Monday, January 18, 2010

SHOP(studios) project update 1.14.2010

adas/spatz properties
PROJECT UPDATE (1.14.2010):

In spite of the weather and the holiday season (bahumbug), we are still on schedule for late march occupancy. Wall insulation has been completed and the roof insulation was integrated into the roof membrane installation that was reviewed in the last emailer. Drywall is 100% except for infilling the construction "break-thru's. Painting has started.The carpenters have completed the majority of the exterior aluminum fenestration. These will be finished in the next week followed by cabinet/countertop installation and interior trim.

The insulation systems are a major focus of this project. We modified the proven systems used at METALhouse2 for adaptive re-use. The "dense pack" approach was used on the exterior walls, making the building as airtight as possible yet allowing the wall to "breath" to the exterior and interior. All construction joints were caulked or spray foamed to further tighten up the building. As an FYI, energy usage for December 2008 versus 2009 at METALhouse2 was 96% less per sq.ft. than at METALhouse1.

ROOF: (2)2” layers of 25 PSI polyiso (r-26) was applied over the existing roofing system. This allows for the existing roof deck & joist system to remain “exposed” which is an aesthetic positive. This insulation system is equivalent to r-33 fiberglass batt due to the elimination of voids an inherent installation deficiencies.

EXTERIOR & UNIT DEMISING WALLS : The exterior frame walls (covers 60% of the perimeter) have 9 ½” of sprayed “dry” cellulose (r-35) with heavy duty polypropylene netting. We chose a dry system to achieve an additional r-5 increase at Chicago winter design temperatures. A similar system was used for the 5 ½” unit demising walls for sound insulation.

BATHROOM WALLS: 5 1/2" ecobatt glasswool sound insulation was used in all bathroom and mechanical room partitions.

NEXT TIME...interior finishes


INSULATION drywall is installed on one side of the unit demising wall. polypropylene netting is stapled to the other side

INSULATION "dry cellulose has been sprayed into the wall cavity on the right. note the "fill holes in the netting. the skylights are being netted

DRYWALL is being hung in unit 1

DRYWALL pvc bead is glued, then stapled to the drywall to finish around each joist. the bead moves with the drywall, not the wood, thus cracks in the drywall are minimized

DRYWALL is being taped in the large skylight well. each unit has 2 skylights for "daylighting", thus saving electricity

DRYWALL taping is complete, ready for painter to prime

PAINTING construction dust is vacuumed from the wood joists & deck prior to priming. NOTE: the (2) box fans in the construction openings. they move heated air from the center unit 2 units in either direction. (1) 120,000 btu furnace keeps 6000 SF 65 F. the insulation WORKS

PAINTING lukasz and arek priming the walls

CARPENTRY tomek and radek are installing 1/4" aluminum plate entry canopies

CARPENTRY entry walkway canopies are completed
CARPENTRY aluminum frames are skinned with perforated aluminum panels

CARPENTRY kris and tomek are installing the 18"locally fabricated panels w/stainless steel fasteners

CARPENTRY panels are temporarily installed, measured, removed, cut and reinstalled to ensure a perfect fit

CARPENTRY nearly completed. 940 compliments 930

MODEL the entry eyebrow and light mast are needed for facade completion