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Friday, July 18, 2014

Building of a Different Color- Part 2 (July 18)

UAS FH Construction Update for 7/18/2014

Building of a Different Color – Part 2  (July 18)

My idea to keep the utilitarian color of the building (see weblog March 7) was dismissed as Engineering technobabble.  This week you can really see the Architect’s building color selection.  The main building color is “Champagne Metallic” on a corrugated metal panel.  The interesting thing about this color and material is the different shades of color the building emit depending if it is sunny, cloudy, morning or evening.  The tall corner pilasters and building ends are Hemlock Green” on a metal panel that has a small relief pattern.  The roof trim is a wide “Classic Green” edge flashing with a “Copper Penny” accent strip. 

This morning’s photo makes it easy to see why the Architect gets to make the color selections and not the Engineer.

Building of a Different Color July 18, 2014

Champain Siding

 

The Contractor has also been working the past week in the metal framing for the glass curtain walls that covers the face of the commons area and encloses the stairwells.  The curtain wall is constructed from an aluminum frame that is stick built on site and fastened to the building.  Once the frame is set, large triple-pain-argon-filled windows will be set in the frame openings and then secured in place with additional aluminum framing members.   Notice that the color of these frames are copper penny, to match the accent strip going around the roof line.   Even I, have to admit that Architects make our community a much better looking place to live.

Aluminum Curtain Wall Framing Members

Aluminum Framing

 

 

View from 4th floor class/conference room.

Curtian Wall Window Frame

 

 

All of that Metal Siding and Curtain Wall Framing is installed by construction workers in a man-lift.  This month there have been 4-6 lifts on site. But one day, we had six man-lifts on site.

Six Man-Lifts on site!

Six Man-Lifts

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 12:05:51 PM
Friday, July 11, 2014

UP's and DOWN's of Construction

UAS FH Construction Update for 7/11/2014

UP’s and DOWN’s of Construction (July 11)

During construction projects, we hope everything is UP and nothing is DOWN.  However, this week we were all glad to see dozens of UP’s and DOWN’s when the Contractor completed the installation of the Elevator.  The Elevator subcontractor, Otis Elevator Co, showed up on the project site a couple of weeks ago and brought with them lots of cool tools to install the elevator.

 

Elevator Shaft

  

Elevator Workers PUlly

 

Elevator Workers Pulley – Used to lift up Steel Elevator Railing

One of the first was what every Engineer and Physics student loves is the simple rope and pulley.  The first year in Engineering 101, I was amazed to learn that with enough rope and pulleys I could lift by hand a full 10-yard cement truck. The second year in Engineering 101, I was disappointed to learn that there is no such thing as a frictionless rope and pulley.  This means that it does not take long before all of my strength pulling on a rope is used up by friction in the pulley and rope itself.  So in real life, using real rope and pulleys, you can typically only 6 – 10 times your own lifting capacity.

 

 

Elevator 4-way Laser

Elevator 4-Way Laser

 

 

Elevator Laser Target

Elevator Laser Target

Second neat tool was their laser alignment tool.  Most construction crews on the construction site have a laser that casts a horizontal or vertical line.  The Elevator crew had a fancy laser tool that cast four way vertical columns.  Using small laser targets, they used this laser tool to align up the four corners of the elevator travel.   With a little fog machine, the elevator shaft could have looked like one of those spy movies with all of the security alarm lasers.

 

Elevator Door

Elevator Door – Floor 3

Third is the elevator itself.  What a neat invention where  you can walk into a small room, push a button and then walk out on a different floor of a tall building.  Our furniture crew will be particularly appreciative of the elevator so they don’t have to haul beds, dressers and refrigerators up 4 flights of stairs.

 

The Contractor continues to work on other parts of the building.  The suites have all been painted out in Hall II with lights and cabinets installed in the top two floors.  A wood acoustical ceiling has been installed in the vaulted ceilings of the community and conference rooms.  The electrical subcontractor continues to pull miles of blue communication cables throughout the building.  Look for glass store front framing to start appearing next week.

 

Room 451C

Room 451C - Painted and Trimmed out.

Nathan NLEIGH1 03:26:30 PM
Friday, June 27, 2014

Stone or Wood?

UAS FH Construction Update for 6/27/2014

Stone or Wood? (June 27)

What would you call a new material that looks like wood but wears like stone?

How about Stonewood.  

Stonewood is a trade name for an architectural panel manufactured with a core of phenolic resin impregnated Kraft paper and a face of melamine resin, compressed at high pressure and temperatures. 

