Crews were on site this week installing signage for the anchor tenant. Store fixture operations moved forward with stocking scheduled to begin next week. Grand opening is scheduled for September 14, 2011.
All vertical lift equipment was busy this week as store fixtures and office equipment were brought to the third floor of the Grundy Town Center.
We have arrived at the architect’s exterior vision of Grundy’s new retail center. Paving, sidewalks, parking lot striping and traffic signage activities have been completed. Work now progresses to the build-out of the ground level retail shops.
Temporary Certificates of Occupancy have now been issued. This allows for fixturing and stocking of the third level retail anchor store. Fixturing is well underway with stocking anticipated to begin the week of August 8th.
Installation and trim-out of the decorative glass handrail system nears completion. This will offer a similar unobstructed environment as the 40’ tall glass window wall at the grand entrance.
Final adjustments are also being completed for the passenger elevator. This elevator will carry patrons from ground and second level parking decks to the third level retail center.
Window cleaning crews have a unique challenge in applying the final shine at the Grundy Town Center. The Atrium window wall is close to 40 feet high, so specialized equipment was brought on site in order to reach these heights.
Application of grass seed in landscaped areas is done by the use of specialized commercial hydro-seeding trucks. This process sprays a mixture that includes grass seed, fertilizer and mulch in one application. The use of water in spreading these materials also gives the seed a boost in these hot July temperatures.
In addition to over 500 parking spaces located in the two level parking deck, The Grundy Town Center also offers parking in excess of 150 spaces for the ground level retail shops.
Work has been released for the build-out of the ground level retail shops. Crews arrived this week for the installation of signs. This offers a glimpse of the future retail stores to come.
The cardboard bailer for the anchor retail store was received this week. This bailer will compact cardboard boxes in bails to save space and allow for recycling.
The trash compactor was received and installed outside the loading dock at Grundy Town Center.
A guardrail system is being installed along the parking lot adjacent to the slope of the Levisa River. The guardrail will protect vehicles that park along the riverbank.
All used cooking oil from the third level retail store will be stored in this tank until pumped into a truck for recycling.
Floor tile crews were on-site this week completing tile installation on all levels of the entrance atrium.
Remaining food & deli refrigerated cases were received and set into place this week. This completes the layout of grocery refrigerated cases.
In its design, the multi-story parking deck at the Grundy Town Center has an eleven cable barrier system to prevent vehicles from falling should they run past the wheel stops. This system is supplied and installed by a company called Dywidag. They are more commonly known in this area for their use of ceiling mining bolts. The photo above shows the system prior to the stressing of the cables.
The photo above shows the hydraulic jack in use. The machine will place and hold over 7,000 lbs. of stress on the cables to ensure their structural integrity.
The completed barrier system will withstand an excess of 18,000 lbs. of force on just three cables. Our system contains eleven cables to ensure the fullest extent of protection available for the safety of Grundy Town Center’s patrons. This cable system also serves as pedestrian fall protection.
Final testing and commissioning of the cartveyor system at the Grundy Town Center was conducted this week. As seen in the above photo, patrons will ride down the escalator from the third level retail center with their shopping cart in sight at all times. You will also notice that shopping carts remain horizontal, so as not to spill their contents.
Final paving operations were completed as scheduled last week at the Grundy Town Center. Inspectors were on-site at all times to ensure proper depth and densities were acquired. Work was completed using local contractors.
Now that the dense graded aggregate base is complete and sealed, using a liquid asphalt primer, the first of two layers of asphalt is applied. This paving design will include 2.5” base layer and an additional 1.5” layer of surface asphalt.
Independent testing and inspection personnel are on site full-time during all paving operations. They are designated to ensure that proper thickness and compaction of asphalt is achieved. Compaction tests are performed using specialized nuclear density equipment.
Our current paving schedule allows for the completion of all base course asphalt by the end of this week. The final layer of asphalt wearing surface will be completed after the July Fourth Holiday.
Paving design at the North Entrance is a standard asphalt mix. Due to heavy loads at the loading dock area, concrete paving has been installed.
Final Cleaning of the exposed aggregate sidewalks moved forward this week. The Pedestrian Plaza will include an integral colored grey concrete, as well as the exposed aggregate patterned areas.
The installation of the passenger elevator door frames has allowed for the completion of masonry work in the atrium. Floor tile and glass handrail system installation are scheduled to begin after the July Fourth holiday.
With curb and gutter work complete, including the back fill and fine grading, paving is scheduled to begin next week.
The last course of aggregate stone base has been placed, fine graded and tested for compaction and moisture content. We have been released for paving.
Installation of the permanent freight elevator is complete and release for use during the final phases of construction. This has allowed removal of the temporary construction hoist. With the hoist opening, remaining framing, sheathing and EFIS installation was completed.
The parking deck has been cleared of materials and swept clean. Parking striping and direction marking moved forward this week starting on the second floor. Ground floor striping and remaining signage will be installed next week.