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!
One of the unique elements of a historic space is the character taken on by its surfaces from years of habitation and use. The WaterFire arts center is no different, wearing its history on its walls through the many layers of paint and different materials visible. A careful power washing… Read More »Building for the Future Episode 7 | Powerwashing and Cleaning
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.
A video series supported by TRAC Builders, Inc. exploring the history, construction, and future of WaterFire Providence’s new headquarters shines light on the Valley neighborhood’s latest cultural institution WaterFire Providence is proud to announce a new video series detailing the history, construction, and future of WaterFire Providence’s new headquarters, The… Read More »Building for the Future: The Story of the WaterFire Arts Center
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!
TRAC Builders is back in the WaterFire Arts Center! Electricians are wiring the building with temporary electrical lines before large-scale interior demolition takes place, as the old wiring, lighting, and legacy controls are removed. The large fluorescent lighting fixtures containing mercury will be carefully remediated. We also expect that our… Read More »Arts Center Recieves Temporary Power
In photos from early this week, you can see the progress that has been made in placing the Arts Center services beneath the ground. The oil and water separators for the wastewater collection system have been buried, the electrical has been laid in the trenches, and the new front parking… Read More »Construction – Phase 1, Week 6