Monday, March 10, 2008
The Front is Taking Shape
Several new items of interest are happening at 701.
We have completed the storefront framing. The new framing consists of tube steel welded to plates on grade and the I-beams up top, which are part of our seismic upgrades to the front facade. These make for an incredibly strong framing structure.
And of course, the part that the public will eventually see - the final millwork that wraps the steel and becomes the new "front facade", is ready. After months of review and changes, the final trappings of the new storefront are finally going in. Shenandoah has installed a mock up on the east corner. Dan Elswick with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History will be on site this month to review the mock-up in order for us to proceed with the final millwork details.
All of the bead board on the 2nd floor has been re-installed and the old crown molding which Hood painstakingly saved is being reinstalled on the 2nd floor this week.
Lowery Painting is beginning to paint the bead board and beams on the top west side.
Rough-ins continue on plumbing and electrical and as they complete, drywall is being hung. So far, drywall has been installed on all of the exterior walls of the 2nd floor and on one wall of each of the demising walls in the lofts.
All new HVAC units have been set up on the roof.
The elevator has been delivered and is waiting for final utility hook-up to be installed.
Four of the remaining secondary entrances have been completed and are ready for installation. T
Our new pad for SCANA's transformer is being poured this week so that the utilities can be connected in the next couple of weeks. We are bringing the new utilities for 701 in underground and getting rid of the unsightly power poles and electrical drops to the buildings.
The old Colonial Printing building next door, which we bought last month has been torn down to make way for our site improvements and parking.
Our new site plan - plantings, etc. are nearly complete. We had the final meeting with the city and got the go ahead for Mark Cotterill's design.
Stay tuned for further updates on all of the new advances being made!