Horseshoe Courtyard

First One down

Check tabs with torpedo level
Check height with site level
Drill 10 inches into building
Check hole is the right depth
Clean out debris
Put HILTI sleeve mesh in wall
Fill mesh with epoxy
Put the threaded rod in
Place washer and nut
Tighten nuts with a wrench
Rods ready to be trimmed

This week the team put up the first plate on the wall! First, they removed the clips from the conduit and strapped them in place to the scaffolding legs. This allowed the team to slide the plates behind the conduit and into place, and temporarily fix them to the wall with washers and tapcons anchors. In order to use the plate as a drilling template. The tapcons were removed once the first set of rods were cured and ready to receive washers and nuts. After all were done, the rods were cut to the desired length and tightened further with a torque wrench.

This week the walkway grate was delivered! Once all the walkway structure is up, there will be dropped in place.

Testing, Testing…

As the team prepared to start installing the walkway structure, a pull-out load test done in order to understand the strength of the brick, and its relationship to the HILTI anchors. The team installed two anchors with washers and nuts at different locations on the wall and tested both to failure load….and they passed!!

Shortly before the team left for Birmingham, the electrical was roughed in. This week, thanks to Mason’s help, it finally became live!

The color for the block walls has been decided, soon be painted grey ( second from the left)

Prepping for walkway structure

In preparation for putting up the wall plates, for the walkway, the Horseshoe Courtyard team set up scaffolding on-site, and ground off the old threaded rods on the East facade. These rods used to be part of the structure of the historic balconies, back in the late 1800s.

Testing jig, and ease of temporary attachment to the wall with Tapcons and washers. Initial leveling of tabs done with string attached to the 2×4.

The team also took a day trip back to the shop to cut the 5/8 inch threaded rods that will be used to fasten the walkway pieces, as well as the footing plates to the concrete. And the 1/2 inch rods that will connect the screens to each other.

From a pile to a truckload!

After months of fabricating at the shop, we are finally back in Hale! Thanks to Mason, and Shane from Stillwater, we were able to take all the pieces from Jim’s shop to Metal Works, and finally to Morrisette.

The last few pieces the team worked on were for the walkway, which were dry-fitted at the shop before delivering everything to the galvanizing plant.

We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have spent time at the shop and become empowered with new metalworking, and welding skills!

Luis at the grill

What is a celebration without tacos? After wrapping up fabrication, Luis and Flo made carne asada and al pastor tacos! A huge shoutout for them, not only for teaching us, and making sure we didn’t injure ourselves but for sharing stories and becoming part of our team.

2,200 Holes and Counting…

Over the last couple of weeks, the Horseshoe Hub Courtyard team has continued to fabricate the screens in the shop, and are nearly done! After working on the shorter eight-foot screens, the team moved on to working on the nine-foot screens that are above the stage and near the main entrance, as well as 18-foot screens and corners. Thanks to the jigs that were fabricated, a small assembly line was created to facilitate making the screens as equally as possible. 

This past week the team finished cutting and perforating all the steel tubes for the footings, walkway strut, and wall plates and started welding the tabs to the wall plates. Also, a huge shoutout to Zane and Cassandra from Blackshop Birmingham for donating the laser-cut plates that make-up most of the walkway, they saved the team weeks worth of work!  

In other exciting news, the team took a trip this past Monday to Hunter Trees LLC and tagged the trees for the courtyard! Thirteen beautiful single trunk, Natchez Crepe Myrtles, which will be planted on site shortly after the screens are up.