Archive for Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Heavy work begins for LACP

A worker with Richman-Helstrom Trucking guided one of the steel beams that was used to lift the Lumberyard Arts Center building through the front door Aug. 6 as a custom wrecker backs it in. A series of beams was put in the building and it was raised slightly to allow a floor to be poured. That hasn't happened yet and city officials sent a letter to the lumberyard board saying the building shouldn't be occupied until the work is finished. That effectively shut the building down for a Maple Leaf Festival event this weekend and next week's haunted house.

A worker with Richman-Helstrom Trucking guided one of the steel beams that was used to lift the Lumberyard Arts Center building through the front door Aug. 6 as a custom wrecker backs it in. A series of beams was put in the building and it was raised slightly to allow a floor to be poured. That hasn't happened yet and city officials sent a letter to the lumberyard board saying the building shouldn't be occupied until the work is finished. That effectively shut the building down for a Maple Leaf Festival event this weekend and next week's haunted house.

August 6, 2008

Renovation of the downtown lumberyard is getting a lift this week - literally.

Crews from Richman-Helstrom Trucking's house moving division of Burlingame began the process Monday of jacking the nearly century-old building up slightly. That's to allow a concrete floor to eventually be poured and other work done to level the wood frame. The brick face of the building is not being raised.

"It will only be jacked up slightly," said Jim Niehoff, project foreman. "You probably won't even be able to notice it - about a quarter of an inch."

Crews began inserting large steel beams into the building Monday morning and setting them on wooden supports. That continued through Tuesday and Wednesday and it was hoped that the building could be lifted today or Thursday.

Heavy-duty hydraulic jacks will be used to raise the building.

The Signal will be update this story as the work continues.

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