Fair Oaks

Civic Center Project Activity Blog

This is a Blog for the Civic Center Project. Entries involve updates to the project, photos, video links, and other information relevant to the Project. 

Jul 17

Town Center Update - July 17, 2019

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 10:10 AM by grodericks grodericks

City Hall/Police Building

Site Photo 16Work this week continues on demolition of the storm drain under the new building area. Large excavations removed sections of pipe from underground. This will allow for footings and piers for the new building to go in unimpeded by abandoned pipe underground.

Work also continues on construction of the temporary secure parking lot and ingress/egress to Fair Oaks for the Police Department. The gravel roadway will be located where the new roadway will connect Ashfield to Fair Oaks. Installation of the temporary parking fence and automated gate has been pushed to the week of July 29. The Police Department will operate from their temporary facility until the new facility completes and they can move in. 

Site Photo 10

Historic Town Hall


Work on Historic Town Hall this week involves continuation of the interior demolition and abatement. As an old building, there is some lead-based paint abatement required before the contractor can remove the old ceiling, walls and flooring. This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and patio doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. The front doors of the entry way area are being saved and refinished for reinstallation at the end of the remodel. 

New Library


Project work this week continues with the clearing of the building pad site for the new library. Survey work for the drilled piers begins this Friday and drilling and installation of the piers will begin next week (July 22). The new library includes a "rammed earth wall" along the street facing side of the building. Construction of the rammed earth wall will take longer than construction for a normal wall.
Site Photo 3

Site Work


Work continues on the installation of the new sewer line from Maple Avenue to Fair Oaks. The sewer line is expected to run from the manhole at Maple Avenue and Station Lane back up through the corporation yard and following along the railroad tracks over to Fair Oaks. A subcontractor of SJ Amoroso is installing the new sewer line. Work on the new sewer line will continue well into August.
Site Photo 12
Cal Water will be onsite the week of August 5 to begin installation of the new water line. This date has been pushed out a week from prior notices. Layout and saw cutting will work the same as the sewer line and it is anticipated that the water line will travel along the same route. Cal Water will be conducting installation of their pipeline. 

The Look Ahead


Work Areas for the Week of July 22
  • Grading, Base Rock - Secure Police Parking Area and Ingress/Egress to Fair Oaks
  • Sewer Line Work between Fair Oaks and Maple
  • Building Pad Work for Admin/Police Building
  • Batter Board Layout for Library Building Pad (you'll start to see the library take shape)
Work Areas for the Week of July 29
  • Installation of Secure Fencing and Gate(s) for Secure Police Parking
  • Sewer Line Work between Fair Oaks and Maple
  • Finish Building Pad Work for Admin/Police Building
  • Layout Building & Drilled Piers for Admin/Police Building
  • Drill & Install Piers for Library Building
Work Areas for the Week of August 5
  • Sewer Line Work between Fair Oaks and Maple
  • Water Line Work between Fair Oaks and Maple
  • Layout and Excavate Grade Beams for Ancillary Building 
  • Drill & Install Piers for Library Building

George Rodericks
City Manager
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

Jul 10

Town Center Update - July 10, 2019

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 9:13 AM by grodericks grodericks

City Hall/Police Building

EarthworkDemolition work continues on the old administration building, to include removal of the storm drains that run underground where the building once stood. This area will become part of the Police Department temporary secure parking as the contractor begins work on the new building pad.

The contractor will begin cutting the sub-grade from the Caltrain parking area to the corporation yard. Installation of the building pad will begin the week of July 24 and layout for the building and drilled piers will begin on July 30. 

Historic Town Hall


Town HallWork on Historic Town Hall this week involves continuation of the interior demolition and abatement. Given that this is an old building, there is some lead-based paint abatement required before the contractor can remove the old ceiling, flooring and some of the window areas.

This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and patio doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. The front doors of the entry way area are being saved and refinished for reinstallation at the end of the remodel. 

