Barranca Construction Project

Drone footage from the flight on October 25, 2018

Photo Gallery and Updates (courtesy of Joyce Haven)
Joyce's Construction Diary

March Updates
March 8, 2019
The rooms on the first floor have dry wall hung, the hallway is more defined, and windows are being installed.Exterior sheathing is complete on the entire building. Roofing is 100% complete; first floor drywall is being installed.

February Updates
February may have been a short month but a lot got accomplished on the construction site.  Scrolling through the album of photos you can see that exterior stud work was completed at the beginning of the month which was soon followed by yellow exterior sheathing.  Pouring concrete on the step forms was a "hands on" job as the workers carried the concrete in buckets to distribute it. Interior work continued during this time.  At the end of the month what was the teacher's lounge was demoed and will be turned into the new front entrance.  Finally, the crane was dismantled and left the site.  Thank you to Rosendo Garcia of Bradbury Stamm for the photos of the demo work and the crane removal.  Please see the photos for reference notes.

January Updates
End of January Update
Colder temperatures replaced the snow and Barranca Mesa is thankful that the construction crew continued to work in the colder temperatures.  Over the last weeks of January, framing of the exterior is almost complete, classroom framing has started on the second floor, roof decking is complete, and yellow sheathing is starting to show up on the exterior.  Electrical work, plumbing, and duct work continue as the rooms are framed in.  Please use the link below to see the photos which have descriptions and dates.

On Site Tour - January 31
Bradbury Stamm Project Manager, Rosendo Garcia, gave me an on site tour and gave information on the progress of the project. Walking the exterior you can peer into future classrooms and see the electrical and duct work being completed.  The exterior framing is complete except for the area around the mechanical room which allows for ease of access of needed equipment.  Roofing materials will be applied soon and in one photo you will see angle iron in place which will support the exterior brick siding. On the second floor you will see most classrooms are framed in and steam pipes being hung which will be tied into the main building.  Please use the link below to see the work being done and the wonderful views the classroom will have.  Thank you for this opportunity.

On January 10th, Project Manager Rosendo Garcia, arranged for an on site tour. Walking the site on the north and west sides of the new building you can see the continuing work of electrical conduit and duct work on the first floor.  Classrooms seem more real as the framing for windows and doors can be seen.  Snow removal continues on the second floor as roof trusses and roof panels get put in place. A ride in the scissors life takes us up to 35 feet to get a great view of the roof line.  Check out the photos for comments. ~ Joyce Haven

Although the weather has been a challenge, work still continues on the construction of Barranca's new building. Over the past couple of weeks galvanized studs have been placed on the exterior of the building giving the building a real shape.  The weather may cause challenges for construction but creates some great photos.  Thank you for letting me share what I see. ~ Joyce Haven

December Updates
Barranca Update - Week of Dec.17th
Bradbury Stamm was busy wrapping, again.  Another section of the first floor was wrapped to prepare for the second concrete pour on the second floor. Throughout the week roof trusses continued to be installed and galvanized studs made rooms more visible.  Places where future windows and doorway will be can now be seen.  On Wednesday, Bradbury Stamm provided a cookout for the crew. At the end of the week, the stairway on the west end of the building was put in place.  All was captured by the drone flown overhead by Bradbury Stamm.

Parent Advisory Council Tour
'Tis the season to be wrapping things.  Bradbury Stamm wrapped a section of the first floor of the new construction to contain heat from heaters in order to melt snow/ice on the second floor decking.  The plastic wrapping and heaters were kept in place while the second floor concrete cured. As we unwrap a package to see what's inside, the wrappings of the first floor were removed to reveal galvanized studs forming the walls of our future classrooms.  To show their gratitude for all of this hard work, Barranca Mesa staff invited the construction crew to join them for lunch. The construction crew were given a token of appreciation of all of their hard work.

Dr. Steinhaus brought the Parent Advisory Council by the construction site for a short tour. The site tour was lead by Herb Mclean, LAPS Project Manager, and Rosendo Garcia, Bradbury Stamm Project Manager. Later in the day the first roof trusses were being put in place. It is exciting to watch the crew of Moninger Steel "fly" these trusses to the top. By the end of the day 15 roof trusses were in place.

Construction Time Lapse
During the raising of signed beam on Wednesday,  Courtesy of Matt Oberer, FBT Architects

Beam Signing
Over our lunch break we started signing a beam.  Please use the link below to see who ventured out to the site to sign the beam.

The staff of Barranca Mesa Elementary were given the opportunity to sign a beam that would be part of their new school.  Today LAPS Superintendent Dr. Steinhaus was joined by other LAPS district members in signing the beam.  Members of Brandbury Stamm and FBT Architects added their names to the beam.  After school the staff of Barranca Mesa were invited on site to watch the beam be raised into place. 

