February was another busy month. While the city-wide concrete strike continued, the team was able to divide-up the remaining concrete work into smaller pours allowing work to continue in these areas. Bio-retention planters were poured as well as some of the site retaining walls. Outside, the guardrail at the Level 1 south patio deck was mounted and installation of the concrete pavers began. On the building, the black composite metal panels arrived and were installed closing-out the exterior façade. Inside the building the acoustical wall panels at the Multi-Purpose Room were installed as well as the floating wood ceilings in the lower level and at the Student Life Center. Kitchen equipment was installed in the Pantry. The remaining lights went in which then kicked-off the tedious phase of balancing & adjusting the building’s mechanical & lighting control systems to be user-ready.
In March, the Owner-Punch process will begin which is the final pass through the various spaces to ensure the level of finish achieved is deemed acceptable by the school. To prepare for this, all spaces will be cleared-out and cleaned thoroughly, twice. Touch-up work will be done including patching holes, painting, fixing anything that doesn’t look perfect. The adjustment of the building’s lighting and mechanical control systems will wrap-up in preparation for final inspections at the end of the month. Outside the building the remaining pavers will be installed at the patio deck, siding will be installed at the rooftop mechanical screen, stain will be applied to the Student Life Center exposed wood and soil will be brought-in to prepare for plantings. Around the site, more small pours will continue to keep the concrete work progressing as the remaining sidewalks & ADA ramps along Lake Washington will be poured, and the Level 1 main entry from the upper campus will be poured along with adjacent flatwork near the roundabout.