Photo Gallery – Rehearsal Hall Construction

James Center for the Performing Arts – Phase II

Groundbreaking & Week 1 Construction – October 3-8

Construction Started!!

A formal groundbreaking took place after our September 2022 concert.

This is a group photo with the members of the Sequim City Band standing in the parking area just east of the existing Swisher Hall.  They are behind and watching the groundbreaking of the three principals scooping the dirt and gravel from the ground where the construction of the new building will occur.
Sequim City Band Members and State Representative Steve Tharinger observe Debbi Soderstrom (Band Board President), Tyler Benedict (Music Director), and Eli Collier (Neeley Construction) man the shovels. Photo credit: Michael Dashiell / Sequim Gazette

The 1st week of construction began on 3 October 2022. Construction fencing was installed and excavators removed the concrete sidewalk just east of the present Swisher Hall (part of the James Center for the Performing Arts complex). The exploratory excavation was done to identify all of the pipes (e.g., rain gutter run-off pipe, sewer pipe) that will impact the construction of the rehearsal hall.

This photo shows the initial excavation trench which runs parallel to the east wall of the existing Swisher Hall.  In the background is a dump truck, a small excavator, and a pile of the removed concrete sidewalk.
Removal of concrete sidewalk and initial excavation to locate the sewer pipe and rain gutter run-off pipe. Photo credit: Vicky Blakesley / Sequim City Band

Week 2 Construction October 10-15

The footing forms are built and the concrete trucks are on the way.

This photo shows the wood forms for the footings that will form the perimeter of the new rehearsal space.  The east wall of the existing Swisher Hall will form the west wall of the new room.  The exterior sheathing of the east wall of Swisher Hall has been removed.  To secure that wall until future demolition of the rest room in Swisher Hall occurs, sheets of composite board have been temporarily installed on the exterior.  Excavated soil is in two piles: one is located to the south and the other is to the north of the new room.  Neither pile is yet covered with a tarp (since there is no rain forecast in the near future).
Photo credit: David Proebstel / Sequim City Band

It is a beautiful Sequim day to be pouring concrete.

This photo shows a concrete truck in the foreground with its delivery pipe that arches up and then down over the footing forms.  This concrete pour started late midday on October 20th, 2022.
Photo credit: David Proebstel / Sequim City Band

At this point, the pour is about 1/3 of the way around the footings.

This photo is taken looking south along the east wall of Swisher Hall.  At the SW corner of the footing forms are three workmen; two of them are controlling the end of the hose that delivers the concrete.  This view shows a good view of the rebar that is installed in the forms and will be secured within the concrete footings.
Photo credit: Steve Zenovic / ZZT, LLC

The pour looks complete and it’s time to use the screed.

This photo (shot from north to south down the length of the east wall of the new rehearsal hall) shows two workmen with their screed boards as they smooth the top on the footings that make up the new  east wall.  On the left of the photo is the cab of the white concrete truck.  In the distance backgound are the deciduous trees that line Bell Creek, which separated the  north portion of Carrie Blake Park from the remainder of the park.
Photo credit: David Proebstel / Sequim City Band

The weather forecast for the next 6 days is for sunny skies, lows in the upper 40s, and highs from 65F-73F. We couldn’t ask for better conditions.


Week 3 Construction October 17-22

The foundation forms are assembled on top of the cured concrete footings and ready for the concrete.

This photo taken on October 19th, 2022 shows the foundation forms, which are built on top of the cured concrete footings.  This photo is taken from the southeast perspective and shows the entirety of the James Center for the Performing Arts, with the entire perimeter of the new rehearsal hall clearly defined by the foundation forms.
Photo credit: Tyler Benedict / Sequim City Band

A day later the construction team prepares for the rain storms that are forecast to travel through the area later this week. The excavated dirt piles are covered with tarps and flexible storm water diversion pipes have been affixed to the two ends of the gutter on the east wall of existing Swisher Hall. The high cirrus clouds portend the arrival of rain clouds. The autumn rains are coming late to Sequim and the rains are welcome. They should help clear out the smoke from wildfires that have been plaguing Sequim for the past couple of weeks.

This photo is taken on October 20th, 2022 and is taken a little further away and about 10 degrees closer to the south than the previous photo.  Tarps are covering the two excavated dirt piles to protect the piles from the forecasted rain showers.  In the foreground, there are stacks of lumber on the left and right.
Photo credit: Vicky Blakesley / Sequim City Band

Demolition of the interior of the existing Swisher Hall includes removal of the carpet tiles, removal of the rest room fixtures (e.g., sink, commode), and removal of the concrete floor in the old rest room. The studs for the walls of the two new rest rooms are seen in this photo, as are the window framing of the IT/recording room and the doorway framing between Swisher Hall and the planned new rehearsal room.

This is an interior shot towards the east wall of Swisher Hall.  The wall is down to the studs.  On the left, two new rest rooms have the stud walls erected.  Moving right along the exterior wall, the framing of window for the IT/sound room and framing for the doorway between Swisher Hall and the new rehearsal hall are in place.  In the foreground, it is evident that the carpet tiles have been removed.  In the left mid-ground there is a pile of dirt from the excavation of the floor in the old rest room.
Photo credit: Tyler Benedict / Sequim City Band

Week 4 Construction October 24-29

Photo credit: Vicky Blakesley / Sequim City Band

This last full week of October 2022 saw work directed at the new restrooms. The plumbers began work on the newly framed restrooms.

Photo credit: Debbi Soderstrom / Sequim City Band

Outside the soil substructure under the floor of the new rehearsal hall was packed. Then gravel was brought in and the gravel layer was leveled and packed firm.

Photo credit: Vicky Blakesley / Sequim City Band

Plastic sheeting was laid and parallel rows of rebar were arranged on top. A concrete pour of the floor is scheduled for next Monday (October 31st), provided the rain forecast for that day does not come to pass.


Week 5 Construction – October 31 – November 5

Photo credit: Dave Proebstel / Sequim City Band

The large rain storm moved through the area overnight and the skies partially cleared Halloween morn. The pour of the concrete slab started on schedule.

Photo credit: Debbi Soderstrom / Sequim City Band

The crew made short work of spreading and smoothing the concrete. When completed there will be about 40 yards of concrete forming the slab – that’s over 4 concrete truck loads.

Photo credit: Eli Collier / Neeley Construction

Even though there were some intermittent rain showers throughout the day, the concrete slab was poured and left to cure over the next few days. Construction remains on schedule. It will be satisfying to see the next big step – wall framing


Week 6 Construction – November 7-12

Photo credit: BettyLou Doern-Zeff

A crucial part of construction occurred during Week 6 of construction – specifically the common wall that is the east wall of the current one-story room was extended vertically. This higher roof line will be the west wall of the new room.

Photo credit: Debbi Soderstrom / Sequim City Band

The full height of the new room is evident in this photo. Detailed work is crucial here because the connection of this extended wall needs to be water-tight. Next week’s schedule is to begin building the panels that will make up the walls of the new room.