Drywall work is nearing completion and elevator installation is wrapping up soon. Railings at floor openings and stairs are well underway. Crews are now installing restroom fixtures and toilet partitions. Installation is complete for the majority of interior door and window frames as well for as the walk-in coolers and freezers for the culinary kitchens. Many of the faculty office suites are receiving finishes such as paint, carpet, millwork, and ceiling grid. In the southern portion of the building, overhead utilities are underway. The building exterior metal wall panel has begun in the Paseo.
Two large cranes are on site erecting the last structural steel members to frame out the rooftop penthouse and place the curved tube steel framing for the new atrium roofs. Within the building, the structural window jamb repair work is now complete. Exterior windows have been placed on the west, north, and east façades. About 75 percent of all the windows have now been installed. In the north atrium, the last few steel windows are being abated and cleaned for new paint. Repointing and repair of the existing building facades also continues, and is nearing completion.
Overhead doors are being installed and the majority of the exterior curtain wall and stucco work are completed. Exterior grading and flatwork have begun. The exterior and interior stair railings are currently being installed. The culinary kitchen equipment will be set on the roof soon. Acoustic panels are in progress in the main corridors. Elevator installation is ongoing and the insulation for the metal wall panels at the paseo are being installed. The waterproofing at the upper-level paseo concrete is underway.
All interior structural steel framing has been installed to infill the last remaining hole in the core of the building, from Level 0 all the way up to the roof. The underside of the metal deck forming the floor plates has been sprayed with fire proofing. Concrete has been placed over the metal deck on all levels to form new floors. Currently, a large crane is onsite erecting the last of the heavy structural steel beams and columns to form the roof penthouse that will house mechanical and electrical equipment. The crane is also setting curved tube steel “ribs” that will form the new structure for the roofs that will cover the former atriums, to make them indoor spaces eventually when the roofing is installed in the next couple of months.
The interior wall framing is almost complete and sheetrock work is expected to wrap by mid-November. Many interior walls have been primed and painted. Interior and exterior doors are being hung. Ceiling grid installation is continuing and mechanical components, including chilled beams, light fixtures, etc., are being dropped into the ceiling grids. The majority of the elevators also have been installed. The Paseo on Phase 2 is taking shape with grading underway. Exterior concrete paving will begin shortly. The project remains on schedule to open for fall 2020 next August.
Lead-based paint and asbestos removal continues on the historical steel windows at the two atriums. It is a tedious, slow process. Restoration, patching, and infill of matching yellow brick masonry to match existing walls is also in progress in the atriums. Concrete pedestal supports that will hold the transparent roofing are complete around the atriums. Steel stair assemblies for the building core at the ACCelerator are onsite and will be set in place soon on all levels.
All the major flat slab reinforced concrete floors have been poured up to Level 3 in the core of the building. The shoring and formwork was removed last week. The concrete shaft walls for the two elevators have been erected to the roof and topped out. Brick repair and cleaning of the ornamental cast stone continues in both atriums. On the east side, all the window openings have been roughed in with wood blocking and are prepared to receive new windows, which are currently in production and arriving on-site in about a month.
The chilled water pipes have been flushed and a portion of the building now has conditioned air. Interior finishes are progressing. The ceiling grid and light fixtures are beginning to be installed. The glass handrails at the floor openings are being installed. Wall and floor tile have begun. Door frames and hollow metal window frames, as well as glass, continue to be installed. The concrete floors in certain areas have been ground smooth and will be polished. The kitchen hoods are installed in the Culinary area. Meanwhile, the interior southern portion of the building is framed and infrastructure is nearly complete.
All aspects of construction have progressed as the building is large and in various stages of construction from one end to the other. Exterior curtain wall, storefront windows, and doors are being installed, and the building will be completely enclosed in the coming weeks. Nearly all of the walls are framed throughout and a good portion of the lower level walls have sheetrock. Interior storefront windows also are being installed. The chilled water pipes will be flushed soon and conditioned air will be turned on in the northern portion of the building in the coming weeks so that building finishes may begin.
The heart of the college’s fourth ACCelerator is taking shape at Rio Grande Campus, Building 1000 with workers pouring the first- and second-level elevated concrete slabs in the core of the building. To close in the building and keep out the elements, workers will continue to place steel framing, metal floor deck, and concrete topping in floor penetrations that were cut into Level 3 and the roof, which provide openings for mechanical exhaust ductwork and supply air ductwork to pass through.