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Fruitdale School Specifications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Claudia Worth   
Sunday, 04 September 2011



 These are very interesting enjoy 











April 20, 1927


General Notes.  (General Info. Contained in all of Temple Buell’s Bid Proposals)


Specifications specifically for the Fruitdale School


Earth Work

The excavation for new walls, footings, piers, etc., will be done by this contractor in accordance with the plans. All back fills adjacent to foundations shall be done by the Contractor with good, clean soil, well packed and any extra excavated shall be spread about the premises.  All exterior grading (i.e. raising finished grade of premises one foot) will be done by owner.  (The farmers in the area did this according to oral histories)


                                                Concrete Work 

All concrete footings to be of size and as located on drawings and to be set in plank forms if so directed.  All concrete walls to be carried to under side of first floor joists except as shown otherwise.  Work must be carried on only under foreman having had thorough experience in this class of work, and special attention must be given to the quality of labor, materials and workmanship. Dimensions indicated on drawings shall be considered a minimum.



All cement furnished form this work shall be subject to inspection and tests.  Cement shall be delivered at the job so as to allow time for necessary tests. A suitable shelter place shall be provided for the storage of all cement, and no cement shall be used that has absorbed sufficient moisture to cause the cement to granulate or become lumpy when thoroughly dried.



The sand shall consist of grains of any moderately hard rock that is perfectly sound.  The sand shall be well graded from course to fine any sand containing over 5% of loam, or clay, or any foreign matter of any kind will be rejected. 



The aggregate shall be composed of gravel and shall be free from dirt and shall range in size up to an inch.



All concrete floors, walls, footings, sills, etc., etc., shall be proportioned of one part Portland Cement and two parts sand and four parts gravel. Exterior walls below grade to have one heavy coat of “Werco”. All toppings and cement base to be one part Portland cement and two parts clean sharp sand trowelled down to a good hard surface, and shall be 1” thick on reinforced work and 1” thick on other floors.  See detail for cement base.



When concreting is commenced it must be carried on vigorously to completion if possible. The plans where concrete work is stopped must be vertical, and at right singles to the direction of walls, slabs, etc, in no event shall work be terminated where future shearing action becomes great as directly under a heavily concentrated load.



All reinforcing steel shall meet the requirements of the Standard Specifications for Billet-Steel Concrete Reinforcement Bars of the A.S.T.M. serial designation A15 –14. See notations on reinforcing steel on the plans.



The centering must be true and rigid, properly braced and of sufficient strength to carry without deflection, the dead weight of the construction as liquid. All joints must be tight so as to prevent the concrete is thoroughly set and is of sufficient strength carry its own weight together with that of whatever live load is liable to come on the floors during constructions.



All concrete must be machine mixed using a batch mixer, Fresh clean water free from acids, oil or alkali shall be used, and in sufficient quantity so that the resulting mixture will floe readily.  No “wet” or “sloppy” concrete will be permitted... All materials must be thoroughly mixed dry after which the proper amount of water shall be added and the mix continued until the concrete is uniform. A competent foreman must be in constant attention and attendance at the mixer to approve every batch that leaves the mixer.



All forms must be clean and free from shavings or foreign matter before any concrete is place. All concrete must be deposited in forms within ten minutes after leaving the mixer.  During operation of pouring the sides of walls and beams must be well spaded to obtain a smooth surface when the forms are removed. Beams and slabs to be filled from bottom of beams to top of slabs in one continuous operation.



Forms shall be constructed of a good grade of lumber so that sides of walls and slabs can be easily stripped without in the least disturbing other work. Wall forms to be secured to a line and properly wired and braced so as to insure perfect alignment. All wires in walls, floors, etc., shall be out of flush with the surface before water-proofing, plaster, etc., is applied.



All cement floors shall be topped the same day as run, except reinforced slabs and stairs, and shall consist of one part Portland Cement and two parts sand.  All floors shall be trowel led down to a smooth, hard surface. All concrete floors shall have 1” top finish.  Cement base to be set on meal lath on stud walls.



Parapet walls to have cement on top where shown on drawings of same mix as specified for floors and with pitch on top so that water will drain on roofs.




The mortar used for all common brickwork shall be composed of freshly burned lime and clean sharp sand tempered with 10% of Portland Cement, and colored as directed her-in-after for facing.



