Town Hall Place

September 2012

View from the store window to production.

September 2012

From Cool As A Moose looking at a window that looks down on production to where shirts are bring printed.

September 2012

One row of printing and drying equipment is up and running. The second row is scheduled for delivery next month.

September 2012

The office area has been occupied. Lighting has not been installed yet so the electricians will have to work around furniture.

September 2012

Basement storage, still unpacking.

September 2012

Artforms is in the house!

September 2012

The first printing machine has been installed. The dryer is in the background. The second set of printing machines will be relocated to Brunswick after this first set is in production.

September 2012

Production equipment is being moved in and assembled.

September 2012

Office furniture being unpackaged and assembled.

September 2012

Cabinets and appliances installed in the employee break room.

September 2012

Ductwork for the production dryers in the basement. Equipment is scheduled to be delivered the second week of September.

September 2012

View from the art department to the offices below.

September 2012

View from the second floor conference room towards the office below.

September 2012

View of Artforms offices looking towards the first floor office/conference room.

September 2012

Finishing touches in the offices of Artforms.

August 2012

The cable railings create wonderful shadows on the balcony wall.

August 2012

The existing joists that remain have been painted and the lighting is almost completed in the production area.

August 2012

Artforms has been mocking up the location of the printing equipment on the basement floor.

August 2012

The view from Cool As A Moose retail, looking out to the production floor to see where and how your clothes are printed.

August 2012

The production floor, lighting being installed.

August 2012

The cables have been installed.

August 2012

View from the balcony with new cables installed.

August 2012

The office area has been sheetrocked.

June 2012

The railing along the production area balcony has been installed. Cables will be installed later.

May 2012

Kip Stone and Caroline Kurrus at the Brunswick Downtown Association breakfast in May, 2012.

May 2012

Kip accepting an historic preservation award for the Town Hall Place / Cool As A Moose renovations.

May 2012

The award.

May 2012

These windows in the retail store allow customers to watch their clothing being printed for sale upstairs.

May 2012

Basement production area, ductwork being installed.

May 2012

Loading dock from the basement.

May 2012

Basement storage area.

May 2012

Corner office windows of the Production Manager’s office in the basement.

April 2012

Production walls and ceiling have been painted.

April 2012

Borrowed lite frames between the office and production area on the first floor.

April 2012

Hanging gypsum board on the first floor ceiling. The second floor office needs a rated separation between the office and production area.

March 2012

Office area with new windows, floor removed, and ductwork installed.

March 2012

One of the few items to remain in this multi-phased renovation, the original store stairs of Grand City.

March 2012

Ductwork lined up in the basement waiting to be installed.

March 2012

Elevator wall framed out.

March 2012

Kip Stone reviewing drawings.

March 2012

The production area in the basement has a much better feel now that the floor has been opened up.

March 2012

View from the employee break room, looking down onto production and to the windows in the Cool As A Moose retail store.

March 2012

The plywood has been removed! View from the production area to the new skylights.

March 2012

Another view of the second floor opening with the ductwork installed, to be a double-height space in the office.

March 2012

Making great progress hanging gypsum board. The plywood is covering the large floor opening.

November 2011

View from the future conference room and art department overlooking the offices below.

November 2011

Ductwork being installed in the office area.

November 2011

All of the elevator equipment has been delivered to the site.

November 2011

The elevator shaft has been constructed.

November 2011

Town Hall Place in the early morning light.

November 2011

DMA came back out in November to check on phase 2. A little slow, things are happening again.

May 2011

A little sun has come out and the leaves are happy. Grand opening is scheduled for the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

May 2011

Curbing is being installed. The asphalt will be poured later this week and then the pavers will be installed over the subbase next week.

May 2011

Granite curbing is being installed along the rear of the building. The new entrance has been installed, too.

May 2011

Life is good side of the store.

May 2011

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the bronze plaque was unveiled by Mike Ouellet, general contractor, and David Matero.

May 2011

Missy, the store manager, about the cut the ribbon in front of Brunswick council and chamber members.

May 2011

Ribbon cutting ceremony.

May 2011

Open for business.

May 2011

The back exit has been completed, except for the cleaning.

May 2011

Town Hall Place at night.

May 2011

Herbie greeting visitors from the exterior.

May 2011

Store opening is one full day away.

