Exhibit Room A
The floor above this room will need to be removed to meet fire code ceiling height restrictions. The staircase on the right will be moved to the room in the background. The room beneath the staircase is an old bathroom that will be converted to a storage closet.
This is the second floor above Exhibit Room A that will be removed. The room on the right will need to be removed before the floor can be removed. A new wall will extend from the 1st floor to the ceiling in the room to hide the furnace and ductwork in the background of this photo.
This photo shows 2nd floor with the room removed. Now the flooring can be pulled up to expose the floor joists.
Here you can see one of our volunteers, David Cupp, removing the floorboards to expose the joists.
This photo shows the drywall being removed from the ceiling on the 1st floor. Once the flooring above, and the ceiling below have been removed, we will begin cutting the joists out.
Primary light fixtures have been added to the ceiling. You can see the patches where the old fixtures were hung. They had to be removed because they were about 40 years old, and the wiring was older. These new high-efficiency fixtures will only be used during exhibit construction or cleaning. Track lighting will be used a majority of the time for lighting the exhibits.
Removal of the 2nd floor in Exhibit Room A has begun. You can get an idea of how big this room will be. We plan to hang a drop-down projector screen about where the upper doorway is in the back of the room for use as a movie screen. We can seat about 40 people in this room for our "World War II Movie Night".
With the second floor removal complete, we can now begin to add stud walls and drywall around the perimeter. Once this has been completed, ductwork will be added to provide heating and air conditioning for the back half of the building.
This is the reverse angle of the previous photo.
Drywall is up and is waiting on tape and mud. New ductwork for our new air conditioning and heating system has also been added.
Painting has begun! This means we're almost done, right? Still needs carpet and code base.