Construction Update:

Week of 6/28/20

Pouring Concrete on Roof Level 

We have substantially completed the concrete structure with minor curb and parapets on the roof left to be completed. You will see concrete truck traffic diminish significantly.

 

Framing

We have installed perimeter framing up to the 5th floor. Installation of the exterior sheathing and vapor barrier is up to the 4th Floor on the East elevation and South half of Arlington Road.  We’ve also started installing sheathing and vapor barriers on the Edgemoor Lane elevation ground floor level.  Once the vapor barrier is installed, we begin installing windows. 

 

Interior Framing has started on the ground floor level.

 

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Rough-ins

Mechanical rough-ins are on the first floor.  

 

Plumbing & Sprinkler rough-ins have been installed through the fourth floor.

 

Masonry

Brickwork has started on the East Elevation following window installation.

 

Permanent Power

The installation of the PEPCO vaults is complete.   We received Temporary Power Final (TPF), which releases PEPCO to install their cables and set the transformers in the vaults.

 

Utility Undergrounding

At Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road:

Overhead relocations are complete with the exception of Comcast.   They are scheduled to complete the undergrounding of their lines by the end of this month.

 

At Moorland Lane and Arlington Road:

Pepco overhead relocation is complete.  Duct bank installation for the low voltage providers is underway.

 

Reminder about Arlington Road and Access to The Christopher Apartments:

Christopher residents are able to access their garage, however access to the circle will vary, based on the work being done. 

 

Because traffic is lighter during the COVID-19 crisis, the County has extended partial lane closures to between 7 AM and 5 PM, provided that at least one lane in each direction remains open.  When work is complete each day, the work will be plated and the closed lanes will reopen.  

 

Worksite Safety Precautions 

We are continually reviewing our safety precautions on the worksite and making adjustments as needed.  Our on-site safety team-members place wristbands on each person entering the site after confirming they are temperature free with a noncontact thermometer.  The wristbands change color each day. We also maintain a daily log of each employee screened.   

 

All workers are required to wear masks.  We also installed additional hand sanitizer stations.  

 

Signs have been posted at each gate with information on preventing the spread of the virus, and at bathrooms with hand washing recommendations.  In addition to ensuring adequate supplies of hand sanitizer at the portable toilets, a hand-washing sink stocked with soap and paper towels is now on the site.  

 

Everyone working on Maizon Bethesda is frequently reminded of the need for regular hand-washing and maintaining social distancing.  People showing signs of being sick are instructed to stay home.  And anyone who shows signs of being sick while on the site will be sent home.   

  

Our Maizon Bethesda construction team continues to monitor local and national recommendations with regards to Covid-19 and will make adjustments as the situation progresses. 

 

 

“Elevated Levels” vs. “Floors”

We have been writing about elevated levels in our updates, which referred to the location of the work as it related to the topography of the site.  Now that our work has moved above ground level, we’ll talk about the actual floors under construction.  

 

Pouring Concrete for Fifth and Sixth Floors 

Concrete pouring has been progressing steadily.  We have finished pouring for the fifth floor and are working to complete the sixth.  

 

Reminder:  During this aboveground concrete pour phase, you’ll see concrete trucks traveling in and out of the property every two or three days.  The trucks will continue to access the site between 7 AM and 7 PM.  

 

Roughing in Mechanical and Electrical

We finished roughing in mechanical and electrical on the two garage levels and the first floor.  Work is underway on the second floor.

 

We are also installing the sprinkler standpipe, which travels vertically to supply water for the sprinkler system on all floors.  We finished installing the standpipe up to the fourth floor so far.  Sprinkler installation will occur separately.

 

Pepco Vault Work Continues on Moorland Lane

Electrical duct bank installation is still underway.  As a reminder, while this work takes place, The Christopher’s traffic circle won’t be accessible but the entrance will remain open.  

 

Utility Undergrounding

As part of Pepco undergrounding, we are installing a second Pepco duct bank at Moorland Lane and Arlington Road. This involves partial lane closures on Arlington Road each day while the work is taking place.  Weather permitting, we expect to complete this work in about two months.

 

Once the Pepco undergrounding work is completed, we will begin work to underground telecommunications facilities, such as Verizon and Comcast.  This will involve installing one more duct bank for telecom and will take about one month, once we start.

