As a contractor sometimes you go outside your normal everyday projects to help out a good cause. We volunteered to co-manage a pavilion build at the Bradley St Church of God in Aylmer, ON. We decided that we are going to document the process with photos, video and some commentary to give you an idea of how a project of this size unfolds.
Pavilion Project Details
The project initially started in February of 2015 with a very basic concept and budget. We at Decked to Perfection and Goldeye Construction volunteered to manage the entire project at this time. From the end of February until late April we spent our time getting the concept to the construction drawing stage, sourcing and pricing all the materials. After many revisions on the drawings and getting quotes from suppliers and trades we were ready to move forward with the project in early May. At this time we had to get a building permit along with a permit from Catfish Creek Conservation Authority. The pavilion sits right next to a creek that is part of the Catfish Creek watershed so hence the reason for the permit.
As with any project, there was a lot of last minute running around to get all the paperwork lined up and work started. But after months of being in the planning stages the project has finally gotten underway.
Follow the Pavilion Build
We will be updating the process in reverse chronological order so if you’d like to start from Day 1 you’ll have to scroll all the way to the bottom and work your way back up.
Days ??? – Middle of July, 2015
Everything has now been completed on the pavilion. The roof has been shingled. The storage area has a door and siding on the walls. The beams have been capped. All in all it was a very successful project.
With the help of so many volunteers we were able to bring this project in at under 50% of the cost had it been contracted. We can’t begin to thank the people enough that played a role in this project. Here’s a final few pictures of the finished product.
Days 7, 8, 9 – June 11th, 12th, 13th, 2015
Days 7 and 8 of this project went by very smoothly even though we had a one day delay due to weather. On Wednesday June 10th we were scheduled to get the concrete poured for the floor of the pavilion. But with the rain in the forecast the concrete crew decided that it was better to wait and do the job on Thursday. JR Landscaping once again was on site early Thursday morning to prep the sidewalk for the pour. The pouring started around 10 am and continued throughout the morning and afternoon.
Pastor Franz Friesen and his son volunteered their time to frame the walls for the storage area at the back of the pavilion. By Friday afternoon, the walls were framed, windows were installed and shingles were loaded on the roof. Another productive day.
Day 9 was Saturday and the only word we can use to describe it is WOW! With the help of lots of volunteers we got an incredible amount of stuff accomplished. Below is the list of things that were accomplished and we’re sure that some items were missed completely.
- All the little framing details got completed
- Wall sheathing was nailed off
- All electrical rough-ins were completed
- Final grading around the pavilion completed.
- Sprinkler system around pavilion was installed
- Sod was laid and rolled on approximately 80% of the area
We can’t thank all the volunteers enough that were a part of this day. Without them things would not be moving at the same pace. In the next week we’ve got the roof that needs to be shingled, siding, soffit and fascia that needs to be installed, some braces that need to be nailed in, installation of the door, final electrical work, and the remainder of the sod.
Day 6 – June 4th, 2015
We got an early start to the day as some of us were on site by 6 am. Many of our posts had moved slightly during the backfilling and packing process so we started out by straightening out the posts and bracing everything. After that came the big job of installing all the trusses. This is when you appreciate equipment that can make your life easier. No hand bombing large trusses into place. Everything was lifted using a forklift and set into place.
By noon the trusses were all in place. After lunch it was time for fascia boards to be nailed up, some minor stick framing for the hips on the roof, and roof sheeting. Everything went up without any issues and we were finished up for the day around 5:30pm.
We’d like to help all the volunteers who took part in the day and helped us get the work done.
Day 5 – June 3rd, 2015
Now the fun stuff is starting. We arrived around noon and started nailing beams together and getting all of our posts cut down to the proper height. Dave from Goldeye Construction was kind enough to bring his forklift down and make everybody’s life much easier and saved our backs. With the help of the forklift we got all but one beam in place. We had a cutting error and were short some lumber so the beam will have to wait until tomorrow.
Day 4 – June 1st, 2015
We weren’t a part of Day 4. So there’s not much to say. Besides a huge thanks to JR Landscaping for completing the rest of the backfilling and packing. They had to truck in 15 loads of sand to backfill and get the floor area built up for concrete.
Day 3 – May 30th, 2015
A day of setting posts. Although it was Saturday, to keep all of our other projects on schedule we decided to work on Saturday. With the help of some wonderful volunteers from the church we had a great day. We spent the morning wrestling 14′ 6×6 posts into place and then checking to make sure the were plumb and in a straight line. As soon as we had one run of posts done JR Landscaping was ready to start backfilling the trench with sand and packing it down. We finished setting the posts shortly after noon and the backfilling continued throughout most of the afternoon.
Once again we’d like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help.
Day 2 – May 29th, 2015
We had an inspection on the 28th and passed so it was time to start our footings. We arrived on site at about 6:15 am to get everything prepped before the concrete truck arrived. We used string lines, paint and a 90 degree laser to layout our lines inside the trenches and then marked all of our footing locations. The concrete truck arrived a little bit early and luckily we got a great driver. Most of the time when you’re dealing with concrete they just want to get it off their truck and go. Our driver, was pretty relaxed and since it was Friday wasn’t in a rush to move on. With some expert driving he was able to fill most of the footings for us. This drastically reduced the joy of moving the concrete around in a wheelbarrow inside of a trench.
We were scheduled to have our footings inspected at 3pm but the inspector showed up early and gave us a pass again. For the last hour or two of the day we got all of our posts ready for setting.
As normally the first day of any project is usually a little stressful but exciting. All the planning is done and now it’s time to get the actual build going. With a number of the trades being church members and volunteering their time, we obviously have to work around everybody’s very busy schedules at this time of year. JR Landscaping did all the excavation work and as usual did an excellent job. They notified us that they would be available to start work at around 4pm. We arrived on site a little after 3pm to get everything marked out for them. As nature would have it, we were hit with a lot of rain at about 4:30 pm and were unsure if any excavation was going to possible. Due to everybody’s busy schedules, we decided to go ahead and work in the rain. By 8:oo pm we had all the excavation done and were ready for our first inspection prior to pouring our footings.