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The Spring Garden Campus enjoyed steady progress during the first week of December. We had reasonable weather, which enabled the outside crews to complete the sloped roof on the south side of the Sanctuary. Here’s a view of the campus .
The sloped roof on the south side of the Sanctuary now sports a dark chocolate brown metal covering. It will be complementary to the copper-color of the barrel vault when it is installed, perhaps later this month.
If you look at the north slope of the Sanctuary roof, you can get an appreciation for the roof construction. The photo below shows the beginnings of insulation being installed.
You’ll notice that the entire Sanctuary now has all of its outer walls covered with a 5 in foam sheathing textured with a waterproof stucco that matches the lighter color of the Dryvit accents on the two wings. All the rest of the Sanctuary walls will be worked from inside.
Gathering and Sanctuary areas. These two photos below, taken on Dec 3 and Dec 6, 2019, reflect the framework for the entrance façade of windows, and the present messiness on the Sanctuary floor. Future blogs will show progress here.
Interior Progress. I did not do a walkthrough of the North Wing this week, but I assume work continues there with finishing rooms, etc. Debbie W and Joanne R, the Interior Team, made a tour of both wings and gave a Punch List to Jeff Barnes.
Workers were active in all the West Wing areas, and in both Gathering wings.
Working in the future gym on Dec 3 2019. Note the beautiful noonday light.
According to Mike the technical term for most of those metal workers is “assembler.” But don’t let that diminish what they are doing. There is a different skillset required for that job. Note that the roof is still translucent; that will change by the 6th
However, the workers were able to take a break and enjoy two large crockpots of chicken soup on Dec 3, 2019.
This photo shows some of the varieties of hardware and devices that hold our building together. Mike Arnold told me that much of the sanctuary is actually a giant Lego kit, specially built for CUMC. Most of those metal workers are really “assemblers.” But don’t let that diminish what they are doing. There is a different skillset required for that job.
This shows looking outward from the Gathering on Dec 3. The gap leads from the Sanctuary and probably won’t be poured until all the inside work is finished in the Sanctuary.
The second photo is a detail of the right side ramp leading to the chancel/stage area. Lots of work to be done here.
The last photo shows a team working on the North Gathering area. The exposed HVAC ductwork will be painted, and acoustic clouds will be suspended from the exposed ceiling.
This is a wide view of the nave and Chancel/stage taken on Dec 3 2019.
And here’s one of those strange photo questions that used to appear in magazines. What is this? Make a guess.
I’ve already posted the excellent, God-inspired work of the VIM teams and Youth. This blogpost focuses on the highlights of what the Contractor teams did during this time.
Let me try a bullet list, rather than narrative, and embed the relevant imagery.
- Stone masons completed the beautiful three-foot high stone base around both wings.
- The next installment of curbing was poured and nearly lapped the building
- The outline of the “Diamond Ring’ is evident
- Painting crews prepped the walls in the North Wing (LLLC and office spaces) for the VIM and Youth painters
- Continued to finalize colors and walls with the LLLC and Church staff and the contractor subcontractors.
- Met with the cabinet people.
- Worked with staff to identify which furniture and equipment transfers to SGC, what items need to be ordered in advance.
- Continued to coordinate with contractors and CUMC staff on many other important details.
North and West Wings
- The West Wing walls were fully covered, and the HVAC units were positioned and installed on the West Wing roof.
- This completes the exterior wall work for both wings, except for the downspouting.
Gathering and Sanctuary
- The North and West Gathering areas received concrete flooring and roofing. And the initial 5 in insulation was installed on these roofs.
- The Sanctuary and Chancel floors weathering are trenched, and the conduit laid and covered. These conduits will hold electrical, electronic and audio-visual wiring.
- The initial covering of the upper Sanctuary walls was applied on both sides.
- The initial exterior Sanctuary walls from ground level were erected.
The Spring Garden Campus as of Nov 26, 2019
This week’s blog concentrates on the splendid work of our Volunteers in Mission (VIM) members, who numbered in the 60s, and about 15 of our CUMC Youth.
The Indoor VIM team worked inside painting the walls of the LLLC and the office spaces. The painting contractor prepped the walls. The VIM painters primed and put on two top coats on 18 office/meeting room/bathroom/closet spaces in and around the Office, primed the long hallway of the North Wing, and finished two LLLC rooms, some bathrooms, and the corridor joining all of these spaces The main feedback from the professional painters was how surprised they were with how quickly our painters worked. They also really enjoyed the HOT DOGS provided by Rich Charette and the men of the Thursday Men’s Breakfast who meet at Faye’s.