 

Reminder:  Because traffic is lighter during the COVID-19 crisis, the County has extended partial lane closures to between 7 AM and 5 PM, provided that at least one lane in each direction remains open.  When work is complete each day, the work will be plated and the closed lanes will reopen.  

 

Worksite Safety Precautions Update

We are continually reviewing our safety precautions on the worksite and making adjustments as needed.  We added an on-site safety team-member to monitor activity and take the noncontact temperature of workers before they enter the site.  All workers are required to wear masks.  We also installed additional hand sanitizer stations. 

 

Signs have been posted at each gate with information on preventing the spread of the virus, and at bathrooms with hand washing recommendations.  In addition to ensuring adequate supplies of hand sanitizer at the portable toilets, a hand-washing sink stocked with soap and paper towels is now on the site. 

 

Everyone working on Maizon Bethesda is frequently reminded of the need for regular hand-washing and maintaining social distancing.  People showing signs of being sick are instructed to stay home.  And anyone who shows signs of being sick while on the site will be sent home.  

  

Our Maizon Bethesda construction team continues to monitor local and national recommendations with regards to Covid-19 and will make adjustments as the situation progresses.  For now, work on the site is moving forward.

Construction Update:

Week of 5/18/20

 

Construction Update:

Week of 5/11/20

“Elevated Levels” vs. “Floors”

We have been writing about elevated levels in our updates, which referred to the location of the work as it related to the topography of the site.  Now that our work has moved above ground level, we’ll talk about the actual floors under construction.  

 

Pouring Concrete for Fifth and Sixth Floors 

Concrete pouring has been progressing steadily.  We have finished pouring for the fifth floor and are working to complete the sixth.  

 

Reminder:  During this aboveground concrete pour phase, you’ll see concrete trucks traveling in and out of the property every two or three days.  The trucks will continue to access the site between 7 AM and 7 PM.  

 

Roughing in Mechanical and Electrical

We finished roughing in mechanical and electrical on the two garage levels and the first floor.  Work is underway on the second floor.

 

We are also installing the sprinkler standpipe, which travels vertically to supply water for the sprinkler system on all floors.  We finished installing the standpipe up to the fourth floor so far.  Sprinkler installation will occur separately.

 

Pepco Vault Work Continues on Moorland Lane

Electrical duct bank installation is still underway.  As a reminder, while this work takes place, The Christopher’s traffic circle won’t be accessible but the entrance will remain open.  

 

Utility Undergrounding

As part of Pepco undergrounding, we are installing a second Pepco duct bank at Moorland Lane and Arlington Road. This involves partial lane closures on Arlington Road each day while the work is taking place.  Weather permitting, we expect to complete this work in about two months.

 

Once the Pepco undergrounding work is completed, we will begin work to underground telecommunications facilities, such as Verizon and Comcast.  This will involve installing one more duct bank for telecom and will take about one month, once we start.

 

Reminder:  Because traffic is lighter during the COVID-19 crisis, the County has extended partial lane closures to between 7 AM and 5 PM, provided that at least one lane in each direction remains open.  When work is complete each day, the work will be plated and the closed lanes will reopen.  

 

Construction Update:

Week of 4/20/20

Pepco Vault Work Continues on Moorland Lane

Now that the vault on Moorland Lane is installed, we are installing the electrical duct bank (houses the electrical conduit) that runs from the street to the vault. While this work takes place, The Christopher’s traffic circle won’t be accessible but the entrance will remain open.  This should take about two weeks, weather permitting. 

 

Utility Undergrounding
We expect to start work this week to underground utilities at Moorland Lane and Arlington Road. This involves partial lane closures on Arlington Road each day while the work is taking place.  Because traffic is lighter during the COVID-19 crisis, the County has extended partial lane closures to between 7 AM and 5 PM, provided that at least one lane in each direction remains open.  When work is complete each day, the work will be plated and the closed lanes will reopen.  
 

Inside the Site

Concrete pouring is ongoing.  We have completed the second elevated deck and have begun work on the third this week. 

 

For each level, we will begin pouring on the Moorland Lane end of the property and progress towards Edgemoor Lane.  Each floor will take around three weeks to complete.  We are pouring six levels above ground, plus the roof, so we expect this phase to take between five and six months, depending on weather and potential COVID-19 impacts.

 

During this aboveground concrete pour phase, you’ll see concrete trucks traveling in and out of the property every two or three days.  The trucks will continue to access the site between 7 AM and 7 PM. 

