James Center for the Performing Arts – Phase II
Groundbreaking & Week 1 Construction – October 3-8
A formal groundbreaking took place after our September 2022 concert.
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.
Week 2 Construction – October 10-15
The footing forms are built and the concrete trucks are on the way.
It is a beautiful Sequim day to be pouring concrete.
At this point, the pour is about 1/3 of the way around the footings.
The pour looks complete and it’s time to use the screed.
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.
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.
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.
Week 4 Construction – October 24-29
This last full week of October 2022 saw work directed at the new restrooms. The plumbers began work on the newly framed restrooms.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.