Anytime there is a project of any significance it always comes down to the final details. The last month of work on the building has been all about the details. The contractor has had only a few people on site working through touch up painting. They also completed replacing stair tread covers from the basement to the second floor, also floor trim along the stairs. Those working at the project have also worked to clean up left over materials, boxes and other containers no longer needed. To resolve an issue with one of the entry heating units the contractor had to reframe a portion of the wall in the south entry to accommodate the furnace unit.
The utility infrastructure is getting close to being complete. Remaining work needs to be done on the fire alarm panel and fire and smoke detectors, replacing defective items with new once they arrive. Once those repairs are made it will allow the work in the elevator to be completed. Once that work is completed then it can be inspected. This would be the final step in allowing for the elevator to be used. Once all the infrastructure is inspected and final approval given then there will be training to make sure the units and controls can be used properly. The contractor has promised to begin working on installation of the kitchen cabinets once the proper personnel is available. It is hoped that much of this work will be completed in the near future.
If you are on Facebook and “like” our church Facebook page, you can follow the action with weekly updates and the occasional special update. The Fresh Start Committee and sub-committees continue to meet when necessary to make further recommendations on the project. We ask that you continue to pray for this project, the contractor and sub-contractors workers, that they will be able to continue to work safely and stay healthy during our project.
As summer comes to a
close and school is now in session, another season has passed, and we hope the construction
season on this project is coming to a close. The congregation continues to be
faithful in the process and our goal of completion continues to get closer. The
exterior work on the building continued as the site contractor returned to
install tile drains on the SE corner of the parking lot and to complete grading
around the parking lot. With the grace of many congregation members, left over
brick, rock and other materials mixed into the completed grade was removed and
Many details within the building are coming together with many of the trades returning at one point or another to complete the work. Glass and hardware have been installed in a majority of the new doors, with just a few exceptions. ADA Door Assist pads and openers were installed on both the North and the South entrances to the building. Flooring has been completed throughout the building, all that remains are the treads in the south stairwell, cleanup on the upper floor tile due to construction techniques used and some floor trim in the Atrium. The HVAC contractor has returned to install the ductwork and vents in the acoustical cloud in the Sanctuary which our prime contractor installed. This work should be completed soon, incorporating some changes that needed to be made to the design. Touch up painting has been completed as necessary throughout the building. Our audio/video contractor and electricians have been working on the wiring and components for the sound system over the last few weeks, which should be completed in the next week or two. This included floor pockets in the Chancel for microphone cables and other component cables. I had an opportunity to hear some music that was being played through the system and it sounded wonderful!
One hold up that we are currently facing is a defective circuit board in the fire detection control panel which we hope will be resolved soon. Once this issue is resolved then the work on the elevator and fire detection system can be completed and we can apply for occupancy, which will then allow us to begin use of the building on a full-time basis.
Scheduling continues to be a challenge on the project but we ask for continued prayers for the contractor and subcontractors, members of the church that are involved and the congregation as a whole as they all continue working towards that time when the project will be completed.
Work for this week was limited due to poor weather throughout the week and the work that was done was not all visible. Electricians pulled many wires throughout the building to various electrical panels and connecting some equipment to the infrastructure. Additional electrical panels were installed as conditions allowed.
Drywall crew continues working to prepare the Sanctuary and Atrium walls with compound and preparing it for primer then paint. The Fellowship Hall saw the drywall primed and painted this week. The small amount of work that was completed outside was installation of concrete siding panels.
Work anticipated for this week is continuation of drywall preparations and priming. Electricians continue to install and connect wiring to panels and equipment as able. Elevator installers are to arrive this week to prepare and begin installation of the elevator.
As the project continues moving forward, we ask for prayers for the contractor and subcontractors personnel, the church staff and committees that are involved with the project and the congregation for patience and understanding. For those interested in getting involved with the church or the project, contact the church for further information.
