Author Topic: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project  (Read 15353 times)

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project - (3-23-19 to 3-26-19)
« Reply #75 on: April 05, 2019, 03:46:31 PM »
As usual, I'm way behind on this. They seem to be ramping up the action, so I have a lot more photos to edit. Look for a few more posts in the upcoming days as I try to catch up.


3-23-19

1-3. A load on concrete blocks is delivered to the south wall and the workers pass and catch each one down the line. State Farm loses its north-facing windows and I lose my access to an interesting shooting angle. It was much appreciated while it lasted.

4. The second floor won't be flat for much longer.




3-24-19

5-11. From my apartment, on site and around the block (10 and11 are stitches - click to enlarge)




3-25-19

12-14. South wall almost done and a delivery from State St




3-26-19

15-18. Early morning sunlight, pouring cement into the blocks, worker throws a concrete block (circled and still in the air, creating Thud-a-Rama at Sign-a-Rama), south wall is finished.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project - (3-27-19 to 3-30-19)
« Reply #76 on: April 05, 2019, 04:47:15 PM »
3-27-19 to 3-30-19

These are pretty self-explanatory.

I don't often get the chance to go on-site and shoot video, but there was no crew working on this particular Saturday - only one site boss, who graciously let me roam around as long as I didn't climb any ladders or start the crane up. Thank you, sir!

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There are 40 photos - 20 here and 20 in the next post.

4-1-19  6 pix

The first two pictures are sort of explained in this exchange with the site superintendent:

BL: Any idea what this guy was doing at about 9:30 this morning? My guess is measuring or marking something, but what?

SS: Yes, the bench mark for our height of finished floor is on that telephone pole. And we had a laser spinning up on the second floor. So on that pole he had a target that reads the spinning laser. When he gets close or on the mark, that laser target beeps loud and tells you how far you are to finish floor on the second floor. Make sense? You put the heights of floors on that pole and hold bottom of pole on your bench mark on the ground floor, then you work your way up each floor.

BL: It makes sense...........as long as the pole never moves (this neighborhood is full of tilting telephone poles that used to be straight).


Since tomorrow is The Big Pour of the Second Floor, the corrugated decking has to first be covered with sheets of wire mesh to strengthen the concrete.............skinny-mini rebar, if you will. It was interesting trying to get photos of it because, from a block away, one or two carried mesh sheets were practically invisible unless you caught the sun hitting it just right for a split second.

The fifth picture is a photostitch, showing the whole floor covered with the stuff.





4-2-19  14 pix (20 more in next post)

I'm getting used to the drill by now: giant cement-pumping crane shows up early and goes through its unfolding sequence (first 8 pix), while a continuously-scheduled stream of cement trucks vie for parking spaces.

On this day, the pour started in the southwest corner of the building and worked its way around the second floor in a sort-of clockwise fashion. At the same time, another crane was hoisting steel beams over to the Main St edge for other work.

I tried to get a shot of every part of this floor being poured, though some may look like the same place. In the next-to-last shot, the guy driving the red Zamboni-like machine appears to have run into a concrete wall and just discovered that he has no reverse gear. The last shot shows the poured floor.

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The Video

So while I was taking about 200 photos, I also shot 66 (I think) little QuickTime videos with another (tripoded) camera. After editing out some and editing down the others, I had about 5GB of videos left. But the good thing about QuickTime is that combining all the videos reduces the file size by about 2/3. This one is now 1.7GB. So now I always try to take two 30-second videos instead of a one 1-minute vid. The space savings are tremendous.

Unfortunately, I don't think this video is equally tremendous. It's too long. It takes the cement-pumping crane a couple of minutes just to unfold. You can look at the pictures of the same thing in a few seconds.

You know the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom? Once you zoom as much as possible optically, there's like another gear (digital zoom) that lets you get a lot closer. The problem is that it's not as sharp. You can see everything closer, which is good, but the quality loss is disturbing to me.

So - like the pictures - the video is pretty complete, but it feels like it could be edited better.

You decide.





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The remaining 20 photos (continued from the previous post)

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (4-3 to 4-5-19 STAIRWELL TOWER)
« Reply #79 on: April 12, 2019, 04:18:30 PM »
4-3-19

1. That tower begins in the garage where I saw something that looked like an old fence until I saw it drive out of the site. This shows both images.

2-8. The visible part of that tower begins to take shape as lots of concrete blocks are brought in, as upward scaffolding is built.



4-4-19

9-15. As the tower rises, another crane is delivering steel beams to the Main St side. At one point, plane buzzes crane (maybe)............twice.


4-5-19

16,17. The Main St-side towers will soon start climbing higher and the State St-side stairwell tower nears completion


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (4-6 to 4-9-19 TOWERS & WOOD)
« Reply #80 on: April 12, 2019, 04:37:17 PM »
4-6-19

1-7. The State St-side stairwell tower is finished and the scaffolding is torn down on Saturday.

8-10. Time for a quick walk-around:
- two views with one showing door openings for floors 3,4 and 5
- collected scaffolding waiting to get back into action in two days
- collected steel mesh waiting for the next cement floor pour
- STITCH  (with GLITCH) looking north (and the last time I get to sneak my building into the shot)


4-7-19

11. Day of rest.............to be cleaned up on Monday


4-8-19

12-15.  Cleanup, dryout, scaffolding back to work


4-9-19

16-20. The wood arrives (and some of it is pink!). Things will really be changing quickly now.


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