Framing is well under way for Project1 Studio's project on Bevan Avenue, however the weather has not made construction easy. The consistent snow fall has caused the framing crew to take on quite a bit of housing keeping to ensure that the untreated plywood and studs stay in pristine condition.
The two green canisters in the foreground are propane tanks which fuel the heaters for the workers. These have become essential now that the temperatures have plummeted. To the right of that on the ground you can see the floor system for the second floor bundled and ready for installation.
In the background you can see that the framing of the 19' tall walls for the double height space have been installed and temporarily braced. An interesting note here is that because of the cold temperatures a crane was used to lift these walls into place. In warm weather construction these walls would be tilted up by hand but because of the potentially slippery condition for the workers, and the weight of a wall that tall, a crane was used to eliminate that risk.
For anyone interested in structure, if you look beyond the propane tanks you will notice the entry of one of the units. You can see that some of that wall has been clad in plywood, and some has been clad in OSB (oriented strand board) sheathing. This is because a portion of this wall is to act as a shear wall to resist lateral forces on the structure. Plywood is a much stronger material than OSB, so it has been used here to ensure that the structure will stay rigid. And that nice window opening will stay square. And the project won't fall down.
We will provide more updates on this project as construction continues.