All brick walls as shown on drawings except where otherwise specified shall be built to the height and thickness shown, of approved hard burned common brick, laid in mortar as above specified.



Headers shall be put in every seventh course and all walls shall be thoroughly bonded, having all joints solidly filled with mortar, All walls shall be perfectly plumb inside and outside, and they shall be perfectly level. All frames shall be thoroughly flushed with mortar so as to be perfectly wind tight. The contractor shall leave the necessary openings in smoke and vent flues and furnish and put in place iron thimbles extending clear through to the inside of the smoke flues.



This contractor shall build the chimneys as shown on drawings, and flues shall be straight and true and of uniform size thorough out.  Opening to boiler flue to have one row-lock around.  Boiler flue to be lined throughout with 24” dia... hubless, glazed tile pipe.  All flues shall be provided with cleanout holes and cast iron doors and frames at the bottom and as soon as chimney tops are completed flues are to be cleaned out and all rubbish removed, and the openings bricked up.  Kitchen flue to be plastered smoothly on inside with cement mortar.  (The upstairs had and apartment in it for the custodian.)



All exterior walls except where otherwise directed shall be faced with an approved red pressed brick, all to be laid up in 2-3/4”cooures with a neat struck joint of red cement mortar.  Flemish bond headers shall be put in every seventh course.  These brick shall match perfectly the salvaged red pressed brick previously noted to be used on this work. All ornamental exterior brick base courses, spandrels, friezes cornices, including chimney top, are to be of various shades of rug brick as select details shown, and in mortar as previously specified, colored black.  Allow the sum of $25.00 per thousand for these bricks.


This contractor shall build in and solidly bed all girders, beams, plates, anchors, etc. furnished for the job.



The contractor shall clean the entire brick cement , and stone (or Terra Cotta) work pointing up all defective joints and cleaning the mortar off the window sill s and projecting courses and leaving the building in first class condition without exception as far as his work is concerned.  Any patching necessary on cement walls shall be done immediately on removal of forms.



The two panels over the main entrances also the base corner blocks molded as shown on the plans and finished in imitation of Indiana White Limestone.  Inscription in the door panels to be:

Jefferson County, District No. 32”



Submit separate price for the installing the above material of pulsichrome terra cotta, as made by the North Western Terra Cotta Co., of Denver.


Bearing Plates

The mason shall furnish all steel bearing plates as furnished by the steel sub-contractor.



All window sills, except where otherwise shown, shall be of brick pitched to drain and laid in pure Portland Cement mortar.



The chimney cap shall be of rug brick as detailed, laid in pure cement and cemented on top.



This contractor shall at the completion of this work remove all rubbish broken brick scaffolding, etc., joints, and leave the premises in first class condition as far as his work is concerned.




This contractor shall render assistance to other contractors in every way in which his special work can be of service to them, and such assistance shall be given promptly and thoroughly and without additional charge.  The contractor is expected to provide all detail drawings necessary for the manufacture and erection of all steel work in the building, the same to subject to the approval of the Architect, before the steel called for shall be ordered.



Structural steel shall conform to the Standard Specifications for Structural Steel for Buildings of the A.S.T.M. serial designation A-9-21.



The contractor shall set all iron and steel as herein specified, and as shown.  The contractor shall do all drilling, chipping, etc. necessary for the securing and proper fitting of all his work, and shall provide all open holes or screw holes and do all drilling and chipping required by the carpenter or other contractors necessary for fastening their work to the iron work.  He shall also furnish all necessary screws; bolts beam anchors, rods, etc., required for this work.  All 18” I-beams to be furnished with ¾” dia. Government anchors.




Provide all steel beams and angles where shown on drawings, except where noted as furnished by Owner of sizes shown. All brick openings have steel lintels over one foot longer than openings.  Where shown all structural members to be provided with steel bearing plates of the sizes noted, and set by the mason.



Provided a no.12 MAJESTIC 30x24 iron coal chute where shown on drawings, in same location where present one is placed.  (Note: this part of the building was reused and can be seen in the north of the basement.)



Provide and install as noted under brickwork, cast iron clean-out doors and frames for the two chimneys. C.O. door for kitchen flue to be 6”x6” and for boiler flue 8”x12”.


