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4525_WEEK 1 June 1st – June 5th

The work continues on the Congo st initiative with the commencement of Pat and Earnests home, our 4th house in a year.
Once again we have engaged UT Arlington’s School of Architecture and are joined by current students, Alex Dahm, Sarah Hamzeh, Brian Mount, Soid Manzano, John Devlin and Dee Roco. Recent graduates Alex Kwong and Mikhail Sooner, along with Congo resident and now Workshop veteran Vivian Garrett round out our team for the summer. Volunteers Chad Ethridge and Parin Ahmadi also join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
On Monday, June 1st, the students met with Brent on Congo Street to become acclimated with the project, site conditions, and overview of the goals for the summer project within the realms of planning and building. Two teams were created to tackle each of these important issues with respect to the project. The build team proceeded to clean and organize materials in a Mobile Mini storage unit while the planning team began their work at bcWORKSHOP’s office in Deep Ellum.

The following day, the build team met at Helical Concepts in Wylie, Texas to discuss the installment and nuances surrounding helical piers. Helical piers are 6-foot long metal screws that anchor the house to the land, resisting vertical movement from rainwater and lateral movement from wind. Pat and Earnest’s house will be the first project on Congo to depart from traditional concrete piers and use the helical system. Afterwards, the team met in Congo to assist in clearing out a workspace around the site and built shelves for the Mobile Mini containing tools. A few members of the team helped Pat and Earnest move a few of their possessions to the Holding House, while the remaining crew departed for the evening.

Wednesday found the build team developing a comprehensive schedule breaking down the timeline of various building milestones such as installing the piers, completion of framing, and completion of interior and exterior finishes. After the lengthy planning process was complete, the team began removing the remaining large appliances save the heaters as gas had yet to be turned off, removed carpeting, and spent the remaining time preparing to remove the hardwood flooring and the roof, which was continued on Thursday. The ceiling was braced with a series of vertical 2x4’s to allow for a group of the build team to begin removing the roof on Friday.

One of the goals of the project is to minimize waste whenever possible, so when it was time to dispose of the roof shingles and carpet, there was a question as to what to do with the material. The only facility to recycle asphalt shingles in Texas is located in Georgetown, Texas, which is a significant drive from Dallas. As for the carpet, samples were taken to Irving to be tested for their ability to be recycled. Unfortunately, the carpet was not able to be processed by that particular facility. Luckily, all of the scrap wood that we are not to reuse in our project in innovative ways is able to be recycled to more than make up for any unfortunate additional waste. By the end of Friday, a significant amount of flooring was removed and the roof was reduced to the rafters on 90%, with one corner of the porch still sheathed due to the exterior electricity connections.

This summer will be challenging as it is our first remodel of one of the century old homes.

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