On Saturday, members of Rhode Island Carpenters Local Union 94 unanimously approved a new agreement with the Construction Industries of Rhode Island for heavy and highway work. The four year agreement will provide hourly increases for total wages and benefits of $1.50 in the first year and $1.75 in the second year. Total package increases for the third and fourth year of the agreement will be the same as what is negotiated for the building agreement. A two-year agreement for building work was completed last week.
Coming soon...more negotiations This year is a busy one for the New England Regional Council when it comes to collective bargaining. In addition to the Western Massachusetts and Rhode Island contracts, three other agreements covering four New England states are set to expire before the end of 2009. The final carpentry contract will be negotiated next year. The contracts, and their expiration dates are: Boston/Eastern Massachusetts--September 30 Massachusetts Floorcoverers Local 2168--August 31 Northern New England(Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont)--September 30 Connecticut--May 2010
Carpenters working for H. Carr & Sons, Inc. are currently working on the metal framing throughout 1st and 2nd floors.
The interior of Commercial buildings are framed out using metal stud, instead of wood frame, because there is no load being carried by the walls. The steel structure of the Carpenters Center carries all loads for the building. Even in wood frame construction, interior partitions are done by metal studs because they are faster and less expensive to install. Today, many single family residential properties use metal stud for interior walls that are not load-bearing.
A carpenter cuts metal stud
When the carpenters finish framing out all of the walls, the electricians will pull wires and locate receptacles, Tele data boxes, switches and lights throughout the building. In wet walls (kitchens and bathrooms) the plumbers will install the rough plumbing. After electrical and plumbing is complete, the drywall will be hung.
In addition to the interior metal stud work, carpenters have also framed out the parapet wall on the roof. The Boston Redevelopment Authority requires that all something is put in place to conceal rooftop mechanical units. For the Carpenters Center a parapet wall was designed, which will act both as a windscreen and concealment of the rooftop units. Instead of simply building fencing around the rooftop units, as is often seen at the top of buildings, the Carpenters Center will have a parapet which fulfills the BRA requirement but also is a design feature of the building.
The Den Glass is installed on to the metal frame; much like drywall will be installed on the interior walls of the building. After the dens glass is completed, 3.5 inches of insulation will be put on the roof, then the roofing can be installed.
In addition to the metal stud work, MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) continues on the second and third floors.
Fireproofing is being done by crews working for Advanced Spray. The fireproofing is sprayed onto the entire steel structure of the building. On areas where the steel will be exposed (i.e. in the pavilion) fire resistant intumescent paint will be put on the beams instead of the spray fireproofing. Intumescent paint creates a fireproofing around the steel structure. Under extreme heat the paint will actually expand up to 6 times its thickness, protecting the steel from the heat/fire.