The project saw warmer weather and rain this week, but progress was still made both inside and outside the building. Concrete contractor was able to complete their work this week. This included the concrete sidewalk, stairway and ADA accessibility ramp for the north (front) entrance. Sidewalk patches along the sidewalk on the north side of the building, including the exit stairway and sidewalk to the NE exit from the sanctuary and the ADA Ramp taking the sidewalk across South Second St. Sidewalk from the Fellowship Hall stairway access on the east side, and the sidewalk and parking lot east entrance pavement. ADA accessible ramp for pedestrians heading south along second, crossing East First. Sidewalk to the building from the south parking lot, protective curbing along drive thru drop off and two concrete curb islands in the parking lot.
Ameren connected the power pole to the electric transformer and added the power meter, completing the connection for the new power service to the building. Electricians continued to make wire connections to various panels throughout the building and pulling wire as needed through conduit to various locations.
Carpenters and drywall crews split shifts depending upon the day and the weather, working on finishing then priming the walls in the Fellowship Hall and painting the first-floor hallways in the existing education wing. They also painted on fire sprinkler system piping, turning it from the bright orange it was to a dull white and readying it for paint. They also worked outside on the concrete panel siding, a.k.a Nichichna Board on a portion of the elevator shaft and the east wall of the sanctuary.
Over the next week we anticipate work to continue the siding panels on the east side of the sanctuary and the elevator shaft, which is critical to completing some remaining roof work which will enclose the building fully. We understand that the elevator should be delivered soon so we hope that it maybe even this week. This would be the remaining large ticket item that needs to get to the job site and installed.
Noticeable progress this week in many areas of the project. The carpenters were busy framing walls in the first-floor hallway for the utility chase and the transition from the Atrium to the hallway. They also installed walls around the second-floor utility chase in the resource room. Framing was installed around several steel frame posts in the Fellowship Hall to prepare for drywall installation. They also installed a stud wall for the coat rack area in the first-floor hallway. Plumbers completed pressure testing on the water lines and the sprinkler systems to confirm all piping connections were properly sealed. Remaining work by the plumbers will occur once all walls are painted and finished so fixtures can be installed.
The most notable work completed was by the electricians. They pulled large gauge wire from the outdoor service panel to the breaker panels inside the existing mechanical room in the lower parlors. Several different wire leads were pulled to various locations inside the building including the breaker panel located in the Fellowship Hal, mechanical room in the northeast corner of the lower parlors. They will be able to continue pulling wire as necessary and making connections to switch and fixture boxes preparing for the time when the building disconnect arrives and can be installed so the final connection to the power grid can be completed.
Due to forecasted weather for the upcoming week some of the outdoor activities that were anticipated won’t be schedule. We do anticipate that continued work inside will be performed by the drywall crew, electricians and fire suppression system contractors and carpenters.
As always, we continue to ask for prayers for all involved with the project including the contractors and subcontractors personnel, church committee members and staff involved in the day to day activities, the congregation members. If you’re are interested in getting involved in the project in any manner including financially feel free to reach out to the First United Methodist Church office.
This week saw some progress in the lower parlors. Electricians delivered supplies for the electrical panels located in the old furnace room. A majority of the wiring for lighting was pulled through conduit into place. The swirling was pulled to switch and light boxes. The plumbers for the fire suppression system contractor completed installation of main water feed pipes in the sanctuary and various locations in the lower parlors. One carpenter was on site and installed framing in the lower parlor hallway, which will help clean up the look of this area.
Anticipated work for next week includes return of additional carpenters to complete framing where needed and install drywall. It is anticipated that they will be able to complete installation and finishing of the drywall. Electricians will continue installing electrical systems and preparing the electrical connections to the elevator shaft. Once the new panels and shutoff is connected then the elevator contractor can begin installation.
We continue to see issues with delivery of supplies and components that slow down the work. We ask for continued prayers for the project and those involved, the contractors and building committee members.
We were blessed to see the windows and doors contractor arrive this week to install the doors and windows for the north and south entrance and wall between the Sanctuary and Atrium. Electricians and HVAC technicians worked on various pieces of the puzzle this week. Electricians worked to run “fish lines” through conduits, preparing to run wiring through them. They also ran wiring from the HVAC units on the roof of the Atrium into the building, preparing for connections from the main service panel. HVAC Technicians continued to install ductwork and insulation around the ducts to various locations in the building. They also completed connections to the fresh air and exhaust vents for the Lower Parlor units.
