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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Project Managed by Parkway Construction & Associates

Monday, March 30, 2009

Inside Burger King

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Friday, March 27, 2009

Home of the Whopper Open for Business!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Burger King VIP Night A Success

Burger King employees, their family members, City officials, and other invited VIP guests were among the first to be treated to many Burger King menu favorites. Kostel, Inc. held a VIP Opening tonight. The doors opened at 6pm to invited guests. Guests made favorable comments regarding the new look of Burger King. Doors will open to the public tomorrow at 6am.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Certificate of Occupancy Issued

The City of Paris issued the Certificate of Occupancy for Burger King. After passing yesterday's final inspections, we were anxious to pick up that certificate today. Pictured here are John Kostel as Woody presents him with the certificate.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

City of Paris Conducts FINAL Inspections @ Burger King

The Inspector for the City of Paris conducted the final building inspection and the final fire inspection today. Both PASSED. They will issue the Certificate of Occupancy tomorrow. Storage units, portolets, construction dumpster, and security fencing have been removed from the premises. The painting crews came and finished final touches. The carpenters also came out and finished final touches on ceiling tiles. The next few days will be filled with posting occupancy signs, cleaning up, and finish installing some emergency lights and signs. It has definitely been a great experience working in the City of Paris. The community was very welcoming to us during our stay here. We can not say enough about the quality of work provided by all our subcontractors and service providers. Opening day is still scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2009. We want to especially thank KOSTEL, INC for the opportunity to do this project for them.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Parking Lot is Finished at Burger King

Monday morning, the parking lot was power washed, striped, and the handicap signs were posted. The company that does this work on all our projects has been doing our work for a while. The work is always of the best quality. The awnings were completely finished on Friday. The concrete crew poured the rest of the drive thru areas today. The crews returned today to finish items on the punch list. Mr J Kostel came by today and continued POS work & checked the progress of the job. He was accompanied by Burger King Construction Manager. Project is scheduled to turn over this Thursday.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Project to End This Week

If all goes as planned, Burger King could be open for business as early as Friday, March 27, 2009. I for one am ready for a WHOPPER! Today the glass co came out and continued replacing window gaskets. Right now, and before morning, the parking lot is being power washed and striped. So in the morning, the parking lot will be finished. This week there is one more inspection to be done by the City of Paris. The rest of the concrete is to be poured in the drive thru and a variety of odds and ends on finishes. Then, Kostel, INC. will be ready to restock and open for business.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Crews Finhing at Burger King

It may be Saturday, but crews did work today. The corian is almost all installed. The crew will return on Monday to finish the last of it. The concrete crew finished preparing both areas of the drive thru that will be poured on Monday. The tile setters came in and did some of the tile corner replacement. They will also be finished on Monday.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Plumbers & Electricians Pass Final Inspection @ Burger King

First day of spring arrived today with sunny 70 degree weather. The landscapers came out and started manicuring the flowerbeds. The electricians finished replacing all pole light bulbs. Corian installation started. The carpentry crew finished window ledges & installed the last of booths & tables. The mop sink finishes were completed with the application of the final two pieces of stainless steel. The concrete crew startd the concrete work in the drive thru area. Mr J Kostel & Woody did a primary inspection of the project. They put together a punch list of items to be completed before turning over.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Unveiling of the Customer Dining Area @ Burger King

This is a panoramic view of the dining area. As mentioned in previous posts, the entire dining area was not changed. The owner upgraded a variety of things and left some favorites as they were. It all came together for a very refreshing look. Painters will be finished with all exterior painting by tomorrow. Work on the fry hood continued today. Today all awnings were completed.

Burger King Entrance Transformation

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Final Week @ Burger King, Paris, TX

Mr Kostel was here again today continuing with the POS & security system installs. The electricians and plumbers also came out to work on misc items that still required attention. The installation of the clearance sign, table tops, gaskets on windows, repair of doors, final roofing and tiling work was also continued today.
Right Collage:
Row 1: Photo 1: Before: caulking on window; Photo 2: After: gasket on window; Photo 3: clearance sign installed.