Provide and set the 11/2” iron railing at the basement areaway as shown.


Furnish and install on each tread of all interior concrete stairs, a 3” Mason Safety Tread, per detail, securely anchored to the concrete and extending to within 3”of each end of the tread.


At completion of the iron work the contractor shall remove all rubbish scaffolding, etc, and shall leave the work in perfect condition.




All finish lumber shall be the best of its kind, thoroughly dry, well seasoned, and free from defects all joints to be butt joints wherever possible. All dimension lumber (2” or more) shall be No.1 Douglas or Oregon Fir.  All wood top floors to be red oak common. All interior wood finish except where otherwise noted shall be plain oak except interior quarter –round moulds.  All basement trim to be fir for painting.  All trim in boy’s and girl’s toilets to be of pine for paint.



The contractor shall furnish and install all rough hardware needed in connection with the work specified herewith.  The shelf hardware shall be bought by the Owner, but this contractor shall receipt for, be responsible for, and install the shelf hardware.



All finished woodwork shall be well framed doweled and glued together.  It shall be finished smooth and sandpapered so that no sand or plane lines show across the grain.



Cover all rough wood floor joists with 7/8” thick pine boards laid diagonally and laid close.  Each board shall be doubly nailed to each joist, Joists shall be double at partitions and must be bridged once in each span more than eight feet , and as otherwise shown with 2”x3”pine properly out in and securely nailed.  All headers and trimmers shall be doubled and shall have at least 4” bearings on walls.



Furnish and install all wood bucks required, and all grounds for the plastering, furring strips, and all interior trim, Install securely all wood bricks necessary for securing work to masonry.



Studs for wood partitions shall be set 16” on centers with single soles and double plates.  Wood partitions to be blocked with 2” material having, one row where the height is less than nine feet, and two rows in all other cases. Studding shall be doubled at all angles, corners, and openings, Wood partitions joining masonry walls shall be anchored with ½”x8” bolts opposite the lines of blocking.  All stud partitions to be 2”x4” unless otherwise indicated on the drawings. Where 4”soil or vent pipes occur install 6”studs.



Joists shall be anchored to the wall every four feet with iron anchors3/16”x 3’0”spiked to the joists and fastened to the brick wall to a ½” bar 6” long.



The toilet stalls etc., shall be Weisteil or equal, with baked enamel finish and adjustable legs. Partitions to be furnished and installed by this contractor. Provide adequate overhead bracing for toilet stalls consisting of extensions of overhead brace bars to adjacent walls or partitions.



See the door schedule.  All exterior doors shall have 1-3/4” thick and rabeted pine frames.  Main entrance frames to be cantered mullion.  Interior door frames to be 1-1/8” thick with stops nailed on except where otherwise shown.



All window frames shall be clear Mexican Pine standard detail, with rabetted sills.  All double hung sash to be 1-3/4” thick and mortised and tenoned, with muntins as shown.



All doors sash, etc., unless marked otherwise on the plans shall be glazed with Libby-Owen’s D.S. Grade glass.  This contractor shall be responsible for all glass until accepted by the Owner.



All doors between rooms having different floor materials shall have oak thresholds.  Main entrances to have iron thresholds consisting of 2”x2”toes anchored into the concrete work.



Wood base throughout to be ¾”x51/2” with one edge rounded and with two quarter-rounds U.M.D. 8422.   Trim shall be U.M.D. 8308 except strip between corkboard and blackboard to be U.M.D. 8627.  Chair rail to be U.M.D. 8626.  Picture moulds shall be U.M.D. 8263, and shall be installed in all class rooms, corridors and Assembly.



Furnish and install where shown the “Sterling Slats Blackboard”, 3/16” thick, with smooth surface, and deep black color, Joints to be ground straight and true, and after setting, to form a uniform, plane, smooth, surface.  Furnish and install above blackboards as shown, the Armstrong1/2” thick cork bulletin and tack boards.



The roof rafters shall be covered with native common flooring laid close and nailed to every rafter. The contractor shall furnish and lay a Carey specification No. Seven or equal, built up roofing over all the roof as shown, including new roof over basement, and shall paint the rear of all parapet walls from roof to coping with two coats of pitch.  The roofing contractor shall flash all walls where they intersect the roof.  Roofing must be laid by an approved representative, according to the manufacturer’s directions, and guaranteed for ten years.