Garage Interior Work Begins

We started work to install electrical and plumbing in the building, beginning in the lower garage level.  We’re also putting up cinderblocks to rough in electrical closets and storage rooms.

 

Weather permitting, this process will take four to six weeks.

Construction Update:

Week of 4/3/2020

Saturday Moorland Lane Partial Closure

Pepco vaults will be placed underground on the Maizon Bethesda site tomorrow, April 4.  While the work is taking place, Moorland Lane will be closed from the Christopher entrance to Arlington Road.  The Christopher entrance will remain open, as will the garage exit from the Bethesda Urban Partnership building at Moorland Lane and Arlington Road.  

 

We expect this work will take place between 7AM and 7PM Saturday.  

 

A Note about Safety Precautions on the Worksite

As work continues on Maizon Bethesda, our contractors have taken a variety of steps to protect workers on the site.  Signs have been posted at each gate with information on preventing the spread of the virus, and at bathrooms with hand washing recommendations.  In addition to ensuring adequate supplies of hand sanitizer at the portable toilets, a new hand-washing sink stocked with soap and paper towels is now on the site.  Two additional hand sanitizer stations will be added as soon as they are delivered.

 

In addition to those measures, everyone working on Maizon Bethesda is frequently reminded of the need for regular hand-washing and maintaining social distancing.  People showing signs of being sick are instructed to stay home. And anyone who shows signs of being sick while on the site will be sent home.   

  

Our Maizon Bethesda construction team continues to monitor local and national recommendations with regards to Covid-19 and will make adjustments as the situation progresses.  For now, work on the site is moving forward. 

 
 

Construction Update:

Week of March 23, 2020

A Note about Safety Precautions on the Worksite

As work continues on Maizon Bethesda, our contractors have taken a variety of steps to protect workers on the site.  Signs have been posted at each gate with information on preventing the spread of the virus, and at bathrooms with hand washing recommendations.  In addition to ensuring adequate supplies of hand sanitizer at the portable toilets, a new hand-washing sink stocked with soap and paper towels is now on the site.  Two additional hand sanitizer stations will be added as soon as they are delivered.

 

In addition to those measures, everyone working on Maizon Bethesda is frequently reminded of the need for regular hand-washing and maintaining social distancing.  People showing signs of being sick are instructed to stay home. And anyone who shows signs of being sick while on the site will be sent home.   

  

Our Maizon Bethesda construction team continues to monitor local and national recommendations with regards to Covid-19 and will make adjustments as the situation progresses.  For now, work on the site is moving forward.  
 

Inside the Site

Concrete pouring is ongoing.  Work on the first elevated deck is moving towards completion and framing work has begun on the second elevated deck.

 

For each level, we will begin pouring on the Moorland Lane end of the property and progress towards Edgemoor Lane.  Each floor will take around three weeks to complete. We are pouring six levels above ground, plus the roof, so we expect this phase to take between five and six months, depending on weather and potential COVID-19 impacts. 

 

During this above-ground concrete pour phase, you’ll see concrete trucks traveling in and out of the property every two or three days.  The trucks will continue to access the site between 7 AM and 7 PM.  

Installing Pepco Vaults on the Site

Undergrounding of electric utilities at Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane hasn’t begun yet.  However, in the next few weeks, we may begin work to place Pepco vaults underground. We’ll keep you posted as things move forward.  

 

Construction Update:

Week of March 9, 2020

Inside the Site

We’re moving up! We finished pouring at-grade concrete on the site and have started pouring above ground.  For each level, we will begin pouring on the Moorland Lane end of the property and progress towards Edgemoor Lane.  Each floor will take around three weeks to complete. We are pouring six levels above ground, plus the roof, so we expect this phase to take between five and six months, if the weather cooperates.

 

During this above-ground concrete pour phase, you’ll see concrete trucks traveling in and out of the property every two or three days.  The trucks will most likely enter and leave the site between 7 AM and 7 PM.  

Underground Utility Work

While we’re moving up with concrete, we’re also moving down for electric utilities! The undergrounding work is complete on the south end of the property, at Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane.  

 

In about three weeks, the same undergrounding process will begin on the north end, at Arlington Road and Moorland Lane. You’ll begin to see the roads being marked, followed by partial lane closures as trenches are dug for the installation of the conduit.  The trenches will be plated at the end of each workday. 

 

These closures will take place while the work is on-going from 9 AM - 3 PM. When the workers are done for the day, the lanes will reopen.  Stay tuned for information on when the partial lane closures will begin.

