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Offline Bill Sample

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Station Cellar
« on: 11-Sep-2019, 13:55:05 »
Final cleanout has been completed and as of Sep. 9 McDonald Construction is well along on removing surplus dirt floor (and rocks).  This is being loaded into the side dump car and going to the Patch, recycled to be part of a new permanent platform.
Work on the platform will be done on Saturday, Sep 14.

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Re: Station Cellar February 2020 Update
« Reply #1 on: 23-Feb-2020, 20:48:05 »
2019 was a year of great progress.  The final cleanout of various stored items was done, leaving the dirt floor ready for lowering.  Utility needs were designed around a proposed floor plan for the entire cellar.  From south to north, the current plans include a staff toilet, washup area, changing rooms, storage closets and a radio recharging and storage area.  A staff break room will include a kitchenette area where a sink, a microwave unit and a refrigerator will be located.   Additional space will be a janitor's tool and supply area with a small workshop.  Other areas will provide space for meetings, space for a heating unit, retail storage and curatorial needs.

Electrical improvements have been underway for a couple of years and these led the way for the installation of individually controlled energy efficient overhead lighting.  This greatly assisted with the preparation and construction of the concrete floor, which was poured in two stages following the installation of a vapor barrier and forms.  The floor had a "curb" a few inches higher than the floor surface several inches from the cellar walls, the station's foundation.  Between the floor and wall was crushed stone which would absorb any moisture oozing through the cut stone walls.   (Future drainage work outside the station should eliminate any potential dampness problems.)  Following this a new center beam and associated support columns were installed the length of the cellar.  This plus some floor joist strengthening made for a solid first floor, readying it for a future restoration.  With the completion of the concrete work, the water service was relocated to allow the relocation of the main electrical panel at the north end of the cellar.  Next came the start of the outer wall framing.  This included the installation of another vapor barrier - this one along the cut-stone cellar walls.  Any needed access points to the wall - including provision for signalling needs, the former coal chute and some water, gas and electrical mains was marked on the barrier and provision for removable panels was designed.  The hatchway area had a substantial cellar door installed and the outer hatchway was replaced with new construction.  Also the existing stairway between the cellar and main floor was replaced.

With the completion of the concrete floor throughout the cellar the musty somewhat moldy smell has gone.  Ventilation will be provided as part of the heating system and four windows will be retained along the west wall. 

Cellar wall framing now well over halfway completed.  Woodworking machinery relocated to south end of cellar as that's where the work will be. 

We are proud to use Connecticut contracting firms to perform the major jobs in a timely manner that volunteers could not match.  These jobs include as the concrete preparation and installation, structural improvement and the new cellar lighting system.  However without the volunteers doing much of the other work, including design, a major part of the electrical installation, toilet area excavation and the entire framing project this project would have been difficult to afford.

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Most volunteer work in the station was suspended through the spring due to Coronavirus Pandemic work restrictions.  Contract work continued, such as plumbing, exterior repair and painting of the canopy support brackets.

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The Thomaston Station Basement Brigade Returns
« Reply #3 on: 19-Jul-2020, 17:57:10 »
As state mandated work restrictions eased due to a marked decline in numbers of Coronavirus victims in CT and adjoining states, Saturday volunteer work sessions resumed.  Outer wall vapor barrier installation and framing has been completed as of June.  Barry Cone plumbing has completed most plumbing installation in the south end break room, toilet and utility room areas.  Interior wall location planning was ongoing with the basic layout completed.  Details like various storage and work area dimensions were adjusted, then interior wall construction continued northward - wall studs and framing had been done prior to most pluming work.  As of mid July, most of the interior wall locations had been established and stud installation was ongoing.
John Cerreta was the project manager with assistance from Kevin Meehan.  Bruce Hollis did the design work drawings and all 3 and a few others were quite resourceful in obtaining material at low or in some cases no cost.  Jack Tarter has again saved hundreds and thousands of dollars with his electrical work.  Bert Geuser, Bob Ashley and occasional others have also helped.
On July 18th John Cerreta reported that our local electrical utility Eversource has resumed field work that had been halted by the pandemic and soon should have their work done so that the electrical contractor Turri can begin relocating and upgrading the two electrical panels in the cellar.