Row 2: Photo 1: glass door at play area; Photo 2: high bay lights burning in play area; Photo 3: new table tops.
Row 3: Photo 1: Fry hood; Photo 2: handicap accessible table; Photo 3: threshold installed.
Row 4: Photo 1: another threshold installed; Photo 2: view of the front counter; Photo 3: broiler started up today.
Left Collage:
Row 1: Photo1: awnings on d/t side; Photo 2: box for loop detector wiring; Photo 3: clearance sign (again).
Row 2: Photo1: roof drain line; Photo2: view of front entrance; Photo 3: view of the painted sign pole.
Row 3: Photo 1: view of the entrance to d/t; Photo 2: view of metal roof at cash window; Photo 3: another roof drain line.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Finishes @ Burger King

The photo on the left shows the before and after photos of the display stand and the car display area. The laminant was applied today. The photo on the right shows the pouring and finishing of the handicap ramp. Today the electricians and plumbers were out doing the last of their work. The glass crew arrived today to replace some broken windows, missing gaskets. They also started on the door to the play area. The carpenters trimmed the drive thru windows.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Week Before the Last Week

Well, here we are at the end of the project. This is the last week of actual work. If all goes as planned next week will begin with all construction complete. It will also start a round of inspections which will result in obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy. Electrical crew worked on the ansul wiring. Carpenters continued to drill holes for bases. Concrete crew demo'd handicap ramp.

Left Photo: Handicap ramp reconstruction is now ongoing. Photo shows a view of the area that is being reconstructed. The middle photo zooms in on the area after the demo work today. The bottom photo shows a close up of the demo work.

Photo 1: New cup racks installed at front counter

Photo 2: These are the ansul pulls. Ansul test was held today and passed.

Photo 3: Mr John Kostel continued his work on the POS and security system.

Photo 4: Shelf construction in progress in office closet.

Photo 5: Construction continued in crew room

Photo 6: Also, a photo of the crew room counter construction.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Burger King: Behind the Front Counter

Rain Stops. Exterior Painting Starts.

The painting crew came in today to begin the exterior paint work. Some of the items they worked on were the cooler, sign pole, and underside of awnings. Although it remained overcast, the rain does seem to have stopped.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Video: Dining Area of Burger King

Crews Continue with Remodel Project

The rain finally stopped. The morning started off very overcast. However, the rain held off long enough that the stone water ledge work was completed. The electricians also worked on installing the new play area lighting. The photo also shows the stainless steel that was added behind the ice machine and at the beverage bar. The safe is now in place and the office is really coming along.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Glimpse of the Dining Areas @ Burger King

By viewing the collage on the right, the new look of the Burger dining areas are more visible. The Burger King crews continue to work on cleaning the building. Some of the decor items that personalize this Burger King have not been removed. One wall had a pre-existing old time Burger King which has been left in place. The car display stand with cars also remains in the building. And the car coming through the wall has also been left. The new colors, new booths, Marlite paneling, new ceiling tiles really made a big difference. Work progressed on schedule today except for exterior work which is still on hold while it continues to rain here. It has been raining since Tuesday evening. Although the rain was much needed in this area, it has caused a bit of delay for our project. Woody is still expecting to meet the turn over date. Crews will work tomorrow if the rain stops tonight. Otherwise, it will have to wait until next week.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

View of the Burger King Kitchen

Today the electricians finished their kitchen electrical work. Plumbers were able to install the mop sink faucet. The stainless steel was placed at the 3 and 2 compartment sinks. Table tops were also installed. The HVAC mechanics worked on installing stainless steel corners in the kitchen area. The Burger King crew worked on detail cleaning. Mr J Kostel was also onsite today connecting & installing the POS and security systems. The ansul inspection test is set up for this coming Monday. Much progress was made today. Above is a panoramic view of the kitchen as it is coming together. The view is from the back to the front. Photo below left is the kitchen as seen from the front counter area. The collage below shows the ansul system, mop sink faucet, security camera, and stainless steel work.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Peek of Burger King's Restrooms

It won't be much longer before the citizen's of Paris can come in or drive thru to enjoy a flame broiled WHOPPER. Personally, Woody and I can't wait. We hope to be two of the first customers. Anyone that drives past to and from here and there throughout the past couple of months, has probably noticed all the visible changes on the outside of the building. The photos we've posted of before and after have been focused mainly on the exterior. Let me assure you that the inside is also getting a new look. A big part of the interior work took place in the kitchen and other back areas. The employees will be sure to enjoy their brighter, newer work environmnet. But as regular customers return to Burger King they will see changes throughout the lobby and playground area.