November News
On Monday, Nov.12th, many of us used the day to honor our veterans or enjoyed the snow, but at Barranca there were some men in the trenches.  Part of the electrician crew took advantage of the absence of staff and students to dig a trench in the covered walkway to lay conduit.  Concrete was quickly poured (and covered with blankets) so the walkway was ready for little feet on Tuesday.  The first two photos of the album show their work.

Steel columns, floor joist, and X supports continue to be erected. On Thursday studs were put in place to create the back wall of the future food prep area.  Superintendent Jim Kirtland provided some photos of the steel crew to give you perspective on the size of the building.  Finally, a parent asked if we were building a turret.  No, the many rows of cement blocks are forming the elevator shaft.  In the photos you can see the openings for the doors.

November has brought colder temperatures, windy afternoons, moisture, and continued progress on Barranca's construction. The past week and a half has seen the erection of over two dozen steel columns, many joining beams, footings for wall around the round wall of the computer lab, and arrival of cement block.  Cement blocks are being set together to create the elevator shaft.  The shaft walls are built 5 feet each day and will reach a height of 30 feet.  Check the photos throughout the album for comments and date stamps.

This recent construction site tour allowed for a special opportunity for this photographer.  Thank you to Superintendent Jim Kirtland and crane operator Hector, for giving me the chance to sit in the crane.  These few photos give views seen from the crane.

More Progress
This morning (October 29) the first column of steel being put in place.  Throughout the day the team of construction workers erected 10 columns, joining them together with 5 cross beams.  Joyce Haven documented their progress starting at 9:50 AM until  4:10 PM.  Please note the time notations on the photos.  It is an amazing process to watch.

Slab Pours
Second Floor Second Pour - December 21, 2018
As the sun peaked over the mountains it back lit the crew as they poured the second section of the second floor. The boom from the pump truck was extended with a flexible hose to get behind the elevator shaft. Please take note of the grid work and conduit that are in place before the pour.  Many thanks again to Superintent Jim Kirtland, who made arrangements with Aldo to be in a lift for these arial views.

Second Floor - December 6, 2018

On Thursday morning the crew of Bradbury Stamm started the pour of the second floor.  Earlier in the week the second floor decking was covered in snow and ice. The first floor area was wrapped in plastic and heaters were brought in which cleared and warmed the decking.  A 5 inch slab of concrete was poured over the decking which is covered with wire mesh. The concrete finishing process was the same as the first floor. The slab will be covered with blankets and heaters will be on during the night and tomorrow to finish it's cure.

Arrangements were made with Hector and Gilbert of Moninger Steel to go up in a scissors lift to take pictures of the second floor slab pour.  Many thanks to Jim Kirtland, Hector, and Gilbert for this opportunity.

October 30, 2018
This final slab pour was scheduled for this morning.  A lot of people arrived early as the first cement truck was arriving at 6:00 AM.  The crew worked quickly and 110 yards of concrete were poured.  

October 22, 2018 
Monday morning may have been cloudy but that didn't stop the pouring of concrete.  Bradbury Stamm's crew poured the second slab section at Barranca.  A big thank you to Superintendent Jim Kirtland for taking the photos.

October 12, 2018

We know that our teachers put in a lot of extra time coming in early and staying late, but Barranca has another group of people who have been putting in a lot of long hours; the crew of Bradbury Stamm.  The construction crew of Bradbury Stamm have spent a lot of hours these past weeks preparing for this morning's big event.  Part of the slab for the new Barranca school was poured today starting at 6:30 AM.  Since it is dark then, large lights lit up the work area and the concrete pour was completed by 9:30 AM.  A slab of 5" concrete was poured on top of moisture/insulation barrier and welded grid work.  The concrete was poured using a pump truck in order to protect underground infrastructure.

Photo credit goes to Superintendent Jim Kirtland and Joyce Haven.  Please use the link below to view photos of work being done this past week and this morning's pour.

Arrival of Steel
After a day of rain the sun came out in full force along with the crew of Bradbury Stamm, who are prepping for the final slab pour, and through the clouds emerged the first load of steel (October 25).

Building a Crane

On late Thursday afternoon (October 25), the base of the crane arrived at Barranca with a special escort.  At sunset the crane was on the construction site where it waited for the arrival of the rest of the pieces on Friday. Do you remember having an erector set when you were young? This family team must have had a set as they made assembling the 200 foot crane a joy to watch.  The crane now sits in position ready to do it's part in building Barranca Mesa's new school.

 Please use the link to see the photos.


The First Snow
Anticipating the Future
Students and staff were invited to watch while the concrete was being poured to create the first footings for the new building.  The students were watching with anticipation of the concrete coming out, while the staff were watching with anticipation of the new building.

The week of October 15 was a little wet, but building at Barranca continues.  These photos show the prep work of a yellow moisture/insulation barrier topped with the metal grid work.  This will be the second section of the floor which is scheduled to be poured on Monday morning.  
The final section is scheduled to be poured on Friday, Oct.26th.

Birds eye view of construction

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