 

Construction Update:

Week of Feburary 3, 2020

Clarification: Electric Service Switchover Sunday
Friday night’s power switchover from overhead lines to new underground lines on Edgemoor Lane east of Arlington Road has been rescheduled. 

Pepco crews will be performing the work sometime between noon tomorrow (Sunday) and 2 AM Monday. This will not result in any disruption of power. Our Friday construction update email incorrectly stated that power would be disrupted while the work was being done, but this will not be the case.
 
Thank you for your patience!

 

Construction Update:

Week of January 27, 2020

Inside the Site
Concrete pouring continues throughout the site. We have poured the slab-on-grade in the basement and the first slab at grade level. We will start pouring the last slab on grade for the elevated decks this week.

 

We have built a field mock-up on the site at the corner of Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road. The mock-up is a free-standing small section of the building that features windows. It will be used to test air infiltration and water penetration. Testing will start in early February.

Underground Utility Work

Utility work is ongoing. The contractor is installing wet utilities, including sewer, storm drain and water systems on Arlington Road. They have completed soft cutting on Arlington and will begin on Moorland Lane in the coming weeks. Once soft cutting is complete, the contractor will start digging to cut and cap existing underground utilities. 

 

Construction Update:

Week of January 6, 2020

Saturday Moorland Lane Closure
Moorland Lane will be closed between Arlington Road and the entrance to The Christopher, Saturday, January 11 beginning at 7 AM. Two tractor-trailers will deliver a mobile crane and a sand/oil separator tank. The tank is required by WSSC and will be installed underground within the parking garage. Due to the logistics involved with the crane and placement of the tank, we expect installation to last up to 8 hours.
 
While Moorland Lane will be closed between Arlington Road and the entrance to The Christopher, the remaining portion of Moorland Lane to Woodmont Avenue will remain open. This is a one-day closure only. 

 

Construction Update:

Week of December 16, 2019

Inside the Site

Work is continuing on the underground garage for Maizon Bethesda residents, with an entrance on Moorland Lane. We have poured the lowest level (slab on grade) of the parking garage on the north end of the site and part of the garage ramp. 

A concrete pumping station tower was set up in the middle of the site to pour the rest of the concrete structure. The concrete will be pumped through a pipe that goes up through the center of the building. This will allow us to pour concrete for the upper levels. The tower will get taller as we move up to the higher floors.

 

The end date is dependent on how cooperative the weather is, but we are currently scheduled to top out (pour the roof level) early summer of 2020.

Underground Utility Work
This week, the utility contractor started cutting and capping underground utilities for the houses that once existed on the site. This involves digging underground, cutting the utility lines and capping them.
 

We have also started digging/drilling test pits to locate existing underground utilities on Arlington Road and Moorland Lane. 

The plate covered trenches on Arlington Road are still in place pending PEPCO’s final inspections, all weather permitting. Once the trenches have been certified, the plates will be removed and the trenches will be patched up.

 

Construction Update:

Week of November 11, 2019

Inside the Site
Work is continuing on the underground garage for Maizon Bethesda residents, with the entrance on Moorland Lane. You’ll see trucks hauling dirt within the construction site to backfill the interior garage ramp on Moorland Lane.

 

Foundation


Concrete operations continue. We have started water proofing around the foundation walls. You’ll see a flow of concrete trucks in and out of the site on a regular basis. The end date depends on how cooperative the weather is but we are currently scheduled to top out (pour the last level) early summer of 2020.

Underground Utility Work
We are undergrounding overhead lines starting on the west side of Arlington Road, crossing over Arlington Road to Edgemoor Lane and ending at the Edgemont. We have started trenching for the installation of the conduit. These trenches are being plated at the end of each work day.
 
One lane closure will continue on Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road. These closures will take place while the work is on-going from 9 AM - 3 PM. When the workers are done for the day, the lanes will reopen. These partial lane closings will take place for the duration of the utility relocation project.

 

Construction Update:

Week of October 14, 2019

Foundations
We have started concrete operations beginning with the foundations. Starting on Monday, you will see a constant flow of concrete trucks in and out of the site on a regular basis. The end date depends on how cooperative the weather is but we are currently scheduled to top out (pour the last level) early summer of 2020.

Underground Utility Work
Work to underground overhead lines along Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road continues. This week we started trenching for the installation of the conduits. These trenches are being plated every day at the end of each work day.

