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Coltivare Complete Interior Photos

April 8, 2015 // by Jason Henderson

I had a chance to swing by the Coltivare Culinary Center and Restaurant downtown a few weeks ago, so here are some interior shots of the finished product, opened-up in December of last year. TC3 announced the project as part of its Farm-to-Bistro education program in late 2013/early 2014, and plumbing and framing work began on the space in May, 2014.

The interior spans 17,000 square feet with a bar, public restaurant, full kitchen, cooking lab, teaching lab, a lounge with offices and restrooms, and two large assembly areas for events split by a vertically-collapsible folding wall. The interior finishes are varied: brick veneer, tile, composite/rubber, and painted walls; tile, wood, and carpeted flooring; and interesting finishes, like the reclaimed wood-trimmed and tin-panelled ceiling clouds, and filament bulbs. It’s quite a cool space.

The interior design was done by Ramsgard Architectural Design, with construction by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction out of Cincinnati, Ohio, the same firm that is building the Lofts@SixMileCreek project for Bloomfield/Schon + Partners behind the building.

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Lofts@SixMileCreek Construction Photos

April 1, 2015 // by Jason Henderson

Steve Bloomfield of Bloomfield/Schon + Partners was kind enough to grant a tour of his Lofts@SixMileCreek project downtown, so here are some photos taken about two weeks ago, and the press release from yesterday. The construction schedule has been revised for late summer completion, but a tour will be available April 18th through the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Most walls have been framed, and trades are currently roughing-in services at the top floors, and drywall and finish-work has begun at the lower floors. The exterior wall framing and glazing has progressed to the fifth floor, so the building should be almost fully-enclosed in the coming weeks.

The project is a 7-story, 49,244 square foot structure that will contain 45 rental apartment units. The building is being developed by Bloomfield/Schon + Partners, with construction by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction.

Unit floor layouts link here

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Photos taken March 14th, 2015:

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Marriott Project Digs and Drives Shoring Beams

February 26, 2015 // by Jason Henderson

William H. Lane Construction has been working away at the future 159-room, 10-story Downtown Marriott project since receiving notice to proceed last September from Developer Urgo Hotels. Partners in the project include Rimland Development and Ensemble Investments. A large crane is now on site, and a bulldozer and excavator have been digging out the small parcel’s hillside. The shoring beams along the South Aurora Street side will be used to support a shoring wall due to the need to excavate the site to start the foundation. A generator on site runs the electrical equipment, and part of the early sitework involved the relocation of electric utility services around the corner on Green Street (the site contained a small underground NYSEG substation).

The total development cost is pegged at $32 million, with a completion target of 2017. The project is designed by Cooper Carry Architects based in Atlanta, with offices out of Alexandria, VA and New York City.

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Lofts@SixMileCreek November to February

February 26, 2015 // by Jason Henderson

November to February photo updates here for the downtown Ithaca Lofts@SixMileCreek project, building a 7-story, 49,244 square foot structure that will contain 45 rental apartment units. The building is being developed by Bloomfield/Schon + Partners, with construction by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction.

The structure was furred-out with lumber on the edges and wrapped in plastic in November to prepare for the arctic winter we’ve been experiencing here in Ithaca, and work has since sped-away to finished wall-framing, rough plumbing, electric, HVAC, exterior sheathing, exterior wall systems (windows and conventional metal framing) and interior wallboard. The phasing for each trade has progressed from the first floor and up, so it’s likely that the lower stories are in the midst of finish-work. The shower stalls made their way in during the early wall-framing phase in October (most units secure directly to studs nowadays).

The structure topped-out on October 2nd with a press event and completion is scheduled for Spring 2015, probably May.

Project Website has launched: http://ithacalofts.com/

Photos from February 24th, 2014:
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Photos from November 24th, 2014:
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Photos from November 3rd, 2014:
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Downtown Marriott Project Selects General Contractor

October 28, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Binghamton-based William H. Lane Inc. General Contractors has been selected to lead the construction for the downtown Ithaca Marriott project, which should be breaking ground later this year. The project is being developed by Urgo Hotels, a group out of Bethesda, Maryland with over 30 hotels under management.