We were notified that the general contractor will be back on site next week, sooner than originally expected. We thank you all for the support while going through this project. We ask for continued prayers for all those involved with the project, the contractors, committees and the congregation as the project is pressed towards completion.
Delays early in the project continue to slow progress but the project is still moving forward. A majority of the changes that can be seen are progress on the drywall throughout the new building. Carpenters installed drywall in the lower parlors including the fellowship hall, kitchen, pantry, mechanical room, both restrooms and hallway to them. Electricians and HVAC contractor made progress installing duct work in the Sanctuary for cold air returns and supply ducts. Electricians continued installing conduits in lower parlors and wiring for the elevator was pulled from a panel room to the elevator shaft.
We have been notified that the prime contractor will be pulling off the job for a couple weeks while the subcontractors continue working on their respective systems. This would include the electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers and other specialty contractors. Components for the electrical systems are scheduled to arrive mid-February including a disconnect system needed for the electric service. Elevator is still scheduled for installation late February. More windows and doors will need installed around the south entrance as well as in the sanctuary and the wall between it and the Atrium.
It is anticipated that once the prime contractor returns, the weather will be warmer and will allow for easier heating of the sanctuary so the drywall can be finished properly. We continue to work through these challenges and ask for continued prayers for the project and all involved.
Progress this week was focused inside since the weather was hit and miss for the contractor. Carpenters spent the week installing drywall in the Sanctuary and Lower Parlors, coordinating with the HVAC contractor. This coordination allowed for installation of major components of the heating/cooling system on both levels of the building. The HVAC contractor prepared and installed a number of return air vents, connecting them to the main HVAC units. Plumbers continued working on water supply and waste piping to the first-floor restrooms. Electricians have been installing additional conduits as necessary in preparation for final wiring. The city inspections have been completed and the work has passed. The project can continue moving forward assuming supplies come in as expected.
We continue to deal with some delays for materials, specifically electrical at this time. We believe other major components have been received or are at least accounted for and available as needed. We continue to ask for prayers for all involved in the project, the contractor and sub-contractors personnel, committee, and congregation members.
Although the weather outside was frightful most of the week, progress was made both inside and outside. Outside work was limited due to the chill but we saw carpenters install Nichiha concrete panel siding on the south wall of the first-floor restrooms. Carpenters also worked to complete the reverse soffit in the Atrium and framed the wall under the windows in the Atrium. Plumbers were on-site working on piping for the first-floor restrooms. HVAC Technicians worked on pipe connections and ductwork for the main lower parlor HVAC systems. Electricians continued installing conduit as needed and placed a panel cabinet in the existing utility room on the lower parlors preparing for connection to the new building service currently scheduled for mid-February.
There may be many other items installed that I may not have gotten documented just because of the sheer size of the project and not being able to see it all. We ask for continued prayers for this project and those involved in it including the contractors and subs employees, the building committee, architects, engineers, and church members. If you want to know more about the project or wish to participate in the project even financially feel free to reach out.
The first full week of 2022 found the electricians and HVAC
technicians getting quite a bit done. Electricians are preparing for a rough-in
inspection for the lower parlors. HVAC installed ductwork in various locations
throughout the building and suppliers spent a day unloading and positioning
drywall sheets throughout both floors of the new building. The contractor
continues to move forward to get the building closed in between the existing
and new buildings so it will be fully protected from the weather. Concrete
panel siding will be installed soon, hopefully the weather will be nice enough
to allow for easier installation. Building infrastructure contractors will
continue installations vital to the operation of the building (electrical, HVAC
and plumbing/fire sprinkler systems).
We continue to ask for prayers for our project and for all involved with the project. Prayers for the congregation members as they continue to move closer to the time they can use the facility and those who are working to prepare for the use of the facility.
