Archive for Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lumberyard improvements

Workers from Richman Helstrom Co. removed the largest of the steel beams used to jack the Lumberyard Arts Center building up to allow a concrete floor to be poured. The removal stopped traffic on High Street for around an hour Tuesday morning. Jim Niehoff, construction foreman for the project,  answered questions regarding the project to create a home for the arts in downtown Baldwin City.

Workers from Richman Helstrom Co. removed the largest of the steel beams used to jack the Lumberyard Arts Center building up to allow a concrete floor to be poured. The removal stopped traffic on High Street for around an hour Tuesday morning. Jim Niehoff, construction foreman for the project, answered questions regarding the project to create a home for the arts in downtown Baldwin City.

June 18, 2009

Jim Niehoff, construction foreman for the Lumberyard Arts Center Project, was removing the steel beams this week used to jack the building up to allow a concrete floor to be poured. Work continues on Phase I of the project.

Q. The first half of the concrete floor has been poured. When will the second half be done?

Å. The only concrete remaining to be poured in Phase I was where the piers for the steel I-beams were. Once the piers are removed, the holes will be poured and all of the floor for Phase I will be complete. The concrete for Phase II will not be poured until after Phase I is completed.

Q. Frame work was completed in the front half of the building before the building was unjacked. What is the status of the building now?

A. All of the frame work for Phase I, with the exception of the areas where the steel beams were, has been completed. Now that the steel beams have been removed and the building is resting on the new frame work, those areas will be filled in and we will be ready to proceed with the necessary electrical, plumbing and mechanical work and will then be ready for drywall.

Q. When will the north end of the building be raised?

A. A time schedule for Phase II will be dependent on several things. Number one, how quickly we can raise the remaining funds to complete the project. Because of the dire need of classrooms and finished space for fundraising events, we feel it is necessary to complete Phase I as quickly as possible as we continue with our efforts to raise the necessary funds to complete the entire project.

The second thing is how many volunteers we can engage in the many areas of need. We would encourage members of the community to stop by and take a peek in the open doors at the progress to date during Art Walk Friday night. Members of the board of directors will be on hand with the architectural plans to better explain the project. Now that much of the frame work is complete, it will be much easier to see what it will really be like. Community members can take a look at the many ways they can help and offer to assist as they feel most comfortable.

Q. When will the concrete floor be poured in the north end of the building?

A. At this time, we are concentrating on completing Phase I. As I said earlier, the time frame for proceeding with Phase II depends greatly on completing our funding goals.

Q. If everything goes according to plan, when could the building be ready for occupancy?

A. Although we feel like we will have everything completed by the end of September, we hesitate to give any projected date of occupancy. We have many plans in place for use of the building and are very anxious to complete the project and have it available to serve the community.

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