CUMC Blogpost February 22, 2020

Overview. Welcome to the Blogpost! Please tell others about it. If you just Google “CUMC Spring Garden Campus” you’re right at the webpage! Let’s get our readership up to 50!

By the end of this week, some recognizable changes stood out. Outside, many of the sidewalks around the building were poured and cured; the roofers began to install snow guards and guttering on the Barrel Vault; The Dryvit boys worked on the North Gathering Exterior behind heavy plastic; and the white cross finally appeared at the entrance.

Inside, more and more of the Worship Center, Gathering, Chapel, and Kitchen were clothed in drywall; wiring, plumbing, and gas lines continued; the wooden framework for the steps to the stage was finished; the ceiling continued to be prepared; and the backstage began to take shape.

Outside Progress. On Monday Gleim Team began placing framework and putting stone and a reinforcing lattice for the sidewalks. By Friday, the concrete contractor had poured, smoothed and cured nearly all sidewalks around the building.

  1.  Youth Entrance Feb 17
  2.   Sidewalk from West Parking Lot to Entrance
  3.   Sidewak to Adult and Outside Groups Area.

The Roofers began to install gutters all around, and snow guards on the North side of the Barrel Vault. There will be more work ahead on the entire Barrel Vault.

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0416.JPG Snow Guard on thenorth side of the Barrel Vault Feb 17, 2020.

The Dryvit crew continued to work on the North Gathering exterior under heavy plastic for warmth and weather protection. Mike Landis shot the photos inside the plastic.

North Gathering exterior Feb 17.  Two views of Dryvit application Feb 21, 2020

This is what the entrance looked like on Monday.

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0422.JPGEntrance as of Feb 17, 2020

Two days later, it looked like this. By Friday, February 21, the entrance really began to look like a church.

Feb 19, 2020.  The cross is nearly complete.  Feb 21, 2020.  Although it looks to be complete, the glazier is awaiting one small piece at the very top. One sharp-eyed editor spotted it. Can you?

Inside Progress. The most noticeable inside activity is putting up drywall in the Worship Center, the Gathering, Chapel and Kitchen. More of the rooms around the Gathering and the Worship Center have drywall and await finishing and painting prep. Here is a potpourri of this activity:

Drywall work in Worship Center.  Future Chapel Interior.  Feb 19, 2020

Drywall on WC Ceiling.  Closeup of Ceiling drywall.  Drywall over Entrance.      All on Feb 21, 2020

The HVAC crew installed ductwork in the backstage area.

Preparing and hanging ductwork for backstage Feb 19, 2020

The wooden framework for the steps to the stage was finished.

20200219-17c Prepping Stage Steps-01Nearly completed preparations for the Stage Steps Feb 19, 2020

This is a view of the Entrance Cross seen from the Gathering.

20200221-06c Entrance Cross from inside-02-cu           Entrance Cross from inside looking outward.  You can see the missing tile at the top of the cross.  Feb 21, 2020

Imagine that view in late spring!

Miscellaneous. Mike Landis has been onsite nearly every day, consulting, working, and photographing. Here, he’s talking with a couple of Dryvit workers who came into the building Friday to have some Chili-Mac, courtesy of the Bridges Prayer Team, one of more than 25 groups of CUMC that have provided prayers, cards and goodies to the folks working at Spring Garden Campus.

Mike L and Dryvit Guys.             Snack Table 21 Feb, 2020

Again, we received many thank you’s from the construction workers for these food gifts. It makes me wonder how many people thanked Jesus when he fed bread and fish to the crowds in the wilderness.

As an aside, I met Sal, a drywall foreman who will be rotated off this project very soon. He told me that he spent 20 minutes reading the cards that our children sent to the campus. He wondered what the SGC would look like when it was finished. I invited him back anytime and gave him the blogsite information so he could continue to follow God’s building program.

Chris Gregory, our worship leader and members of his company, Spire AVL, met with Mike Arnold and Dusty Motter to discuss lighting.

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Mike Arnold, Dusty Motter, Chris Gregory, and Seth Shoemaker of Spire AVL meet to discuss lighting in the Worship Center.

Coming Attractions.

Mark down Sunday, March 22, 2020 as the date for the next Sneak Peek. You’ll be able to write a message on the Worship Center floor and tour the entire campus.

