This winter has been challenging to say the least. Four 50+ degree swings so far this year. Despite that, as of last Friday, apartment building wall panels have begun to stand up on the building pad. We’re now in 3D! The erection crew worked over the weekend and about half the first floor is framed. At this rate they will make quick work of things and we’ll be weathered in before we know it.
In the picture you can see that the first three panels at the Southwest corner are in place. The panels are 2×6 framing with OSB exterior sheathing. The 2×6 framing allows for additional insulation. The 2×6 studs are on 24″ centers to reduce the areas of heat transfer for energy efficiency. California Corners were used to increase insulation as well. The window and door openings are pre-framed, so once the panels are up and the house wrap is installed, the fenestrations (our big word of the day) will be filled quickly too.
Note the fire hydrant in the lower right of the picture. We have a fire hydrant waiting on the Town to bring water to it. Our understanding is that the street and utilities project should go out for bid within 2 weeks with bids due in around 6 weeks. We’ll be needing that soon! They’ve promised installation by the 1st of June.
The building will be sprinkled, so we already have the riser in place in the maintenance room for fire protection. Rough-in for that will begin once framing is complete so we can get sprinkler lines placed prior to drywall installation.
Things are coming together. We’re still on target for a Late July opening at this point.