May 2011

The merchandise is beginning to be highlighted.

May 2011

Greg Day taking a break from aiming lights.

May 2011

Greg Day aiming lights. Lights are a combination of halogen (for color rendition) and LED (efficiency) track-mounted fixtures.

May 2011

Toilet room is almost completed.

May 2011

The valance has been installed on the lights.

May 2011

Furiously unpacking, folding, tagging, and shelving.

May 2011

The Life is good sign is up.

May 2011

Mike, the millworker, made a mockup of the light valance for the changing and toilet rooms.

May 2011

Installing lights in the new canopy.

May 2011

Mocking up the “Life is good” sign.

May 2011

The mechanical units have been delivered.

May 2011

The back stair has been opened up. Waiting for phase 2.

May 2011

Denis from Perfect Signs has delivered the bronze plaque commemorating the original Town Hall Building located on this site until it was torn down in 1961. The plaque will be unveiled during the ribbon-cutting ceremony next week.

May 2011

The store and future office exit is beginning to be bricked.

May 2011

Nicole Pilgrim painting Herbie the Moose.

May 2011

The metal deck has been removed in the office area. Diffused light will flood the offices.

May 2011

The metal deck has been removed in the office area. Diffused light will flood the offices.

May 2011

Looking through the borrowed lites from the retail to the future printing area.

May 2011

Lights mounted to the storefront will highlight window displays.

May 2011

The interior fit out of retail continues.

April 2011

The morning light reflecting the Town Hall Place letters. The perforated metal helps to create a dynamic sign with static elements.

April 2011

A combination of halogen and LED light fixtures are being installed throughout the retail area to achieve good color rendition and energy efficiency.

April 2011

Shelving being installed in Cool As A Moose.

April 2011

Cabinetry is being installed in the Life is good area. The windows (borrowed lites) from the store look out to the screen printing area in the basement.

April 2011

View from below.

April 2011

The precast concrete sills have been installed along the Maine Street windows, along with the sunshades.

April 2011

Notice the quality of light from the skylights. The plywood is on the floor for staging but when this is removed the light will make it down to the basement.

April 2011

The skylights being installed. These will bring daylight to the printing area in the basement.

April 2011

The interior of Cool As A Moose with paint and flooring going down.

April 2011

The Town Hall Place sign with lights.

April 2011

The interior of Cool As A Moose is being primed.

April 2011

The canopy frame is here. It is scheduled for installation soon.

April 2011

The skylights are being installed above the future printing area. Part of the floor is covered by plywood to act as staging but eventually that and every other joist will be removed to bring light into the basement. The windows into the retail area will allow shoppers to watch their shirts being printed.

April 2011

The upper part of the staging is down, unveiling half the building.

April 2011

Sheetrock has been installed.

April 2011

The sign behind the curtain.

April 2011

John Lotfey (electrician), Jacques Santucci (Opus Consulting), and Karen Bushey (Cool As A Moose).

April 2011

This UFO is acutally roof decking being removed for the skylights.

April 2011

The architect and Jada looking at the finishes. Tracy Davis from Urban Dwellings (see photos below) chose a very nice palette of colors.

April 2011

The existing roof membrane is being cut away for the installation of the skylight curb.

April 2011

The roofers are replacing insulation with new insulation and a fully adhered EPDM roofing.

April 2011

Denis from Perfect Signs holding one of the letters from Cool As A Moose.

April 2011

A job meeting with Ouellet Associates and the owner, Kip Stone, in red.

April 2011

The perimeter walls of the retail area have been sprayed insulated. This picture is also a good example of how the windows work, good light distribution and no glare.

March 2011

The skylight frames have been constructed on the second floor. Once the roofers are ready, these will be carried out onto the roof. The glazing in the skylights are by Kalwall.

March 2011

The retail framing is complete and the rough-in is well on its way.

March 2011

Wall framing is set off the block so that spray insulation will create a thermal break between the block and metal studs. Note the Solera glazing on the upper windows.

March 2011

Washing the brick of the debris from cutting in the windows. Once the precast concrete sills are installed, the windows will be sealed tight.

March 2011

The aluminum sunshades are constructed as part of the Kawneer storefront system.

March 2011

Windows along the south wall are being installed. The aluminium sunshades will help block direct light during the summer but allow solar heat gain during the winter. Above the sunshades, Solera glazing will diffuse and distribute daylight to the interior.