With this week leading up to Christmas, there was a limited amount of work completed. Masons completed the brick facade on the columns by the south entry to the building. HVAC technicians worked on the rooftop HVAC system on the Atrium roof, connecting ductwork and conduits preparing the units for use. Carpenters were busy framing up the soffits in the lower parlors and the Atrium. They also spent the remainder of the week installing insulation in the Atrium and Sanctuary. We hope you continue to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Most windows have been installed. The roof top units were set in place this week. Masons finished on the east side of the building and still need to do around handicap ramp and front entrance. They are working on columns on the south side now. The parking lot gravel is going in. Concrete guys are back working on ramps, sidewalks, ramps into parking lot and light standards for the parking lot. Carpenters have almost finished insulation in the basement, fellowship hall and kitchen. Hopefully the elevator arrives before Christmas break. Plumbers, sprinkler and electrical contractors are making progress. Most crews will be gone Christmas to New Year’s Day. Continue support for the project and prayers for safety health for all workers. Thank you and God bless.
There have been great strides in the work completed on the project, positioning it to look much different both inside and out. The Masons working on the brick facade have completed most of the major areas. Remaining areas are around the exterior stairs and fresh air vents on the NE corner, and some portions of the south entry structure. Window contractor installed all framing for the windows and a majority of the glass in those frames. They also installed the front entry door and window frames, glass and doors. Carpenters spent the week working on all the framing needed for the back of the sanctuary and the wall dividing the sanctuary and the atrium. They also worked on framing on the columns in the Atrium. Electricians finalized work in the sanctuary preparing for a rough in inspection. The HVAC Techin Ian’s worked on vent and supply ductwork in the first floor restrooms and the second floor hallway. They also prepared and installed ductwork in the lower parlors in various locations. Plumbers and fire suppression contractors installed ductile iron pipes for the sprinkler system in the sanctuary connecting with the pipes in the basement. Site contractor completed connections of the storm sewer and sanitary sewers to the City sewers. These installations included storm sewer inlets and sanitary sewer clean outs. They also began pushing dirt for the parking lot, placing it to proper grade.
The project saw quite a bit completed this week both inside and out. The site contractor came and installed the sanitary sewer service and portions of the storm sewer. This work will continue next week too. The Masons continued to work on the brick facade on the north side of the building and will continue to complete the portion under the large front windows. They will then move to the south entry where they will install brick facade on the columns. Carpenters were in and completed most of the framing between the sanctuary and the atrium, around the columns on the south entry and in the first-floor restrooms. Plumbers and HVAC technicians installed piping and ductwork in the first-floor restrooms and fire sprinkler contractor installed some piping in the sanctuary connecting to the lower parlor systems. As we continue to move forward on this project, we ask for prayers for all those involved with the project including personnel from the various contractors working onsite. We invite you to continue your involvement through prayer and through our summaries that are shared on the church Facebook page.
The short holiday week kept the contractors from getting too much done but they were able to make some progress. Masons completed a majority of the brick facade on the east side of the sanctuary. Work was to be completed for the storm and sanitary sewers this week to prepare for grading of the south parking lot, but due to a change in connection locations in the existing sewer that work was delayed. Carpenters worked on framing around the north window preparing for arrival of the windows in a couple weeks. They then moved to the wall between the sanctuary and the atrium and completed quite a bit of it. Electricians worked installing conduit and junction and fixture boxes in the atrium and the first-floor hallway of the education wing. Plumbers installed the supply line for the second-floor sprinkler system through the resource room to the chase and down to the first-floor hallway. Roofers completed the flat roofs on the north entry, atrium, elevator shaft, first floor restrooms and south entry roof. As we continue moving through this project, we continue to ask for prayers for all involved.
