Major Milestones met during 1/14-1/18

Today, Monday January 14th, 2019 marks some important milestones in the construction of the Magruder Expansion. Starting today, the concrete pour will begin for the clinic’s slab on metal deck roof, which is expected to continue into Wednesday. Also, the start of the structural steel for the lecture hall. Installation will begin on Wednesday and continue through the end of January.

In other events for the Magruder Expansion- the beginning of the week at the clinic exterior framing for the north side of the building will be completed and moving into exterior framing of the east side of the building which will run through the beginning of next week. It’s currently expected that the exterior sheeting installation that begins today will carry into at least the beginning of February. Lastly at the clinic, work for the rain drains will be completed midweek.

At the lecture hall, the majority of the focus is centered around beginning the installation of the structural steel. At the end of the week, work will start on installing a new 12″ storm line for the lecture hall.

The site of the LINAC addition will be busy this week, continuing from last week; the LINAC walls will finish out being stripped, by the end of the week the plumbing and electrical concrete rough-ins should be complete, and continuation of working on the slab edge forms.

Working with the existing Magruder Hall, this week they will be tying into the existing water and running new electrical conduit down the hallway by the lecture hall.

Make sure to stay up to date with the current schedule and work site photos!

Kicking off the New Year 12/31- 1/4

With the New Year falling on Tuesday this year, the construction team will be taking the day off to spend with their families,  as the university will also be observing this holiday.

Throughout the rest of the week, the completion of the structural steel for the clinic will be a main focus as they prepare to move onto laying the rebar for the slab on metal decking. At the same time, they will be roughing-in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing for the SOMD (slab on metal decking).

The purpose of adding the reinforced rebar to the concrete slab on a metal deck is to add structural stability. Decking acts as an effective lateral restraint for the beams and can be designed to redistribute wind loads during construction.  Steel is also known to be more sustainable, as 94% of all steal from a demolished building can be reused or recycled. The speed of construction is also greatly effected by using decking, on average 400m^2 of decking can be placed and installed by a single team in less than one day.

For more information about the use of steel decking, check out Composite Slabs and Beams using Steel Decking: Best Practice for Design and Construction.

The Lecture hall will continue to see the brick CMU walls to be built to create the exterior.  Except this to continue through the middle of next week.

The LINAC addition will see some action as the roof will be getting framed and prepping for the slab on grade concrete pour.

Major Tasks Continuing into Weekly Update for 12/17-12/21

At the new clinic, Fortis and the crew will be starting on the steel deck and the rebar deck installation. These picture show example of what the steel and rebar decks are comprised of.

Steel decks have been a technique used in the construction industry for over 75 years. A steel deck is essentially a cold formed corrugated steel sheet supported by steel beams and in many cases it is used to support concrete or insulating membrane of a floor or roof.

The rebar deck acts as a reinforcement and provide strength and a mechanical steel bond.

At LINAC the construction on forming the concrete ceiling and prepping for the next concrete slab pour will continue from last week.

Additionally, the construction CMU will continued to be laid and work on the plumbing , mechanical and electrical from the existing Magruder Hall will continue as previous weeks.

Finishing out the week- Weekly Update 12/11-12/14

Fortis and the team over at Magruder has been working extremely hard. To finish out the remaining of the week, very physical changes will be noticeable.

at the LINAC addition, all of the concrete pouring will be happening this week, just in time for T. Gerding to start forming the roof for the remaining of December and into the new year. As well as Pacific Excavation prepping for the concrete slab underneath the overhang of LINAC, which will also continue work into the new year.

The clinic will also have some major noticeable changes over the next couple of weeks. Corona will be flying and setting structural steel, forming more of what will be the new clinic. The structural steel stairs are expected to be delivered tomorrow, Wednesday the 12th. Please prepare for delays as our crew gets things unloaded.

Davidsons will be at the Lecture Hall site installing the CMU concrete blocks through the new year, giving walls and providing a clearer view of what the new lecture hall will look like. Also there will be the sanitary pipe installation for the lecture hall this week.

Overall, Hammerquist and E.C.  will both continue working on connecting the plumbing, mechanical and electrical from the existing Magruder Hall.

Kicking off December at Magruder- 12/3-12/7 Weekly Update

Fortis and the crew at kicking off December strong and steady. We are truly appreciative of everyone working on the Magruder Addition this Holiday Season. We wish every member of the Magruder Team and their families a warm and joyful holiday.

In the meantime, at the Clinic we will continue to see the CMU brick installation continue, as the building to take shape.

The new storm and sanity lines will be installed this week at the Lecture hall location.

