Friday, January 19, 2007

It all seems to be coming together in the final weeks of the project. The crew has begun work on the final touches and larger projects that are currently scheduled. As you can see in the images below the last column was poured and the frame was also removed this week. It came out great, thanks Stafford!!

Segundo is back on the job and he seems to also be relaxed after his well deserved trip home. It is good to have he, Dave, and Stafford on the job to insure that it all comes together properly. The crew has stepped up to the challenge of our deadline and all seem very confident.

Our trailer finally arrived from Miami after numerous delays and we have successfully unloaded all of the coolers, ice machines, and various restaurant supplies that it contained. The guys were able to use sheer manpower to unload the coolers due to the lack of available forklifts on the island. Segundo worked to build a ramp from the trailer and used peices of PVC pipe to roll the larger items right out and onto the platform where they will be stored until we are ready for installation.

The bulldozer is still on site working to clear the gravel area and move the rock pile out of the new parking area. The crew was able to finish the rock cribs in the wall on the rear of the building. In the image above you can see how the wall was completed.

The cafe area is being leveled this week and a thin layer of sand is being put down for the paver installation. In the image above you can see Segundo working to remove larger rocks with a pick in order to create a level surface to lay the pavers on.
The pavers are all 16" square and must be laid precisely to insure correct spacing. In the image above you can see the pipe which will be hooked up to the bar sink in the outside bar on the cafe level.
Nat takes a moment to analyze how the paver installation is coming along. Once hey have all been laid they will sweep sand across the top and into the spaces to allow for a cushion between each brick.
In the image above you can see Edward smiling as usual. The triangle area to the left a planter is proposed to be built and planted with various vines and other native plants.

The installation is coming along quickly by the end of today they will be complete.

We have decided to include two skylights in the store area for more natural light. These windows will be installed next week when they arrive. The painter will begin work this weekend in the cafe and bathrooms applying both the primer and top coat colors.
The work in the bathrooms has been completed and is ready for paint. In the images above and below you can see what went into forming up the walls, closets, and countertops in both bathrooms. I love the sinks that were chosen they are very elegant.
The door installation is going well. All of the storage closet doors have been attached and the doors to the storgage rooms in the bathroom building have also been hung as you can see below. The doorknob and dead bolt cut outs must be cut before anything else can happen with them.

The installation of a deadman reinforcement began today. Stafford and Bernard work in the trench to attach rebar to the rock crib. This trench will be poured with concrete to add in securing the heavy rock baskets to the center of the gravel area.

In the image below you can see that a storage room has also been added to the massage room for any additional materials pertaining to the pavilion area.

This counter in the cafe is the next project for the crew. The counter must be hand poured like our exterior columns and also the counters in the bathrooms. When we open this counter will be used for continental breakfast and other items during meal service.


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