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Progress Updates 2011

UPDATE: Kansas State Historical Society approved selection of contractor for the RFP reinforcement phase (last phase) of the basement project!
December 5, 2011

UPDATE: Basement de-watering is COMPLETE! Demobilizing today! See photos.
November 11, 2011

UPDATE: Hooking up sump pump in east basement as drain pipe is finished! See photos.
November 10, 2011

UPDATE: Drilling holes for discharge line. See photos.
November 9, 2011

UPDATE: Repairing broken floor board to begin work on building new stairs to the stage! See photos.
November 8, 2011

UPDATE: Plastic situated in the east basement to keep it warmer. No more frozen pipes! See Photos.
November 4, 2011

UPDATE: Let there be light! Lights installed in west basement. See photos.
November 4, 2011

UPDATE: New water spicket installed in east basement. See photos.
November 4, 2011

UPDATE: Stage 7 of west basement begins as temporary lighting is installed. See photos.
November 3, 2011

UPDATE: Temporary lights are being installed and new sump line is connected to sump pump. See photos.
November 3, 2011

UPDATE: West basement wall repair continues as sump drain is installed. See photos.
November 2, 2011

UPDATE: Final plaster work being done on west basement walls. See photos.
November 1, 2011

UPDATE: First phase of west basement wall repair begins. See photos.
October 31, 2011

UPDATE: Patching in east basement coming close to completion as drain for sump pump is being installed in west. See photos.
October 27, 2011

UPDATE: New stairs in west basement complete! East basement ceiling is still being repaired. See photos.
October 26, 2011

UPDATE: Installing new railing on west basement staircase while east basement beams continue to be repaired. See photos
October 25, 2011

UPDATE: Still patching ceiling beams in east basement. See photos
October 24, 2011

UPDATE: Boring down to the good concrete to finish patching beams in east basement and west basement gets new stairs! See photos.
October 21, 2011

UPDATE: The beams in east basement get a good rinse while new stairs are installed in west basement. See photos.
October 20, 2011

UPDATE: Mason begins smoothing out walls in west basemet while patching is being done in the east. See photos.
October 19, 2011

UPDATE: Taking measurements for a new door to the orchestra pit! See photos.
October 18, 2011

UPDATE: More masonry work in progress in east basement to patch beams and hole in stage is finally fixed! See photos.
October 17, 2011

UPDATE: Work on west basement is coming close to completion while east basement beams are being patched. See Photos
October 14, 2011

UPDATE: More work on main beam and support beams in west basement. See photos
October 13, 2011

UPDATE: New main beam in west basement installed! See photos.
October 12, 2011

UPDATE: East basement--exposing more of the old rebar in ceiling. West basement--working to make sister joists stronger. See photos
October 12, 2011

UPDATE: New main beam in west basement & I Beam removed in east basement. See photos
October 11, 2011

UPDATE: Beginning to install new stairs in west basement. See photos
October 10, 2011

UPDATE: Heikes Masonry begins work in East basement. See photos
October 7, 2011

UPDATE: New beams going up under stage floor. See photos
October 6, 2011

UPDATE: Main beam removed from stage floor! See photos
October 3, 2011

UPDATE: Temporary walls installed to support the west basement floor when old beam is replaced. See photos
September 30, 2011

UPDATE: Beginning to install new stage floor joists and temporary support walls in west basement. See photos
September 29, 2011

UPDATE: Prep work being done for structural repair. See photos
September 28, 2011

UPDATE: Moving out of east basement and ready for mason to start structural repair. See photos
September 27, 2011

UPDATE: Concrete work is finished! Just a few dead pipes to remove. See photos
September 26, 2011

UPDATE: Pouring concrete in east basement. See photos
September 23, 2011

UPDATE: Laying rebar in east basement to prep for concrete. See photos
September 23, 2011

UPDATE: Concrete work in west basement DONE and east basement concrete started. See photos
September 22, 2011

UPDATE: Bases being built for new support beams and pouring concrete to cap off new sump system! See photos
September 22, 2011

UPDATE: Temporary structural supports being installed in west basement. Drilling holes that will serve as connectors between new and existing concrete. See photos
September 21, 2011