One lane closures will continue on Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road. These closures will take place while the work is on-going from 9 AM - 3 PM. When the workers are done for the day, the lanes will reopen. These partial lane closings will take place for the duration of the utility relocation project. 

 

Construction Update:

Week of October 7, 2019

Work to underground utility lines along Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road starts today. The relocation work is going to take approximately 6 to 8 weeks, weather permitting. 

There will be one lane closed each on Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road. The closures will only take place while the work is being done - from 9 AM - 3 PM. When the workers are done for the day, the lanes will reopen. These partial lane closings will take place for the duration of the utility relocation project.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks as we move forward with the construction process.

 

Construction Update:

Week of September 30 2019

Tower Crane Coming Tomorrow

On Saturday, October 5th, a tower crane will be erected at the site. Due to the logistics involved with crane erection, it is expected for mobilization and erection to last most of the day with an approximate start of 9:00 AM and an approximate completion of 7:00 PM.  You may see personnel earlier than 9:00 AM getting ready to receive the crane and also inspecting the site and its surroundings for safety precautions.

Fortunately, the road closures will be kept to a minimum since there is enough room inside the site to erect the crane.

About the Tower Crane
Tower cranes are shaped somewhat like upside down “L’s.”  They are used to move heavy loads around construction sites. The crane will remain on the Maizon Bethesda construction site until approximately late spring or early summer of 2020.

 

Construction Update:

Week of September 9, 2019

Inside the Site
We are continuing excavation work on the site for about four more weeks. Once the excavation is complete, we’ll start pouring the foundation so you’ll start seeing concrete trucks arriving. Below grade work will continue until January 2020.

We expect excavation to start August 5. In the meantime, you may have seen people on the site clearing debris.

Construction entrances are located on both Moorland and Edgemoor Lanes. Flaggers will be on hand at both entrances throughout the school year.

All construction activity is weather permitting and subject to change.

Pedestrian Traffic 
The east side of Arlington Road will remain closed to pedestrians throughout construction. We have created walkways on Moorland and Edgemoor Lanes and they will be lit & covered sometime in October. Jersey barriers will guide pedestrians to the new walkways.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks as we move forward with the construction process.

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Moorland Lane construction entrance.

 

We have completed demolition on the site, including bringing down all of the houses.

We expect excavation to start August 5. In the meantime, you may have seen people on the site clearing debris.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks as we move forward with the construction process.

Construction Update:

Week of July 31, 2019

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Construction Update:

Week of July 8, 2019

Activity is picking up at the Maizon Bethesda site! We received our Notice to Proceed on demolition so our work begins in earnest.

Preparing for Demolition: We will begin clearing shrubbery on the property within the next few days, and will be implementing sediment control measures.  Once completed, you’ll see protective fencing going up around the perimeter.   

Demolition Phase: After we prepare the site, and before any further work is done, County officials will inspect the site to provide clearance for us to move ahead with demolition. Trees and houses will start to come down at that point.

Minimizing Dust: To minimize the dust that results from tearing down buildings, we’ll be spraying water on the property as needed throughout the day.

 

We are approaching the start of our Maizon Bethesda construction phase. 

Utility relocations are one of the first action items.  Conduit was installed on Moorland Lane two months ago and we expect relocation to be completed there within the next two weeks.  We will begin to relocate utility facilities and place them underground on Edgemoor Lane beginning in mid-summer.

In the next three weeks, you will begin to see contractors on the property.  Protective fencing will be installed around the site and some equipment will begin to appear in preparation for demolition.  We'll keep everyone posted on the progress.   

In the meantime, we will continue to landscape and maintain the property.

Construction Update:

Week of June 17, 2019

 

Construction Update:

Week of April 15, 2019

Predemolition Phase Continues 

In preparation for demolition, we have disconnected all utilities to the eight single family homes and are demolishing the underground lines.   

Some utility relocations need to be completed before we begin excavation, which we expect to start within the next two months. 

 

Construction Update:

Week of March 18, 2019

Neighbors will soon start to see pre-construction activity on the property. The first step will be setting up a safety fence that will limit access to the interior of the site. You’ll see it in the coming weeks.


After the fencing goes up, we will begin disconnecting utilities and start preparation for the demolition phase. This work will be limited to the interior of the site. 

We expect to start demolition in early April and excavation in late April, weather permitting. Stay tuned for more information.