Our Expansion and Renovation Update Blog
Dec. 12, 2013
When All Else Fails, Show Sparks Flying
With sparks on the inside and mud on the outside, we can report the flow of work is migrating upstairs. There's framing the ceiling, finishing things in the ceiling, or finishing everything in sight. Shown below is the reaching of a stopping point on a dome ceiling in a new addition. Shown above, work begins on cutting out the last two air handlers in need of replacement.
Dec. 11, 2013
We Interrupt This Renovation Report for Coverage of A Holiday Breakfast
This year's holiday breakfast featured a timely construction twist—a hard-hat decorating contest. Staffers had a short time to assemble a masterpiece before making a catwalk stroll.
As you might imagine, we had several hats inspired by works of art, including Bowl of Apples on a Table by Henri Matisse. As proof the time limit on decorating was too short, we present a hard hat with a Norfolk mermaid. There was considerable creativity on display, including a new use for wire nuts. In terms of capturing a moment, we present a really good sport coming to grips with knowing just how silly things have gotten. Shown below is the lineup to pick the contest winner, which, at the end, was everybody. The event concluded with the announcement that all staffers will get an extra day off over the holidays this year.
Dec. 6, 2013
It's Thank You Friday
When we reopen next spring there will be a really robust Wi-Fi system throughout the Museum. You can thank Alex for that. He's shown above checking a public node.
On Thank You Friday, we want to thank every electrician, welder, and duct worker. We want to thank the mechanical guys boring big holes with big heavy drills, the fellows facing really tall ceilings and a big stack of work, and everybody outside laying brick or block. You know people have been working on this site for a long time when you're on the third replacement of the front door ramp.
In staff news, our reopening will include a refurbished gift shop, and staffers got a sneak preview of new products today. Because of construction, the merchandise was set up in the Jean Chrysler Outland Library, which, as shown below, is starting to prepare for an eventual move to the Old Dominion University campus.
Dec. 4, 2013
Today's Photo Roundup Starts With Inspiration From #GetCloser100
Shown above, before the limestone trim can be hung on our new loading dock, there has to be something to hang it on. Right now it's an intricate dance between welding brackets and manually lifting heavy stones.
Elsewhere around the building:
• Since we closed our last post with a shot of plastic installation, we can now report that when you see the boarded-up front door, it's weatherproofing plywood to protect the doors while they are refinished.
• In our non-Western galleries, seems as soon as a floor is prepped, there's new carpet going down.
• There's an amazing level of detail on display when it comes to the casework going into the new glass wing. Even the shelves are specially sized and numbered to match the artwork to be displayed.
• Outside our new glass wing, the tiles are going on the roof porch and reconstruction of the brick wall in the Memorial Garden has begun. The original wall came down Aug. 17, 2012 to make room for the construction that followed.
• As part of our green initiative to save energy, it seems like whenever there's a new pipe, somebody is covering it in insulation.
• Also seems whenever the railing guys are around, sparks are flying. There are sparks flying now and will be more flying in the future upstairs in our mechanical towers as our last two old air handling units get cut out and removed.
• And finally, shown below, the intricate framing for a domed ceiling in an upstairs addition is almost complete.
Dec. 2, 2013
The Art is Always Protected—Even in the Director's Office
Shown above are the bare walls in the office of the boss. The paintings on display there, a perk of his position, were moved to protective storage once work infiltrated staff office areas.
It's proof there really is work all over the building, from tile installation on a new porch roof to duct work installation in the modern art galleries, from drywall finishers to people prepping the floors for carpet installation. The deadlines are tight but the crew is in a good mood. From a tight spot, you can still see a thumbs up, and outside on the new loading dock, the limestone crew got a kick out of photobombing the welder. Shown below, there's a lot going on with our front door, and we'll get to it in depth in tomorrow's post.