Hoar Construction is pleased to announce that we have concluded major construction activities at the new Columbia State Community College Campus! We’d like to thank the project team, including the Tennessee Board of Regents, Columbia State Community College, and Bauer Askew Architecture for all the hard work and effort over the past two years to make this project a success. Columbia State hosted a fabulous grand opening ceremony last week including elected officials, members of the community, and students alike. We are honored to be a part of this project and humbled to know how many lives will be changed within these walls. Good luck to all the future students!
Photo credit: Brian McCord Realty Pictures
We sure have been busy at Columbia State the past couple of weeks! At the STEM building we are getting close to wrapping up! We have installed our casework in the labs and we are nearly complete with the flooring, final paint, trim out, and marker board installation. We’ve also been working on the tile in the bathrooms, dressing rooms, and showers in all three of the buildings. In the Arts and Humanities building we have finished our curved wall at the sound stage and our wood floor at the dance rehearsal room! All we need now are the ballet barres and the dancers to finish off the room! At the ESS building we are still working on completing the terrazzo in the stairwells and second floor, but we are nearly complete with installing our carpet and VCT in the other rooms! Lastly, we are wrapping up the parking lots by completing the striping and installing the electric car charging stations! We should be finishing up the landscaping and sidewalks around the buildings and the courtyard in the next couple of weeks! See below for more photos!
What an exciting week we’ve had at Columbia State! On Monday we poured the asphalt binder for parking lot B and also finished the metal panels at the STEM building. On Tuesday, reporters and cameras from Channel 5 News stopped by to do a story on the new Columbia State project. Follow the link below to see the story! On Wednesday, we had a yummy BBQ lunch from Jim ‘n Nicks to celebrate the continued success of this great project. We were pleased to have Dr. Smith, faculty from Columbia State, and members of the design team join our staff and subcontractors for lunch. Thank you to Dr. Smith for allowing us to be a part of such an important project. Dr. Smith’s remarks about how we are all a part of something special reminds us why we love what we do.
Over at the STEM building you’ll feel a drop in temperature when you step inside because the air conditioning units are up and running. The lab casework installation has begun at the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology classrooms. It won’t be long before these maple baron finished cabinets are filled with microscopes, Bunsen burners, flasks, test tubes, and graduated cylinders. Also taking place inside the STEM building is the terrazzo wall tile installation. Over at the A&H Building, the first layer of the curved wood substrate has been installed at the FCT Soundstage room. Up on the main level, the ceiling grid is going up and tile is being installed at the dressing rooms and bathrooms. Meanwhile, over at the ESS building, the brick veneer and hourglass shape ceiling work is in progress. See picture below of this cool ceiling look and the brick veneered columns.
Follow the link and see the Channel 5 News story on the Columbia State Project. http://www.scrippsmedia.com/newschannel5/news/Columbia-States-New-Williamson-Campus–318020851.html?lc=Smart
What’s Been Happening At Columbia State!
Now that everyone’s back from the Fourth of July vacation we’d like to fill you in on what’s been happening at Columbia State. The curtain wall glazing and installation is in progress at both the north and south ends of the A&H building. Pulling up to the site and seeing the stairs encased inside an aluminum curtainwall system is one of my favorite things about the design of these buildings. The west elevation of the A&H building is looking more and more complete as downspouts can now be seen running up the masonry veneer. At the ESS building, masonry work is on-going at the north veranda elevation and the west elevation. On the courtyard side of the ESS building masonry and limestone work is in progress and progressing its way towards the A&H building. If you look north, just past the ESS veranda, you’ll notice some concrete curbs and sidewalks along the roadway.
The interior of the buildings are starting to show more and more character as the finishes continue to go in. At the STEM building, both bathrooms on the main and upper levels now have steel frame vanity supports in place and a wall tile backdrop. The ceiling grid is being put in place on the main level and painters are now adding some color to the upper level. Over at the ESS building interior framing is underway at the main lobbies on both the first and second levels. Labeled the student services area, these ellipses shaped lobbies will feature reception desks, cherry benches, and wood veneer wainscoting. See picture below of the ellipses shaped bench and wall being framed.
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What’s Been Happening at Columbia State!
A lot has happened at Columbia State over the last couple of weeks. Masonry work is in progress on the courtyard side of both the A&H and ESS buildings. Masonry work also just started on both the east and west elevations of the ESS building. On the other hand, limestone and masonry work is nearly finished on both the south and west sides of the A&H building. Installation of the metal panels is in progress at all three building cupolas. Last but not least, the installation of the courtyard pole lights just started this week.
Drywall work continues on the interior of all three buildings. The interior of the STEM building is looking more colorful lately as paint crews continue to coat the walls of the main and upper levels. The corridor stairs have been installed on the east side of the ESS building, the south end of the STEM building, and the north end of the A&H building. In addition to this, all three elevators are now installed as work on the ESS elevator finished up recently.