March 2011

The first of the aluminum sunshades have been installed. This is the view from the interior.

March 2011

More welding for additonal roof reinforcing. The roof needed to be upgraded to current code standards.

March 2011

The storefront windows along Maine Street have been installed. The vision glass is in, but we are waiting for the Solera glass that will be installed in the upper panels. Solera glass will help diffuse and distribute light to the interior.

March 2011

The last of the floor grinding at newly poured concrete.

March 2011

The kickers have been installed. Waiting for the exterior canopy steel.

March 2011

A section detail by the structural engineers, Casco Bay Engineering, of the front canopy.

March 2011

The canopy beams will slide into these tabs.

March 2011

These tabs are being installed at the location of the front canopy.

March 2011

Kickers will be slotted into the tabs welded to the beam at the roof. These kickers will angle down to connect to the canopy steel so assist with the cantilever loads of the canopy.

March 2011

The tabs for the canopy are being cut. This beam will be raised above and the kickers will be inserted into the tabs you see between the steel flanges (see kickers above).

March 2011

STEEL AND BAR JOISTS ARE HERE! Now we can start building.

March 2011

At the new entrance / exit being cut into the south wall, a copper pan was installed under the concrete and sloped to the exterior. Trying to alleviate the problem at the main entrance where water penetrated to the inside and rusted the structure.

March 2011

Pouring concrete near the front entrance, above the resupported (rusty) beam.

March 2011

Pouring concrete at the area of existing floor and metal deck that needed to be removed.

February 2011

Maybe a little hard to see, the window height along Maine Street will be almost 2′ higher than the original storefront windows. These large steel braces anchored wood blocking that supported a fabric awning frame. Removing the bottom of the braces and wood blocking will bring in more natural daylight through our Solera glass above the sunshade system.

February 2011

As you can see, rust has eaten a majority of the beam embedded in the foundation. A bent steel plate will be bolted through the foundation wall below and welded to the underside of this beam to provide new support.

February 2011

Eric Dube from Casco Bay Engineering and Don Ouellet from Ouellet Associates inspecting a severely rusted beam to determine whether to replace it or restructure it.

February 2011

It was the right time to renovate the old Grand City building. Concrete was removed at the front entrance to expose rotting metal deck and a steel beam. Now is the time to take care of this.

February 2011

A mock up of the aluminum storefront window. To cover the edge of brick that has been cut, brake metal is wrapped around the edge. The storefront manufacturer has done a good job constructing this trim detail.

February 2011

Remember that brick wall in poor condition? It has been rebuilt behind the curtain.

January 2011

Staging and a protective structure for all the work that is beginning on the Maine Street facade.

January 2011

Detail of a window opening. Note the old way of installing brick ties. Every 6 courses bricks were laid on a header course and mortared into the concrete block. The disadvantage to this system is there is no air space between the brick and block so the brick does not work as a rain screen. However, it has worked for over 50 years.

January 2011

Protective boxes have been installed in the openings, but they will be reused when the windows arrive. The wood frames will remain as nailing blocks for the frames. Insulation will be filled beween the wood and concrete.

January 2011

Many of the brick openings have been cut. The openings will have barriers until the windows arrive.

December 2010

Light! The first of the brick openings along the south side of the building have been cut. What a way to end the year. Here’s to a great start to 2011.

December 2010

The forms have been removed, water is still being pumped out below the pit. Once the waterproofing is installed and the hole is backfilled the water should not be an issue anymore.

December 2010

This is what happens when only the window remains in place at the front. All the metal and flashing has been removed above the window. Water and ice are doing their own design work to our rendering. Storefront shop drawings have been approved and the aluminum windows and doors are being fabricated.

December 2010

The elevator pit has been poured. Now that Kip can see it, he is thinking of turning it into a Jacuzzi. One might think the elevator button for this floor ‘P’ stands for Production, we all know it means “Pool.”

November 2010

The elevator pit will be dug to 5′ below the slab. It has to be this wide to build the pit foundation walls.

November 2010

The hose goes down to the basement. This is a really big vacuum cleaner.

November 2010

The pump truck is pumping out dirt for the new elevator pit.

November 2010

The front gable has been removed as specified for the “Town Hall Place” sign. It’s likely we will have to remove this wall and rebuild it because of the quality of the brick veneer structure.