Stonewood Panel Layers      

StoneWood Panel

StoneWood Panel

 

 

 

The result is a thin panel sheet that is extremely durable, resisting wind, rain and UV deterioration.  The finish on these panels comes in over one hundred different colors and patterns from Antique White, to Black Granite, to the Monticello Maple the Contractor installed today on the UAS Freshman Housing project.

These panels are being installed on the underside of the building entrance canopy and provide warmth to the entrance, alongside the Yellow Cedar timbers we talked about on June 13th.

 

Monticello Maple Panel

 

Montincello Maple Panel

Montincello Maple Panel

 

 

UAS Freshman Residential Hall Entrance Canopy

 

UAS FH Entrance

UAS FH Entrance

 

 

As you can imagine, paneling for a building entrance, is just one use of this unique building material.  Check out the manufactures website for other projects that used these panels for walls, ceilings and the exterior cladding on the Tasina Lodge in Valdez Alaska.

 

Most of the trades are still working inside the building including electrical, mechanical, sheet rock, drywall, painting and the flooring subcontractor started this week and should have the top floor of Hall II carpeted out by Monday.   Look for some near complete photos of Room 451B in next week’s Blog.

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 04:40:49 PM
Friday, June 20, 2014

Closed Doors (June 20)

UAS FH Construction Update for 6/20/2014

Closed Doors (June 20)

Closed Doors are often associated with something negative.  However, the doors inside the New Freshman Housing Suites are so beautiful; Closed Doors can only be associated with the great and amazing things in life.   Check out how good just a couple of these Closed Doors look.

Closed Door – Suite 451C                                                  Closed Door  Suite 451B

 

Door Suite 451C

Door Suite 451B

The doors are made by VT Industries in Iowa.  VT Industries have used a multiple layer construction method for the doors in the UAS Freshman Residential Housing project.  They start with a core consisting of a Structural Composite Lumber then add a layer of High Density Fiber (HDF) crossband and then a finish layer of real Hickory wood. More information than you ever thought possible about doors can be found at VT Industries website: http://www.vtindustries.com/architectural-wood-doors

The real Hickory wood naturally varies in pattern and shade which makes each door different and unique.  Just like every UAS student that will be living in the Freshman Residential Hall. 

Closed Door – Suite 351B

Door Suite 351B

 

Besides a beautiful wood surface to enjoy, I have found many other positive benefits of Closed Doors including; keeping the warm air inside, keeping flying mosquitos outside, making it dark to sleep at night, physically defining my personal space, shutting out the sound of my brothers choices in music and locking out pesky little sisters. 

So whether you like open doors or Closed Doors, we can all be happy that the Architect selected a beautiful hickory door and that the Contractor has installed doors in the top two floors of Hall II. 

 

Closed Door – Suite 454B

Door Suite 454B

 

 

The Contractor continues to make progress with sheet rocking, painting and connecting the electrical and mechanical systems.  The building entry canopy is ready for roofing and the building metal siding will soon be visible on the north-west corner of the building.

 

UAS Freshman Housing – Entrance Canopy

UAS FH June 19

 

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 11:26:09 AM
Friday, June 13, 2014

Aroma Therapy (June 13)

UAS FH Construction Update for 6/13/2014

Aroma Therapy (June 13)

If you have walked down wind of the UAS Freshman Housing project this week, you would have caught the defining fragrance of Yellow Cedar.  The Contractor has been installing the framing structure of the entrance canopy consisting on many large glulam wood timbers made from Yellow Cedar.  

Yellow Cedar Entrance

Yellow Cedar Entrance

 

Yellow Cedar Column

Yellow Cedar Column

 

There are many traits of Yellow Cedar that makes it an excellent material for building and carving.  Its fine straight grain makes it strong and dimensionally stable and easy to cut and carve.  The wood resin is resistant to weather, fungus and insects making it a building material that will last a long time with little or no maintenance.  The Aroma coming from Yellow Cedar is an added pleasantry to those lucky enough to be around when it is freshly cut or milled.

Working Yellow Cedar

Yellow Cedar Working

 

These large Yellow Cedar Glulam beams are 8-3/4” wide and 18” deep.  These Glulam timbers were fabricated by taking twelve smaller 8-3.4” wide boards and stacking them on top of each other and gluing them all together into one large beam.  This method of fabrication makes for a much stronger beam than a single piece of wood of the same size because all of the natural imperfections in wood are more uniformly distributed throughout the beam.  Glulam timbers can also be fabricated in larger and longer sizes than solid wood timbers.   The glulam timbers used in the Freshman Residential Housing we fabricated by Boise Cascade where you can find more about glulam timbers.   http://www.fillerking.com/index.cfm

 

Yellow Cedar Gluelam

 

Yellow Cedar Gluelam

 

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 12:35:16 PM
Friday, May 16, 2014

Roundabout Update (May 16)

Roundabout Update (May 16)

 

You already know that DOT&PF and their Contractor has started back up on building the Back Loop Roundabout. 