We were also pleased to have some very special guests come and walk our job site recently. Pictured below are TBR Vice Chancellor David Gregory, Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson, Tennessee State Representative Charles Sargent, TBR Chancellor John Morgan, Dr. Janet Smith, Bethany Lay, and Ralph Walker. We hope you are as proud as we are of the construction project and we welcome you back anytime!
We hope everyone has a great Father’s Day weekend.
What’s been happening the week of May 25th!
Despite some wet weather this week we were still able to make some progress on the exterior of the buildings. Transformers are being installed at all three buildings and the metal panel installation is in progress at the STEM cupola. The east elevation of the STEM building is starting to look more and more complete as downspouts started going up this week. The masonry work is still in progress at the west and south sides of the STEM building. Across the courtyard at the A&H building, masonry work continues on the west, north, and south elevations. The north end of the A&H building looks great as the masonry veneer is almost complete. Last but not least the masonry veneer at the veranda area is also in progress.
Interior work in all three buildings continued this week. Drywall and paint activities continued this week at both the STEM and A&H buildings. The lower level of the A&H building is getting the first coat of primer put on the walls. The installation of the A&H north stairs started this week and crews hope to have it complete sometime next week. The data racks are finished at the A&H building and the STEM data room has cabling being pulled to the racks. The A&H elevator installation is complete, and next week the crew will move on up to the ESS building and begin work on the elevator platform. Interior framing is still in progress at the upper levels of the ESS building.
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Before everyone starts off this Memorial Day weekend, we’d like to tell you what’s been going on at Columbia State this week. Masonry work is continuing to progress at both the STEM and A&H buildings. The west elevations of both the STEM and A&H buildings are moving along just fine while the STEM south elevation is substantially complete at the gable. At the ESS building glazing is almost complete on the south elevation, and we are happy to announce that the asphalt shingles on all three buildings are nearly finished. If you look far enough out towards the west, you’ll see a brand new sidewalk in parking lot E.
Drywall finishing is in progress at both the STEM and A&H buildings, and we’ve even started the first coat of primer on the main level of the STEM building. At the STEM building the elevator is finished, racks are being installed in the data rooms, and the STEM north stairs now have the railings up. At the A&H building the elevator install is almost complete, and the lower level should be ready for some primer paint very soon. At the ESS building the stairs have been installed at the west elevation, and we are happy to see drywall delivery trucks parked outside the ESS building. The hanging of drywall is in progress at the 1st level of the ESS building, and the 2nd level is not too far behind as crews currently stock the 2nd floor with drywall.
We’d like to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and ask that you pause with all of the Hoar family to remember the men and women who died while serving our country.
All this week HOAR Construction has been celebrating Safety Week. Safety Week started off with a bang at Columbia State as Jerry Young was given the Staffzone Safety award. Congratulations, Jerry! HOAR continually strives to exceed industry safety standards throughout all its projects. For HOAR, the true definition of safety is the absence of danger through the elimination of hazards. To help encourage safe work we post a board for employees and subcontractors to add photos of friends, family, children, and other meaningful things throughout the week that reinforce why safety is important. See below for the safety photos taken this week at Columbia State.
What a beautiful week it was at Columbia State! Brick and limestone work is substantially complete on the east side of the STEM building, and crews continue stacking their way up the north and south sides, too. Across the way at the Arts and Humanities building, brick and limestone work started yesterday at the west side lower level. Glazing activity and asphalt shingle installation continued this week at the ESS building. Limestone shelves at the main entrances of the Arts and Humanities, and STEM buildings have also started this week. Last but not least, geothermal in the courtyard is now complete.
Drywall work continued this week at the STEM and Arts and Humanities building as crews began the finishing work. The STEM elevator platform is finished, and crews spent the last half of the week installing cabling and wiring. Next week we hope to begin elevator work on the Arts and Humanities building. At the north side of the STEM building the stairs were delivered this week, and the stringers are now installed. Interior framing continues on the 3rd level of the ESS building. On the first and second levels, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical rough-ins are in progress. Installation for the operable wall supports started this week at the Arts and Humanities and ESS building.
Thank you to KHS&S for a wonderful breakfast Thursday and thank you to all our subs for helping us work safe!
What’s been happening the week of 4/27/15! This has been another productive week at Columbia State! Site crews began placing topsoil behind the segmental retaining wall. Glazing at the Arts and Humanities building was completed earlier this week. The crews didn’t waste any time and quickly jumped over to start glazing at the ESS building. Nail base insulation at the ESS building will be finished up today and shingles will start shortly after. Masonry work at the east elevation of the STEM building is progressing right along. We are almost ready for limestone headers!
Work on the inside of the buildings is also going well! We continue to hang drywall at both the STEM and Arts and Humanities buildings. Work at the STEM elevator began this week. Last but not least our monumental stairs arrived yesterday for the ESS building. In order to get this curved set of stairs to fit just right the design team, construction team, and steel subcontractor spent weeks fine tuning the shop drawings and checking every square inch to ensure the design and measurements were just right. The finished product will have terrazzo treads and wainscoting spanning all the way up to the top!
