Monday, September 10, 2012

Project Completion - September 2012

Here are some pictures of the completed "Bryan Information Commons"

photos copyright John McManus

Main Entry is along the pedestrian promenade

South Facade detail

First floor Commons area

Central Circulation and Help Desk Detail

A look into the new addition from the existing library

Another perspective of the first floor Commons area

Stair Detail

Second floor conference/study room

Bridge reading room

West wall detail
Thank-you Coastal Carolina and Enjoy!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May 5th, 2012

Still awaiting the Cast Stone and Metal Panels

First Floor Interiors Snapshots

Bridge Lobby
Pendants are now installed in the Commons area

Second Floor Interiors Snapshots

Bridge Reading Room
Second floor Commons area from the top of the stair
Metal column wrap bases are being installed

The age of Wireless?

Friday, April 20, 2012

April 19th, 2012

The Cast Stone Cornices are due to arrive sometime next week

Glazer working on the Western curved wall

North Entry Vestibule taking shape.  Metal Panels are also due to arrive sometime next week.

Detail at South Entry Vestibule

Peek into the new shared Lobby from the existing library side

Ground Level Information Commons Overview

Second Floor Overview

Main Stair Details

Location of future Information Desk

Worker preps wall for paint at the Campus Window

Friday, March 16, 2012

Glazing - March 8, 2011

With most of the curtain wall framing now in place, the glazers are installing the glass.  The glazing has been specified based on its solar reflectance, color, and thermal transmittance qualities.  (Translation: The cool blue glass on the building reflects like a mirror, and keeps the heat out!)

South Entry from the pedestrian promenade
Booming metal to the roof
Men working on the LEED inspired rainwater infiltration basin on the North side of the building
South entrance detail and a look through the lobby

Friday, February 24, 2012

Curtain Wall - February 23, 2011

New Curtainwall at the Bridge Reading Room provides a frame for a view
West facing Curtainwall framing is underway
South facing Curtainwall at Bridge Reading Room
The opposite side, or North facing Curtainwall
Architect, Contractor, and Owner discuss the wall mounted technology details

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Roof work begins

The contractors worked hard over the entire Christmas break to (nearly) finish the exterior brick veneer and begin work on the roof trusses and flat roof framing. Work also continues on the interior, with a focus on the framing in the first floor lobby in preparation for the soon-to-be installed curtain wall mullions, and at the second floor with new rough mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work going in daily.

South elevation: brick completed; note the precast base and window sills.
Framing and sheathing underway for high and low flat roof parapets. 

West elevation: trusses give shape to the main roof.

North elevation: the sidewalk from the center of campus aligns
with the new entrance.

The enclosed egress stair now has a guardrail and handrail.

The second floor is a very busy place now that we have a roof over it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Brick veneer and precast base

After a couple months of looking at plain concrete block, it's nice to see some brick veneer and a precast concrete base at the first floor exterior. The brick, mortar, and precast all match the colors on the existing library building, and when the platinum-colored curtain wall and metal panels are in place, they will bring a nice, contrasting contemporary feel to the building.

If you walked past the building a few weeks ago, you would have noticed a bright yellow material covering the first floor block. That was the closed cell spray foam insulation, which was sprayed onto the block prior to the exterior finishes being installed. Once the first floor masonry is complete, the process will start all over again with the spray foam insulation being applied to the second floor.

Closed cell spray foam insulation, taken December 1, 2011.
Scaffolding surrounds the first floor for brick laying.

Good view of the precast base.

North elevation spray foam insulation, flashing, and stacks of face brick.
The roof deck is visible at the second floor. 

Roof deck at the bridge/connector.

Roof trusses are scheduled for this week, once the deck is completed.