Archive for January, 2009

I’ve been remiss, the View From Up Here, and green roofs.

January 19, 2009

One of the pleasures of a project like ours (not unlike a large-ish catering gig) is forging working partnerships with the people on the job. I’ve already mentioned some, but in my pean to new roofs I failed to name Trama Roofing, who is putting Front & Palmer under a new cover. You can see Bert Trama, on the left, in this picture of the lovely (waterproof!) roof on our 1 story building at 1746 N. Front:

 

I'm just not tired of looking at this yet.

I'm just not tired of looking at this yet.

Roofing work continues – if it was a small job I wouldn’t devote so much time to it – and Bert’s crew has moved onto the roof of the main building, as you can here:

 

A roof with a view.

A roof with a view.

The fencing is not part of a roof-deck-to-come, it’s there to protect the guys who’re working.

We considered installing a green roof, most especially on the lower, 1746 building. After attending a seminar at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, we realized  it wasn’t practical for a number of reasons.

First off, there’s the additional expense. Up front costs for a green roof are at least 3 times what they are for a work-a-day roof; even though what Bert’s installing is much more than a cheap paper and hot tar roof, we would have had  to spend a lot more for a green roof. Besides the cost of dirt and plants, you need a structure that can support a greater load,  and a more extensive drainage plan. After that you need someone who can look after your roof, who can troubleshoot it when the green things aren’t green. The fellow who gave the presentation I attended is the greensman for a local college; hey, it’s his job to keep the gardens blooming, not to do that inbetween making hors d’oeuvre and testing recipes! We’re challenged keeping our office plants healthy.

Not surprisingly, the cost was the biggest issue. The fact that we wouldn’t have access to see or otherwise enjoy the green-ness of our roof was another disincentive. We have no plans for a doorway onto that roof, and the buildings don’t align to let us install windows onto that roof, either. All that money and no fun? Not in the cards…..

On another roof front, repairs are being made to the decking around the chimney. The damaged wood is in the first picture, and a shot of what’s going on today from below, as the repairs are put in place, is in the second.

 

Definitely a good place to NOT put your foot....

Definitely a good place to NOT put your foot....

 

Out with the bad wood, in with the good.

Out with the bad wood, in with the good.

As great as all of this is, I’m ready for some stuff to start happening indoors, on the ground.

 

A New Roof is a Beautiful Thing

January 12, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away....

It ain’t sexy, but it sure is sweet. Knowing water won’t be pouring into our single story building at the corner of Front & Palmer is pretty satisfying. The next stage is re-doing the roof on the three story, main building. That’s already begun, but has a way to go to be completely finished.

Let me repeat about how we’re happy to take your comments. It turned out to be easier to handle than I’d thought, and it’s fun, so why not?

Meanwhile, below are architectural drawings of how the first two floors are being laid out. These plans have been modified from what you see here, but you’ll get the general idea.

Scratch ‘N Sniff has yet to be developed for the world wide web, so no sneak sniffs of food to come. Maybe later….

 

kitchen, kosher kitchens, tasting room, and warehouse.

All the major components are shown: kitchen, kosher kitchens,tasting room, and warehouse.

 

Besides the Atrium event room, there are offices, the elevator, bathrooms, and a green room (or, a bride's room).

Besides the Atrium event room, there are offices, the elevator, bathrooms, and a green room (or, a bride's room).