The Marriott will be a 159-room, 10-story hotel with a restaurant/bar on the lobby level designed by Cooper Carry. The total development cost was pegged at $32 million, and is scheduled for spring 2017 completion.

Below are the updated renders and site plan review materials, reflecting the final designs and materials for the project:

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Lofts@SixMileCreek October Photo Update

October 28, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Photo updates here for the downtown Ithaca Lofts@SixMileCreek project, building a 7-story, 49,244 square foot structure that will contain 45 rental apartment units. The building is being developed by Bloomfield/Schon + Partners, with construction by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction.

The sprinkler pipe-fitters have made their way from the ground floor to 5th, and interior metal stud walls were roughed-in on the ground through the third floor with bottom plate layouts installed on the fourth as of late last week. Shower stalls have made their way into more than a dozen bathrooms, as plumbing risers and pipes are fitted alongside wall completions. A paint contractor has been spraying down the structural steel with fire retardant intumescent paint (the white coating). The structure topped-out on October 2nd with a press event and completion is scheduled for early 2015.

Photos from October 17th:
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Photos from October 24th:
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Commons Rebuild Project Starts Laying Pavers

October 26, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

The Ithaca Commons Rebuild Project crews have begun laying pavers over top of stone bases along Bank Alley, and several sections of concrete have been poured along Bank Alley and the east end for the floor and planter boxes, along with tube pours for the pole lighting systems. Steel sections of the new Bernie Milton Pavillion arrived in mid-October, and crews have been welding together the frame for the roof at the end of Bank Alley. The Home Dairy Alley also received a new concrete walkway. Previous design posts here (part one link) and here (part two link).

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Photos from October 24th:
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Downtown Hampton Inn Going Canopy Hilton

October 21, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

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The downtown Hampton Inn project has chosen to be one of the first eleven hotels in the US and London to build the newly-released Canopy by Hilton. As issued in Hilton’s press release last week, the Ithaca Commons project will take part in Hilton’s new lifestyle brand, which plans to cater to travelers that would like a more local, and leisurely experience. The renders released last month by the project team of Baywood Hotels, Architects Group One Partners, and Whitham Planning and Design seem to reflect the Canopy branding and design approach.

The planned seven-story hotel sits in roughly the footprint of the former Strand Theatre (parking lot behind the Carey Building) and the City’s municipal parking lot. The ground floor would include a 2,000 square foot restaurant tenant, a cafe/retreat area, and hotel programming space and the second floor is planned to contain a fitness room, board room, and meeting room. Guest rooms would fill the remaining portion of the second floor and all the way up to the seventh, along with a roof terrace. The project is currently in site plan review at the City of Ithaca Planning Board.

Here’s the press kit portion explaining the amenities, along with the September render and plan release:

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Coltivare Ithaca, Early October Photo Update

October 19, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

42 days and counting down as of this post: TC3’s 17,000 square foot Coltivare project for the Farm to Bistro Program is continuing progress, with more wall and flooring finish installations, interior storefront windows and doors, HVAC ductwork, kitchen appliance finishes, various electrical and lighting, and drop ceilings. The space will house a public restaurant, full kitchen, cooking lab, and a lounge with offices and restrooms.

Design by Ramsgard Architectural Design, with construction by Turnbull-Wahlert Construction.

Photos from October 5th:
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Photos from October 14th:
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Lofts@SixMileCreek Structure Complete & Photo Update

October 7, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

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The Lofts@SixMileCreek project topped-off last Thursday by holding a ceremony with the Mayor, City Officials, the press, and the public. The 7-story, 49,244 square foot project is aiming for completion in early 2015, and will contain 45 rental apartment units.

The structural erection was done by Rochester Rigging and Erectors, and utilized the Girder-Slab® precast concrete plank flooring system, which sets on top of D-Beam® girders, is grouted at the seams, and allows for quicker installation, and 8-10″ floor depths, which helps maximize floor-to-ceiling heights, and minimize the height of the building. The 7-story structure is considered a high-rise by building codes, thus the heavy-gauge construction.

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HALCO Plumbing and Heating has begun running risers up from the ground floor:

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