Finally, we will see a lot going on at the LINAC addition as they rough in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing before the concrete pour for the walls on Thursday the 6th.

Turkey Day makes for a Shorter Work Week, 11/19-11/23 Update

As Thanksgiving is upon us this coming Thursday, November 22nd  and we gather with our friends and family, the University will be observing the holiday on both the 22nd and 23rd.

Fortis and their fantastic subcontractors will also be taking Thursday-Sunday off to spend time with their loved ones. Construction will be up and running at full force Monday the 26th.

During this 3-day week, there will still be plenty happening on site. At the clinic location, the CMU installation will continue as they plan to wrap up at the end of next week.

Over at the location for the new lecture hall, Pacific Excavation will continue laying the underground storm and sewer piping and will tie in to the main sewer line on Wednesday the 21st.

T. Gerding will continue to form the walls at the LINAC addition for the next several weeks and the structural rebar will be delivered Wednesday. So please be aware of moving equipment in the hospital parking lot.

Overall, Hammerquist will still be working on their investigation and routing for plumbing and E.C. Electric will be working on the electrical piping inside the building.

Happy Thanksgiving, from our team to yours!

For an updated schedule and pictures, please see the tabs above!

Weekly Update 11/13-11/16

After taking time over the weekend to thank and remember the veterans who have served our country, Fortis is ready to hit the ground running with another busy week!

At the clinic location, the majority of the work will focused on continuing the installation of the CMU over the next several weeks. Expect the lecture hall location to be more active over the next couple of weeks.

Pacific Excavation will be working on the underground storm piping and T. Gerding will be pouring concrete for the plinths on Wednesday, November 14th through Thursday the 15th.

Above you can see the detail drawing of how the plinth will look on the left. To the right, you can see the highlighted areas where these plinths will be located.

Overall E.C. Electric will continue investigating and working on the conduit installation for the lecture hall. As well as, working on the electrical piping inside the existing clinic, along side Hammerquist, as they investigate and start routing for plumbing.

The majority of the work at the LINAC location will include placing the footing rebar for the concrete footing pour on 11/15.  Around this, T. Gerding will continue forming the walls over the next several weeks.

As always, check out our Schedule and Photos tabs to stay up to date the the latest 4-week schedule plan and on site pictures.

Into November: weekly update for 11/5 to 11/9

As noted in last week, the brink CMU for the new clinic will continue on this week. At the lecture hall site, the concrete slab will be pour this week.

Around the other side of Magruder Hall, Fortis will be putting together and installing the forms that will later be filled with concrete. Lastly, the continuation of electrical piping inside the existing sections of Magruder Hall will continue. This will later be used to tie-in the new sections of the building into the existing electrical system to be centrally controlled.

A new 4 week schedule can be found under  the schedule tab at the top of the page, and additional photos of this weeks progress will be posted under the photos.

Big Changes 10/29 through 11/2

The Clinic 

On the clinic site, this week the concrete masonry units (CMU) will begin to be installed. CMU blocks are often one of the most versatile materials on site and chosen by many architects and engineers.

CMU blocks can provide:

  • Structural Aid
  • Fire Safety
  • Sound Control
  • many other non-construction related uses

Demo to the existing clinic exterior will also begin in order for the steel ties to be connected to adjoin the two buildings.

The Lecture Hall

This week, many activities will take place in progress of the new lecture hall! Our Fortis Crew will be installing rebar and electrical rough in for the preparation oh the slab on grade (SOG) concrete pour, which will also be taking place this week. The slab on grade concrete pour will  essentially set the base in which the rest of the lecture hall will be built around.


Finally this week, the grade compaction for the LINAC addition will be completed. Above, you can see the grade compaction work from Friday 10/26.

Please check out Photos and Schedule for additional updates!

10/22-10/26 weekly update, moving upward and onward!

This week, Fortis will start off working hard to remove the forms, from last weeks foundation concrete pour and doing a general clean up related to the foundation of the clinic. Fortis will continue to make way for additional clinic parking and finish off clearing the island in the hospital parking lot.

The clinic will be rising to new heights this week, the steel will be delivered and the erection of the framing will begin! From here, you can really start seeing the physical changes in constructing the new clinic.

On the lecture hall side of the site, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins in the slab foundation will finish up and inspected by the City of Corvallis by the end of the week.

Overall the LINAC addition, they’ll be forming the mat footings. A mat footing is a thick concrete slab reinforced with steel which covers the entire contact area of the structure like a thick floor. Here’s a visual for reference;

Last on the ‘to do’ list for the week, Fortis will be having a bit of a scavenger hunt as they investigate the existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing in Magruder Hall.

As always, you can find updated pictures and schedule under their respective tabs.