The second CUMC VIM team will be on-site during the week of March 22-27. Their workplans are being finalized, and I’ll publish them in the Blog as soon as they are firmed.

The Leadership Council has issued the following schedule for the transition. Here’s the information from the Weekly Midweek Minute:

Latest Details of the Move to Spring Garden Campus – all predicated on CUMC Gaining Occupancy of the Building by May 22.
June 7 – Last service at current facility
June 8 – Beginning to move stuff to SGC
June 14 – Transitional Sunday – 10am – combined worship at Lamberton Middle   School, 777 S Hanover Street
June 21 – Pastor Jim preaches at first service in the new church
June 28 – Church-wide retirement receptions for Pastor Jim throughout the morning with Pastor Mira preaching
July – Pastor Jake’s first services at CUMC

A Builders Recognition Sunday is being planned on September 27 at the 11am service to honor the architects, engineers and contractors who combined their talents to plan and build our new church.

 Looking Back. Finally, here’s a glance at the SGC in early January 2020, just two months ago. Compare these photos with the ones of this week’s Blog!

In the Worship Center looking to the Stage, Jan 24, 2020.     SGC Jan 10, 2020

Please continue to keep in prayer all who work at the Spring Garden Campus and give God the Glory!!






CUMC Blogpost February 15, 2020

Overview. The work at the Spring Garden Campus continued steadily inside and outside this past week. You will note some outside changes but the most noticeable work in my opinion happened inside.

Outside Progress. Barrel Vault completed; Dryvit work continuing; Sidewalk preparations. This overview shows some of the week’s exterior progress.

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Looking at the Spring Garden Campus Feb 12, 2020

As you can see, the Barrel Vault is now completely covered with the copper colored cladding. There is still some work remaining to seal it to the clerestory.  Dryvit is now covering the West Gathering, and a good part of the outside of Worship Center.

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The Completed Barrel Vault Feb 12, 2020

Next week, the Gleim Team and the cement contractor will begin framing and pouring sidewalks and other items, weather permitting.

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Footers for Adult entrance sidewalk to be poured next week, weather permitting.

The Entrance and the glass front for the almond-colored cross remain the same as last week. The glazier is awaiting the last piece of glass, and will install it and the cross material.

Inside Progress. Cross outline; speaker boxes; fireplace bench; café. Several subcontractors have been busy inside this past week with drywall, electrical, insulation, and HVAC work. Some of the changes are captured in the photos below:

The entrance doorframes from Gathering into Worship Center are now in place.

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The Entrance to the Worship Center Feb 12 2020.

The Worship Center Cross, being built by our own CUMC woodworkers will be hung according to the faint outline on the back wall of the Stage.

20200212-13c Outline of Cross-03Outline of the wooden Cross being built by CUMC Woodworkers

The Speaker boxes are taking shape on either side of the Worship Center.  They will be used for the future organ and all other audiovisual outputs.

The Left Right Speaker                 The Right Speaker Box

The Fireplace bench and box are completed, and awaiting the firebox and the finishing for the bench.

20200212-16c Fireplace area-01-cropThe Future Fireplace area

Joanne Monoski, our CUMC chef du Hospitality, is very pleased with the progress made in the café and kitchen areas.

The Café is taking shape.          Part of the future kitchen Feb 12, 2020

Signage. Mike Landis and Rick Washinger hung the 333 S. Spring Garden sign at the street entrance. Our real church sign will be up on the rise to the right as you approach the campus.

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The new sign at the entrance to the Campus Drive.

Coming Attractions.

  1. Mark down Sunday, March 22, 2020 as the date for the next Sneak Peek. You’ll be able to write a message on the Worship Center floor, and tour the entire campus.
  2. The second CUMC VIM team will be on-site during the week of March 22-27. Their workplans are being finalized, and I’ll publish them in the Blog as soon as they are firmed.

Looking Back. Finally, here’s a glance at the SGC in mid-December, just two months earlier. Compare these photos with the one at the top of the Blog!

Dec 11, 2019  Looking at North Gathering  Entrance and Gathering Areas

Please continue to keep in prayer all who work at the Spring Garden Campus and give God the Glory!!





CUMC Blogpost February 8, 2020

Welcome to the first CUMC Building Committee Blogpost for Feb 2020. It’s almost time to put up a countdown calendar.

Overview. The roofers worked on the Barrel Vault. They were finally able to get their equipment in place to lift more sections and install them. About ten panels remain to put in place, because of the adverse weather toward the end of the week. I don’t imagine any of us would be willing to handle thirty six-foot panels atop a roof made slippery with rain and dangerous by high winds. Live to roof another day! The outline of the cross at the entrance is clearly discernable. And the fronts of the Gathering areas to the north and west began receiving their Dryvit coatings.

Inside, drywall went up in the Gathering and Worship Center areas, smoke and fire alarm installation continued. Cabinetry folks were busy installing cabinets in the North Wing (LLLC and Office). And I believe all the toilets, paper dispensers, and privacy panels and doors went up throughout most of the building. On Thursday, UGI hooked up the gas meter. Next, the Funk team will be completing the connection to entire building.

Outside Progress. This overview was taken on Feb 3. Not much change from last week, but by Friday, there was more copper-colored roofing on the Barrel Vault, and enough entrance glass was installed to be able to clearly identify the outline of the cross.


DCIM100MEDIADJI_0389.JPGThis was the Spring Garden Campus on Feb 3, 2020.

The glass crew began installing the Entrance glass on Feb 3, 2020.

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0410.JPGInstalling glass in Entrance on Feb 3, 2020

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By Feb 5, 2020, this is what the Entrance with the Cross Outline better defined.

Beginning Feb 5, the roofers were back on the Barrel Vault adding more panels. Unlike most of the Barrel Vault, this section has nothing but ground immediately below it, so the work requires lift equipment to install the remaining panels. Again, I’m reminded to pray regularly for the safety of all workers on site.

                                   Lifting roof panels to Barrel Vault Feb 5, 2020 

You can get a better idea of how the roof panels connect by seeing the edges.

20200205-10c Closeup of roof panel edges-02Closeup of roof panel edges.  Notice the way they overlap.

The West Gathering, to the right of the entrance now is finished in Dryvit. The crew has started on the North Gathering, to the left of the entrance.

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West Gathering in Dryvit, Feb 5, 2020

Interior Progress. The Interiors team continues very busy with the many details necessary for a welcoming, safe, and attractive interior. Here’s a sample of the materials for the baseboards and the parts necessary to join the different types of flooring to each other.

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Flooring Transition Samples: flooring to flooring type and flooring to baseboard.

As mentioned, the drywall workers are busy in the North Gathering area.

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Jose, one of the drywall workers, gives the job a thumbs up

Someone also made this drywall heart.
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Drywall Heart Art-01

And the Hill Woodworks Co is mounting cabinets in the North Wing.

               Cabinets in LLLC                Hill Co Employees installing Cabinets in LLLC

Plumbing fixtures, privacy panels, baby changing stations, and paper dispensers are appearing throughout the building.  Water is not yet inside the building.

From Upper Left:  Women’s Restroom in Adult Wing.  Children’s toilet in LLLC. 
                                                       Toilet in LLLC on Feb 5, 2020

Zach and Ben are forming the framework for the bench around the fireplace in the North Gathering.
20200206-08c Prepping bench before fireplace-01Prepping the Curved Fireplace Bench on Feb 6, 2020

In the Worship Center, workers are completing the interior insulation inside the Barrel Vault. Next they can begin to finish the ceiling.
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Installing Insulation in Barrel Vault above the Worship Center on Feb 6, 2020

Coming Attractions. Mike Arnold, the Funk Project Superintendent, said that the Gleim team will be back in the next week to start work on the sidewalks, curbs, and stoops. He also said that carpeting and other flooring are purchased and are being stored offsite. These early purchases have saved money. Flooring work should begin by the second week in March. The rest of the roofing panels for the Barrel Vault remain to be installed. The timing is dependent on the Dryvit progress on the North Gathering and final work on the Entrance glass. It’s a sequencing challenge to get the right equipment into that very small space in front of the Entrance.