UPDATE: Temporary structural supports being installed in west basement. See photos
September 21, 2011

UPDATE: Finished digging for new footings, and a quick power wash makes for a clean, dry basement! See photos
September 19, 2011

UPDATE: New sump boxes set in west basement and first footing dug for support beams. See photos
September 16, 2011

UPDATE: Marks are made on west basement floor for new footings. See photos
September 14, 2011

UPDATE: More work being done in west basement. Crew removing stubborn old pipes and finishing trenches. See photos
September 12, 2011

UPDATE: East basements get drain pipes! See photos
September 8, 2011

UPDATE: Stage 3 in east basement is moving along as the construction crew begins installation of drain pipes. See photos
September 7, 2011

UPDATE: Getting ready to install drain pipes! See photos
September 6, 2011

UPDATE: Stage 4 of west basement project is moving quickly--but it's all trenchin' from here! See photos
August 30, 2011

UPDATE: West basement trenches are moving along! See photos
August 29, 2011

UPDATE: East basement is spick and span and drying out! West basement trenches begin! See photos
August 26, 2011

UPDATE: Preparing to begin work on sump trenches in west basement! Stage 2 in east basement is finished off by a swift but thorough power-washing! See photos
August 25, 2011

UPDATE: Construction crew removes old electrical conduit in east basement and begin digging sump pit! See photos
August 24, 2011

UPDATE: Another room in the east basement needs trenchin'! See photos
August 23, 2011

UPDATE: The crew is still working dilligently to finish up Stage 2 of east basement--dumping out the old cement and mud one 5 gallon bucket at a time! See photos
August 19, 2011

UPDATE: Continuing digging the trench in east basement. See Photos
August 18, 2011

UPDATE: Finishing Stage 2 of east basement by digging trenches, plus cutting out dead water and electrical pipes. See Photos
August 17, 2011

UPDATE: Old wooden stairs in east basement are finally removed to make way for trench. See photos.
August 16, 2011

UPDATE: Crew begins cutting/digging trenches in north room of East basement. See photos
August 15, 2011

UPDATE: East basements are finally dry! See photos
August 12, 2011

UPDATE: Almost finished with Stage 2--East basement trenches. See photos
August 11, 2011

UPDATE: Construction crew builds barrier around hole in stage above west basement to ensure nobody falls in! Still excavating concrete in East basement to finish sump pit trenches. See photos
August 10, 2011

UPDATE: Stage 2 in East basement going much faster due to new hammer! Crew still removing debris in West basement to complete Stage 3. See photos
August 9, 2011

UPDATE: The old compressors are removed and only a few pieces of the boiler are left. Stage 3 in West basement almost finished (clearing debris). Stage 2 of digging East basement trench is slow-going due to difficult original 90-year-old crumbling concrete. See photos
August 8, 2011

UPDATE: HCC crew continues in Stage 2 in East basement (digging trench) and moves to Stage 3 in West basement (clearing debris). See photos
August 5, 2011

UPDATE: Crew continuing to dissect old boiler and remove it from West basement. See photos
August 4, 2011

UPDATE: Construction continues in Stage 2 in East basement and moves on to Stage 2 in West basement--removing compressors and dissecting old boiler. See photos
August 3, 2011

UPDATE: Stage 2 in East basement begins as HCC begins digging trench to sump pit. Continuing Stage 1 in West basement still in progress--cutting hole in stage floor and removing interiors walls. See photos of progress.
August 2, 2011

UPDATE: Stage 1 of Basement De-watering has begun! Home Center Construction began the basement project by first removing the failing plaster walls in the east basement. See photos of progress
August 1, 2011

UPDATE: Volunteers rolled up their sleeves on Saturday's cleaning day to give the theatre a much needed face lift! While cleaning the lobby area volunteers ripped up the old carpet and revealed the original white tile floor beneath. See photos
July 9, 2011

UPDATE: Sue Robinson, Dennis Albergucci, and Vonnie Corsini add the final touches to the movie screen mural. See photos of the finished product!
July 7, 2011

UPDATE: Received State approval of the contract for basement repair and de-watering project. Final bid was awarded to Home Center Construction the basement project on June 28.
July 8, 2011

UPDATE: Painting crew begins adding final touches to movie screen mural detail.
See photos of progress . . .