All external angles where the plaster is specified on the inside of the building, except window and door heads, shall have ¾” rab. bull nose corner heads rigidly fastened to the wall. The base scored for all cement base shall be Knapp No.49.



Build where shown in the kitchen ceiling, a neat scuttle of M.&B. ceiling with tin covered door at roof,, set on *” curb with hasp and padlock.



Where flush light fixtures are indicated in soffit panels over main entrances, this contractor is to frame for same and install metal lath and stucco finish for the panels up to and flush with the fixture boxes to be furnished and installed by the electricians.



When all work has been completed the carpenter shall sweep broom clean the entire building, removing all rubbish, and leaving this building and premises in a thoroughly finished condition as far as his work is concerned.



New floors of cement. No. bas. Ceilings plastered with cement plaster on metal lath throughout. Fir O.G. trim for paint. Basement stairway of fir risers and yellow pine treads, and fir hand rail and neuel post.




Floor and base of cement. Oak, trim, hook, strips, chair rail and picture mould. Walls and ceilings plastered sand finish. Wainscot 4’-0” high. Hand rails at stairs of 2” oak.



Floors of 7/8”x21/4” face red oak common. Walls and ceilings plastered sand finish. Trim, base and picture mould of oak.



Floors and base of concrete; walls and ceilings plastered and sand finish. Winscot 4’-0” of Keanes cement on metal lath.





Cement floor and base. Oak trim, chair rail, picture mould, walls and ceilings plastered sand finish. Wainscot 4’-0” high.



Floors to 7/8”x 2-1/4 “face reed oak common.  Walls and ceilings plastered sand finish except ceiling of Assembly Room which shall be of Celotex paneled and stripped as shown.  Trim, base, and picture moulds of oak.


Floor of 71/8” x2-1/2” face red oak common, walls and ceiling plastered sand finish. Trim, including kitchen case, base, of pine for painting.



All outside woodwork shall receive three coats of Collier’s White Lead ground in pure linseed oil with color added as directed.  Al work to be neatly puttied.  All outside metal work, including all galvanized iron pipe railings, metal thresholds, etc., shall receive one coat of the best metallic paint and two coats of lead and oil paint; color to be selected by the Architect.



Boiler and Coal rooms, Store Room, Toilets, Kitchen, etc., to receive three coats of lead and oil paint with color added as directed.  All other woodwork except where otherwise shown or specified to receive one coat of Martin’s Amber-Lyte with brown oil stain added as directed, one coat of Martin’s 100% Pure Interior Finish Varnish, and one coat of Martin’s 100 % Pure Velour Finish, according to manufacturer’s directions.



All oak floors shall receive one coat of Martin’s Amber-Lyte, all according to manufacturer’s directions.



The walls and ceilings of all rooms shall be left unpainted except as otherwise specified.  The Waincots in the Boy’s and Girl’s Toilets shall have “Barreled Sunlight” applied according to manufacturer’s directions and with color added as directed.



The painters shall not mix their paint on the finished floor in any part of the building.  At completion of the work, the contractor shall remove all rubbish and material pertaining to his work and shall clean all woodwork, glass, floors, etc., leaving the entire premises in perfect condition as far as his work is concerned.





All tin used must be of the best quality stamped sheets of Taylor’s or Scoot’s Old Style Tin I.C. All galvanized iron to be No. 24 gauge.



All joints must be neatly made, well fitted and locked, and securely riveted and tightly soldered.



The wrought iron down spouts in chases shall be furnished and installed by the plumbing contractor.  All other down spouts, gutters, etc., of 24 Ga. galv. sheet iron by the sheet metal contractor. Provide g.i. wire mesh baskets over all outlets from gutters.



Furnish and install two 12” dia. Ventilators of Globe make or equal, equipped with dampers and control chains leading to the south wall of Assembly room.


Furnish and install two 5’-0” square skylight frames made up in accordance with details shown, and provided with condensation gutters longitudinally with the skylight bars and also along the low side of the skylight to collect condensation and drip to roof.



Where shown on the drawings, provide and install side cowls to the hinged, sash over the Girl’s Toilet, fastened to the jamb stops and provided with lips to hold sash when open.  See detail.



Flash scuttle, skylights, ventilators, and all vertical surfaces, except as specified for roofing contractor.



Heating contractor will furnish and erect necessary smoke pipe.



Lath all ceilings and all stud walls throughout , except where metal lath or Celotex is specified with first quality No.1 Mexican lath, put on with wire nails, all well seasoned, free from bark or bad knots, wet before putting on and well nailed.  In lathing care must be taken to break joints at least every 18”  and over all openings.  Lath on ceilings to be spaced 3/8” apart and 5/16” on partitions.  Lathing thru angled will not be permitted.  All corners must be made solid before lathing.



Cover all recesses in brick walls , stud walls where cement base occurs, wood and metal over window, soffits over entrances, conduits, boiler, and coal room ceilings, and wainscoting in toilets, steel, etc., with painted expanded metal lath, #24 gauge, well lapped and wired at the joints.



The ceiling of the Assembly Room shall be Celotex applied according to the manufacturer’s directions,  All joints in panels to be covered with Celotex strips as shown.



All walls, ceilings, soffits, and partitions throughout the building to be plastered with two coats on brick, and three coats on lath in best manner, coal room ceilings as specified or marked.



The mortar to be mixed with the best quality Ideal , Ivory, Buckhorn, or other hard wall plasters as approved and according to manufacturer’s directions, and fibered or unfibered   as the work requires.  The scratch coat to be applied with sufficient force to give a good clinch to the mortar, to be brought up to grounds and down to floor.  The brown coat to be floated to a uniform surface, and brought up to the grounds and down to the floor and to be straightened to make true and even walls and square angles,  and allowed to dry before finishing.



Walls or ceilings as marked or specified to have Portland Cement plaster.  Toilet room wainscots of Keene Cement.



All walls and partitions, ceilings, and soffits, throughout the entire first and second floors, except as otherwise noted, to have a sand finish. All corners to be true and plumb and all plastering to be of an even thickness. Rod all angles to make them straight.  Patch up after the carpenters and mechanics in as careful and skillful a manner as possible. All cracks and defects must be made good and removed, if required, and replaced by proper work.  Report all untrue partitions to the carpenters for correction.



In cold or freezing weather, heat must be supplied night and day to dry the work.








The entire electrical work shall be installed in strict accordance with the latest rules and requirements of the National Fire Underwriter’s Board, the local ordinances, and the rules of the local light company.  No electrical device of material of any kind to be used that is not approved by the Underwriters National Electrical Association, and all articles must have the name or trade mark of the manufacturer and the rating in volts and amperes or other proper units, marked where they may be readily observed after the work is installed, Contractor must obtain a certificate of inspection from the local inspector of Fire Underwriters.



Contractor to take and pay for all wiring permits.



The minimum for any outlet except as otherwise marked, will be 50 watts. The wires must be of such size as to properly carry the current and the number of outlets and lights marked on the plans, so that the drop in potential at farthest outlets shall not exceed two percent, under maximum load.  All work must be put in good working order, From the front of the building connect to the lighting Company’s feed and run the main feed wire to main line switch in cabinet about eight feet above floor in the new basement stairway and thence to the distributing cabinets. Corridor, stair, and exit lights to be controlled from panel board at entry, as shown.  Assembly and Stage lighting to be controlled from cabinet in stage wall where indicated.  Exit lights to be recess pattern where possible. For lights in soffits over main entrances, install 8”x 14” flush exit boxes equipped with plain frosted glass panels.  Box faces to be of removable type.  All wire to be new code standard, approved by Underwriters.



 All wires to be encased in rigid iron conduits, as required by the local ordinances and the rules of the Fire Underwriters Association.



Wire for all switches as required by drawings, marked “S” or as hereafter specified.  All switches to be placed in iron boxes and properly insulated and to be H & H. of G.E. tumbler type.



The light fixtures are not included in this contract, but will be selected by the Owner and the Architect at a later date.



Provide duplex convenience outlets at sides of stage as shown on plans.  These to be of H.& H. or G.E. type.



All panel boards shall be Westinghouse, dead-front, type C.T., 20 amperes, or Frank Adam of equal quality and type.



The electrical contractor shall install outlets for and make all connections to motors for water pressure tank and sump pump which will be furnished by the plumber.



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