A lot of progress has been made in the WaterFire Arts Center since we left for Christmas Break. While the WF staff was enjoying its time off over the holidays the construction team was hard at work continuing to build up the WaterFire Arts Center! Come take a tour of… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 20 | Progress over Break
As the WaterFire Arts Center comes closer and closer to completion, it is beginning to take on its final looks. From the outside, the doors and awnings are installed, giving a definite visual impression that the building is no longer a strictly industrial space, but has been morphed into… Read More »Facades inside and out!
While the WaterFire staff was away enjoying a hard-earned post-season holiday, TRAC builders and many subcontractors continued to work on the WaterFire Arts Center. They’ve installed central heating, and are now sealing up the spaces around the windows. The building is warm (at least relatively) and getting quieter as… Read More »Back from the Holiday Break!
It has been weeks of installation, but finally, the WaterFire Art Center has its new windows! Insulation around the windows is still being carefully fitted, but the final facade of the WaterFire Art Center is finally coming into place and looking fine! The panels of plywood which look similar in size… Read More »Windows are in!
It has been an exciting few weeks at the WaterFire Arts Center! The elevator shaft has been completed, the aerial bridge connecting the second-floor mezzanines is under construction at RI welding, and the window sills are nearly all in place and ready to receive their new glazing. What used to… Read More »Phase II Underway!
If you were tuned into Facebook Wednesday you may have caught our live stream of the demolition of this portion of the structure! It is amazing how quickly such a large portion of a building can be removed, but there were special conditions for this “Bump Out” which made the… Read More »Opening New Doors (And Taking Down Walls!)
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.
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… Read More »A Door to the Future!
The West End of The WaterFire Arts Center is receiving a facade lift! Many of the bricks laid in 1929 during the building’s construction have been damaged by time and New England’s harsh winters. As part of the historic restoration, all bricks with scaled faces, cracks, or damaged mortar are… Read More »Brick by Brick
Everything in this project is in giant scale! That pit in the main hall is over seven feet deep and twenty feet in either direction! Nearly all of the historic steel mechanisms, piping, and conduit have been removed from the walls, columns, and ceiling. Some of it is being held off to… Read More »Everything about this project is BIG!