Ivy City Construction Update, Nov. 1, 2011

By Paula Katrina Drago

The past month has been an exciting one out on the construction site in Ivy City.  On Wednesday, October 19th, we kicked off Freddie Mac’s “Making a Community” (MAC) Month, with a group of volunteers who showed us that a little rain couldn’t slow them down.  MAC Month is an initiative that gets employees out to volunteer and give back to their local communities.  

That Thursday, we had a great time working with a huge group of volunteers (60!) from Kaiser Associates and Kaiser Permanente, two different companies, who came together for “Kaiser Day.”  On Friday, more MAC Month volunteers from Freddie Mac came to work alongside a group from a pre-apprenticeship Green Construction training program through the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities.  We worked with Young Professionals from Baltimore on Saturday and received a special lunch delivery from Sigma Gamma Rho to refuel us all for the afternoon!

Freddie Mac volunteers work on Central Place homes.

Last week, Freddie Mac was back to help pour concrete to fill our ICF (insulated concrete form) walls on all of our new construction units, 1846/1848 and 1838/1840 Central Place. We’ve been wrapping up framing on the 1846/1848 duplex by building stair platforms and porch roofs. With the help of a U.S. Marines group, we installed stairs and wrapped up the first phase of building before getting electric and plumbing started. 

Over at 1838/1840 Central Place, where we poured the foundation just a few weeks ago, work is moving quickly. We’ve already framed the first floor, completed one level of ICF wall, installed the joists and decking, and sheathed the entire first floor exterior.  With volunteers from the American Psychological Association who worked not just in the cold, but in the sleet and snow of last Saturday, we were able to raise second story walls.

Thanks to all of our committed construction volunteers – we hope you’ll subscribe to the blog so you’ll get our routine updates on new home construction in Ivy City.

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