 

Contractor working on Curb and gutter for the Back Loop Roundabout

Back Loop Roundabout
Back Loop Roundabout
 

 

The traffic delays do not appear to be as long as last year.  However, I have seen cars backed up past my office window.   Construction can always be inconvenient, especially when you are late to work and stuck in traffic. 

I just want to mention that there are several lights at the end of the tunnel (or roundabout).

 

¤ Curb and Gutter started this week

¤ One half of the sidewalks will be paved by the end of May

¤ The roundabout will be paved by the end of June. 

¤ The will have some minor work to do after June, but it should not disrupt traffic.

¤ One of the items that will likely be completed after June is the landscaping.  Take a close look at the roundabout landscaping plan below.  It was based off a sketch by our own David Lendrum. 

This project will be a great addition to our community.

 

Roundabout Landscape Plan

 

 

Roundabout Landscaping
Roundabout Landscaping

 

 

 

Check out the DOT&PF website if you would like to know more about the Back Loop Roundabout and the next phase of construction that will add sidewalks to both sides of the road from Fritz Cove to Seaview.

http://dot.alaska.gov/sereg/projects/abcorr/index.shtml

 

 

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 12:50:15 PM
Friday, May 09, 2014

Wire, Wire Everywhere (May 9)

UAS FH Construction Update for 5/09/2014

Wire Wire Everywhere (May 9)

This week the Electrical Subcontractor has been pulling in lots wire into the electrical panels thru-out the building.  This wire varies from the small going to every light and wall outlet, the large 600 KCM cable used for the main building power and the electrical boilers that will heat the water that circulates in the concrete floors, heating the building.  I remember my Father telling me when his family first got electricity into their house and they were so excited to be able to pull a string and turn on a light in the middle of the room.   Today, now everything in the Freshman Residential Housing runs on electricity; Ventilation, Heating, Refrigerator, Microwave, Community Oven, Computers, Fire Alarm System and yes the lights.  That’s why there is Wire Everywhere, in the ceilings, in the walls, in the floors and hanging out of boxes on the walls.  Have you ever wondered how much wire there will be in the Freshman Residential Housing?  Well I have, it comes with being an Engineer.

Here is my rough estimate

 

( 150’ Building Length) x ( 50’ Building Width)  x (4 floors) x( 8 wraps ) = 240,000 feet

 

I am using (wraps) as a rough estimating factor, by estimating how many times the wire would wrap around the building if all in one long wire.

8 wraps = 3 power = 1 lights + 1 Doors + Fire Alarm + 2 Computer or data cable.

 

I will need to check with the Electrical Subcontractor to see how close my rough estimate is with how much wire they purchased for the building.

 

 

Electrical Meter Base installed this week.

  

Meter Base
Meter Base

 

Main electrical wire lines coming into the building.

 

KCM 600 Main Wire
KCM 600 Main Wire

 

Electrical Wires in 2nd floor Control room

 

Wires 2nd Floor
Wires 2nd Floor

 

Electrical wires in Residential Suite Vestibule

 

Suite Wire
Suite Wire

 

Conduits Now Full of Wires

Conduits full of Wires
Conduits full of Wires

 

Electrical Generator,  So when the lights in Juneau go out, they will not go out here at the UAS Freshman Residential Housing.

D7_Setting Generator
D7_Setting Generator

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 05:09:23 PM
Friday, May 02, 2014

White Mud Tours (May 2)

 

UAS FH Construction Update for 5/02/2014

White Mud Tours (May 2)

This week we were able to take several UAS staff on a tour of the UAS Freshman Housing project. 

We were able see some of the work that was going on this week that included, pouring concrete wainscot walls, insulation in Hall I, installing hot water storage tank in the boiler room, sheet rocking fourth floor of Hall 1, White Mud & Taping of Floor 3 in Hall II and some spectacular views the Mendenhall Glacier. 

 

Another Wonderful View

 

Another Wonderful View
Another Wonderful View

 

We stopped and talked to the Drywall Finishing crew and got a quick lesson on how to White Mud / Tape a sheet rock wall.  For those of us who have tried to mud and tape a wall using only a putty knife, we were simply awe-struck with the automatic tape gun.  This mechanical wonder holds the mud in a long tube and then a roll of tape at the end runs through the mud and onto the wall all in one motion.  So you can White Mud and Tape a wall about as fast as you can move the tape gun across the joint.  A job that would take me 20 minutes with a putty knife, only took our Drywall Finishing expert 30 seconds. 

