Thursday, June 26, 2008

Flooring finished on the second floor...

Report and photos by Dennis Casebier

The flooring for the second floor of the Depot, the Lounge, and the restroom were finished at about 3:00 PM today.

...the Lounge...

...and the restroom.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Depot flooring begins

Report and photos by Dennis Casebier

The flooring crew, consisting of Kelly Binns, Ed Hardesty, and Donna May, arrived mid-morning. They started on the first floor of the Depot.

First they cleaned the floor, then put down some kind of foam sheeting, and now they are laying maple tongue and groove pattern, perco-type flooring on top of that. At 2:00 PM they were about two-thirds of the way done with that room.

Here at the end of the day, the flooring is complete on the first floor of the Depot. Also they've cleaned the floor in the lounge and bathroom and are putting glue down. We are asked not to go in there this evening or we might have to stay forever!

The crew is moving all of their tools and materials to the second floor. This same flooring goes in the second floor of the Depot. Then they'll lay a vinyl material of the same maple style in the Lounge and rest room.

A window guy is here working on loose molding. There'll be some other glass guy later to replace some of the glass upstairs.

Very warm and windy today but it isn't impacting their work day since the workers are inside.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Air conditioning units rewired

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

The electrician arrived mid-morning and did some rewiring of control boxes by the air conditioning units on the west side of the Library/Depot.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Flooring delivery and plumbing leak

Report by Dennis Casebier

The flooring guys, led by Jim O'Connor, were here before noon. They dropped off a bunch of flooring (apparently not all of it) and then departed for Laughlin. They said they'd be back Wednesday morning with the rest of the flooring to do the job.

The plumber came in some time this morning. He found a leak. It was in a pipe that got punched with a nail during some of the finish work around the toilet. It's now been fixed. The plumber adjusted the pressure in the pump house to 56 pounds.

Very hot in Goffs today. 110 degrees at 3:30 PM on the west porch.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rain gutters and bollards

Report and photos by Dennis Casebier

The rain gutter guys (three of them) showed up this morning. Jo Ann and I were just leaving for a quick business trip into town. I figured they would still be here when we got back at about 2:00 PM, but they were gone already. Hugh reports the job took about four hours. So the gutters are all in place.

Also, Dan Cordova and a helper were here this morning finishing up the bollards they started yesterday. These are metal posts designed to prevent people from driving their vehicles into the new building.

The plumber is expected to be back on Saturday of this week to fix a leak that has developed in one of the walls.

Dan is picking off the few remaining tasks. The last big one will be to put the flooring down and I understand that is to be done next week.

We are nearing completion.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Painting the handicapped parking

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

Dan Cordova and crew are here preparing to paint the the handicapped parking area with the appropriate blue and white emblems. They will also install curb stops and yellow-painted bollards to protect the building.

The flooring contractor, Jim with Hardesty Custom Floors, will be stopping by on Saturday to drop off some of the flooring to be installed next week, starting Wednesday. After that, Dan will be back to install the baseboard and the painter will be back to touch-up everything.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Loading dock poured and stamped

Report and photos by Dennis Casebier

Today was the fullest day around the construction site we've had in quite awhile.

The concrete man Craig Merriam, his deputy Jody, and his wife Terry, spent the night at Goffs in anticipation of arrival of a concrete truck by 5:00 AM.

The concrete truck arrived on time. Craig & Co. soon had it lined up with the loading dock forms alongside the Freight House and began dumping from the nine yard load. Even prepared as we were for this special load, it it was surprising to see brown-colored concrete coming down the chute!

Soon the sun was up and the temperature was rising. Also there was a dry breeze blowing out of the north. That meant it was a race against time for the concrete crew to get the material laid down, smoothed out, and finished. This was particularly challenging today because once smoothed out, the crew went back over the entire surface with a special stamping form that left the imprint of wood texture.

This involved hard work pounding the form into the hardening surface. A real race against time as the concrete was setting up due to the increasing air temperature and lowering humidity. But the crew was equal to the task and finished their imprinting with a little time to spare. But, it was very hard work.

There followed the cleaning up. Then, just before departing, they removed all the hardware that held the forms in place revealing the loading dock in its final form. It looks great!

Meanwhile, the electrician arrived mid-morning and did some rewiring of control boxes by the air conditioning units on the west side of the building.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Parking slab poured

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

The concrete truck came in a little before 5 AM and we didn't catch it. The truck poured the handicapped parking slab and also the small slabs "stoops" outside each door.

There will be just one more truck tomorrow. It will be carrying the colored concrete for the loading dock. Today's concrete crew are Craig and Jody. They'll be staying overnight in our trailers to deal with the concrete truck tomorrow morning.

Also Dan Cordova is here. He's installing grab rails in the restroom. He says the electrician will be here tomorrow to hook up the air conditioning units.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Plumbing wrap up

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

Plumber Tim Henry arrived this morning at about 10:30 AM. He plans to be here only about an hour and a half after which he'll have the plumbing all done. I believe he has a toilet with him, so maybe we'll be able to perform a test flush in our new building!

Fierce wind in Goffs today.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Intrusion alert system installed

Report by Dennis Casebier

Dave Mongrain of security firm, Alarm Team, has been here working on the security system. He'll be leaving here shortly. He has the intrusion alert system all hooked up. We did a dynamic test of the big alarm that goes off if someone intrudes.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Concrete plans

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

I met this morning with building inspector Steve Given and concrete subcontractor Craig Merriam. Mr. Given went over the loading dock plans with Craig and they have reached agreement -- so Craig can proceed.

Craig said he was originally figuring to have concrete up here Monday but he's looked ahead with the weather and says the wind is supposed to be blowing so he likely won't figure on meeting that schedule. He plans to pour Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, depending upon the weather

Craig says he'll be back tomorrow to finish up his preparations.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Loading dock forms constructed

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

General Contractor Dan Cordova and a couple of guys were here all day working on odds and ends.

Cement sub-contractor Craig Merriam was here with crew working on forms and putting in rebar for "flat work," which are the handicapped parking area, sidewalks and the forms for the loading dock.

It was on the cool side today and very windy out of the west.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Flatwork begins

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

Cordova and crew are here this morning. His crew is busy finishing installation of cabinets in the Lounge.

The concrete man, Craig Merriam, has come in with his crew to get started on the final "flat work" such as the parking pads, sidewalks, stoops, and loading dock.

I reviewed progress with Dan Cordova. The bottom line is that he'll be nearly done by the end of next week. Yet to do;

The air conditioning guy will be in with his equipment that goes outside on the slab later this week. The electrician will come in after him to hook up the A/C equipment up. Preparations for the final concrete work is in progress.

The building inspector is scheduled to be here Thursday to approve plans for the loading dock.

It is going to be another warm day in Goffs. It was well over 90 degrees yesterday and today looks like a repeat.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Lounge cabinets arrive

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

Dan Cordova arrived this morning at about 8:00 AM with two of his sons as crew. They have brought the cabinets for the Lounge. They plan to unpack and install them today.

Day says the concrete man will be here tomorrow to begin on the flat work for the parking area, sidewalk, and stoops.

Dan is closing in on the job. There will be some waiting for the arrival of the special order flooring material.