Building for the Future

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… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 11 | Installing a Second Floor

Building for the Future Episode 9 | Project Management

No project like The WaterFire Arts Center, with its thousands of parts, tens of thousands of decisions, and dozens of contractors and workers, could come together without exceptional management. TRAC Builder’s Nelson Ferreira, who is overseeing the project with superintendent Todd Brodeur, apply their many years of experience to the task.… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 9 | Project Management

Building for the Future Episode 5 | A Window into the Future!

The WaterFire Arts Center has just had its first window installed and approved! One of the largest elements of the transformation of The WaterFire Arts Center is the replacement of its outdated windows with contemporary ones that are free from asbestos, have much greater insulation properties, and are also historically appropriate… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 5 | A Window into the Future!

Building for the Future Episode 4 | Steel Fabrication and Installation

Have you ever wondered where those exposed steel beams come from? Follow along with the whole process of the build from paper plans to steel parts to installing structural elements! And it turns out that the fabricators who made them up for the WaterFire Arts Center are just down the street… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 4 | Steel Fabrication and Installation

Building for the Future Bonus Content | Roofing the WaterFire Arts Center

Over the past couple of weeks, The WaterFire Arts Center has had its roof replaced! Earlier we posted this video as the materials were being delivered up to the roof by crane. At this time the roofing on the main section of the building is nearly complete. It is pretty clear just how vast an improvement the new roof is over the old.

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Building for the Future Episode 3 | Selective Demolition

The noise and action taking place at the WaterFire Art Center during selective demolition were intense. Hulking machines filled the cavernous space and shifted great piles of soil and cement, while men on lifts with acetylene torches brought down pipes a child could crawl through from thirty feet in the air. All in all, it was a very exciting time to be working inside of the space!

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Air Mail

Very exciting to see the roofing materials be delivered to the roof of the WaterFire Arts Center! A crew with a crane came in to help us get project materials to the roof of the WaterFire Arts Center. Jeff and Gary, the guys working on the ground, explained to me… Read More »Air Mail