New Campus Update: Structural Framework Now Complete

New Campus Update: Structural Framework Now Complete

by Bob Pomeroy, Head of Operations

Structural Framework Now Complete

As of March 8, 2021

  • Construction Progress Toward Completion: 43%
  • Days Until Start of Classes in New Campus:  310 
  • YIS2C Capital Campaign Progress: 9.4%

Although still encased in scaffolding, the complete forms of both new campus buildings are now clearly visible, including large, distinctively offset window openings and the gently inclined slope of the roofs now under construction. ALC structural wall panel work is finished for the North Building and will be completed for the South Building in a few weeks time. Mock-ups of the light color cedar exterior wall panels have been prepared and following confirmation of finish and installation details with architect Kengo Kuma next week, work on the facade will begin later in the spring.

In the meantime, crews are moving ahead with interior work: fireproofing the steel framework, preparing mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure; setting windows in place, and framing out the walls. The shape of classrooms, offices, storage rooms and other spaces on the first and second floors of the North Building are already apparent, with framing of spaces in the South Building to commence by the end of the month. Of course one of the largest spaces in the South Building is the double gymnasium on the second floor, and a recent walkthrough confirmed the impressive scale of this facility. 

Up on the fourth floor of the North Building, the structure and roofing of the Japanese teahouse-inspired multipurpose space is complete, and one can already imagine being able to sit on the engawa veranda looking over the Japanese garden and the Yokohama Bay Bridge beyond.
 

More videos and photos are available in the New Campus Construction album in YIS Photos.

Campus construction site with 2 large buildings surrounded by scaffolding, with yellow and red crane in front

Windows of the North Buildings have been set, providing a distinctive facade to the main face of the building.

A large group of school team leaders view the interior construction of classrooms.

Subject team leaders tour the campus to become familiar with the interior layout and their eventual work areas

School team leaders on the second floor of the North Building

Subject team leaders walk through the eventual upper elementary section on the second floor of the North Building
 
School team leaders outside the Japanese teahouse's incomplete frame and completed roof

The structure and roofing of the Japanese teahouse-inspired multipurpose space is complete. A Japanese garden beside the teahouse will provide a natural aesthetic that blends with the theme of the school's design.
Interior view of the double gym's structural frame and roof beams

An interior view of the double gym's structural frame and roof beams in the South Building provides an impressive sense of scale. The section for spectator seating is visible at the far end on the second level.

 

Interior view of the Early Learning Center's structural frames
The expansive space of the Early Learning Center, on the west side of the first floor of the South Building, faces the sports field.