This week saw progress in a couple critical locations, roofing
and window openings. The carpenters completed framing portions of the north
window, preparing for the window frame, completed a wall connection between the
atrium and the Chapel and used vapor barrier to close in the large window
openings preparing to heat inside the sanctuary to make it more bearable to
work in the winter cold until the windows are able to be installed. Masons
completed a majority of the east wall of the sanctuary. They will be moving to
the north side of the sanctuary to work on the brick facade. Electricians,
plumbers and HVAC technicians continued installing their related systems
including electrical conduit in the sanctuary, atrium and basement utility
rooms. Contractors were able to complete piping that allows for the operation
of the furnaces for the existing building so the education wing can now be
heated properly. We continue to ask for prayers for the congregation, the
contractors and those from the church involved with the project. If you are
interested in participating in the project through planning, prayers or
financially feel free to contact the church and you will be put in contact with
the proper people. Thanks!
The new building is getting close to being closed in as we continue to have concerns related to lack of workers and supply chain concerns for materials. The site saw changes in the weather but didn’t slow down the progress. Masons continued progress on installation of the brick facade on the sanctuary completing the south sanctuary wall and south portion of the east wall. They will continue along the east wall and then transition to the north. They will still have some work on the south side related to the south entrance and elevator structure. Electricians continued to install electrical and system wiring throughout the sanctuary and some portions of the lower parlors. Plumbers continue to install roof drain piping and gas lines to connect all furnaces and water heaters to the gas utility. With the expected weather changes it is important to get heat back to the existing building, so they came in on Saturday to complete the installation of the gas and fresh air and vent lines. Carpenters closed in the large window on the south side where the glass block was removed to make it weatherproof until the windows arrive, anticipated around the first week of December. We anticipate the flat roof company will be on-site first of this week to get the Atrium roof and elevator shaft and restrooms roof installed. Carpenters will be back on-site to complete work around south entrance and work inside the sanctuary completing the wall between the sanctuary and the atrium. Plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians will continue working on their respective systems and the site contractor will be in to install drainage and sanitary sewer piping connecting the building to the city sewer system. They will also work on the south side of the building, grading for the rock base for the parking lot and drop off zone. Concrete contractor will be returning to complete remaining concrete sidewalks, steps and drop off area for the south parking lot. We continue to ask for prayers for the congregation, the contractors and sub-contractors working on our project for their safety as they travel to and from the site and while they are working.
A great week of dry weather allowed for much needed work to be completed. Carpenters were able to frame in the roof for the first-floor restrooms, second floor elevator hallway walls and roof, south entry, and the north chancel wall inside the sanctuary. Sheeting was completed and vapor wrap was installed. Masons continued working on the brick facade along the south side of the sanctuary and completed enough to allow for the gas meter to be installed. Plumbers, electricians, and HVAC techs continued to work on building infrastructure installing electric boxes, flexible conduit, and HVAC ductwork throughout the building on all floors. Gas meter was installed and connected to the building so once a couple other connections to existing furnaces are completed, they can be prepared for use in the cold weather. Fire suppression contractor installed piping and sprinklers in the chapel.
With a couple days of rain, progress on the exterior portions of the building was limited. Carpenters did complete some detail work on the roof and some framing on the first-floor restrooms exterior wall. Masons continued with elevator shaft walls and are projected to complete the walls this coming week. Plumbers and fire protection contractors were busy in the lower parlors. Work was performed to complete gas service lines to be connected soon in preparation for the coming cold weather. Fire standpipe was installed from north side of building to pump room. Fire sprinkler piping was installed in Lower Parlors in both the existing and new building. Electrical conduits have been installed preparing for service to be connected soon. Fire detection system conduits were installed as well. Anticipated work next week should include the masons, carpenters, concrete contractors, and roofers. We continue to ask for prayers for the congregation, the Committees and church staff that are working with the contractors, the contractors and subcontractors and any others involved with the project.
Carpenters have completed sheeting and underlayment for the sanctuary roof and continue to add roof clips, trim and other items to further reinforce the structure. They also completed walls by the front (north) entry. The masons completed the fore wall next to the existing building and started on the second-floor portion of the elevator shaft. The electricians installed a number of conduits for the lighting and fire detection and alarm system. The fire sprinkler contractor installed a number of pipes and sprinkler heads in the existing lower parlors including the utility and mechanical rooms and the new portion of the lower parlors. Next steps include masons completing the elevator shaft walls, carpenters framing around the first-floor restrooms and closing in the atrium walls and the wall between the Atrium and the Sanctuary. Roofers will shingle the roof and completing the flat roofs once all other framing is complete.
