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What does that mean? That they are taking samples or something else? 

 

 

Typically this means the client or design team have retained a geotechnical engineer to provide a report that the structural engineer is then able to use to develop their foundation design.  It is not very common for a general contractor to mobilize before that work has been done which is why I am confused on the schedule.

 

They could have been out there for other reasons (subsurface water testing, or supplementary testing) but it is weird and a bit out of sequence.

 

My worry is that they had McCarthy "mobilize" to help with fundraising or for PR purposes, not to actually start construction....

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Quick search and tada- first look thanks to someone from the landscape side of this. https://issuu.com/cthogge/docs/210221_hogge-portfolio-pages

first upload was hard to see, i colored over the lines so they stand out:

Looking at google earth, there is a clear shot from May of 2020 in which the buildings laid out??    

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18 hours ago, tangledwoods said:

 

Typically this means the client or design team have retained a geotechnical engineer to provide a report that the structural engineer is then able to use to develop their foundation design.  It is not very common for a general contractor to mobilize before that work has been done which is why I am confused on the schedule.

 

They could have been out there for other reasons (subsurface water testing, or supplementary testing) but it is weird and a bit out of sequence.

 

My worry is that they had McCarthy "mobilize" to help with fundraising or for PR purposes, not to actually start construction....

 

They did initial soil sampling last year. This may just be to get additional data points.

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I look over here every time I'm driving down Montrose and occasionally see some vehicles over here but the only visible progress I see is that they repainted their work trailers.:(

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3 hours ago, tangledwoods said:

imagine paying a general contractor 100-200k per month to sit in their office trailers while you scramble for funding.  The apartments across the street will likely finish before this one gets out of the ground.

I doubt any GC is being paid that much for the work being done right now. The cost to rent trailers is a few hundred per month, and they'll cover any labor cost plus an admin fees, which I would imagine are pretty minimal given the site activity.

In regards to fundraising, the group running this is incredibly well capitalized - Money isn't the issue.

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45 minutes ago, hindesky said:

3 trucks and the workers are hard at work applying tape to the tool boxes so they can paint the white portion.

 

39 minutes ago, BeerNut said:

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If I had to guess, the red tops add visibility for forklifts and crane ops. Also, I see two ice machines so at least one of those containers is a break room. I would guess this gets kicked off before the end of April.

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 I doubt any GC is being paid that much for the work being done right now. The cost to rent trailers is a few hundred per month, and they'll cover any labor cost plus an admin fees, which I would imagine are pretty minimal given the site activity.

In regards to fundraising, the group running this is incredibly well capitalized - Money isn't the issue.

No GC will mobilize on a jobsite without MONTHLY fee which includes staffing.  Minimum staffing would be a Superintendent and maybe a PE.  There are 2-3 McCarthy trucks on that site every day and have been for a couple months.  Trust me, they are burning cash.  Hell they even had a truck load of timber delivered that is sitting around waiting to be used.

Painting your connex box is a prime example that McCarthy is just burning hours.  they dont need to do it (no crane is going to run into a connex on the ground).

Hopefully they will break ground soon, but it is hella weird to have staff onsite with nothing but busy work.

 

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5 minutes ago, HoustonBoy said:

Have they in recent years painted their trailers to advertise their company? If not, maybe they're "advertising" their company because of how grand the cultural center is going to be and they want their name associated to the institution. Glass half full

Most companies rent trailers but they obviously own these. Almost all the bigger construction companies using fence signs with their names on them.

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I was hoping for a more "sculptural" building, but this may actually turn out to be really nice. It looks better in the drawing, to me, than the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. It looks like there might be a nice view to be had from under that big, open roof. And I'm betting there will be some beautiful detail work as well.

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Perhaps the building is a placeholder since this is the Landscape Architect's scope. Maybe they didn't want to steal the spotlight from the Architect.

 

It is odd that the Architect would not have a big reveal for a project as high profile as this.

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The building reminds me of the entrance to the Shah's palace overlooking the great square in Isfahan. one of the treasures of the Safavid era. I was last there in 1977 , but I remember an elevated open air terrace under a roof supported by tall thin columns facing the irrigated gardens in the center of the square ( more of a rectangle ). The fractal geometry of the tile work and  niches and other decorative elements were at least  impressive those one might find on a Gothic cathedral in Western Europe. It's nice to see the continuation and modernization of an architecture that has historical resonance with this religious sect. 

Palacio_Aali_Qapu,_Isfahán,_Irán,_2016-09-20,_DD_58.jpg

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