Construction report Jan.-Feb. 2018

The Vogel Bros. construction team has made steady progress on the Brass Works building despite the unpredictable weather conditions this winter. By the end of January, structural steel framing and concrete masonry walls were completed, second floor wood framing members were installed, and exterior wall framing was well on its way.

February started off brutally cold, but that did not slow down progress. With the help of tenting and heaters, masons skillfully reconstructed a brick wall between the historic portion of the building and the new addition. This one rests on a proper new foundation.

This new wall extends the existing west brick wall from the original portion of the Brass Works building dating back to 1918. Repurposed bricks from the chimney and other original areas of the building were used to recreate a look like the weathered aesthetic of the 100-year-old remaining brick structure.

From the exterior, it is easier than ever to see the final vision of the building as we get closer to the Brass Work project’s completion this summer. Inside, but not visible to pedestrians, a flurry of activity continues: mechanical ductwork, electrical conduit and plumbing work. Hoods and venting have been installed in the basement commercial kitchen area.

In the coming months work will continue to enclose the building. Vogel Bros. is targeting late July to complete the project and turn the building over to the Goodman Community Center.