Updates from Carver Bank

We’re about one month into the renovation of our Omaha project at Carver Bank, and already a beautiful shell has been unearthed.

Compared with how the space was formerly:

This effort has been made possible thanks to a generous collaboration with Janette Taylor, and her amazing organization Impact One Community Connection.

“Impact One Community Connection is the conduit connecting the people of the community with the resources of the world.

We strive to assist high at-risk youth, gang members and the forgotten members of society in becoming positive contributing members of the community through gang intervention and prevention, employability training, job placement, re-entry assistance and providing referral services.”

The renovation and construction  is being managed, along with Bemis and Rebuild staff, by Omaha based artist and builder Sean Ward. Sean is the mastermind behind the amazing project “A Pre-Conscious Space

Work thus far has consisted of gutting the space down to it’s essential elements of exterior brick walls, floors, and roof structure. Our process of deconstruction calls for all salvageable  materials to be saved for reuse in the build-out of the space. Most of this is made up of the dimensional lumber that used to frame the ceilings and walls. Since the new floor plan calls for very few permanent walls, we’ll have a lot of lumber left over to build lots of great built-in and movable furniture. Putting wheels on things is not only fun, it adds a lot of flexibility to spaces that need to serve many functions throughout their life.

The crew also recently traveled to Panama, Iowa, to deconstruct a gymnasium floor for reuse in Carver where we need to encapsulate existing asbestos flooring.

Removing stage flooring. Image courtesy Hesse McGraw
Removing stage flooring. Image courtesy Hesse McGraw
Removing the gym flooring. Image courtesy Hesse McGraw
Removing the gym flooring. Image courtesy Hesse McGraw
Gym flooring completely removed. Image courtesy Hesse McGraw
Gym flooring completely removed. Image courtesy Hesse McGraw

The Carver Bank project, along with some other wonderful North Omaha initiatives and projects, was just profiled in the Omaha Reader. Check out the article here.

Also, you can see more images of the project on our flickr site here.

Look for more updates later this summer!

 

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