Signage. Connie Leitner volunteered to lead the Signage Committee, which includes Sharon Edwards, Lisa Myers, and Pastor Mira Hewlett, with Jeff Barnes and Mike Landis as consultants. The committee is currently working with several companies, seeking proposals to complete its top priority projects:

  • A prominent exterior sign to be erected near the cul de sac entrance (Dr. Tracy Sands is working exclusively on the main exterior sign), and
  • Signage for the exterior areas/parking lot, and all the interior spaces.

Connie emphasized that the committee is seeking proposals that can deliver signage that is clear, impactful, exciting, and within budget. The committee is seeking two- and three-dimensional signs, as well as hanging signs for the large Gathering area. The signs will be color coordinated with the building exterior and will incorporate the CUMC swoosh (the LOGO that resembles the letter “C” with the four pillar colors).

Final Bits. Mike Landis has been on site almost every day, coordinating with Mike Arnold and documenting the progress.

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Mike Landis busy at work.  Where’s he going with that lumber???

He has contributed a number of photos, including this one.  We’re on our way to adding another species to our own little open wildlife zoo.

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Mallards on the Temporary Pond Behind the Maintenance Shed

Remember, you can check out the CUMC Facebook page for more photos.

Finally, here’s a glance at the SGC on October 23, just to help you gauge the progress.

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0115.JPGSpring Garden Campus on Oct 23, 2019.  Notice how it’s changed in 100 days!

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                                        Taken by Mike Landis around 6:30 PM Saturday, Feb 8, 2020.  That’s NOT a moon; it’s a street light.

Please keep in prayer all who work at the Spring Garden Campus and give God the Glory!!

CUMC Blogpost 31 January 2020

Two Pieces of Good News: We may have new neighbors! The South Middleton Twp. supervisors agreed to rezone the other part of the Smith Farm to accommodate a residence for about 300 apartments. Jonathan Bowser formerly head of the Carlisle Area Economic Development Corporation, and now a managing partner of Integrated Development Partners, plans to submit a project master plan and hopes to begin construction in a few (unspecified) months. (Source is Carlisle Sentinel.)

The second bit of good news is that a completion and occupancy date for the Spring Garden Campus is showing up on construction documents: Fri 22 May 2020. That depends on many factors, but it seems God is in complete control of all of them, so not to worry.

Overview.  If you drove over to the Spring Garden Campus this past week, and just glanced at the outside, you might have caught another copper-colored roof over another Little Lights Learning Center door on the North Wing, and perhaps some more glass work on the entrance. The Barrel Vault still lacks about ¼ of its cladding. It may give you the impression that not much is happening, and that might be correct for the exterior. But inside things are humming away.

Here’s what Spring Garden Campus looked like on Jan 28, 2020.

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Spring Garden Campus Overview Looking East on Jan 28, 2020

I couldn’t help think about what Jesus said to Peter: “On this Rock, I’ll build my church.”  We have lots of little rocks.  Perhaps we’re to be little Peters for building this church.

Exterior Progress. Here are photos of the exterior work done this past week.


North Wing Entrance Coverings Jan 30, 2020

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Here’s a closer look at the overhang. It’s not completely finished.  Jan 30, 2020

This is a look at the main entrance on Jan 30, 2020.   I’ve tried to outline the cross which will have a dark metal outline containing a simple almond colored cross that can be lit from inside.

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Interior Progress.  In just the past five workdays, a great deal of metal framing  sprouted up on the walls, on the stage, and on the ceiling of the Worship Center. More ceilings and ceiling lights adorn the LLLC and the office areas in the North Wing and much of the West Wing.

The metal framing on both sides of the Worship Center.

This view is from the entrance looking through the Worship Center to the Stage.  20200130-13c Overview of WC looking to rear-01

I expect over the next weeks the machines will return as the drywall and electrical teams finish the walls and ceiling.

And this is the Backstage (Stage on the right) as it is on Jan 31, 2020

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Looking at the curtain wall between the Stage and Backstage areas Jan 31, 2020

Both side ramps to the stage are now enclosed in metal framework, ready for drywall and electric.

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The ramp begins to rise about halfway up this picture Jan 30, 2020

The two organ chambers on either side of the stage are now framed out. Here’s the outline of one of them.

