We are underway—-finally—-with the work creating a concession area for the Northfield swimming pool. We were held up for many weeks as the city, the architects and the State agencies reviewed finishes. Since the area is selling food it has to have all the materials approved for food sales areas. There were a few glitches in the project but it has been worked out. The plumbers dug out the soils and installed their underground plumbing. We cut in and installed some new hollow metal doors.
One of the interesting aspects of the project is the fact that the concrete floors move up and down with frost. The concrete areas around the pool are not frost protected, and the buildings are not heated during cold months. When the soils under the concrete freeze the concrete is pushed up….sometimes up to 2″-3″. So our new walls are being constructed with “slip joints” at the top and bottom plates. This will allow the walls to ride up with the concrete floor without damaging the structure above. We accomplish this by using galvanized angles to hold the walls in place. A bit time consuming but it is needed to keep from damaging the building.