This is one of those “use the right tool for the job” lessons.  

 

Automatic Taper

Tape Gun
Tape Gun

 

Check out this website.  http://www.cpotapetech.com/,  to purchase one of these labor saving devices, or just to learn more about professional drywall finishing tools.

And after finding out that the automatic tape gun costs $1,325.00 (plus shipping)  I guess that my putty knife will have to do for a few more years.

 

 

Talking to the Dry Wall Finishers

 

Taping Crew Visit
Taping  Crew Visit

 

Lesson in Dry Wall Taping

 

Tape Lesson
Tape Lesson

 

Sheet Rock Wall – Before Tape and Mud

 

Before White Mud and Tape
Before White Mud and Tape

 

Sheet Rock Wall – After Tape and Mud

 

After White Mud and Tape
After White Mud and Tape

 

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 12:13:15 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014

White Walls ( April 25)

UAS FH Construction Update for 4/25/2014

 White Walls (April 25)

White Walls have appeared this week when walking through the UAS Freshman Residential Housing project.  Starting on the fourth floor of Hall I and flowing all the way down to the first floor, like a large bucket of white paint being poured inside the building.

 

White Walls from Room 454C

 

White Walls 1
White Walls 1
White Walls 2
White Walls 2

 

These White Walls come complimentary from two new subcontractors on site. One installing sheet rock and the other following close behind mudding the joints and fastener holes.  Sheet rock is also known by Dry Wall and Gypsum Board.   Sheet Rock, as we know it today, with plaster sandwiched in-between two layers of paper was introduced in the building industry in 1910.  Sheet rock is made by mining gypsum out of the ground, grinding it to a fine powder, mix in some other ingredients depending on what special qualities you want and then pour it out on a sheet of paper and cover it with another sheet of paper.  North America uses 42,000,000,000 square feet of sheet rock each year.  That is enough to sheet rock the whole state of Rhode Island in every year.  Or that’s enough sheet rock to cover the UAS campus every 10 minutes

 

The UAS Freshman Residential Housing project has used our fair share of sheet rock.  Six semi-truck loads.  One of the main reasons the building uses so much Sheet Rock is because it an excellent material for resisting fire and quieting sound.  One-half of the walls and most of the ceilings will actually get two layers of sheet rock.  Some to create fire barriers and some to create sound barriers.  Anyway you cut it, we now have a lot of White Walls in Hall II of the Residential Hall and by the end of next week Hall I will have White Walls also.

 

Sheet Rock Ready for Hall I

 

Sheet Rock Ready
Sheet Rock Ready

 

 

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 05:11:29 PM
Friday, April 18, 2014

Top Job (April 18)

UAS FH Construction Update for 4/18/2014

Top Job (April 18)

Get to the top of the Job Ladder by becoming a Roofer.  The roofing sub-contractor came on site early this week bringing a work crew of 5 Roofers.  Every day these roofers have climbed to the top of the ladder as the Top Job workers on the UAS Freshman Residential Housing project.  The sunny warm weather early this week made me wish for my younger days when I also use to be a Roofer.  However, today’s rainy weather reminds me in-door jobs are also good.

 

Roofers Working on Sunny April Day

 

Roofers 2
Roofers 2


I use to install standard Asphalt Shingles.  Today on the UAS Freshman Residential Housing project, the Roofers are installing Legacy, Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene Rubber-modified asphalt-laminated shingles as manufactured by Malarkey.  The standard Asphalt Shingles that I use to install would last about 10 years. One house that we installed new shingles on had five layers of old shingles.  (Note: this was before I went to engineering school and found out that houses were not designed to carry the weight of 6 layers of shingles).  Design of Asphalt Shingles has come a long way since then and these new Legacy shingles have a 110 mph / 50-year warranty.  I hope that you will be around in 50 years to see the replacement of these shingles.  However, I think that my warranty will have run out by then.  Check out the manufactures website for more information on current roofing products.  http://www.malarkeyroofing.com/

 

The Contractor is making good progress with most of the plumbing, electrical and ventilation pipe works installed in Hall I and Hall II.  Hall II has been insulated and the Contractor has brought on a new subcontractor crew that is making the residential rooms look like a real living space.  But that will have to wait until next week.

 

Installing Metal Roof Trim

Roof Flashing
Roof Flashing


Notice the Three Layers of Protection here in the Valley Gutter

 

 

Valley Gutter
Valley Gutter

 

 

 

 

 

Stacks of Legacy Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene Rubber-modified asphalt-laminated shingles, ready for Installation.


Roofers 1
Roofers 1

 

 

 

 

Nathan NLEIGH1 03:19:17 PM

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