August 19, 2009
Alpha Psi Chapter Theta Chi Fraternity Alumni Association
1707 Ritchie Highway
Annapolis, Maryland 21409
RE: Theta Chi Renovation and Expansion
College Park, Maryland
Attached please find Field Observation Report #31 dated August 19, 2009.
If you have any question or comments regarding anything in the attached report, please feel free to contact me.
FIELD OBSERVATION REPORT #31
Theta Chi Renovation and Expansion – College Park, Maryland
August 19, 2009
This report is an update of construction‐related activities as of this date, including current photographs from the site.
2. CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
a) Close‐in inspections have been received for all floors except the basement. Drywall installation and finishing continues. Wall tile is being
installed in the second‐floor bathrooms.
b) HVAC equipment is on site and is being installed.
c) Theta Chi has indicated to DesBuild that the stair/step lifts are not an acceptable solution for ADA access. Original lift shaft has been
capped at the basement and is in the process of being converted to a closet.
d) The northeast bedroom on the second floor of the addition has not been modified in accordance with the directive given at the August
10 progress meeting. It would appear the options are to: accept the room as is; move and/or reduce the size of the clothes closet such
that a desk could fit between this closet and the HVAC unit; wait until the project is completed and rebuild the room using a new HVAC
unit with a front‐facing return grill, and relocate the clothes closet next to the HVAC closet.
e) Mike Miller has been directed NOT to paint the exterior doors red, as it is not the appropriate red.
3. CRITICAL CONSTRUCTION ISSUES
a) DesBuild needs to finalize: how the water will be ejected from the waterproofing sumps (this is outside the scope of work of the
waterproofing contractor); selections for apartment kitchens and brothers’ pantry (cabinets and counters) and stair tread covering; a
keying schedule for Theta Chi approval; layout modifications to the northeast bedroom on the second floor to allow for a desk.
b) Theta Chi to: make applications for cable television and internet service; and make selections for cabinets and counters for the
apartment kitchens and the brothers’ pantry; advise on the current layout of the northeast bedroom on the second floor.
End of Report
Attachments – Site Photographs
Lift shaft has been capped and is being converted to a closet: Fireplaces have been sealed, but brick is not recessed as directed:
Existing passageway at the bottom of the existing stairs is being filled in order to accommodate the stair lift, which will extend well beyond the
bottom riser of the stairs. A new passageway had been added beyond the run of the stair lift:
Existing passageway being filled. New passageway has been added.
Wall tile has commenced in second‐floor bathrooms:
Passageway adjacent to lift shaft in basement has been added: Main‐floor drywall installation has commenced:
Main entry hall:
Second‐floor, northeast bedroom is being completed as it was framed, making it difficult to utilize the room as intended, as previously noted to
DesBuild. HVAC unit is about to be installed: