Wednesday, November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009 #2

Here are Glen and Crescensio (last seen here in July at the beginning of the project working on the footings and floor joists). They have been making railings at his Mongoose Junction wood shop, brought them to Concordia over the past few days and started installing today. Quite a view from those decks:)

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November 25, 2009

This is Matthew Jarvis and his excellent roofing team. They completed one building in two days, including the shower bump out and dining area bay window roof. He has an amazing reputation on island for fast, professional work and we agree.

He must first apply the Tekfoil insulation then the Energy Star rated metal roofing, a bit tricky since the Tekfoil covers the purlins and makes it hard to line up the roof screws. He found a way to make it happen and the roof looks great.

Painting of fascia and installation of gutters to follow once the HardiPlank is complete; notice Alfredo and Francisco on the scaffold (along with Tasha and Lennox doing the panel cutting down below) have it well underway on the side wall. It's also about half way up the long southern wall out of view in this photo.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

November 20, 2009 Stanley and Glen

Well here they are, the men responsible for the Concordia EcoStudios (and so much more) owner, Stanley Selengut and Architect-builder Glen Speer. Stanley is on island to receive a lifetime acheivement award from the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association. It was a great opportunity for Stanley and Glen to discuss the project and start the process for the next phase.

They met in Glen's beautiful yoga studio, one of a myriad of beautiful spaces Glen has created at his Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay.

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November 20, 2009 part 3

The HardiPlank is going up looking good! Notice the full 4' panel on the ground and the shake look of the final install. Glen decided to rip 20' Treks deckboard for all the corners, giving us a nice straight edge to marry to the HardiPlank and adding considerable strength as well. It also looks great. Click image to enlarge.

November 20, 2009 part 2

Wrapping up window and Tyvek installation on the final wall by Jabudda, Alfredo and Lennox while Steve seals up a wrap gap that occurred during high winds and rain over the past few days.

November 20, 2009

This is the test section of our kitchen countertop. It's made of cement and rough crushed Budweiser bottles courtesy of our amazing Maho Recycled Art Center. Engineered by the Maho Art Center "let's try this!" Dan Kreofsky, these countertops will recycle hundreds of waste beer bottles to create beautiful, strong, custom, affordable kitchen and bath counters. We're using Budweiser brown in the kitchen and Heineken green in the bath. Dan is also working on a glass resin top that is comparable to Corian or Granite in look and feel and uses even more waste glass.

The counters are being formed at our woodshop as I write. Click image to enlarge.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

November 13, 2009

Jon & Chris, electricians from Pangea Solar & Electric are getting us powered up. Steve Slade, not yet pictured, the owner of Pangaea (340-776-9528), has been a leader in alternative energy system installations on the island.

We are also working on a permit to install a wind turbine that will offset the power used by these highly energy efficient studio units.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 11, 2009

...and the electric work has begun...

Photos of the wonderful Pangea Electricans crew at work will be on the next blog entry.

November 11, 2009

Today the crew applied the roof felt, purlins and fascia to building 2.
Next step, insulated metal roof.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Windows for all views

Each of the four new Concordia Eco-Studios has a remarkable view and the crew is now putting in the windows and interior walls to take advantage of the ocean views.

Interior walls added to eco-studios

Work is progressing on the interior walls of the two new Concordia Eco-Studios. Each studio will have as many windows as possible to take advantage of the incredible ocean views.

Concordia is back open for business!

As of November 1st we are happy to once again have guests after 2 months of being closed. Our staff is very busy moving registration so that it is now located next to Cafe Concordia.
Here are a few of the cheerful greeters who will welcome you to Concordia's new registration office.