Balance on Site: Creature Comforts and Fire Safety

The US Steel Real Estate building was designed to be light and bright inside, which means plenty of windows. Installation is nearing completion.

For temperature control and comfort, it’s important that we get the HVAC just right. Here roof top units are being set by crane. HVAC duct work installation on the second floor is near completion, as is refrigeration piping.

Safety of the completed structure is a top priority as we build. The new fire hydrant  has been installed outside, while fire sprinkler riser installation progresses on the interior.

Elsewhere onsite:

  • Electrical panel installation is in progress on 2nd floor
  • Doors with temporary door panels have been installed at the 1st floor
  • Radius Patio concrete slab completed
  • Waiting area ceiling is being framed on the 2nd floor

Concrete Starts at The Preserve

Rebar installation shown during concrete pours

Close-up of Rebar Installation

Before the concrete for the foundation walls and main building body can be poured, forms and rebar structures must be built. The rebar is to ensure structural support and increase strength of the concrete.

Wall foundation concrete poured

The Preserve Building is still getting pours for the foundation and main building body. This is now finished and we can move onto to other parts of the project cycle.

Crew putting finishing touches on concrete pours

The concrete pours for the supports of the main building body is shown here as the overview of the building site


Foundations begin at USS Preserve

Close-up of forms and rebar

Installation of forms and reinforcing rebar

Now that the grading in the foundation area has been completed, the groundwork preparation for the foundation pours started last week.

Concrete pour begins

Concrete pour for rear of building

Now that the reinforced concrete pours have begun, we can move onto the rest of the building slab this week.


Excavation and civil work continues at the Preserve

Excavators working on basement area

Basement area grading shown

Excavation of the basement is nearing completion and should be wrapped up by this next week.

Parking lot area shown

Front end excavator working on parking lot

The parking lot structural fill is nearing completion after the recent storms in the area. This area will be completed in just a few days.

Floor of Basement area

Survey markings on Soil Nail Wall

The survey engineers established bench marks for the floor area of the basement for excavation of the first floor. This will assist us in bringing everything up to grade.

Soil nail wall shown

The soil nail wall that was started last week is now completed. This will ensure that we are able to move forward with the grading and excavation work necessary for completion of the overall project.

The Preserve Project Nails It

Site Just Before Clearing & Grading Began

Clearing of undercut and other materials

Clearing of the project jobsite began by first clearing and grading the lot so that the subgrade for the building pad could be prepared.

Subgrade work started

Backfill for the parking lot area

Grading and backfill work began at the job site for the parking lot area and excavation for the building pad as well.

Excavation of Basement Started

Rock removal crews working on Excavation

The first work of the project involved the removal of rock and excavation for the future basement. The excavation lowered the original grade of the building site down 14 feet.

Soil Nail Example

Tecco Mesh System over Geotectile Fabric

Finished product of the geo fabric and soil nails

In what will be the future basement area, the crews installed a geo fabric with Soil Nails. These “nails” are spiral pins that are driven into a bank of earth at various depths to essentially lock the geo fabric and geogrid-style material shown above into the retaining wall. As the Soil Nails are driven into the components and the wall, the pressure locks everything into place.

Town Center of the Preserve in background

The Preserve Office Building will meet the design elements of the local area once completed