The week started with an encouraging word from our Youth indicating their excitement with a message of “Making Progress!!” on the perimeter fence. Carpenters worked a full week on the roof framing, sheeting and underpayment. Plumbers and fire sprinkler contractors made progress on the gas service line and the fire sprinkler system in the lower parlors. Electricians installed an outdoor service box and connected it to the conduit previously installed under the existing Education Wing. Masons returned on Friday and worked to prepare the work platform around the elevator shaft and place block on the platform.
Carpenters have been busy finishing the roof framing and beginning to put sheeting and roof underpayment on the sheeting. They have completed the south side of the roof and are now focusing on the north side. Steel framing has been installed on the south entry and for the second-floor elevator hallway frame. The electricians and plumbers have been busy installing conduits and piping for the electricity and water supply and waste lines in the lower parlors.
The carpenters continued installing “I” trusses on the roof and completed a majority of them. While some continue reinforcing the trusses, others started placing plywood sheeting on the roof beginning to close in the roof. Plumbers put in water supply lines to the lower parlor restrooms and waste vent lines in the kitchen, restrooms and utility rooms. Electricians were “roughing-in” additional light switches, receptacle boxes and some wiring in flexible conduit. They were also busy preparing for and installation of ducts for the electrical service that will provide electricity to the building.
The carpenters began the week placing trusses on the roof framing and completed closing the south wall of the sanctuary, leaving just enough for the masons to have access to work on the elevator shaft and adjacent wall. Carpenters also framed in the pass-through windows for the kitchen. The masons continued working on the elevator shaft and the adjacent wall that contains utility closets. This brought the shaft up to the level of the second floor. Electricians installed a number of feet of conduit and rough-in conduit, switch and wall plug components. They also prepared for the main electrical service to be brought in from the west side of the building and take it under the existing building into the downstairs utility room where the existing service is located. Plumbers continued installation of waste piping up to the first-floor restrooms. They also installed large size water supply line and some smaller diameter pipe for the restrooms in the lower parlors. Fire sprinkler system contractor installed pipes and sprinkler heads in the lower parlor hallway and the youth room. Site and grading contractor came in Thursday and installed a new 6” water main connection from the city main on Broadway. The installation is ready for patching of Broadway.
The masons completed the secondary wall and are working on the elevator walls and first floor restrooms walls. The carpenters have many of the sidewalls up. They will begin closing in roof on the Sanctuary this week. The main water lines will be put in next week and the street will be closed as they work. The plumbers are working in the basement running water lines. The entry way overhangs were removed. The sprinklers were installed in the MELC rooms and most of second floor. The goal right now is to get the building closed in before cooler weather. There is still have more steel to put up for hallway off elevator for the second floor and entryways. We are making progress.
The masons returned this week and made some progress on secondary walls. They still have elevator walls and restroom walls on first floor to do so we can put up steel and pour second floor hallway. The carpenters made headway as more walls have been put up in the basement and sanctuary walls. Working hard to get closed in before cooler weather arrives. Sprinkler work in MELC has been completed and still have some on second and first floors to complete. We are getting ready to bore under the building for power hole on the west side is for power to go under the education wing to mechanical room in basement for all power. This week should see the demo of the overhangs over the doors. Please keep the project, the workers and church in your prayers thank you for your support.
The carpenters have been here since Tuesday and are showing progress. East and west wall working to the peaks are coming along nicely. Some of the north and south walls have been framed also. Basement has had temporary lighting installed to see better. Jessica Way was in for kitchen measurements and addressed a couple of her concerns which worked out for us. She is ready to go.
