Up it goes, floor by floor

Blustery weather in late June didn’t slow progress of the Market Expansion. Recently two separate concrete pours were completed to create the second level podium (or floor) of the Gordon Lofts building. Two pours were required due to the size of the podium. Crews are also installing column rebar and forms to support the third level of the podium.

At the Gordon Hotel, crews installed a vapor barrier and rebar mat before pouring concrete for the slab on grade on top of it. A vapor barrier is a 10-millimeter plastic sheet that prevents moisture and mold in buildings by stopping condensation that happens when warm air meets a cold surface or air. Forms are being installed for the second level podium.

Concrete work at the Market Building ground level will be ongoing for the next few weeks. Footings are being installed that will support steel columns. Elevator and stair core walls will soon be formed and poured with concrete.

Watching the buildings go up

The three new buildings that comprise the Market Expansion are taking shape before our very eyes. Construction progress is visible, changing daily, and so exciting to watch. Here’s what is happening right now:

Sanitary and storm sewer systems are being installed across the site.

At the Gordon Lofts (the apartments on the north side of the site), utilities are being installed under ground. The slab at grade will be poured this week.

At the Gordon Hotel to the west, footings, columns and stair and shear walls are being formed and poured. Shear walls are extra-strong exterior walls designed to stabilize and protect a building from damage caused by lateral movement, i.e., in case of earthquake.

We love this photo of our site taken from the top of the Hotel Eugene. Thanks to our soon-to-be neighbors at Homes for Good for sending this gorgeous picture to us.

Crane arrives

What a difference a couple of months makes! After breaking ground in February, we have now completed our “Geopier®” work, which prepared the site to support three structures. Developed as an alternative to over-excavating, pilings or deep foundations, the Geopier system is a faster, more efficient way to make sure soil is stable and can support construction without causing problems with settling later. For more information on how it works, click here.

Now that the ground is ready, a tower crane has been erected on the site where it will stay for the next 10 months while the three structures that comprise the Market Expansion go up – a three-story retail building, seven-story hotel and seven-story apartment building. The first focus of construction is the Gordon Lofts apartments. Work on footings and forms for the building’s foundation is starting this week.

In keeping with the Market Expansion’s emphasis on the arts, some of the panels covering the construction fencing along Oak Street have been left intentionally blank to encourage community art. Call it sanctioned graffiti. It didn’t take long for some artists to find the spot and start creating! It’s a bit of an experiment but so far so good. If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out and try your hand.