The World Changed
In my last episode I mentioned that our family purchased this property in the late summer of 2001.
We had all the papers signed and we had mobilized for the first day on the project, an absolutely gorgeous September day.
Sadly that day was September 11th and the world changed, we just didn’t know how much.
I felt it would have been disrespectful to tell this story without mentioning that event.
For the first 10 months we renovated the newer structures on the site.
This included starting a warehouse company and moving our entire mechanical contracting operations to this site.
We did make some cosmetic improvements that secured the old buildings exterior and in 2005 we started renovation of the 1904 building which includes my shop area.
This included building an enclosure in front of the old basement entry to provide a vestibule for parking equipment and keeping the forklift paths out of the weather.
Note the new entrance man door opening through the substantial masonry wall.
The windows that are covered to the left of the lower corner are in my shop area and will come into play later in the series.
Note the column I mentioned in the last series pictured below. This was after power washing and 600 bags of sand blast media to clean up the entire area.
The reason the steel in this area was in such deplorable condition is that it was a bottling area which was washed down daily with caustic soda solution.
For the beer tote folks on the site, below is a picture of a couple of the several large steel tanks that we cut up and recycled. These held 240 barrels each. We cut the tanks into 60” x 22” pieces so as to get a better price and allow man handling.
In addition to the tank salvage we removed 120,000# of steel support structure and refrigeration equipment from the roof of this building and several hundred feet of 115# per foot rail track from the abandoned the switch yard to the west.
This episode is a short one because of the holiday this week.
Have a great 4th of July.
I’ll take you inside next time.
Thanks for visiting.
-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.