Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2011 by Cyrk Building

We are strong supporters of labor unions and, indeed, a number of union shops are working on the Cyrk Building.  It is an honor to be able to create the opportunity for good jobs in this economy.  We are chagrined that the pace of our quiet neighborhood has been disrupted by the Carpenters Union, but the exercise of lawful free speech is a right that we prize.

Masons are in the House

Posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2011 by Cyrk Building

The masons are installing concrete block.  They should be done with the masonry by the end of next week and will begin erecting steel.  Steel erection will be complete by the end of January and the second floor should be poured in the first week of February.  There will be a crane on the site, but it shouldn’t impact traffic.  Occasional deliveries of large steel columns and beams may temporarily affect the flow of traffic on Clinton.

Blue Skies Smiling At Me

Posted in Construction on December 16, 2010 by Cyrk Building

We finally have a break in the rain, so concrete is being poured today.

Building Progress

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2010 by Cyrk Building

Construction has moved up to the ground floor. The remainder of the footings are being poured this week. The slab pour will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday – whenever the weather is best.

Cyrk Update

Posted in Construction, Green on November 10, 2010 by Cyrk Building

The good news is that 100% of the construction waste from Cyrk has been recycled.  The not so good news is that there’s been a delay in the delivery of materials, so the big concrete pour won’t occur until next Tuesday.

Cyrk Construction Update

Posted in Construction on November 2, 2010 by Cyrk Building

The construction of concrete foundations is underway in the Cyrk basement.  Neighbors should be aware of occasional concrete pumps and trucks that are staging on 20th Street.  There will also be deliveries of CMU block and rebar on Thursday which will cuase periodic traffic disruptions.

What is a water-source heat pump?

Posted in Design, Green on October 22, 2010 by Cyrk Building

Geothermal heat pumps (sometimes referred to as GeoExchange, earth-coupled, ground-source, or water-source heat pumps) have been in use since the late 1940s. Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature. This allows the system to reach fairly high efficiencies.

While many parts of the country experience seasonal temperature extremes—from scorching heat in the summer to sub-zero cold in the winter—a few feet below the earth’s surface the ground remains at a relatively constant temperature.  Like a cave, this ground temperature is warmer than the air above it during the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. The GHP takes advantage of this by exchanging heat with the earth through a ground heat exchanger.    Also, these systems use groundwater but are ‘nonconsumptive’, i.e. they re-inject all of the groundwater used back into the ground with only a slight temperature change typically of  2 to 6 degrees. 

Even though the installation price of a geothermal system can be several times that of an air-source system of the same heating and cooling capacity, the additional costs are returned to you in energy savings in 5–10 years. System life is estimated at 25 years for the inside components and 50+ years for the ground loop. There are approximately 50,000 geothermal heat pumps installed in the United States each year.

Interesting facts regarding open loop systems and Oregon include: 

Portland has the oldest continuously operating open-loop system in the western hemisphere.  It is in the Commonweath Building downtown and was constructed in 1948.  It is now a national historic mechanical engineering landmark.

 The Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) in Klamath Falls, is a leader in geothermal energy education and use.  They heat the campus with natural hot water and will soon be generating electricity as well. 

(Sources and Roger Smith, Hydrogeologist)