An Excellent Week of Construction Progress

Much work was accomplished this week as we enjoyed mostly beautiful early spring weather.  Foundation installation continued, our masonry subcontractor arrived onsite and began laying block, and East Baltimore Street received stone base and curbing.

Perimeter foundation work included finishing the perimeter of the Little Lights / Administrative Offices wing, and completing the perimeter of the Children’s / Gym / Youth / Adult wing.  Over 800 feet of wall footings have now been excavated and installed with rebar and concrete in the past two weeks!



Our very own Mike Landis and Marlin Peffer, both quite skilled and experienced in commercial construction themselves, donated their talents to the project by tying rebar mats for the individual column footings this week.  We are so grateful for their service, and as you will note in the photos below, they got a lot of work done!!



Our masonry subcontractor mobilized to the site and began laying block a day earlier than anticipated.  Most of the perimeter of the LLLC wing has the beginnings of block walls now constructed.  The “bumpout” in the block wall below will be the main entrance to LLLC, with parking between the building and the trees to the left in the photos below.




Following yesterday’s heavy rain all day, the curbing was installed today for East Baltimore Street and its culdesac which is now clearly delineated by the perimeter curb.  The opening in the culdesac represents our driveway.  Sidewalk is next which will be installed in the weeks ahead on the south side of the street.




Using a relatively new construction technique called “formless curbing”, the entire curb system was installed in less than 3 hours this morning!


This week we finally began work on the building itself!  Excavation of the foundation system began this past Wednesday and we completed the perimeter wall footing excavations for the Little Lights wing along with the Administrative and Nursery areas preparing approximately 500 lineal feet (LF) of trenchwork this week.  Following placement of reinforcement steel, the first concrete for our building was poured yesterday to create approximately 400 LF of foundation footings.

Foundation work will continue next week along with the mid-week arrival of our masonry subcontractor to begin laying the perimeter block walls on top of these foundations.  It will be exciting to see our new building begin to rise out of the ground!  Our plumbing subcontractor will be next to arrive onsite to begin trenching and installing all drain lines that will run beneath the floor slab.

Meanwhile utility and storm water piping installations continued this week along with the installation of a quite large fiberglass manhole that will house our sewage grinder pumps. While that manhole will ultimately be buried underground along with its interior pumps and plumbing, it nonetheless has a quite significant price tag of around $27,000.

Various photos of the construction activities this week are below to give you an idea of what things are looking like as the building work kicked off.  Praise God for a week of spectacular spring weather in which to work!20190314_074212_resized20190314_074220_resized20190314_081211_resized20190314_120806_resized_120190314_122045_resized_120190314_122410_resized_120190314_130225_resized_120190315_085834_resized20190315_103532_resized20190315_092110_resized

Underground Utility Installation Almost Complete; Foundations to Start Soon!

As we’re all aware, the past 4 to 6 weeks have brought us a blast of real winter weather with rain, sleet, snow and some extremely cold temperatures.  In most cases, such weather would shut down the earthwork portion of a construction project due to the wet conditions, wind chills and frozen ground.  However, our intrepid site work contractor, John Gleim Excavating, has been able to spend this time period focusing instead on the installation of underground utilities and storm drains.  As the photos below indicate, work has continued most every day trenching and installing pipe, conduits and catch basins such that a great deal of necessary work has actually been completed during this period.

Water and sewer installations have been completed from the intersection of South Spring Garden and East Baltimore Streets to our building location on the site, a distance of approximately 1,100 feet.  UGI has likewise been onsite and installed their natural gas service in a similar fashion.  Beginning this past week our electrical subcontractor is installing the necessary conduits encased in concrete to facilitate PPL’s electrical service and Comcast’s communication services (telephone and internet), both of which are being run underground off of the utility pole closest to the East Baltimore Street culdesac.  A variety of photos below depict this ongoing utility work, including the traffic control that was required along South Spring Garden Street as the water and gas lines were tied into the service mains in that street:


We’ve been recently notified by South Middleton Township that they are requiring a 3rd fire hydrant to be placed on our property, one of which is at the culdesac, and the other two are located in parking lot islands near each end of the building.  This resulted in an unanticipated additional expense of close to $20,000.

The storm water catch basins within the parking lot and around the building pad have been installed along with the underground piping that carries the water to the storm water basins – the photo below depicts the parking area near the youth / adult / gym wing with the catch basin concrete elements with grates in the foreground and in the distance on the right side of the photo.


As seen below, the amount of construction equipment onsite has dramatically increased as a result of the work described above.


Arthur Funk & Sons has relocated their job trailers close to what will be the front of the building and begun preparing the reinforcing steel needed for the foundations.


The survey work, string lines and batter boards necessary to stakeout the building perimeter and interior bearing walls and columns are planned for this coming week with foundation work for the building commencing the week of March 18, and the masonry walls beginning soon thereafter.  Now that the utilities have been installed beneath East Baltimore Street, curbing and sidewalk installation along East Baltimore Street are planned for later in March, likely continuing into April.  Initial paving of East Baltimore Street and the CUMC driveway is anticipated in June.