Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Construction Update - April 2012

April 28th

LF Building 5, April 28
 No crazy days this week!

LF 5-

Power is hooked up and turned on to temp outlets in the units. Gas underground is in, but 1 conduit came unglued and 1 gas line failed test. We are trying to get Bob's come back and fix it and then connect to the meters. They also need to connect to the furnace before we can have heat.

Sheetrock hangers are almost done. They think they will finish today. Inspection is scheduled for Monday and Marc will come in for that. Taping won't start until we have heat.
Final coat of paint is on the third floor in the front. We will take down the top of the scaffolding next week and continue painting if the weather allows.

Insulation ordered for the last 3 units, delivery on Wednesday.

LF 7-

We had a Thrivent group out and built a third exterior wall.

Work on framing resumed as we wrapped up insulation and air sealing in LF 5. Interior walls are done in "e" and a couple more walls were completed in other units.

Wetlands/ site-

We had a wetlands inspection and we are doing OK, but need to start weeding again.

Work next week will include; framing walls, prepping for Women Build, exterior painting, insulation, sheetrock scrapping, and wetlands weeding.

Volunteer team from
Farmers Insurance

April 21st
Thursday, again! Gas was being hooked up and they needed sand and dirt brought to fill in the trenches, while Steve was waiting for us to put the conduit in the road, we had 7 volunteers and the AmeriCorps left for training, an inspection, the Norris NRI project, and the wires installed last week were too short so we had to replace them...


Gas is hooked to 2 units and the HVAC contractor is scheduled to come back on Tuesday to hook up the other 4.

Power will be connected on or before Friday the 27th.

Habitat home-owner Ahmed and
AmeriCorps Jess paint Building 5
More exterior painting!

Insulation finished and will be inspected for our Green Building requirements on Monday.

Sheetrock will begin on Tuesday.


We trenched across the road and installed conduit for the future connection.

Ruth noticed there wasn't fire rock on the end of a wall. When they took it down not only was the fire rock missing there was no sill gasket. It was repaired and stood back up.


We cleaned all of the catch basin filters, swept the road, back filled some trenches, and fixed up some split rail fence.

In the wetlands we planted some trees and shrubs to replace dead plants.

Work next week will include; exterior painting, framing, fire rock exterior cantilevers, and site work.

April 14th
On Thursday Kristina left for Minnesota, the Norris NRI project started, Steve began digging up the street, the AmeriCorps left at lunch for a meeting, the PSE inspector came a day early, and we found out the sewer connection was under the power conduit. Whew!


Ready for gas and power connections. Power inspection on Monday (if I come in) or Tuesday. Gas should be next week? Steve tore out the street and trenched across in 2 locations and we installed conduits and back filled.

We had an OK number in 1 blower door test and a complete fail in the other. We pressurized the unit and walked around feeling for leaks. They were all coming through the attic, so we started wall insulation and resealed the attics. Insulation is 80% complete in 3 units, with mostly the garage ceilings left to do.

We got some more painting done.


Volunteers from Holy Spirit Lutheran
 church frame our Thrivent ADA unit
 We made a little progress on the Thrivent house with our regular Thrivent member and got another exterior wall built and stood. We also worked a little on "b" with overflow volunteers.

Site work-

We finally pulled the alarm wires and are ready for installation. We also built the wall props and painted the breakfast guys.

Work next week will include; insulation, wall framing, painting, and site work.

April 7th
We passed our framing inspection. first try! Saturday afternoon reached 65F and we painted.

AmeriCorps Phil leads the US Coast Guard
 team in putting the finishing touches on the
porch soffits.

Sheetrock delivered for 3 units and ceilings hung on Friday. Today we air sealed inside the attics and are ready for the practice blower door test on Tuesday. If we pass the test, insulation begins Wednesday.

The gas utility contractor came by on Thursday and says work can begin maybe the week of 17th. Steve will be coming back next week to trench for power.

Air sealing continues...

Painting and paint prep resumed after we made achieved our deadlines (and got nice weather).


We installed the stairs in "a" and raised the party walls.

Unit "b" had part of its party wall raised and the other half built.

La Fortuna Building 7, April 28th
 "e" had the interior walls finished.


Still haven't made time to do the prep work for the alarm system. Will try to get it done next week.

Passed the Soos Creek utility site inspection on Tuesday.

Work next week will include; wall framing, air sealing, painting, power trenching, insulation, alarm prep, and maybe weeding the wetlands.

Issaquah Highlands:
April 21st

This year's AmeriCorps team and Site Staff who worked hard
to complete the final two homes in the Issaquah Highlands

The site is looking good for the dedication and nearly complete. On the inside, most of the final touch ups and caulking are complete. The laminate floors were uncovered on 5B and should be ready to remove in 5A early next week. Appliances installation was completed. The biggest change has definitely been on the outside. On Tuesday top soil was put in and most of the plants were delivered. The remaining plants came from the breakfast center pieces and a few others were picked up on Thursday along with sod. Volunteers put in all mulch, sod, and plants on Friday and Saturday. Earlier in the week, all three trailers were loaded and secured for shipping.
They were towed out on Thursday and placed in Renton.
Next week we will finish the remaining punch-lists and touch ups and remove the remaining items from the storage yard. Final inspections will begin next week.
April 7th

Regular construction volunteer Ray Pedrizetti
finishing the concrete porches

We have concrete! The porches, drives and walks were poured on Saturday. Earlier in the week we focused on painting the doors and millwork. This was completed on Wednesday. Doors were reinstalled with knobs and masking was removed. On Thursday the grade for the concrete pour was finalized and rebar was installed for the porches. The water meter for 5A was installed on Friday. A good deal of site work was also done on Saturday including removing old construction fencing, dismantling the recycle dumpster and adding some additional plants to the landscaping throughout the development.
Next week we will be doing paint touch ups, wrapping the porch posts with white wood, installing appliances and start prepping for landscaping.

Patterson Park Unit D-3:
April 21st

Crews worked several days this week and finished the trim painting. Most other punch-list tasks are also complete and some of the final cleaning was going to start on Saturday. Remaining tasks include re-grouting the tile entry, re-caulking the backsplashes and plumbing fixtures as needed, a few closet door knobs and floor guides and some minor electrical repairs. Unit C-2 has been assessed and prep work for painting will start with overflow volunteers from D-3.
April 7th
 We had some good progress on the buyback at Patterson this week. The partner family has started to put in their hours. On Wednesday, primer was completed in two bedrooms and the living room and a most of the floor masking was completed. The wall painting upstairs was finished by the end of the week, including the stairwell area. Holy Cross was planning on having a group work on Saturday that would focus on finishing the downstairs stairwell and painting the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry in semi-gloss.
Next week we should be able to finish the wall painting and start doors and mill work.

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