Go Beyond:  The Campaign for The Montessori School of the Berkshires

Todd's Construction Blog

  • Concrete Ready

    Posted by Todd Covert on 10/5/2016

    It has been a little while since I've given an update, but a lot has happened. The foundation has been compacted and insulated. The drains for sinks, toilets, and all the rest of the plumbing has been set.  Rebar, for structural purposes, has been laid which will give the concrete floor more strength.

    The black tubing in the photo is for the radiant floor heat. Warm water will eventually flow through that tubing which will in turn, heat the floor. Tomorow, this will all be covered in concrete.  This will begin a new chapter in the construction process: wood, walls, and roof.

    Go Beyond Construction Concrete ready

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  • Backfilled and Ready

    Posted by Todd Covert on 9/16/2016 2:00:00 PM

    Go Beyond Capital Campaign

    Greetings from the land of construction!

    This is the part that takes a long time and is usually never seen again. A lot goes into what you are seeing here today, which is the tops of the foundation walls that are being prepped for framing. In preparation: The foundation walls have already been weather sealed (orange coating on the walls). The blue-green pipe is part of the drainage system that will take excess water into the storm drain at the front of the building. Material has been brought in to backfill the outside of the founation as well as the inside. The ections closest to the building have been compacted. (This compaction actually has to be tested to make sure it is solid enough to handle the concrete floor that will be on top of it.) Next, they will be insulating and laying the radiant floor tubing in preparation for pouring the concrete slab within the next two weeks.

    Stay tuned...




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  • Prepping the Foundation

    Posted by Todd Covert on 9/9/2016

    MSB Go Beyond Campaign Prepping the Foundation

    Greetings from the Go Beyond Captial Campaign Project,

    With the foundation walls poured for our new wing, things are moving ahead right on track.  The concrete has to sit and cure for a specific period of time in order to strengthen to a particular PSI.  While that is happening, the foundation walls need to be waterproofed and insulated as they will essentially be underground. In the photo, you can see a little bit of where the floor of our new space will be. Also, if you look closely, to the right of the red door there is a hole in the wall. This is where a hallway connecting to our existing building will lead to our soft room and admin offices.

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  • View from the Back

    Posted by Todd Covert on 8/11/2016 2:00:00 PM

    Go Beyond Capital Campaign Back

    A new look for the back of the campus. We had to transform our former gardens into a laydown area for the construction equipment and materials. This space will soon be covered with lumber, trusses, roofing, and other various items needed for the building project. The area is fenced off to protect the materials.

    Ultimately this space will become the playfield. The gardens will eventually be relocated closer to the building and integrated into our outdoor learning environments, allowing for more participation and integration into our school day.

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  • Expansion Area

    Posted by Todd Covert on 8/10/2016 2:00:00 PM

    Go Beyond Excavation

    With the majority of the ledge removed, we can begin to get a feel for this wing of the expansion.  It is hard to tell at this point, but cleared space is the future home of the Adolescent Experience room, Art Studio, Guide Workroom, library, meeting room and office spaces.

    There is still a lot of work to be done in this area, but removing the ledge was a huge first step.

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  • Resting

    Posted by Todd Covert on 7/1/2016

    Go Beyond Capital Campaign tractors resting

    These two are getting a well deserved rest, preparing for weeks of hard work.  They are very useful tools for everything from pulling our stumps to crushing and extracting ledge.  They will be here on site with us for a little while, extracting the ledge on the north side of the building to make space for our new classrooms and offices.

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  • Best Drop-off Ever!

    Posted by Todd Covert on 6/15/2016

    Go Beyond Capital Campaign tractor drop-off

    One morning early in June, as car after car arrived for drop off, another piece of equipment made its way down the driveway.  These interested students were already excited by the work being done, and then this happened! Around the bend in the driveway comes this excavator. This will be used for removing the ledge where the addition will be bulit. 

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  • The Beginning

    Posted by Todd Covert on 6/10/2016 9:00:00 AM

    Go Beyond Capital Campaign Port o Potty

    Before the trees started to fall and before the machines started to arrive a truck showed up with this beauty.  Some people think that the first sign of a construction project is the arrival of tractors and trucks.  We learned in early June that this was not the case.  This port-o-potty was the first piece of equipment to be set in place.  A true sign of the good work to be done!

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