Another coho party

Last Friday some of our coho friends gathered at the Blue Note Grill to listen to the Duke Street Dawgs. The Dawgs are not only a great band, they’ve got our own Bill O’Connor on drums. Thanks to Helen Griffin for the photos!

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Installing balconies

We’re making progress despite all the rain we’ve had lately. Last week Landmark, our general contractor, started installing our balconies. Helen Griffin was there to take pictures.

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Topping out!

Wow! No posts from me since April. I’m sorry. We’ve been very busy building our building. After losing 51 days to rain we’re on track to get our Certificate of Occupancy around Thanksgiving. We’re all hoping that we can be moved in by Christmas.

During the past month, we did all our electrical “walk-throughs.” This is where each household meets with the electrician to show him where we want the cable TV outlets, network/telephone outlets, and extra switches and lights. For some of us this was the first time going onto the construction site, tour the common areas, and see their new home. To actually stand inside the place we’ve been working so long and so hard to create is thrilling.

As you can see from this picture, we’ve got the roof on, the building wrapped in Tyvek, and most of the window frames in place. Framing is essentially complete and we’re starting to see signs that the plumbing and electrical work can begin. The 25-car parking area, storage areas, bike parking, and project room is under the building.


Last night we held a “Topping Off” party to celebrate completing the roof. It was the first time we’ve been able to meet as a group in our new home. There’s too many people in this picture for me to name them individually, but I’d like to point out some of the VIPs who’ve made DurhamCoho possible. On the very back row on the far left is Channing, our project manager. To his left is Don, our site superintendent. Channing and Don are with Landmark Builders, the general contractor for DurhamCoho. In the back row, 4th from the left is Ken Friedlein. Third from the right, back row (and just barely visible) is Ellen Weinstein. Ken and Ellen are our architects, from Weinstein Friedlein Architects in Carrboro, NC. In the second row, second from the left, is Christine Westfall, our development manager. Not in the picture, but a VIP to us nonetheless, is Lori York from BB&T, our lender. Without the work of these people there would be no DurhamCoho.


In the above photo we’re all standing on what will become the rooftop terrace. Behind us will be the windows and doors to the solarium. Here’s a view from the terrace after the sun goes down.