Construction Progress

Moving right along!

The construction continues in every direction – walls going up, new lights hanging down, mechanical and electrical lines across the building, and much more. A lot has been built out since the Open House just a few weeks ago, and it's looking great.   This picture was taken from inside the CMS's future woodshop – looking at the main wall between the woodshop and reception area. This is one of the few floor to ceiling walls being built in the MakerSpace (and definitely the biggest). We wanted a full wall here to help separate dust sources and loud noises from the rest of the building. The square cut out on the left wall is a large window, accessible from the...

Taking Shape

The Sawtooth's interior is changing every day – it's awesome. As each wall is framed, you get a much better sense of the layout and flow of the space (and are constantly reminded how great our big old building is). Over the past week and a half we've seen: 1. Tons of framing, including the metal shop, the electrical room, the wall between the woodshop and the reception, the restrooms, and some storage areas.   2. The mezzanine walkway completed.   3. Steel studs used for the upper section of the wall between the woodshop and the reception area.   4. Electrical wire strung to the sub panels throughout the the building.   5. Our first lights!   And more......

Floors and Framing

We are so happy to announce (again, it actually happened last week) that the Claremont MakerSpace has a new floor! It took fourteen truckloads of concrete and a long day of hard work – CretePavers rocked it – but it looks great. Once poured, the CretePavers team smoothed everything out with power trowels and then cut control joints to mitigate cracking. It won't be long until we have the radiant heat pumping through this fresh slab!   It's amazing how fast concrete cures. Just twenty four hours after the pour, United Construction was back on site to frame out the CMS's computer lab. This lab is going to be AWESOME. Not only is it a nice, big space (nearly 30'x30') for...

>12,000 ft. of Tubing

Last week, the Sawtooth building was strung with over 12,000 feet of radiant heating tubing. This tubing was popped in and tacked down to the insulation (the legos) that was installed the week before, and covers the entire footprint of the building. It won't be long until hot water is coursing through these plastic veins, heating up the floor, and keeping us makers warm all winter! Tired of trying to work on your projects in a frozen garage? We've got your covered – come work on them at the MakerSpace.   The tubing was then attached to four wall mounted manifolds.These manifolds are the hubs for both the supply and return lines for the hot water.     While the radiant...

Legos (Insulation!)

Last week marked one of the final "brownfield remediation" steps of the Sawtooth renovation! That is, the last of the subsurface venting system was installed and the entire vapor barrier was rolled out and sealed! The seams were taped and certain areas were sealed with mastic sealant. It was pretty amazing to see the whole floor turn bright yellow for a couple days.   The last of the sub surface electrical conduit was laid out before getting covered, the next day, with the vapor barrier.   The yellow stuff is the vapor barrier. The white foam is the radiant heating insulation.   As each section of the vapor barrier was installed, the construction team got right to laying down the...

Vents, Saws, Juice & More!

Twas a busy week at the Sawtooth! The subsurface venting system is 90% complete. As the installation team finished each section, the electricians came in and ran conduit for power outlets. FYI, we've got outlets all over the place – on the walls and on the floors. Finding power in the CMS shouldn't be a problem.     The subsurface ventilation system makes a grid across the entire footprint of the building.   Speaking of power... WE NOW HAVE ELECTRICITY! For real.   On Wednesday, we had VT Concrete Cutting come in and cut the doorway to the mezzanine above the computer lab. It was a cool process to watch – and included a pretty terrifying chainsaw.   And finally,...

1st Floor vs 2nd Floor

A lot of people have been asking: "When will there be a new floor in the Sawtooth building?" Here's the answer: "Very soon! Just a few more steps before that can happen." You see, there's quite a bit going on underneath the new floor. First there's the electrical conduit and plumbing (which is done), then a venting system, and then radiant heating. After the radiant comes the cement for the new floor. The materials for the venting system arrived early last week, and the United Construction team got right into the installation process. The ventilation system is required because the Sawtooth building is a brownfield site. It has since been fully cleaned up, but we still need to have something...

Ground-Making

The first batch of cement has been poured! Poured just last week, these cement areas are footings for certain (heavier duty) walls in the space, as well as the mezzanine. The mezzanine above the computer lab will be one of the few second floor areas in the building – we want to keep things open as much as possible and take advantage of the Sawtooth's amazing natural light.   And what's that in the top right image? A brand-new electrical service panel? You bet. One step closer to electricity at the CMS! Claremont MakerSpace Ground-Making Ceremony: We don't really have any ground to break... but we surely have ground to make... so we held a Ground-Making Ceremony to officially kick off the...

Construction: Underway!

Construction is fully underway at the Sawtooth! It’s absolutely awesome to see this space come to life (after being out of service for so many years). Soon we're going to pour the new floor, and at that time, the Pre-Opening Membership will be lowered from 20% to 15%. So if you want to use the MakerSpace and save the most $$ then sign up now! Learn about membership options and sign-up: HERE Here’s what’s happened over the past few weeks: Concrete coring: Over the course of a day, a dozen holes were cut through the concrete wall footings. These freshly cut holes will allow us to run plumbing and electrical conduit to specific parts of the building. Note: coring rigs...