With a month to go before the scheduled finish date for the Cloud Hall portion of the project ( the new library will likely be done in late September, and the new program building is scheduled to be done in mid-December), things are looking good.
The exterior was covered in Densglas sheathing (fiberglass mat gypsum sheathing), and the seams taped. The view here is from the southeast corner of the new program building, looking north toward Cloud Hall (bottom windows are to the Cloud Hall bathrooms).
Most of the windows are installed in Cloud Hall and the basement offices, and the building is mostly covered in a “weather-resistive” paper called Super Jumbo Tex (“The product delivers over six times the water protection of standard Grade “D” paper, while providing optimal breathability, to prevent the potential for moisture condensation within exterior walls.”) This is, as I understand it, to allow the reclaimed redwood siding, which will go on next, to dry out more evenly and thereby last longer.
The view above includes the bridge to the new program building (lower left).
The bridge from a slightly earlier date, as seen from the other end:
The bridge as seen from the basement windows (of what will be the new student lounge):
(It will look different when it’s poured and the decking is on instead of plywood – and hopefully the fuchsias will grow back.)
Meanwhile, at the other end of the building, by the bathhouse, the stairs are being replaced:
And in the basement, many of the water pipes have been replaced with iron or copper pipes – hooray! We have had our share of water leaks during this project, and are very happy to have such nice new plumbing!
(The pipes will be concealed in the ceiling of the new student lounge in a few weeks.)
Up in Cloud Hall, the painting is almost finished:
And the under floor insulation (on the second floor) and cork flooring have started going in:
The framing of the new program building is complete except for the roof. This photo is looking from the lawn, up at the program building’s second floor (each student room on the second floor will have one large window and one small window. There will be two bathrooms on the north end of the building – to the left of the frame):
And from upstairs, looking south down the corridor:
Looking into one of the rooms:
The stairs connecting the upstairs rooms to the interior of Cloud Hall (through what used to be the closet in the Tanto’s practice discussion room):
(The roof will be popped up to accommodate an actual person…)
The view from the Tea House today, as seen by the Tea Teacher: