Pandemonium is building a wheelchair lift!
The store will be putting in a wheelchair lift to allow wheelchair access to our lower level. This lift, by Massachusetts law, can only be used by people seated in a wheelchair. Check back here for progress!
TEMPORARY NON-ACCESSIBILITY: From May 9 until early June when the lift is completed, our events will not be able to accommodate individuals who are unable to use the stairs. While construction is ongoing, we will have limited upstairs space and will not be able to set up a table. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience, and we look forward to welcoming you fully into our events when the wheelchair lift is installed.
Construction is estimated to be completed by early summer. Because all construction will be occurring in the morning/early afternoon, our store will be open normal hours throughout the construction. No events will be affected, except we'll be losing space for about 1–2 tables downstairs until construction concludes. We'll try to put up pictures here to document the construction.
We'll call these the "Before" shots
The wheelchair lift will be going in next to the upstairs side fire exit, which is directly above the downstairs fire exit.
On March 20, 2018, all the contractors got together to get an overall idea of the scope of this project. They needed to jab a hole in the ceiling of the downstairs to measure stuff.
Hand tools attack the floor
Thursday, April 26, saw the first use of power tools. The area is now blocked off with tarps and red DANGER tape, and the wooden floor has been cut down to the concrete underfloor.
Please respect the work area by not crossing the Danger Tape area and leaving the tarps intact. Also, the table nearest the work area should not be used as it is a barrier to the construction. We've put up signs to make this clear.
Friday April 27
Today, Frank the Contractor took a peek under the basement ceiling. With the light fixture gone and the ceiling cut, he discovered lots of live electric wires in exactly the Wrong Place.
The electrician has looked over the situation and will be back Monday to reroute the electricity. He's also bringing in special light bulbs for our outside sign so that the bulbs don't blow out every week or two!
April 30 Meet Joe the Electrician!
Joe the Electrician came by to move some ceiling wires. He also removed the outlet where the lift will be located. Joe was singing "American Pie" while he was working. Hi, Joe!
We also bought a large area rug to cover the floor work and allow us to set up tables for events. Please be careful on the rug; it's an inexpensive one that isn't designed for hard wear, and if you're not careful when you move your chairs, the rug might tear.
May 7: Beams are installed
The two beams that have been waiting in the far arena for a week have been installed! The bottom (inset) picture shows the beams, and the top picture shows Pedro the Laborer with his hands up in victory with the beams installed. Only one set of Cat5 wires were cut today, but somehow the power is out to some lights upstairs. Joe the Electrician's helper is fixing the electrical issue as I type this.
It's a little hard to see in the lower picture, but above the black "curtain" a section of the HVAC duct was removed to allow access to install the beams and two hunks of drywall were cut. Gotta put that duct back, since Air Conditioning is a Good Thing! Of COURSE it's yet another contractor!
Last look at space prior to lift
May 9, around 10:30 pm: We've cleared away everything to prepare for the contractors tomorrow. Here's a last look at the area downstairs before I removed the rug, and upstairs has Tyler gazing over his domain.
I see the light! May 10
Here's the first view of upstairs from downstairs, and downstairs from up (the blue wall through the hole). The pic to the right shows the size of the hole.
There's a good quote there. May 10
Paraphrasing Ringo Starr: "I've got a hole in me
Waxing poetic: "The Store's Floor is no More"
Tyler (see pic, Pandemonium's owner): "Gah! There’s a hole in my store!"
Over the weekend
We were able to put the rug down (see "Errata" above) for one last full weekend of chairs and tables downstairs. BE CAREFUL when walking on or around the rug. We taped it down, but it might shift over the weekend. If you see any places where the rug is buckling, Talk To A Store Employee. They know where the tape is to more carefully retape the rug to the floor.
As the contractors left on Friday, I asked what they'll be doing on Monday. Their answer:
"Install Floor Struts"
Whatever that is. :)
May 14: Stud day
Today was "Stud day". The metal studs were brought in and mostly installed.
May 15. Now we wait
Tyler has to wait for the electrician to come and add power, then we all have to wait for the inspectors to do their rounds before the shaft can be closed in.