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.

 

 

 

 

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.

The Three Rs in Gastonia: Raft footing, Rip Rap and Rubber Membranes

Hydromulch on corner section of site

The SW corner slope with ECO-Flex hydro mulch held up well to the past week of storms that dropped over 3” of rain in 7 days.  The mulch has seed, fertilizer, and tachafier (a type of polymer) that helps the organic mulch bond to the soil and helps reduce eroding of the slope.

Basket wall construction

The civil construction continues as the site contractor cuts out an area for the basket retaining wall. These walls once finished will measure over 40 feet; starting at the cut from the top of slope to the bottom where the wall footing will be.

Waterlines progress around site

The waterlines are being laid and crews are ready to tie it into the existing lines around the site. Before service can be sent to the building, the lines will have to be filled, flushed and treated with chlorine. In addition, the lines will be tested for bacteria as well.

Rip rap spread amongst the footing

We are using rip rap to condition and stabilize the ground under the raft style footing for the basket walls.  Rip rap is the rock or other material used to strengthen structures against water and natural erosion.  The basket walls will cross over each end of the double arches and hold the roadway to be constructed above.

Crews complete the raft footing after the rip rap install

The raft footing for the basket walls shown have 3 layers of geo grid and 2 ft of stone that is wrapped by another fabric like a “burrito”. This type of footing is used for the basket walls so that the wall is able to move and float on the marginal soils underneath without compromising the integrity of the wall itself.

Roofing crews installing membrane

The building work this week featured our crews began working on installing the membrane for the roof. In the photo above, the white area of the roof is the rubber membrane. This membrane is lightweight and allows for rain water to move more freely.

 

 

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.

Footing Crews Laying Foundations…vertical construction starts soon.

This week our footing crews started the foundations for the vertical construction once the pad was completed and accepted.

Our civil work continue to progress in and around the weather cycles. While our foundation crews poured out the east footing early this week for the bridge, the remainder of the crew was finishing up H-piles on the center footing. Our plans are to pour the center footing the first of the week. The arch structure is scheduled for delivery next week with erection to follow.

The concrete crews also poured the headwall for the outlet end of the triple 72” pipes.

Building Pad Turnover Milestone Reached

We reached a milestone last week when we turned over the building pad to our building superintendent which means that we are now going vertical with our buildings.

Last week our site crews completed one head wall of the triple 72”’s  storm pipe, that you see below, and have now moved to the next one.

Our foundation crews for the bridge were able to pour one of the bridge footings the first of the week, worked through the week driving H piles and formed the east footing for a Friday evening concrete pour.

The site has changed significantly over the past few weeks, despite the challenging weather. Thanks to all that have helped to make our promises kept thus far.

Taking Advantage of Sunny Days

The New Year brought more un-needed weather to the site.  The week started off with wet conditions.   Taking advantage of sunny day windows the crews are using blending and dying techniques to keep the schedule moving forward.

Durharts Creek bypass was put into place to allow for the bridge foundation crews and pipe crews to work without water running through their work areas.  The creek bypass will stay in place until the arch span bridge is erected.

Storm crew finished out the triple run of 72” pipe. Headwalls will be poured next week.  The bridge foundation crew is hoping to have all the sheet pile piles in by the beginning of next week and start driving “H” piles  that the foots will set on.

The waterline crews have started on the loop feed around the building that will provide both domestic and fire line.

Overburden removal and revealing good fill material underneath is still a huge factor in progress. Crews have hauled nearly 40,000cy offsite at this point.   The site contractor has been running to operations  to remove as much overburden as possible at the same time excavating good fill material to bring the pad and parking lot up to grade.

Fill Operations Continue

We were impacted somewhat by the weather events last week but overall had a decent week.  Our fill operation for the pad continued in coordination with overburden removal, which revealed additional good fill material.

The bulk amount of the fill needed for the building pad should be in place mid next week and we will then continue to the parking fields.

We also finished all the 60” CMP portion of the underground detention system. The filtration system is in fabrication and will be on site in January.

The double steel arch bridge, a part of the future Gaston Mall Drive, started this week with the mobilization of the foundation crew.  We have started driving sheet piles around the footing locations of the bridge before the “H” pile installation which will support the concrete footings of the bridge.

Taking Advantage of the Weather

On the job last week we faced low temperatures mixed with some freezing rain, sleet and snow but were able to take advantage of a few good days of weather in between the rain and sleet.

We have now completed the building pad undercut and are continuing the grading operations in this area  by using  earth material from two areas of the job site and then blended it to speed up the fill process.

Anticipating a problem with the weather conditions at the first of the week, we doubled the size of the storm sewer crew and were able to get about 1,000 lf of the 60” CMP completed by Saturday.