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Cafe: All Rough Inspections Complete

Things are progressing nicely at the cafe project.  The building department has been out to sign off on the rough plumbing, electrical and building inspections.  The public health department has made a visit to check on the status of the work.  All of the inspectors are happy, which allows us to move ahead to sheetrock.

View of the future kitchen from the front door.

You will notice that in the kitchen area we have run sheets of 1 1/8″ plywood up the walls.  This will serve as solid backing for restaurant equipment and display shelving.  Both the plywood and the sheetrock will eventually be covered in stainless steel.  This will satisfy the health department’s need for an approved cleanable surface.  All locations of equipment have been established at this point, dictating placement of electrical and gas locations.

Rough framing as viewed from the banquette area.

The curtain wall above our counter area will serve a few purposes.  We will house our recessed lighting in the curtain wall to illuminate the customer counter.  The dropped wall will also hide the lights in the kitchen.  Display art will find a home on the wall and it serves as a boundary between the kitchen and seating area.

Control Center

Once drywall goes up we will begin the finish stage of the project.  After all of the taping and sanding, we are moving directly into our concrete floor treatment.  The floors will receive some grinding before getting an epoxy coat.  The clear epoxy, showing the concrete’s exposed aggregate, will be a design feature of the cafe.

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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Framing, jobsite, photos, Plumbing



Café Underground Plumbing

Work is well underway for all of the new underground plumbing at our café project.  Two independent systems will pick up multiple sinks.  All of the food prep sinks will head out through a grease interceptor.  All other sinks will head out through a standard sewer connection.  Much of the equipment will be drained into a floor sink to provide an air gap.

The underground leaves the kitchen and pitches down to the basement area.  It punches through an old brick foundation and then ties in to the existing sewer system.  The grease interceptor will sit in this room, which will allow cleaning from the sidewalk pop up doors.

A couple of floor drains will tie into the system.  Each of these will receive a trap primer to maintain a vapor lock.  When our final connections are complete, we will have the plumbing department out to sign off on the work.  We will then backfill and compact and pour our concrete.  Eventually the floor will receive an epoxy finish.  Once the slab is down we can begin our metal framing.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in jobsite, photos, Plumbing, project