Today we’ve finalized the schedule for the geotechnical test boring work at our Spring Garden Campus. It will be completed the week of December 18 thanks to the firms we’re working with squeezing us in before Christmas to support our design schedule.
The field survey stakeout of the boring locations is scheduled for Friday December 15 and will be completed by Dawood Engineering. CGC Geoservices is our test boring contractor, and the drill crew should be on site Monday December 18 thru Thursday December 21. 30 shallow probe borings will be drilled to investigate the rock conditions along the alignment of our underground utilities between South Spring Garden Street and our new building location. 11 borings with soil sampling and rock coring will be completed within the building footprint itself to determine foundation design conditions. I’ll be with the drill crew to log the results much of the time, but not full-time. The drill crew are former employees of mine, and will be clearing access to the boring locations as needed as their gift to the church at no charge. We also received discounted pricing for the work. The boring locations can be viewed by clicking on the following link CUMC BORING LOCATIONS
The structural design of our building has begun, and the initial concept includes masonry block load bearing walls for the two wings of the building, and steel frame for the central gathering space and worship center. Steel bar joists and trusses will be used to support the roof, and a combination of aluminum stud / drywall and CMU (concrete masonry units) block will be utilized for interior walls. Preliminary mechanical design includes all rooftop HVAC units with most ductwork above the ceilings, but likely some intentionally exposed spiral ductwork in the gathering area along with an open painted exposed steel ceiling in that portion of the building to complement the natural look of the two story glass walls front and back.
This week we’ve received a positive completeness review from South Middleton Township for our land development package and are scheduled to go before their Planning Commission on December 19. Likewise, we are scheduled to make our presentation to the Borough of Carlisle Planning Commission on December 21. Approval from both municipalities is required to begin our permitting process. Your prayers on those particular dates for receptive hearts and minds will be appreciated.
The Building Committee has scheduled our next Congregational Information Sessions for SUNDAY JANUARY 14, 2018 from 945 – 1045AM in the Sanctuary and from 1100AM – 1200PM in the MPR. At that time the final floor plans will be presented along with a budget breakdown of what will be included in our Phase 1 project versus what will be delayed until a future phase.