In closing, we’d like to mention Safety Week 2015 starts Monday May4th! HOAR Construction strives to continually exceed safety standards on all of our job sites. At Columbia State every Tuesday morning at 7am Hoar holds a mandatory safety meeting that involves all field personnel and crews on site. This picture below was taken from our weekly safety meeting on the 28th of this week.
What a difference a week makes, especially with some sunshine! Thus, outdoor activities have been in full swing. The first retaining wall is nearly complete and all the blocking has been laid at the Veranda. We are also pleased to say that all geothermal drilling is complete and we are now in the grouting stage. Loop piping is also taking place in the courtyard. The exterior of our buildings also made much progress during the week.
Glass and glazing is nearly complete at the STEM building and masonry work is ongoing. The glass and glazing work at the A&H building is also continuing to progress smoothly. At the ESS building the cupola is starting to take form as the glazing goes in. In addition to this, the ESS roof is coming together as crews continue to make progress with the asphalt shingle installation.
On the interior of the buildings we continue to hang drywall at the STEM and A&H building. All of the main air handlers are on site and in place. Interior framing is still on going at the ESS building. The first and second levels are nearly complete and the third level is ongoing. Last but not least, the ESS lobby is just about ready for the installation of monumental stairs.
Wednesday afternoon we were pleased to welcome some special guests. Janet Smith, Ken Moore, Dick Tracy, Rogers Anderson, Molly Cochran, Brett Seybert, Chris Henson, Marty Schweinhart, and Bethany Lay stopped by to take a look at the progress. Here they are signing a column that overlooks the FCT soundstage at the A&H Building. We hope you all enjoyed your visit and you are welcome anytime! Thank you to Scott and Jerry for showing them around.
This week we have been installing our geothermal piping in the courtyard and we’ve also started the retaining wall behind the ESS building. We’ve been installing glass and brick at the STEM and the Arts & Humanities Buildings as well as working on completing the roofs at both buildings. Sheathing and exterior framing is being installed at the ESS building and we’ve also begun work on the roof as well.
This week we were able to get our roof trusses set on the ESS Building. We were also able to get everything ready to start shingling our roof at the STEM and AH building on Monday. Our geothermal drilling has begun in the courtyard and we are half way through the courtyard. Our MEP in wall and overhead rough in is continuing throughout all three buildings, as is sheathing, waterproofing and framing.
This week we were able to pour our Third level and mezzanine slabs at the ESS Building. We have continued to frame our exterior and interior walls, waterproofing, sheathing and MEP Rough in at the AH and STEM Buildings. We have also been working on our EPDM Roofs at the STEM and AH building. Lastly, we are continuing to install site electrical, storm and sewer lines on site.
This week we have been busy! We are have completed erecting our steel at the ESS Building and we are now detailing and installing our decking. We are prepped to pour our 2nd level slab on deck tomorrow. At the AH Building, we are continuing our interior and exterior framing, as well as our sheathing, waterproofing and MEP Rough in. We are also planning to fly the remaining roof trusses over the weekend! At the STEM Building, we are continuing our interior framing, MEP Rough in, and we have started work on our EPDM roof.
This week we have started placing our Trusses at the AH Building and we’ve started our exterior framing. At the STEM Building we are still doing our MEP overhead rough in, interior framing, exterior sheathing, and waterproofing. At the ESS Building, we have been setting our structural steel, placing our metal deck, and detailing our steel. We are also continuing to grade the hill behind the ESS Building to prep for our retaining wall.
This week we began setting our structural steel at the ESS building. We were also able to pour our slab on deck, and begin our basement level interior framing at the Arts and Humanities building. At the STEM Building, we have continued our MEP Rough-in and interior framing, as well as our exterior sheathing. We have also begun to excavate for our segmented retaining wall and our storm and sewer piping is nearly complete!
This week we were able to set our roof trusses at the STEM Building! We are also continuing our MEP Rough in and interior framing at the STEM Building. At the AH building we installed our fireproofing and we have been working on completing our steel detailing. At the ESS Building we have begun setting our first sequence of structural steel and are prepping to set our second sequence next week!
This week was a busy one! We were able to pour our first floor slab on grade at the ESS Building, as well as our slab on grade and our mezzanine slab at the AH Building! We also received our trusses for the STEM building and are assembling them on the ground to then fly them to the roof. We have started our MEP rough in at the STEM Building as well. Geothermal piping has been completed in Parking Lot A, C, and D and our water line was completed.
This week we have been installing our exterior and interior framing as well as our sheathing at the STEM Building. We are continuing to detail steel and place deck at the AH Building. At the ESS Building we are finishing up MEP underground rough in and preparing to pour our first floor slab next week! Lastly, we are continuing our horizontal geothermal piping at Parking Lot C and D.