NC Retail Merchants Association – 012

Ceiling grid and tile installed in 2nd floor corridor

Ceiling grid and tile installed in 2nd floor corridor

Three weeks left to go for the NC Retail Merchants Association project in downtown Raleigh, NC.  While there is still a lot of work to do, confidence is high and activity is furious!

Above ceiling inspections have been obtained (big milestone).  Ceiling tile installation is nearing completion.  Floor finishes are underway on the 2nd floor.

Wood trim installation is complete.  Painting is coming down the homestretch.  Wood doors are being stained.  Cabinetry has arrived for the new break room, kitchenette, and copy room and is mostly installed.

Cabinetry installation underway

Cabinetry installation underway

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

Ceiling grid and tile with accent paint in conference room

Ceiling grid and tile with accent paint in conference room

NC Retail Merchants Association – 011

Accent painted walls, wood trim and permanent lighting.

Accent painted walls, wood trim and permanent lighting.

The NC Retail Merchants Association project in downtown Raleigh, NC is a few mere weeks from completion.

There is still a lot to do, but steady progress is being made.  Above ceiling inspections are being obtained today and early next week.  Ceiling tile installation can proceed as soon as possible.

Wood trim installation, painting, etc. are at a fever pitch.

New break room, kitchenette, and copy room cabinetry are due to arrive and be installed next week.  Floor finishes are also scheduled next week.

The owner’s telecom contractors have run cable above ceiling and are ready to terminate connections.

Insulation awaits installation above ceiling

Insulation awaits installation above ceiling

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

Marshall Retail Group’s new RDU Terminal 1 Retail Shops

FlightStop North from terminal concourse

FlightStop North from terminal concourse

FlightStop North, FlightStop South, and Marshall Rousso/Ruby Blue retail shops opened in Raleigh-Durham Airport’s (RDU) newly renovated Terminal 1 this past month.  Gontram Architecture was selected to assist the Marshall Retail Group and SmartDesign Group as the local architectural firm on the project.

The overall project consisted of three individual retail upfits (totaling approximately 3,000 sq. ft., plus some off-site warehouse space) with tight schedule constraints and multiple reviews throughout the design phase.

 

FlightStop South interior

FlightStop South interior

SmartDesign Group was the lead designer on the project.

 

FlightStop South from terminal concourse

FlightStop South from terminal concourse

Marshall Rousso from terminal concourse

Marshall Rousso from terminal concourse

Ruby Blue

Ruby Blue

NC Retail Merchants Association – 010

2nd floor corridor with permanent lighting installed.

2nd floor corridor with permanent lighting installed.

The NC Retail Merchants Association project in downtown Raleigh, NC is coming down the homestretch.

Crews are working furiously to obtain above ceiling inspections this week and Monday so we can button up the ceilings on the 2nd floor.  1st floor is due to be signed off later next week.

After some material shortages and a slow start, wood trim work (including base, door and window frames) has picked up steam and is proceeding at a pretty good pace.  This work should be complete early next week.  That will allow final painting and floor finishes to commence later next week.

Ceiling grids complete with HVAC grilles and lighting.

Ceiling grids complete with HVAC grilles and lighting.

Light fixtures are also being installed.  The permanent lighting is beginning to help show off the new space!

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

Trim work and door installation underway.

Trim work and door installation underway.

NC Retail Merchants Association – 009

Brick wall repair work nearing completion.

Brick wall repair work nearing completion.

The NC Retail Merchants Association project in downtown Raleigh, NC is within 5 weeks of completion.  That’s precious little time to complete a fairly complicated interior renovation within a 90-year old building that seems to spit out a surprise every other day.  But, that’s renovation work for you.

Repair work on a recently discovered and exposed brick wall (16″ thick) has completed.  It looks fantastic, and should be a real focal point for the main business floor of the NC Retail Merchants Association.  It hurt the schedule a bit, but was well worth it.

Barascope photo of space within wall.

Barascope photo of space within wall.

We sent a barascope into the walls to try to track down a few pesky rainwater leaks.  Found some interesting things, and some evidence of a vegetation penetration from years past, but will do some water testing next week to see if we can narrow it down.

Wood trim arrived this week and was installed quicker than stock could be delivered.  Hopefully, that work will catch up next week.

Painting, Ceiling grid, HVAC and Electrical work continued this week on both the 1st and 2nd floors.

Ceiling grid work is complete.  Painting is underway.

Ceiling grid work is complete. Painting is underway.

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

NC Retail Merchants Association – 008

Ceiling grid installed on 1st floor.

Ceiling grid installed on 1st floor.

Painting, ceiling grid, and carpet work has begun in various areas of the NC Retail Merchants Association project in downtown Raleigh, NC.  With a month and a half to go before turning over the building to its new owners, a few interesting obstacles have popped up.

Repair work on an existing brick wall (16″ thick) that was recently discovered and exposed begins tomorrow.  This pleasant surprise will add some architectural “pop” to the 2nd floor, but is pushing the schedule a bit.

Prime paint installed on 1st floor.

Prime paint installed on 1st floor.

Also, a few pesky rainwater leaks had gone away, but have now returned with today’s torrential rain storm.  We are going to have to do some investigation as their origin is not obvious.  In downtown Raleigh, these buildings are slammed against one another, so the exterior walls are not readily accessible at the point of entry.  Water that enters the building may have traveled a long way before entering the building.

Painting began with earnest this week.  Ceiling grid work continues on the 1st floor.  HVAC and Electrical work is finishing up on the 2nd floor.

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

Carpet complete in Basement.

Carpet complete in Basement.

NC Retail Merchants Association – 007

Existing 90-year old brick walls need work, but will be a major feature in the building.

Existing 90-year old brick wall needs work, but will be a major feature in the building.

Gypsum wall board installation is nearing completion for the interior renovation project for the NC Retail Merchants Association in downtown Raleigh, NC.  Painting and ceiling grid work begins early next week as the final push begins for interior finishes and project completion.

The existing brick wall (16″ thick) has been exposed and needs a little work.  In the end, we anticipate that it will the THE feature in the building, tying it back to the history of Downtown Raleigh, NC.  That brick wall coupled with the newly obtained square footage on the 2nd floor will create a spectacular work space for lucky individuals, or corporate gathering attendees.

Gypsum board installation nears completion.

Gypsum board installation nears completion.

Carpet was installed in the Basement this week.  Painting and miscellaneous repairs will take place next week.  We hope to complete the Basement work within the next 2 weeks and seal it off while the rest of the project is completed.

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

Future Training Room

Future Training Room