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Carey Building III: Demolition Photos

February 10, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Just a fun little pack of demolition photos here from the Carey Building project, the future home of the business incubator space, a joint effort by Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Interior demolition work is being done by Compass Builders, and after a couple weeks, they should have all the interior walls down, along with the plaster ceiling. The walls are a combination of metal studs with sheetrock facing and sprayed-in cellulose cavity fill, along with original walls, which were built with cellular gypsum block coated in plaster, but also cinder block and terra cotta block. The original plaster ceiling is quite heavy, containing a layer of plaster coating on top of metal lath, then another thick coat of plaster, and then ceiling tiles glued underneath, all hanging from heavy metal hangers attached to the ceiling deck.

Sparks Electric Company started last week, demoing and capping electric lines for the wall and ceiling demo to proceed safely, and HALCO took care of the old cooling system ductwork today, as well as capping a few water supply lines that will be in the way of wall demo.

Friday, the 7th:

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  • lexluthor666

    Is there any sense of what the Carey Building will look like when the incubator buildout is complete? I’ve heard it could grow to five stories…true? And are there plans to extend it horizontally as well as vertically?

    • The incubator will take up the second floor to start, and if all goes well, the overbuild may be a possibility. We’re doing some engineering feasibility at the moment. The second floor space will be totally opened-up for exposed beams, columns, etc., for a raw look. The deck clearance is huge, so the space will appear really different two weeks from now once the old plaster ceiling is down.