With fall quickly approaching, the teams are hard at work getting the systems in place in Detroit’s Grand Army building. A few weekends back, we actually opened a large section of the roof and used a crane to lower part of the building’s HVAC system into place. The crew lifted a half dozen pieces into the attic above what will be Mindfield’s offices. The largest of which weighed about 2500 pounds. Once everything was set in place, the equipment was connected to the duct work and will soon begin pushing hot and cold air. Prior to this you’d stand near a radiator to get warm and an open window to cool off (if you were lucky).5 flights below, the electrical team had to build a hoist to lower the main disconnects into place in the basement.. They weighed in at 700 pounds each and would have easily shattered the stairs on the way down. DTE is in the final phase of providing our main power to the building. Soon, we will finally be able to disconnect from the temporary power we’ve had for almost 2 years.Keep an eye out for word of a “grand re-opening event” at the G.A.R. this fall. It’s still in the planning stages, but will be a chance (finally) for people to get in and see the restored spaces in the building. We’re planning a fund raiser to support both a memorial for the Civil War veterans in the building as well as designating funds for Veteran’s organization.It will be a November event, right around Veterans Day. How’s that for timing?
All photos by Lindsey Yeo