Well, there is no available time wasted here, as foundation footings and walls have wrapped-up and we are on to block work for the stairwell towers and elevator shaft on the western wall of Bloomfield/Schon + Partners’ Cayuga Place Residences project that will rise to seven stories. It had never occurred to me to take photos from the parking garage until B.C.’s post here, but this should be a fun project to watch from many different angles and elevations. General construction by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction of Cincinnati, Ohio. The building will contain 45 market-rate apartment units, with a walkway into the adjacent Green Street Parking Garage.
Foundation work by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction has progressed on Bloomfield/Schon + Partners‘ 45-unit Cayuga Place Residences project, as the foundation pours have made their way west, then counter-clockwise around the footprint of the future building.
The foundation footings are being set on top of the STELCOR auger micro-piles for soil support, with rebar sticking-out to tie-in the walls as they’re built-up. The foundation corners have plates with bolts on top of the footings for structural steel to form the building superstructure. The foundation walls are poured in certain areas between these large rectangular footings at specific dimensions, according to the weight they will hold. The footings supported by the micro-piles take the major point loads of the structure. The long solid footing with the high rebar heights will be holding the stairwells, elevator shaft, and utility rooms.
The Bloomfield/Schon + Partners‘ 45-unit Cayuga Place Residences project is moving along on foundation work, with a combination of reinforced concrete footings and STELCOR augur grouted steel core displacement piles (the grid of steel tubes with caps sticking out of the ground). I mentioned these in a post back in March; they’re a form of micro-pile whereby the drilling auger goes into the soil, creates displacement, then the reservoir gap is filled with grout, water is poured in for the mixture to cure, then the interior core of the steel auger is filled with grout and stays in the ground. They’re necessary to stabilize the weight of the building in this soil, which is challenging to build on.
The excavation and footings will continue along the footprint of the building, then we should be seeing structural steelwork follow-up to frame the building. There’s also been some sitework for plumbing. The work is being done by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction, the same firm that completed Cayuga Place, the adjacent Cayuga Street Parking Garage, and also the general contractor for TC3’s Coltivare buildout on the ground floor.
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It looks like the deal for this site has closed, and Bloomfield/Schon + Partner‘s Cayuga Place Residences (Cayuga Green Two) is off to an immediate start, beginning sitework this week. A bulldozer and two excavators are on site, and a construction fence has been put up around the future 45-unit market rate apartment building (latest plans from August here) that will reach seven stories high, with a gross floor space of over 50,000 square feet on a 6,920 square foot base.
Bloomfield/Schon’s 45-unit Cayuga Place Residences project looks set to break ground this year, as the Ithaca Times has reported that the team has come up with a foundation system addressing the poor soil conditions, and financing for the project has been secured. The land purchase option will be extended by the City and a $10,000 payment by the developer so that the bank financing the project can finalize their review of the Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment and subsequently provide proof of financing.
The design and engineering team came up with a plan to use “shallow depth augur grouted steel core displacement piles,” probably from IDEAL, a company based out of Rochester, NY that manufactures a system called STELCOR. The drilling auger goes into the soil, creates displacement in the soil, then the reservoir gap is filled with grout, water is poured in for the mixture to cure, then the interior core of the steel auger is filled with grout, and topped-off. The steel auger core stays in the ground as part of the structure of the pile.
No action here yet- the latest plans are for 45 units at seven stories high, which would conceal this side of the parking garage. The project ran into soil problems, so it became much more expensive to build and engineer, thus the need for additional units in order to make the building project financially feasible. They may use something like micropiles to secure the foundation. There’s probably more to this story, but I think it would be a great addition to the Six Mile Creek walk area.
Here’s what we’ve been waiting for: revised plans from Bloomfield/Schon + Partners on their new project next door to Cayuga Place, (an apartment building they put up back in 2008 containing 68 apartments). This new building’s proposal is higher than the previous plan, and contains an additional six units, bringing the total to 45 planned units. The total Gross floor space is nearly 50,000 SF on a footprint of 6,920 SF at seven stories (was previously four).
What I like right off the bat is the fact that the new plan completely conceals a bare concrete wall of the parking garage. It probably would have looked a bit odd if it were done at four stories and you could still see it from the east. As far as unit breakdowns and floor plans, everything is contained in the site plans below, and the application letter spells out the major revisions. The footprint has been re-configured to have one cut-in instead of the previous three to accommodate the curve of the parcel, and it has also shrunk by 2,480 SF, which will allow for more green space along the Six Mile Creek Walk.
Not much change; there are a few more piles of dirt and stone, but I thought I’d post anyway. When I ran by there were a few gentlemen in discussion, so maybe they’re assessing the soil conditions.