New Library


Library Pad WorkProject work this week continues with the clearing of the building pad site for the new library. This work will continue into early next week. Once this work completes, the contractor will begin drilling and installing caissons for the structure. This work is expected to start the week of July 29. The new library includes a "rammed earth wall" along the street facing side of the building. Construction of the rammed earth wall will take longer than construction for a normal wall. As a result, work on the City Hall/Police Building will catch up to work on the new Library.

Site Work


Sewer Line 1Work continues on the installation of the new sewer line from Maple Avenue to Fair Oaks. The sewer line is expected to run from the manhole at Maple Avenue and Station Lane back up through the corporation yard and following along the railroad tracks over to Fair Oaks. Sawcut work began this week and will continue until the line is laid out and then the contractor will begin excavation and installation of the new line. 


Sewer Line 2CalWater will be onsite to install the new water line the week of July 22. Layout and sawcut will work the same as the sewer line and it is anticipated that the water line will travel along the same route.






Temporary Police Building


Work continues to construct a temporary secure parking lot and ingress/egress to Fair Oaks for the Police Department. Grade and base rock will be installed for the gravel roadway from the temporary parking to Fair Oaks. The gravel roadway will be located ultimately where the new roadway will connect Ashfield to Fair Oaks. Installation of the temporary parking fence and automated gate will begin the week of July 23. The Police Department will operate from their temporary facility until the new facility completes and they can move in. 

Other Site Issues

Tree 102 FelledTree #102 fell due to decay and just barely missed the temporary construction trailers onsite. Tree #102 was located behind the two temporary construction trailers between the trailers and the railroad tracks. This was one of the heritage trees to remain on site; but, due to its significant decay, it had to be removed. The adjacent tree #101 will remain but will be closely watched and evaluated. No one was injured when the tree fell; although people were inside the construction trailers at the time. 

Additional fence screening will be installed as work on securing the site and completing the police secure parking lot is finished. Police vehicles will be relocated to the secure lot as it is completed. 


George Rodericks
City Manager
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

Jun 28

Town Center Update - June 28, 2019

Posted on June 28, 2019 at 6:09 PM by grodericks grodericks

Update @ Week End - June 28, 2019

Webcam_ImageMost of the work on the project this week revolved around the demolition of the Administration Building, the Building Permit trailer(s), and the Emergency Storage Shed. The Town setup a Project Photo Gallery, Project Video Gallery (cool short video's of the demolition work), and the first of two Project Webcams. The Webcam images update every 5 minutes. The first up is the Library Webcam. The webcam for the City Hall building will be setup once the demolition and site clearing completes so that a location can be chosen that doesn't interfere with ongoing or immediate future work.  


debrisOnce the buildings were demolished, the contractor set to task to remove the debris. Large trucks passed through the site off-hauling the debris from the project site. The primary truck route for the site brings vehicles in through the Fair Oaks Construction Gate and moves them through the site and back out the same Gate. Fair Oaks to/from El Camino Real is the primary construction off-haul and delivery truck route. 




sawcutThe contractor also began saw cuts in order to begin removal of the asphalt from the site. The contractor has been very careful with the underground SFPUC water line and has chosen to leave the asphalt over the line as a field marker. The pipeline does not pass under any new buildings so the contractor can leave the protective asphalt in place until later in the project.  



Once most of the debris was removed, the contractor also began removal of the top-mulch on the Library site and will soon begin work on the Library Pad. Work on the Library Pad will begin next week (week of July 1). 

Preliminary site utility work also began this week with survey of underground pipelines and connections associated with the sewer lines. The new sewer line will be built in parallel to the older pipe and once complete, there will be a cutover to the new pipeline and the old pipeline will be abandoned in place. Work on this task begins at Maple Avenue and moves toward Fair Oaks. 

Major activity for the week of July 1 includes:

-- Installation of the new sewer line
-- Finish of site demo and off haul
-- Abatement of interior of the Historic Town Hall Building
-- Installation of the new Library Pad

George Rodericks
City Manager
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us