Pretty exciting, that the field house will be fixed up!
They dug a big moat around the building early this week. They allowed me to go in to get some paint brushes, but it is a work site now and steel toed boots are a requirement.
Thanks for sending the schedule, I forwarded it to the park staff and to Kristen. The staff and the artist were not notified of the starting date and so they didn't manage to get into the building to clear out the contents and leave a clean fields for the workers. I think Mayssan will now try to go through the channels (Parks) to arrange a time when the staff and the artist can get the stuff out of MacGregor and the electricians/flooring people etc. can get to work inside. Would Christina be able to help smooth the way? (All the staff have steel-toed boots)
MacGregor construction photos, April 17 2010
Work is expected to be complete by May 28 (weather depending for exterior work).
MacGregor construction photos, April 20 2010
MacGregor construction photos, May 3 2010
The trench has been filled in.
Here are the latest photos of the MacGregor Field House waterproofing phase. Looks like they finished the first phase, except for laying the interlock, true?
I heard that you and Mayssan went to look, but I didn't hear more. I think that the Toronto Arts Council artist-in-residence (Kristen Fahrig) has lots of stuff in there, ready for the summer. When will program staff and Kristen have access?
Would you be able to ask whether Christina and the contractor can consult the program staff and the artist-in-residence, to find out the best placement of the electrical outlets? Scarce electrical outlets are a bad problem for e.g. Dufferin Grove, requiring the frequent use of extension cords for programming. It would be good to make sure that the outlets are well placed from the beginning, at MacGregor. Can you let me know?
May 10 2010
On May 7, The staff got access to clear out the inside of the building, and deep clean. Tino DeCastro got a city truck and moved a lot of program materials to the basement at McCormick Rec Centre for storage, until the programs can begin.
Now the interlock is being laid down on top of the screenings.
MacGregor construction, May 27 2010
E-mail from artist-in-residence Kristen Fahrig, to a list including city staff and friends of the park:
Does anyone know when the work at the MacGregor Park field house is supposed to be completed? Somehow I had the date May 28 in my mind but obviously that’s incorrect.
The fence has been taken down and the guy has finished the interlocking brick around the outside. I does not come out as far as it did before in the front of the building – is that for drainage?
Beyond that nothing else has happened inside the building.
I’m thinking I might have to speak to the Arts Council about delaying our program.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
MacGregor construction, May 28 2010
From Christina Basan, construction coordinator: I am still waiting on a revised schedule from the contractor, but we had some issue with locks and padlocks at the facilities so it took a while for the some items to get measured and ordered. This has delayed the project until about the end of June. I will advise once I hear back and get confirmed dates. I was hoping to have them by today but perhaps Monday.
MacGregor construction, May 28 2010
From Jutta Mason: I am confused. The contractor couldn't get the padlock keys? >From Parks?
This will need some juggling now, so that it doesn't cut into the season.
Will the building be accessible on those days when there is no work being done? Maybe cutting a doorway and upgrading the power could be done first and the windows could wait until fall?