July 1, 2011

UPDATE: Replacing the movie screen mural continues. See photos of the progress.
June 30, 2011

UPDATE: Sue Robinson, Derek Heikes, and Gene Corsini begin the process of replacing the Colonial Fox Theatre movie screen mural that we all grew to love.  The mural was covered by the protective elastomeric coating that was used to seal the hairline cracks in the north wall surface . . . See photos
June 16, 2011

UPDATE: Basement drainage exploration continues. Rydell construction and city engineering department explore historic pipes beneath the theatre looking for drainage solution. See photos
June 16, 2011

UPDATE: North Wall repair completed. See photos
June 15, 2011

UPDATE: Painting North Wall begins. See photos
May 26, 2011

UPDATE: Patching cracks for North Wall Project completed. See photos
May 16, 2011

UPDATE: Heikes Masonry finishes steam cleaning for North Wall Project.
May 3, 2011

UPDATE: Bids for Basement de-watering and repair project are still more than the grant budget has set aside for this phase of the project. CFTF Construction Oversight Team will discuss the project scope to find ways to stay in line with the budget.
May 6, 2011

UPDATE: Repair for North wall to begin. Heikes Masonry began power washing the north wall of the theatre. The next step in this project will be chasing and patching the larger cracks followed by a coating of elastomeric paint.
April 30, 2011

UPDATE: Asbestos Removal begins. ACM Removal of Wichita will begin removing the asbestos in various parts of the theatre. They expect the work to last no more than two weeks.
April 26, 2011

UPDATE: Bids for Basement dewatering project close - Project scope has been changed and more time has been allowed for contractors to incorporate those changes in their bids.
April 25, 2011

UPDATE: Mold Removal finished. Gerken Environmental worked for 3 days removing mold in the west basement. Project was finished this afternoon.
April 14, 2011

UPDATE: Bids for Basement dewatering project close
April 14, 2011

UPDATE: Work on Mold Removal starts.
April 11, 2011

UPDATE: SAT Project sign attached to front of building. One of the requirements for receipt of the Save America's Treasures grant is to display a sign acknowledging the source of the funding.
April 9, 2011

UPDATE: Kansas State Department of Health approves asbestos removal method. Prior to beginning asbestos removal, contractors must submit the scope of the project and their proposed method of removal and disposal to the State's Dept of Health.
April 7, 2011

UPDATE: Received U.S. National Parks Service and Kansas State Historic Society approval to sign contracts with ACM Removal and Gerken Environmental for Asbestos and Mold Removal.
April 7, 2011

UPDATE: ACM Removal, Wichita won bid for Asbestos removal. Gerken Environmental, Springfiel, MO, won bid for mold removal.
March 30, 2011

Bids for Asbestos/Mold Removal Close
March 29, 2011

UPDATE: A mandatory pre-bid conference for Asbestos Project will be held on March 22, 2011. Contractors interested in bidding on the Asbestos Abatement and Mold Removal Project were required to attend a conference to review the scope of the project. Architect for the project is Wm. Morries Associates of Augusta. Professional consultants on the project are Precision Environmental Services of Wichita.
March 22, 2011

UPDATE: The Advertisement for Bids for the Colonial Fox Theatre Phase IV waterproofing of the Basements project sent to the Morning Sun newspaper for publication on Saturday March 12, 2011 and Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
March 11, 2011

UPDATE: Received the go-ahead to invite bids on the basement project.  The invitation to bid will go out March 11, 2011, with a published bid closing date of April 14, 2011. This timing will intentionally allow for the contractors to attend the March 29, 2011 training workshop and still have two weeks to work up their bids using this reinforcement system as an alternative to using steel reinforcement.
March 10, 2011

UPDATE: We received approval from the National Parks Service grant reviewer to go out for bids on the Asbestos Abatement project and to sign the contract for the North Wall project.   The invitation to bid on the former will be published starting either today or tomorrow.   The bids will close on March 29.
March 1, 2011

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