I have been covering the construction of the WaterFire Arts Center for months, and today one of the first tasks of construction is taking place that really makes me feel like the project is starting to come together: the tear down of the exterior wall space for the new main entrance!
Workers from Votta Masonry use saws to cut the opening for the doorway, making it larger than the final jamb will be, leaving space for fresh brick. This new lay prevents any incomplete brick from being visible. As much dust as possible is vacuumed away either by special attachments to the cutting tools or by having someone operate the vacuum cleaner as the cuts are made. Once the outline of the door has been cut, power hammers come in to remove the brick, breaking down the selected section of the wall.
Two doorways are being cut, the main double doors and the smaller single doorway which will face out into the parking lot of the finished WaterFire Arts Center.