Left side Organ Chamber Jan 30, 202020200130-07c Organ Chamber Left-01-crop

And they have also begun constructing the wood underlayment for the steps to the stage in preparation for putting down red oak.  Jan 30, 202020200130-16c Blocking for wooden steps and risers-01

Cabinet installation has begun in the North Wing CUMC Office area. It will continue in the West Wing over these next two weeks

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Cabinetry in one of the CUMC office areas.  Note the countertop is not yet installed and the electrical outlets are not yet finished.

Other Interior Activities.  The bathroom paper supply fixtures are on-site and ready for installation. The Interiors Team continues to meet with a team from the CUMC adult choirs to how to arrange risers and chairs on the stage.  And in the past week ceiling lights and tiles have gone up nearly everywhere in the North and West Wings.

Final Bits.  Go over to the CUMC Facebook page for more photos. Access: I don’t have a Facebook account, but I found it by Googling Carlisle UMC Facebook.

Did you know that CUMC has its own specialty woodworkers who are creating items for our new building. I’ll get more on that team next week and something about their projects. One of those items is a new communion table made from woods from one of the former churches.  Here’s a recent photo of a work lovingly in progress.

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There’s another team from the CUMC Adult Choirs working on a seating plan for the choirs during the services. More about that in a future Blog.

Connie Leitner has volunteered to begin the business of identifying signage for the new building. That includes every office, major and minor area, as well as directions to parts of the building, etc. This will really be important for everyone as we all will be new to the Spring Garden Campus.

Finally, kudos to the 24 or more groups who have donated snacks, written cards and offered prayers for the SGC workers since this ministry began in October 2018. Mike Arnold, the Funk On-site Project Superintendent, wants to make sure that you understand the continuing appreciation these workers have expressed for these kindnesses.

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This photo was taken Tuesday, one day after these snacks were delivered. 

When I visited Thursday, the table was bare.







CUMC Blogpost 26 Jan 2020

From Jeff Barnes, CUMC Building Committee Chair, January 25, 2020:

Construction progress at SGC remains steady and on target for a late May completion.  Exterior finish work is ongoing thanks to mild January weather, and all concrete floors within the building have been completed with no need to implement expensive cold weather concrete procedures.  

Special thanks go out to Mike Arnold and Dusty Motter, Foremen for Arthur Funk & Sons and CV Services Electric, respectively.  Mike and Dusty have been constantly on the lookout for ways to improve our new building, plus save us money, and we have implemented many of their excellent suggestions along the way.  God is good!

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                                                               Dusty and Mike

Overview Most of the work done this past week at the Spring Garden Campus was done indoors. This included extensive work on ceilings, lighting, and HVAC vents, particularly in the North Wing, which contains the future Little Lights Learning Center and the future CUMC offices. In the West Gathering area, the café and kitchen were framed with metal studding and are beginning to receive plumbing and electrical wiring.

Outside Progress. There are no images of exterior activity this week primarily because nothing significant has changed. The roofers did cover the curved entrance overhang to the LLLC this week (Photo next week).

Work on completing the barrel vault is on hold until the subcontractor responsible for the entrance completes installation of the windows and hid equipment is clear of the area. Then, weather permitting, the roofers can get back to completing the copper-tones cladding and the rest of the barrel vault. This was anticipated, and I’m told should not set anything behind schedule.

Interior Progress. The big news this week is the completion of the side ramps from the worship center floor to the stage. On Jan 24, 2020, the concrete contractor poured the two ramps leading from the Worship center main floor to the stage. As Jeff said, this is the last of the scheduled pours for the inside.

Smoothing the Left Ramp Jan 24, 2020

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Smoothing the Right Ramp Jan 24, 2020

The Gym continues toward completion with all the trades active (plumbing, electric, HVAC, painting, etc.)

         Jan 23, 2020.  Wiring the Gym       Gym Ductwork and boxes of ceiling tiles 

Here’s a look inside the future chapel, located just off the West Gathering. It will make more sense when the walls are up and painted.

20200123-03c Inside the Future Chapel-01Inside the Future Chapel on Jan 24, 2020

 The Future Kitchen and Café are beginning to receive electrical and plumbing components. John, one of the electricians working on the kitchen told me that the kitchen is one of the most complex areas of the entire building, because of all the utilities involved for the appliances and sinks, etc. He believes it will look more like a café and kitchen by next week.

