AMERICAN RENAISSANCE SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
American Renaissance School in Statesville, NC needed a gymnasium built to handle the growth that the school is experiencing. An adjacent 1.5 acre lot was selected that housed a defunct home. The project required demolition, debris removal, and standard grading to develop the land to make it suitable for construction of the school gym.
Project State Date: June 2022
Project End Date: March 2023
Project Location: Statesville, NC
Project Acreage: 1.5
Project Intention: School Gymnasium
Project Customer: American Renaissance School
THE HOME FOR FUN
The chosen lot for the American Renaissance School gymnasium was formelly a home that was located downtown Statesville. The home featured a pre-landscaped lot and didn’t pose any significant challenges as far as the pre-existing land condition. Of course any lot with a home requires its own set of challenges due to the fact that there is the possibility of septic tanks and wells.
IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN
The site that was chosen for the gymnasium was in the heart of downtown Statesville, NC. When a project is in such a congested, commercial district there has to be special considerations made in order to keep the worksie safe from curious pedestrians as well as other potential problems.
Safety also has to be a large consideration as well. With heavy equipment, deconstruction, debris removal, and the whole site development process there are lots of opporunities to be done to people walking by on the street, to parked vehicles, and other nearby properties.
JL Raper has years of experience in mitigating and minimizing all risks and potential problems that can occur with site development on a downtown lot.
LAYING THE PIPE
Being the lot is a smaller lot progress progresses rather quickly. The landscaping has already led to rough-in plumbing which means the plumbing for the water supply has already begun. Laying this pipe at just the right time during the site development process is crucial.
CASTING BEDS REQUIRED
Sometimes the lot that is being built upon is small and restricted. This requires for creative solutions. For this specific job we needed to cast the walls on-site but there were no extra space to build the walls other than the foundation of the building, which didn’t provide enough space for all the walls needed. So we had to build a casting bed.
A casting bed is simply a concrete pad used to build (or cast) the walls on. Once the walls are made and placed the casting bed has to be dug up and hauled off. This solution isn’t ideal but is a far better alternative to other, more expensive options like hauling in large, heavy, concrete walls from another location.
JL Raper has experience with this type of solution and we are experts at grading for casting beds in order to minimize costs as much as possible.
WALLING IT IN
At this point in the process of the construction of the American Renaissance School Gymnasium the walls are laying on the casting beds and the foundations and are ready to be lifted and set into place. After the walls are set it will be up to JL Raper to remove the casting bed cleanly so that no remnant will remain to cause any issues with the parking lot that will be installed there after it is graded.
When working in such a confined space one of the major challenges that is encountered is the simple question of how do you get all of the contractors onsite at the same time? The simple, yet complicated to carry out, answer to this is coordination. All the different contractors have to coordinate with each other in order to take turns working on different things on different days. This level of coordination requires professionalism and understanding by all parties involved. JL Raper has been in the industry for a long time and understands this more than most other companies. We understand what needs to be done and when, so we are able to work with other contractors to avoid any unnecessary conflict and make sure that the work continues smoothly and efficiently.
Now that the walls of the gymnasium are up and installed there remains a great deal of work to be done on the interior of the facility. There is also a great deal of work to be done on the lot around the structure as well. The area around the gym still needs to be graded, curbed, and paved with asphalt . Great consideration has to be made when doing this because it has to be done in a manner as not to impede the work of the other contractors by limiting their mobility of going in and out of the structure. This requires concise coordination, which is only possible when using a grading contractor with the experience of JL Raper.
THROUGH THE WOODS
Another feature that is still to be done is the FDC Waterline that will need to be ran through the woods which are located behind the facility, adjacent to the retention pond. The installation of this line will involve creative thinking in order to impact the pre-existing environment as little as possible. When building, things like this can often be overlooked in the early stages of planning and can cause significant problems later if not properly planned for. This is why it is vital to involve a company like us in the planning process. We have done almost everything and seen almost everything. We know what your developed land will need before any structure is to be built.
CONSTRUCTING THE GYM
Currently a lot of the focus of the project in its current state is the construction of the gymnasium itself. JL Raper is working on the parking lot and grading the surrounding grounds that will be used for beautifucation as well as curbing.
WATCHING THE WEATHER
During the construction of this project there has been a considerable amount of rainfall which complicates the land development process. Doing grading while raining is not ideal and grading while the ground is saturated after rain is almost impossible. So dealing with the weather is something that a seasoned grading and land development company has to learn to master in order to stay on schedule. We here at JL Raper have grown efficient at dealing with the delays that weather can cause and stay on schedule.
FINISHING THE POND
At this point in the construction the parking lot has been finished and all curbing has been done. The grass has been sown and all trees/shrubs planted. All that was left was the finishing of the pond. The pond is important for it is to contain the runoff water from the lot. The lot was built as a slight mound in order to move water into the pond to keep the lot clean and free of puddles and debris.
ALL FINISHED UP
At this time the project is fully complete and ready for use by the school.
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