November 2010

The last of the cutting for the new lintels on the south facing brick wall. Once the lintels are in, the window openings can be cut out. The storefront windows and sunshade system have been approved and are on order.

November 2010

The second-floor brick and block has been cut out for the installation of the lintels, and some are in. Also note the amount of concrete slab that has been removed. The metal decking remains as staging until the new windows are installed. Once the windows are in the metal deck will be removed to bring in light to the offices below.

November 2010

The front gable wood panels have been removed. The quality of the brick was a surprise. We expected clean brick veneer, even the clamshell paneling was formed into the brick out of wood. We will be meeting masons on site to determine the next course of action.

November 2010

South façade. Lintels are being installed from the interior so the wall does not need shoring or bracing.

October 2010

View of the future screen printing room. Eventually, every other bar joist will be removed.

October 2010

This is what happens when moisture is allowed to migrate inside. Just below the vestibule above, moisture and salt have combined to rust out the metal decking in this area. There are 3 or 4 places throughout the building where this has happened.

October 2010

The existing vestibule has been removed.

October 2010

To install plumbing under existing concrete slab, the slab and grade must be trenched. A sawcutting machine will cut the slab into manageable pieces.

October 2010

Perimeter framing, the metal studs are set off the wall so that foam insulation can be sprayed behind the studs creating a thermal break between concrete block and metal. The ceiling in this area must be covered to create a fire rating between the production area and the second floor.

October 2010

The old handicap lift is being removed piece by piece. You can just see Lance’s hard hat bottom left.

October 2010

Photo of a railing mock-up. The railing will be surrounding the new floor opening down to the screen printing area. The railing must be see-through so that visitors to the retail store can watch their garments being printed.

October 2010

Interior designer, Tracy Davis, Urban Dwellings, reviews finishes with Karen Bushey, Cool As A Moose, and Kip Stone (not in photo).

October 2010

Wall framing has begun.

October 2010

The new windows have been designed to fit within brick and block coursing so the work can be accomplished from the interior. The steel lintels will be installed before the concrete block and brick is removed.

October 2010

Owner’s Rep, Dale Akeley, Architect David Matero, Electrical Engineer, Will Bennett and Electrician, John Lotfey reviewing the plans.

October 2010

Shadows in the basement after removing existing flooring and allowing light in. One of the many images during demolition that you will not see again once construction begins.

October 2010

Owner, Kip Stone, and the electrician looking on as Greg Day, DayMatero studio, reviews the lighting design.

September 2010

Location of new openings in the exterior wall painted on the concrete block.

September 2010

Concrete has been removed from this portion of the second floor. Metal deck remains because new windows will be cut out of the brick and concrete block wall and the contractor can still use the floor for staging.

September 2010

All concrete and metal decking has been removed in this location. Every other bar joist will eventually be removed. Screenprinting will take place below, in the lower level. The removal of existing flooring will allow light into this space.

September 2010

After the concrete slab is removed, the metal deck is welded off the bar joists.

August 2010

Of the 40,000 sf of existing concrete floor, about 5,000 sf will be removed for multi-level spaces and light.

August 2010

Serious demolition now. These walls were the old employee toilet rooms on the second floor.

June 2010

The interior walls are either concrete block or, in this case, metal lath and plaster.

June 2010

The dumpster arrives for the beginning of the easy demolition.

May 2010

Existing stairs will be salvaged and relocated.

May 2010

The main stair from the first floor to the basement with an old handicap lift.

May 2010

View of the front entrance at the old Grand City.

May 2010

Approved South Elevation with new storefront windows, diffused glazing, and sun shade system to allow natural, non-glare daylight into this 1960’s building.

May 2010

Brunswick Village Review Board approved the proposed design of Town Hall Place as presented by David Matero, DayMatero studio, for the new home of Artforms and Cool As A Moose. Notice the removal of the gable, new canopy, new storefront and window shade system.

April 2010

Town Hall Place road towards the Brunswick Fire Station. This brick wall faces south. Picture this façade with new windows.

April 2010

The old Grand City department store on Maine Street in Brunswick, Maine. The 40,000 sf store and restaurant in the heart of downtown Brunswick went on the market in 2009 and was purchased in early 2010 by Kip Stone, owner of Cool as a Moose and Artforms.