20200124-11c Future Cafe-01-crop - CopyThe Future Café on Jan 24, 2020

In the North Gathering, the future playroom now has a glass front and double doors.

20200123-10c Entrance to Playroom-01Entrance to Playroom Off the North Gathering on Jan 23, 2020

It was fascinating looking at all the scissors lifts active in the worship center. The team on the left was doing window frames around the clerestory. The other three appeared to be constructing framing around the steel beams of the Worship Center ceiling, to create the finished ceiling.

20200124-10c 4 scissors lifts and ceiling-01 - CopyScissors lifts and ceiling Jan 24, 2020.  The Stage is to the right, and the Entrance to the left.

The framing of the wall between the stage and backstage was also added this week.

20200124-15c Stage back wall-01The wall between the Stage and Backstage,  Jan 24, 2020.  The Entrance is left.

To get a better idea of all the framing that’s involved, look at this photo taken from the stage and looking toward the entrance. I’m sure in a few months this will look much more appealing.

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                                 Looking from the Stage through the Worship Center toward the Entrance Jan 24, 2020.

Finally, one can get a sense of coming to completion in the LLLC and office areas. The ceilings all appear to be completed, with flush ceiling fluorescent lights, HVAC vents, and ceiling tile.

LLLC classrooms and reception area, Jan 23, 2020.

Here’s a little reminder that some of the building material remnants must be sacrificed to produce the right results.

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Piles of waste material Jan 23, 2020

How far have we come?  This is a shot of the campus on Sep 12, 2019, two months after the open house, pictured in last week’s blog.

  SGC Campus Oview Sep 12, 201920190912-04s SGC Campus Oview-01

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CUMC Blogpost 2020 Nr 2 for 12 – 18 Jan 2020

I am very happy to sound like a broken record! Noticeable progress continues both inside and outside at the Spring Garden Campus. Thanks to the building now being enclosed by glass or plastic, the inside is a very comfortable work environment. The steps connecting the sanctuary space to the stage were poured this week.

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A view across the newly poured stage and the steps looking Stage Left

Next week the contractor will pour the side ramps from the ground floor to the stage, completing all the interior cement work.  In the North Wing, the LLLC rooms have doors and appropriate walls and half walls. Here are two views of the main entrance doors:

               Main Entrance to LLLC.    LLLC Entrance with doors from inside Jan 17, 2020

Lighting and HVAC are in place in most of the LLLC and office spaces, and more painting was completed.  All the windows as well as all exterior doors are in place . Floor finishes, cabinetry, and the base molding are yet to be completed.

In the West Wing, you can identify the framework for the future chapel and the coffee bar.


Framework for the future chapel.                  Framework for the future café,                                                                    all in the West Gathering

The entrance continues to be formed. Here are two views, from outside and inside. Imagine a large cross in this framework.  These were taken Jan 17,2020

Looking toward the entrance                           View of the entrance from inside

Mike Landis took a photo of the beginning of framing around the steel roof beams in the Sanctuary and Gathering Areas.

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Sanctuary north side ceiling. Note the beginning of a framework around the steel rafters.  Taken Jan 17, 2020

Fortunately, most days have been good enough for exterior work. The barrel vault now sports copper-toned cladding over the rear 2/3 of the roof. It is NOT copper, so it will not turn green. Nonetheless, it looks very distinctive. The front third still has only insulation for now. The roofers focused on the clerestory this week. The section over the stage appears finished and covered. The front portion over the Sanctuary and Entrance is being outfitted with window frames. The roofers are also making sure all these parts are sealed and connected with the sloping roofs on either side of the barrel vault.

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The Barrel Vault nearly completely covered on Jan 16, 2020.  The closed portion of the clerestory is over the stage and backstage.  The windows are over the Sanctuary and Gathering.

And here, the roofers are beginning to form the cladding for the four entrances with domed coverings, two on North Wing, and two on West Wing.

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Bending cladded roofing. Note the completed ‘shingle’ to the right

The Interior Team continues very busy on the fourth or fifth revision to the final plan for cabinetry. The Funk coordinator has expressed great and continued admiration for the attention to detail and comprehensive reviews the Team has provided.  They are also coordinating on selecting new chairs for the sanctuary.