This week we are hoping for masons to come to work on walls so we can put up more steel and pour second floor hallway from elevator to education building. Electrical crew will hopefully be here to bore under education building to mechanical room for power to building. Just preliminary work for running power. Sprinkler systems is about halfway done running second floor. Hopefully they will get education building done before MELC starts. Please keep the project the workers safety and the church in your prayers and thanks for the continued support.
It was a pretty good week of work on the site. The inside arches have been put up and braced in place ready for walls. The beams look great! More braces and studs were place on the east wall. During rain showers, work was done in the basement hallway and restrooms area. More framing should be done this week. Sprinkler system for fire protection started on the second floor of the education building with a lot of drilling through walls and pipe being placed. Carpenters will return on Tuesday and the masons will be here to work on the secondary wall and elevator area. The overhangs on the front doors and back doors may be removed this week depending. We are moving forward. Please keep the project in your prayers and for safety of the workers on sites and for your support. Thanks all.
Well, the carpenters arrived. Framing started on the east wall pulpit area. More exciting is the basement restrooms walls, elevator hallway, kitchen pantry and mechanical room walls have been put up. The carpenters worked on Saturday and made progress. The arches for sanctuary will arrive this week and the masons are due back this week to work on secondary wall and elevator wall. Temporary lighting will be installed in basement area.
Our Fresh Start Kitchen Committee has been busy as we get closer to getting final measurements for cabinet, sinks, and counters. The Fresh Start Décor Committee has made decision and orders have been placed for chairs, carpets, and tile. Also Fresh Start Stain Glass Committee continue to work and have started a Facebook page. Thanks to these committees. We are making progress. Please continue to pray for our church, the safety of the workers and continued support for the project. Thank you all.
The Sanctuary floor and Welcome Center floor have been poured. The stairway leading out of the lower level on the east side has also been poured. Two more lumber packages were delivered this week. Concrete is being allowed to cure before we put lifts on it. Work on the east wall should start around Wednesday when carpenters arrive. Mason crews will be back to continue the block walls of the elevator and support wall in front of the education wing so more steel can be put up. A lot of activity should really start happening. The Fresh Start Decor Committee selected chairs and carpet colors for the Sanctuary. Thank you, Decor Committee, for a wonderful job. The Fresh Start Kitchen Committee continues to meet and finalize the plans for the kitchen area. Thank you to the Kitchen Committee for your continued work. Please keep these folks, all our construction crews, and the Fresh Start Committee in your prayers for guidance and safety. Thank you to the Congregation for all your support.
The concrete crew returned mid-week to pour the back entryway to the elevator footings, 2 steps to the stairs outside youth room in basement hallway and a small, reinforced wall in basement hallway in mechanical room. They are preparing to pour the Sanctuary floor and Atrium floors next week along with basement exit stairway on the east side of the building and exit door pad in Sanctuary northeast corner. A lot of concrete to be poured this coming week. Wood packages have been arriving for the project also. Please keep the construction crews’ safety and the project in our prayers.
The Concrete contractor completed forming the foundation walls on Tuesday, final adjustments then poured the walls in the afternoon on Wednesday completing the perimeter foundation wall.
Remainder of the week saw the concrete contractor form and pour the remaining footings for the foundation wall. They are currently placing rebar and forms for the foundation walls. They are even working on the rain today so please pray for them to stay safe. They are working hard to catch the schedule back up since we lost some time earlier in the season.
After over 2” of rain left standing water in the basement area, the contractor was able to dry out the basement. They were able to excavate for floor column footings and pour the concrete for those today. They also excavated the remainder of the footings and placing rebar. Could be poured as early as Thursday. Contractor also excavated and placed aggregate base for the lower parlor concrete floor that will be poured soon.
Elevator pit in place. Lower parlors, hallway, former men's and women's restrooms excavated.
Upcoming work. Existing foundation reinforcement in old basement hallway. Continuing excavation for remainder of footings and foundation walls.
Weather slowed progress this week but masons have been busy putting up the second firebreak wall next to the existing building. Foundation drain and backfill around the foundation walls has begun. Biggest element was the elevator foundation pit and wall so masons can begin the elevator shaft in the next couple weeks. Slowly but surely.