The Outdoor VIM team dug and made wooden steps leading from behind the Worship Center up the gentle slope to the site of the future fire pit and meditation space. You’ll see some photos and a diagram below. (Remember, we own 25 acres, but only about 15 are part of this building program. In a way these steps lead to our own wilderness.)
Bill Yufer and team made 16 wooden benches for the two outside areas. They’ll be put in place at a later date.
Congrats also to the approximately 15 youth team members and their adult leaders who divided into four teams. One team completed painting the main corridor of the North Wing. Another team cleared and chipped limbs and brush to clear the area for the future outdoor amphitheater. The third team put protective webbing to deter deer browsing around the trees we planted earlier in 2019. (photos below). And the fourth team filled holes to level the soccer/baseball fields.
Cheryl Hale, the VIM coordinator, related that one adult volunteer said he had been in rehab for weeks due to back pain and was not sure he’d be able to paint w/o lots of breaks throughout the day. He found he was still going strong when it was time to quit! He returned the next day and worked until he had to leave for his rehab appointment, hoping that he’d be discharged from rehab.
No one has estimated the amount of labor we saved because of these voluntary activities, but everyone who participated can take humble pride in glorifying God, knowing they helped make our Spring Garden Campus more beautiful.
Please take some time to look at the accomplishments.
Rhonda and Erin practicing new job skills. The “empties.”
Things continued apace at the Spring Garden Campus through October, thanks to weeks of satisfactory weather and some major construction events. With regard to the Worship Center, I could say “the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.”
The Sanctuary and Gathering space (officially known as Building B) grew significantly this month. The North Gathering area, attaching the North Wing to the Sanctuary, will house the reception office and conference room a playroom and nursery, and family restrooms. The West Gathering area, connecting the Sanctuary and the West Wing will be the home for the Chapel, an open café area, and the Kitchen.
Internally, the MEPS (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) continues in the North Wing, along with Gypsum Wallboard installation. The sprinkler system is also going in. Similar work was done in the West Wing areas.
At the Church Hall meeting on October 13, 2019, we learned that the construction program is back on schedule, having regained the two weeks lost earlier to weather. We also learned that our Capital Campaign I is doing very well, and the staff is gearing up for the second campaign to begin early next year. As of the end of September 2019, the campaign showed $3,502,864 committed from 340 families. That is 83% of the goal.
To me, however, the most satisfying accomplishment during October was the erection of the distinctive Sanctuary. By the end of October, most of the Sanctuary structure was in place. The Sanctuary roof steel is now in place and the rafters and purlins are welded together. (Rafters are the vertical parts. Purlins are the horizontal steel beams.)
The North Wing received all of its exterior coating of five inches of white foam insulation. The workers are following closely with spreading on the white and tan Dryvit material on top of it. The West Wing is also being insulated now, prior to Dryvit coating.
I saw the men erecting the steel ribs for the vault this past week I want you to pay attention to the steelworker and let it remind you to pray every morning for worker safety and cooperation of all those working onsite at the Spring Garden Campus.
I wish there was a way to share some of the drone video showing the sanctuary steel work. The crane lifts a rib and two men ‘catch’ it and put it in place. While the crane holds the weight of the rib, first one, and then the other welder attaches their end to the roof.
Our Building Committee Interior Team continues working with the and pastors, worship leader, and church staff to identify what furniture and equipment will transfer to SGC, what items need to be ordered in advance, not to mention the dozens of other interior details for each room and hallway — more stuff than I care to imagine. I can attest that they are as busy as ‘one-armed wallpaper hangers.’
Despite the rain of late August, the Contractors and their subcontractors got a lot of work completed. The most visible exterior activities at the Spring Garden Campus in September were the covering of the exterior walls with Dryvit, completing other roof segments where the two wings join the Gathering area, and the arrival of the steel to build the Sanctuary. Other things one noticed were the installation of windows and doors, and putting the arched roofs over the entrance doors to the North Wing,
The Interior buildout is rapidly ramping up with HVAC ductwork, electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation, and all the interior walls and doorways for the rooms in the North Wing. Also, more floors were poured and polished in the West Wing.
The Interior team worked on identifying cabinetry and ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding counter height. The grass areas of the campus are now being mowed regularly by a team of volunteers. A mowing takes more than two hours and includes some tricky slopes. Mike Landis expects we will continually need to mow these several acres through the end of October, at least.
I learned from Mike Arnold that the sanctuary walls and roof are prefabricated. Five trucks delivered components to the site on the 25th of September. Mike expects that the steelworkers will begin erecting the walls and Sanctuary roof in early October.