Let’s also take time to give kudos to Jeff Barnes and Mike Landis. They have been on-site almost daily, engaging the Funk and Gleim leadership, and using their professional education and many years of church and general construction experience, plus extensive knowledge of local government and federal regulations relevant to this project to ensure its success. Please thank them whenever you see them.

As I write this, the Saturday afternoon snow continues. I thought it would be a good idea to look back six months to our Open House in July 2019. Here are a couple of images of that day.


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Spring Garden Campus Open House July 14, 2019 looking southwest.  You can just make out the curve in future sanctuary floor where it joins the stage.
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Spring Garden Campus Open House July 14, 2019 looking northeast.

And by the way, as of Dec 31, 2019, $3,169,239 has been received for Capital Campaign 1. That’s 91.5% of the commitments made and a WONDERFUL God-inspired outpouring of our love for this program.

Next week we’ll talk about move planning and our own woodworking team.






CUMC Blogpost 31 Dec 2019 – 11 Jan 2020

Welcome to the first CUMC Building Committee Blogpost of 2020.  After you read this, please do me a favor. Introduce the Blogpost to anyone you meet. Encourage them to log in and even sign up for every update through email. After all, this is a story worth telling, and a building program blessed by God for the future of His Kingdom in Carlisle

The contractor teams made very noticeable progress from the end of 2019 through the first two weeks of 2020. Work continued inside and outside, despite some occasional difficult weather.

Overview: Here are four images taken on Jan 10, 2020, of the overall Spring Garden Campus. You can see the inch or two of snow around most places.


Spring Garden Campus parking lots and fields looking west on Jan 10, 2020


The West Wing on Jan 10, 2020.  Note the two curved entrance roofs and the installed garage doors at the Youth area.


Both Wings and Sanctuary on Jan 10, 2020.  Note the partly completed Barrel Vault.  At the Left is the LLLC curved main entrance which will also be covered in the curved copper-colored cladding.


This image of the main entrance and the North and West Gathering areas shows where windows are installed (North Gathering), and where plastic covers the openings on the West Gathering, where the Chapel will be.  The entire front of the sanctuary is encased in plastic with a wooden door at the extreme right.  The Barrel Vault is partly clad.  The forward section shows the insulation awaiting the cladding.  

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Three workers guide a flat piece of cladding through the blue machine, which curves and puts a lip on the cladding. Each piece is prepared by hand, then lifted to the roof for installation.


Metal workers installing the cladding on the Barrel Vault.  Each is strapped to a safety rig.  The white area to the left is five inch insulation.

The Equipment Shed.  This shows the prefab kit that became the equipment building. It was erected on Jan 7, 2020 on the concrete pad behind the North Wing.

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Interior Progress. As we closed out 2019, the Sanctuary floor was poured, cured, and buffed. Most of it will be covered in carpet, so the concrete surface does not need to be up to the same standards as a polished concrete floor.

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The Gym is still under development with all the trades active (plumbing, electric, HVAC, painting, etc.)

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You can see the interior insulation on the Sanctuary ceiling, as well as the inspirational natural light. This was taken just after noonday in mid-winter.

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The three curved steps between the main floor and the stage were recently poured and are curing. In the next week, the contractor plans to pour the side ramps and the stage & backstage. I believe that will complete the interior cement work.

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The two Gathering Areas are receiving metal studding and initial electrical, plumbing, and HVAC treatments. Right now, it looks like a maze without the walls and doors in place.

Interior rooms are getting doors and locks.  And, both wings continue to be worked on by the interior trades: electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and painting.  I intend to get visuals of the interior work in the near future. 

It would be remiss of me if I failed to note important work that doesn’t lend itself to dramatic imagery.  The Interiors team continues very active and engaged with contractors to ensure things like cabinetry, shelf heights, colors, flooring, door hardware, etc. are what is intended.  They are also involved with the Moving Committee to identify what moves to the campus and to where it exactly goes in the new building, AND where it comes from.  We have a sizeable amount of furniture stored away from CUMC.  The task is probably not as complicated as the Normandy Invasion, but it ranks up there, I imagine.

Next Blog?  More exterior and interior imagery, PLUS, a look at others on the Building Committee who are ensuring everything works out correctly.

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