A Visit From our Corporate Office

Cliff Hudson, Project Manager, came down to check the progress of the job site today. He met there with John Kostel. Overall, our Project Manger was pleased with the progress of the work. As is common of all Parkway PMs, his focus and concern were quality. It isn't enough at Parkway to get the job done. They foster in their employees the determination to focus on meeting their schedules and providing the customer with a QUALITY building. As we begin the last couple of weeks of this project, it becomes important to do quality checks more frequently and thoroughly. The electricians worked on kitchen equipment today. The plumbers started up the water heater. Ceiling tiling was completed, as well as painting in the lobby. The HVAC mechanics started up the AC & heat. They also installed stainless steel. The much needed rain has finally arrived. That is of no help to our project, but we know the people out in this part of Texas really needed it. The stone work scheduled to be finished today will have to wait a few days.

Burger King, Now and Then

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Drive Thru Concrete Complete @ Burger King

Today the rest of the drive thru lane was poured. The photos above show the crew out spreading it. The middle photo is in the drive thru lane as it turns out into the third photo. The third photo is where cars exit the drive thru lane. Below is a collage of photos showing the red light band lit at 6am today. The building is looking great. The red light added the extra lighting to bring out the street front end of the building. Paris customers are continuing to come by to see if the restaurant is open.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pulling It Together @ Burger King, Paris, TX

Tonight will be the first night that the red light band is lit on the Burger King since it's installation. The electricians worked on connecting those lights as well as some hoods. Interior crew did some additional FRP work, while carpenters installed dining booths. The ansul system was connected and fire wrapping completed. The painters were mudding and painting inside. Outside the next section of the drive thru lane was poured. This is the section under the drive thru canopy. J Kostel is already setting up POS. The photo additionally show the progress of the office, the soda chase, backflow for floor drains, and some quality control on ceiling grid.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Point of Reference

I am logging this photo here as a point of reference. I will use it later to show the progression of the lighting after all remodeling is complete. This photo is the same as the one posted just below, except this one has mark up notes. It also shows the lighting on the evening before remodeling project started.

Night View of Burger King

This is a compilation of some photos we took on Friday evening. It's not a great photo. However, it does show the exterior lighting at Burger King. The red light band has not yet been lit. The building on the front corner end is much darker because the pole lights are not on yet. This does however give the viewer a hint of the remodeled Burger King new look.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Interior Work: Painters & Carpenters @ Burger King

It's been another seven day work week. The progress is very visible. The painter and carpenter crews arrived early for work today. The painters did first coat of blue paint in various areas as well as the chestnut paint.

The carpeneters continued with the Marlite paneling application. The photos show the new doors at the SSB bar, the Marlite paneling under the front counter, and the Marlite used at the display stand. The other photos are of the interior paint work completed on Saturday.

Friday, March 6, 2009

It's Coming Together @ Burger King Paris, TX

The remodel this week was instense. The equipment started to be brought back into building and new items continued to arrive and be installed. Not only is the work inside progressing but outside the application of the red light band was ongoing. The walls to be painted inside were primed and received first coat of paint. Door and hardware installation also started. New ceiling tiles are visibile in the photo of the dining area. The mop sink has been tiled. The photo also shows the ongoing work on the front counter end cap. Insulation was added where needed before walls were covered. Even the safe got a new coat of paint. The other collage shows the equipment that has been received or brought in from storage and in the process of being reconnected. The owners also reinstalled monitors in the kitchen area.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Burger King Remodel Nears Completion

These photos are a view of the transformation made at the main entrance.
The carpenters continue with the Marlite paneling installation and finishing up on chairs and booths. A crew arrived today to install the red light band on the outside of the building. Electricians are still pulling wire. HVAC mechanics are welding kitchen hoods. Plumbers continued their work on the grease trap. Awning work also continued today.

These photos show a quick progression of the drive thru lane at the order board.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Grease Trap @ Burger King

Today the tile setters finished their work. The carpenters continued to install Marlite paneling in the lobby. They also brought the kitchen equipment back in the building. The awning frames were installed. Concrete crew returned to strip the concrete. HVAC mechanics run flex lines in the kitchen. The electricians were also in the kitchen pulling wire. The plumbers came to install the grease trap in the new location outside the drive thru area. Two mirrors were delivered for the restrooms, as well as the trash bins.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Drive Thru Poured at Burger King

While the Burger King crew continues to clean up decor items, equipment, and tables, they also took time to put together the new booths along with the carpenters. As new finishes appear on walls, floors and the decor, it is clear that Burger King will have a new look.
The concrete for the drive thru lane was poured. The photos of the work also show the loop detector was installed before the pour.
The awning fabrication started today. The color will definitely stand out on the building.
The electricians continued installing lights on the exterior for the awnings. They also installed 2x4 in the kitchen.
The tile setters grouted the kitchen area. The carpenters installing Marlite paneling in the lobby area.