the front vestibule area was completed and wrapped. The metal stud installation shown on the right in the photo above was completed as well and sheetrock crews will be the next in this area.

 

EIFS work shown on external of building

The blade tower section of the building received EIFS this past week and is ongoing. This area, on the left side of the building, is where the signage will eventually be installed.

Building Started at Gastonia

Laser-guided Screed

Power Ride-on Trowel

Slab after pour & plastic sheets installed

During the time since our last post, multiple concrete pours were made as shown in the photos above. The process includes using a laser-guided automated screed and large ride-on power trowels. In the last photo, you can see the slab is covered with plastic to ensure that moisture is retained allowing the concrete to cure slowly, yielding the highest strength.

 

 

Utility work shown here

Preparation of the base for the filter tanks

Removal of Over Burden - Over 65k cubic yards have been removed so far

Site work continued with underground utilities, removal of overburden/trash and installation of the underground detention system.

 

 

Filter Tanks for Storm Water Discharge

The filter tanks shown above weigh nearly 90k lbs. each and have 52 filter cartridges each; these tanks will filter sediment and other environmental pollutants before storm water is discharged off-site.

 

 

Arch feature of the site installed

Grouting between the arches

A major feature of the site is the arches shown above. Crews attached the end caps to the arches and lay grouting to the keyway between the two, which bonds the structure and concrete foundation together.

 

 

Arches shown near new Duhart’s Creek location

The proposed location of Duhart’s Creek will run adjacent to the wall footing.  The crews have finished the sheet piles that act as scour protection for the basket style wall footing.

Bridge Center Foundation Completed…

We worked around the weather fronts this week and were able to complete the center foundation component for the bridge as well as the headwall for the Triple 72” on the downstream side.

We also made progress with the vertical construction and completed approximately 50% of footings.  The masonry crews were quick to chase the foundation crews as soon as we poured footings .

In an ideal project, each trade will tend to nudge or “pace” the next trade which is our goal here.