May 31, 2019 – Last set of pictures for May

The last set of trusses won’t arrive until Monday around noon, so the crews worked on doorways, window openings, and joist ends.  We’ll see truss installation resume on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week…and photos of that work will be posted in a new June 2019 page.

Also, cedar posts along the walkways behind the building were being erected.  Nothing smells as nice as freshly cut cedar!  We’re not using a lot of exposed wood because it is so expensive, but when we do use it, we are trying to create impact and ambience at a reasonable cost.

I encourage you to jump to the May 1 photo set to see how far we’ve come in one month!

May 30, 2019 – Surprise! Roof sheathing started early!

Let’s start with a photo that puts the new building into context.  The profile is not overwhelming at all.

May 29, 2019 – We see the roofline emerging

Now we start to see the tallest part of the buildings roof come into view.  The size and profile are not overwhelming.  Our goal was a blend of a business with a more home-like ambience.

Let’s start with a panoramic view of the northeast corner of the new building with the old barn nearby for scale:

29May2019 – Panoramic view of NE corner of building and old barn

May 28, 2019 – Huge changes in just a few days

The building is starting to actually looking like a building!  We begin to see what the roof profile will look like and it’s not as overwhelming as many folks may have thought.

We’re excited to see some of the architectural themes beginning to be expressed.  The vaulted hallway hints at the vaulted ceiling in the conference center.  The 45-degree landing at the plaza echoes the 45-degree doorway into the conference center.

Panoramic view of the rear of building from the plaza:

Panoramic view of the rear of building from the plaza

May 24, 2019 – Trusses going up!

Let’s start with a panoramic view from the rear plaza of the last glulam beam being installed in the office wing and the truss crew erecting trusses!  You can also see that the large, open plaza is getting leveled and compacted, in preparation for the finish layer of crushed granite.

Panoramic view from the rear plaza of the last glulam beam being installed in the office wing and the truss crew erecting trusses

And let’s close this day’s photos with a short animation showing the last glulam beam sliding into place.

May 23, 2019 – Trusses arrived!

Manager Tom is happy to see trusses arrive!

Trusses arrived today!

The image of the hallway-and-conference-room trusses shows the vaulted ceiling profiles for the hallway and the conference room.  The interior vaults are a key architectural element of the building.  You’ll see them echoed in the main hallway, in the conference room, and in the open office area.

In the last image showing the glulam beam, if you look through the window openings you’ll see glulam beams installed.  The custom-fabricated knife plates arrived just in time.

A little bit more concrete work was done.  The crew couldn’t reach the mudroom so the concrete there was hauled in by wheelbarrow!

May 22, 2019

We’re ready for trusses!

May 20, 2019

The crews revised some of the internal bracing in preparation for trusses that we expect to be delivered later this week.  The last of the pilasters around the rear plaza have been formed and are awaiting concrete.

May 15, 2019

More framing. More concrete. The crews are moving the project along very quickly!

And a panoramic view of the inside of the office wing before interior walls are completed:

Panoramic view – Looking N to S at inside of office wing

May 14, 2019 – Fast work to have most of the exterior walls up!

Most of the exterior walls are up and the crew is beginning to work on interior walls. Two panoramic views for you today!

14May2019 – Looking N to S at front of building
14May2019 – Looking S to N at back of office wing

May 13, 2019 – More walls

More walls — it is beginning to look like a building!  We think that all of the exterior walls will be vertical by sometime on Wednesday of this week.  The second half of the rear walkways will be poured tomorrow.

Let’s start with a few panoramic views.  First is the look at the entire building site from the contractor’s trailer:

Panoramic view looking N to S at entire building site from contractor’s trailer

Second is a view from the plaza looking at the back of the office wing:

Panoramic view looking N and E at the back (S side) of the office wing from the rear plaza

May 10, 2019 – Walls going up

Walls began to go up today.  Concrete was poured for the retaining wall at the rear plaza.  Forms came off the concrete pilasters around the rear plaza.  Concrete was also poured for the walkways outside the conference room and the office wing.

May 8, 2019 – Sill plating has started

Sill plating has started!  It won’t be long before we see walls being constructed and lifted into place!  Additional concrete was poured: a retaining wall footing, the pilasters around the plaza, and the other wing for the rear steps.

May 7, 2019

Layout for sill plating, forms for the pilasters around the rear plaza, foundation perimeter drains.

May 5, 2019 – Panoramic views for you!

We checked the slab for cracking and found little had changed from the May 3 visit. We’re hopeful that this means cracking will be quite minimal.

Here are several panoramic views to help you better visualize the building site.

Sill plates will be installed this week.  That means that we will see framing begin very soon!


May 3, 2019 – Concrete forms stripped

Cleanup day: forms were stripped from the slab, revealing a good pour. Some cracking is expected, and we are seeing very minor hairline cracks in a few places; we may see more as the slab cures. Most of the floor will be carpeted so minor cracking will not be an issue.

May 2, 2019 – Concrete slab-on-grade and thickened edges poured

Milestone day! The monolithic concrete slab was poured!  We also made good progress on the rock retaining wall on the south side of the open plaza.

Panoramic view of concrete pour:

Panoramic view of concrete pour

May 1, 2019 – We are ready for concrete

The concrete pour to form the building slab is scheduled for tomorrow, so this photo set features a lot of work in preparation for that milestone.

Panoramic view of the Douglas fir patch next to the stormwater detention pond:

1May2019 – Panoramic view of the Douglas fir patch next to the stormwater detention pond


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