The foundation pour for the new building was done over two weeks ago. It was poured on time and done beautifully:
The Monday following the pour, the framing began and has made rapid progress over the last two weeks:
Above, you can see in the lower right and left: the ADA accessible room (left) and private bathroom (right). Just behind that is the service kitchen for the program space (left) and the public bathroom which also serves the program space (right). The area behind those spaces is the program space itself.
The framing, looking from the lawn near the Zendo (you can see the Tea House in the upper right of the photograph).
The program building from the other side, where the main entrance will be. (Cloud Hall is out of frame to the lower right.)
A week later:
View from the lawn: left hand door is the public restroom, right hand door is into the program space, which has high windows (as well as some low ones) to leave plenty of wall space for yoga poses like head stands. The bit sticking off the far right of the building will be one of the stairways up to the second story dorm (the other staircase will wrap around the left hand side of the building) – underneath is the storage closet for the program space.
A slightly different view of the same side of the building:
This past week the crew began work on the bridge that will cross alongside the south side of Cloud Hall (where the men and women’s bathrooms are) to the main entrance of the new program space:
Our happy Job Foreman, John:
Work in Cloud Hall continues, as well.
As of a couple of weeks ago, all the plumbing for the new radiators, as well as the new electric were complete:
Copper pipes for a radiator.
New electrical outlet, in the wall instead of conduit along the baseboard. All the rooms will have dimmable wall sconces.
Wiring for a new light that will illuminate the Suzuki Roshi Memorial on the second floor of Cloud Hall.
Some new plumbing is also going in:
Currently, windows hang out on the walkway, waiting for the right time to be installed. Some of the windows that were newly installed a few years ago will be put back in, along with some larger egress windows that meet fire code:
Meanwhile, the exterior of the building is getting excellent treatment:
On top of a layer of plywood, Cloud Hall was wrapped in a weather resistant barrier which acts as air and moisture barriers, while allowing moisture vapor to escape from the wall cavity.
On top of that is a layer of one inch rigid insulation (there was previously NO insulation or siding on the east side of the building – just 3/4 inch plywood!):
The basement office walls are all wired and insulated at this point, too:
Offices to the left, new practice discussion rooms (and then stairs up to Cloud Hall) to the right.
We are all very happy that the work is progressing so smoothly, with only a couple of late night/weekend plumbing incidents so far!