Week 89 (Control Room Masonry Completed)

In construction photos by Michael Tiemann

It took about eight months to get the Music Room masonry done from start to finish.  It took about 2 weeks to do the same for the principal Booth walls and another 2 weeks to completely finish the masonry portion of the Control Room.  Wow!


But that’s not the only progress this week…

Let’s start with some new framing vocabulary: the lookout.  Amazingly, this term is not defined either in Wikipeida (which now makes clear that it’s not trying to become an all-things-to-all-people dictionary) nor Wiktionary (which is). After spending a fair bit of time trying to track down either sources that would make my example “encyclopedic” or my definition even accurate, I’ve decided to leave that to the experts and just explain what a lookout is with a picture and some words.  Namely, a lookout is a structural element that connects the end of the rafter overhanging the edge of the wall with the top plate.  It’s the horizontal boards you see in this photo:


If any of you are feeling expert enough to give all definitions (with references) there are some wikis that need your love.  I just care about the one case above.

You can also see that the sub-fascia has a reverse plumb, which will transfer to the fascia.  That’s a good thing because it means that when the sun gets at all up in the sky, the exposed fascia will be in its own shadow, saving wear and tear on our cedar planks, and saving us $7500 worth of copper cladding that more conventional designs would have required.

And now back to the masonry…

The inside of the Control Room wall is double-wythe construction up to six feet, and then it transitions to a single-wythe construction.  Here you can see a view of the shorter inner wythe to the east:


And to the south, a really nice overview of the QRD at the back of the Control Room:


And a more explicit photo (of the QRD):


Here’s a view of the unpoured bond beam of the outer wythe next to exposed glass block in the not-yet finished inner wythe of Sound Lock 2:


That was finished, and then some (with the audio eQuipment Room reaching up 12 courses in the span of a few days):


Not to be left out, the walls are rising on the Utility Room, too:


The pair of 4″ blocks with 2″ of insulation (or concrete) between them will be topped with a 10″ wide bond beam blocks:


Finally, here’s a cool view taken from inside the Music Room.  Note how the pattern of glass block plays the rhythm of the “A” blocks in the Music Room diffusors:


That’s all for now!