Plaza/Driveway Project Update Nov. 21st
November 21, 2014
Phase 2 67%
Visible progress slowed this week, primarily due to the weather. The cold combined with the wind made conditions very unfavorable for work to progress. However, behind the scenes materials continue being prepped for completion. Forms for the concrete pour of the driveway are being prepped. Concrete blankets have been put out to begin warming the surface for a cold weather pour. They expect to begin the pouring on Tuesday if wet weather and severe cold holds off. First, the actual driveway portion will be set, followed by the sidewalk, then the concrete aggregate along the lobby windows. Unfortunately, the aggregate portion does require warmer conditions, and given the outlook it may be sometime yet before that portion can be completed.
Concrete blankets at curb to help keep concrete warm.
Also behind the scenes, plumbing and electrical work have continued, with the drains on the Phase 2 side being installed, and connections below being run and tied in to the main drain lines. A couple parkers on 1p may be displaced as we replace a large original section of drain line that has cracked. But the work should be completed very quickly and we should be able to get any displaced parkers back in their spots within two or three days of that work being started.
We also expect the street-side railings along the Phase 1 portion of the work to begin being installed on Monday. As they install the railings, the fence will come down along Sheridan Road. The curved corners will be done last, and probably not until the end of next week or early the following week. We have asked they go ahead and remove the fence and just leave temporary barricades at those corners. UNFORTUNATELY, we do expect that ComEd will begin working on their vault, anytime. As we indicated previously, we are aware that the necessary permits were issued. Once they are ready, we expect ComEd to begin tearing up the sidewalk between our new ramp and the stairs that lead up to the plaza. Once work begins, they may be there for several months.
Try as we have, the weather is the big culprit in preventing completion before Thanksgiving. We have had to address a couple week’s worth of unknown conditions and about three weeks of punchlist items on Phase 1. However, adding up all the rain delays, excessive wind days and other weather related work stoppage, mother nature is the big winner.
Please contact the office with any questions.
As always, we appreciate residents patience and understanding as these improvements are being completed.