Friday, March 24, 2017

"Design Like a Girl" Program Visits Siena's New Wing

With spring upon us, it's time to get all our ducts in a row!  HVAC components and ductwork are being added throughout the addition.  We are getting closer and closer to glass installation, so the external appearance of the new wing will begin to look finalized soon.  Here's a shot of the construction site as of Friday morning:

In other news, the AIA D.C. Design Like a Girl Mentor Program recently incorporated Siena into one of its workshops!

On March 3rd, 2017, the DLAG Program focused on engineering and construction.  They began the day nearby at the Argyle Recreation Center and completed a series of hands-on exercises exploring structural design principals.  In the afternoon, they took an hour-long tour of The Siena School's new wing!  They were shown around by professional engineers and architects who helped them identify structural elements on site.

Even under construction, Siena's new wing is a place of learning!  We were thrilled to be able to be a part of this great program that encourages young women to explore a career in architecture.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Journey to the Center of the New Wing

This week, we thought we'd take you on a field trip to see some of the areas of Siena's new wing that aren't so readily visible from our parking lot.

Here's a snapshot of our faculty and staff checking out the forthcoming theater and music room on the ground floor.

A few of us made our way to the top level of the addition. I'd call it a balcony, but that would be a porch choice of words. This level will eventually be the home of our new science labs.

Here's another view of the science lab level. The walls will go up soon, but we're enjoying the panoramic view for now!

I have a Star Wars trivia question for you: what was Darth Vader's lesser-known second wife's name?  Ella!  Ella Vader.

Speaking of addition to getting the walls ready, our construction crew is working on the area where our new elevator will be.  Seeing the progress on this really lifts our spirits.

And just for fun, here's a night view of the new wing. We are delighted at how everything is coming along!

Friday, January 13, 2017

*Steeling* a Glimpse

This week, we were thinking inside the box: we had the opportunity to peek inside the new wing to check in on how the black box theater is coming along!

The image above shows the area that will become the theater.

The raised level will house our new sound-proof music room. It's coming along nicely!

Meanwhile, the work continues outside...

Welding is a joint effort at Siena -- it takes a crew to weld beams of this size and quantity!

By the way, why do welders' arguments never end?  They can't stop making the sparks fly.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

We're *Beaming* With Pride

We're proud to share that while we were away on winter break, our construction crew made some incredible progress!

Here's a look at the steps that led to these amazing developments:

Just before break, our construction crew focused on our new wing's future windows. 

There won't be too many jokes about this; window puns just seem terribly transparent.

Window wells were added to keep dirt from entering through the window openings during backfilling.

Once backfilling was completed, steel work began. This was done when school was not in session so that the heavy beams could be unloaded in the parking lot (as shown in this post's first photo). 

We're grateful to our construction crew for putting in a ton of work over the past few weeks!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Brace Yourselves: Big Changes are Coming!

Our construction crew continues to make progress on our new wing despite the ups and downs we've had in the weather.  I've resorted to wearing one glove to school this week -- I heard it might get cold, but on the other hand it might not.

We hope you haven't had your fill of construction photos (or jokes), because backfilling has begun.

Hold up -- what are these orange things in our construction site? They're supports to keep our walls in place during the backfilling process!

Don't let the number of supports cause any worry over the state of our walls -- they're in stable condition. This is just part of a process that will help us gain back some spaces in our parking lot.

As backfilling begins, the pile of dirt in the parking lot will disappear. How does that old saying go...let's make a molehill out of a mountain?

Waterproofing is being extended up the foundation walls so that the backfilling can continue. This will ensure that the foundation stays nice and dry in the ground even if it rains or snows. 

By the way, have you heard the joke about the three holes in the ground filled with water? Well, well, well...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Hole Month in Review

We thought it was about time we piped up about the digging that's occurring near the side of our building.  Here are a few snapshots of the progress:

The area between the field and the school building has been excavated to make room for drainage pipes to be placed in the ground.

Although it's hard to keep our eyes off the digging, we're not letting our tunnel vision prevent us from seeing the big picture: the drainage pipes are a key part of the construction process leading us towards our new wing!

At this point, the delay in getting the drainage pipes covered is just water under the bridge. Rebuilding this area will be a walk in the park!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Two Steps Floor-ward

Construction continues, and we're sure you'll be floored by our progress last week!  (Please note: if construction-related jokes were a crime, we'd be punder arrest for this post.)

We had some impressive cement mixers and concrete pumps towering over our construction site. After the concrete and steel work is completed, things will start coming together quickly -- walls will go up, the roof will go on, and the new wing will really start taking shape.

We'd tell you a joke about the new roof, but it might be over your head...

The walls are coming along nicely -- here's a view from the edge of the construction site.

By the way, did you hear the joke about the tall wall?  It was so hilarious, we're still trying to get over it.

Here's a groundbreaking perspective: a view from inside the new wing!  You can see some of the leveling work taking place to get our future flooring nice and even.