August – Inside and Out

Interesting progress was made by the end of August.  The long anticipated installation of the large window on the new addition began.    From it will look like traditional window panes – but what panes they are.  Since we will not again see the large expanse created for the window, it called for a few photos.  Construction of areas for a book drop and a bike rack were started and interior walls were spray “painted” for a textured appearance throughout the building.    Behind the scenes, we are working on furnishing the interior – selecting finishes and fabrics, ordering new items and refinishing some of our vintage pieces.  Come back in September when progress will speed up even more!

 

Where's my window

Opening for the large window in the north wall of the addition.

Space for north window

Window space is an impressive sight – from the inside as well.

My, but what a big window you have

Opening for the large window with framing partially installed.

Window frames being installed

Window frames are about half complete.

Footings for Bookdrop and Bicycle Rack

Construction of areas for the book drop and bike rack begin with the footings.

Spray on walls

Texture is sprayed on the walls to make for a harmonious surface throughout.

Bricks

Bricks at the ready.

 

 

 

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JULY REPORT – Steady Progress

The Renovation made steady progress throughout July in infrastructure and underpinning. It will soon look like a building again.  You will notice as you drive by that there are are fewer pieces of heavy equipment around.  Our “progress,” which we have been talking about for months, should soon be more visible from the street and on the blog.  A little more patience should be well rewarded.

The elevator has been installed - This will make our building compliant with handicapped accessibility requirements and bring people to the upper floor.

The elevator has been installed – This will make our building compliant with handicapped accessibility requirements and bring people to the upper floor.

Dry wall began going up - Here it is around the elevator.

Dry wall began going up – Here it is around the elevator.

Inside, rooms are being defined - This is one side of an office.

Inside, rooms are being defined – This is one side of an office.

Talk about infrastructure - Our new mechanical room takes much less room than the old boiler room and is filled with energy saving equipment.

Talk about infrastructure – Our new mechanical room takes much less space than the old boiler room and is filled with energy saving equipment.

Nice, big windows will be installed here, replacing the tiny ones that peeked out of basement wells.

Nice, big windows will be installed here, replacing the tiny ones that peeked out of basement wells.

They look good outside and...

They look good outside and…

inside.  They even open - to catch the breeze on a Spring day.

Inside. They even open – to catch the breeze on a Spring day.

In back of the building a large trench was dug to install drains and conduit for all our utilities.  New poles are also being installed.  Old ones will be removed once all the wiring is transferred.

In back of the building a large trench was dug to install drains and conduit for all our utilities. New poles are also being installed. Old ones will be removed once all the wiring is transferred.

Beautiful brickwork blends the new addition with the historic building.  This photo picks up a shadow which will not be there when construction barriers and wiring is removed.

Beautiful brickwork blends the new addition with the historic building. This photo picks up a shadow which will not be there when construction barriers and wiring is removed.

Remember the vintage magazine rack with the cute little drawers.  It went off to be refinished along with the long table and four reading tables.

Remember the vintage magazine rack with the cute little drawers. It went off to be refinished along with the long table and four reading tables.

 

STAINED GLASS DISCOVERED

It was hiding under a piece of plywood above the old front door. Why the entrance was so drastically altered is a lost memory. Thankfully, construction crews uncovered it with care. It’s damaged but repairable. What a beautiful piece of art was right under our noses but unknown for all those years. Let’s bring it back to the light.

Stained glass window discovered under plywood repair above the old main entrance to the Shute Library.

Stained glass window discovered under plywood repair above the old main entrance to the Shute Library.

JUNE REPORT

Shute is a beehive of activity with progress made in many areas – inside and out. Passers by notice scaffolding surrounding the new addition.  This is for the new brick wall being built – It is beautiful – such a great match for the existing brick. Inside, the plumbing, HVAC and electrical work have all begun.

Starting point for June

Here is where we started at the beginning of June.

 

 Let's take a peek at what is going on inside the Shute.

Let’s take a peek at what is going on inside the Shute.

 

Addition framing for upper level

Addition framing for upper level looks great.

The new addition ceiling goes up.

The new addition ceiling makes a nice grid pattern above.

 

Evidence of plumbing and electrical service.

Evidence of plumbing and electrical service.

 

Heating and air conditioning equipment and ducts are in place.

Heating and air conditioning equipment and ducts are in place.

 

Bring up the brick !

Bring up the brick !

 

Addition exterior brick wall going up.

The new Addition exterior brick wall is going up.

 

Laying brick on the new addition is careful work.

Laying brick on the new addition is careful work.

 

 

The new brick wall looks great - color matches the original and a nice smooth job!

The new brick wall looks great – color matches the original and a nice smooth job!

MAY PROGRESS AT THE SHUTE

It’s already the end of May and the Shute project is moving fast. The north wall is framed, the entrance is being built and the stairs – both stair cases are coming along. It’s an exciting time for all of us who have been watching this project from the foundations up.

The new entrance is being framed.

The new entrance is being framed.

New entrance from the front.

New entrance from the front.

Work on the stairs gets started.

Work on the stairs gets started.

Shute Addition Rising

The new addition to the Shute Library is rising from the foundation. From interior stairway to the new north wall, some big moves have been made in the past week. Take a look.

These stairs will take the visitor from the new entrance to the upper level.  Remember those windy stairs - hazardous to ankles. No more - We will have a nice wide comfortable stairway.

These stairs will take the visitor from the new entrance to the upper level. Remember those windy stairs – hazardous to ankles. No more – We will have a nice wide comfortable stairway.

Did you ever think an elevator shaft beautiful?  Maybe not, but it is a great sign of progress.

Did you ever think an elevator shaft beautiful? Maybe not, but it is a great sign of progress.

Outside, the new north wall has just been put up - imagine the result when bricked!

Outside, the new north wall has just been put up – imagine the result when bricked!

Here is the new corner

Here is the new corner

Shute facade in May.

Shute facade in May.

CONSTRUCTION MARCHES ON

Construction made great progress this past month. Concrete floor slabs were removed and recycled and so that a drainage system could be installed. The north wall – which will be partially removed to provide entry between the addition and the library, was prepared for it’s new role with a large beam. Out front, concrete retaining wall planters were poured in place. What will April bring? Stay tuned.

Shoring up the north wall windows - that will become interior arches in the new Shute.

Shoring up the north wall windows – that will become interior arches in the new Shute.

Arches from the outside.

Arches from the outside.

Creating a pocket for the steel beam that will support the entry between addition and building.

Creating a pocket for the steel beam that will support the entry between addition and building.

Bring on the beam.

Bring on the beam.

Setting the beam in place.

Setting the beam in place.

Floor slab removed to make way for a drainage system and provide a floor that will keep out the water.

Floor slab removed to make way for a drainage system and provide a floor that will keep out the water.


Sub-surface drainage installed below new addition.

Sub-surface drainage installed below new addition.

Concrete forms for retaining wall planters.

Concrete forms for retaining wall / planters.

Waterproofing foundation walls at retaining wall.

Waterproofing foundation walls at retaining wall.

Sheet waterproofing at foundation walls.

Sheet waterproofing at foundation walls.

Interior wall framing - for an office.

Interior wall framing – for an office.