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Building for the Future Episode 11 | Installing a Second Floor

Donald Hawes from RI Welding was kind enough to speak to us about the installation process used to create the second floor in The WaterFire Arts Center. Donald installed hanging columns from the existing beams and used existing columns as well to create a platform for the new floor. All of these elements had to be carefully installed for safety and to make sure that concrete would not leak from any gaps in between the floor decking. You can see the fabrication of these parts in Episode 4 of Building for the Future. It has been great to see the whole process of these parts coming from RI Welding and Fabricating to their installation at The WaterFire Arts Center!

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Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence | + posts by author

I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

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