Pastor Bob's Building Blog
January 27, 2017
Wow! It is now really going to happen! I've refrained from writing anything until I had something more definite to tell you; now put on your seat belt and look down this road with me.
First note: we closed on our loan from Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program on January 13 (See! Friday the thirteenth can be a very good day) which put in place the money we need to start construction. Incidentally, if you personally are looking for a place to invest some money which will provide a small, but reliable, yield, and will also do some good, you might consider investing with PILP. You can think of it as the Presbyterian Church's own savings and loan.
Okay, to the journey. Lund Ross has proposed and your Project Management Team has accepted a five-phase plan for this year's construction work. You can look at a plot of the phasing on the library window, and I will detail it here. Work will begin the week of February 13 and you should see a construction trailer and other signs of progress that week. Oh, and to answer a question: No, they are not going to go all around the building and do windows first. Instead, all work in a particular section will be done at once. Read on!
PHASE 1: The North End
From February 13 to April 7, there will be a temporary wall across the middle of the Commons. Spaces in the construction area will be largely or completely unavailable for use. The work will include:
Converting the Bride's and Groom's rooms into our new child-care area, creating the new children's outdoor play area
New windows (where relevant), carpet, and paint in those spaces, the Choir Room, the Ware Room and the Forum Room
New men's and women's restrooms and remodeled family rest room
New tile in the office rest room (other work in the offices is later)
Furnaces and air conditioners
During this period, we will continue to have full access to the Sanctuary from the front of the building. You will not want to park in the East lot (behind the building) for Sanctuary access. The plan is for this work to be completed by Palm Sunday, so that all these spaces will be available to us for Holy Week and Easter.
PHASE 2: The Center
The first week of April, weather permitting, demolition of the old courtyard and bell tower should begin and footings laid for the addition. Work on the addition is planned for April 1 to September 1, during which time the new Bell Tower will be built and necessary sanitary work will be done. That is, storm sewer drainage for the parking lot and connection to the city sewer. While the sewer connection is being done, access to the South and East parking lots will be limited. When we have more specific dates for that work, we'll let you know. It won't be on Easter!
After Easter and through the month of June, the Fish Bowl, Youth Room, Fellowship Hall, old nursery, and Fellowship Hall restrooms will be remodeled. Lots of programs and lots of stuff will have to be temporarily relocated – and some, no doubt, permanently relocated. These spaces are getting new windows, the two youth rooms are being opened into one larger room, and everything will have new floor covers and paint.
PHASE 3: The South End
During the Summer all the work on the south end should be completed. That is, the classrooms, rest rooms, and mechanical work around the conversation pit area. A few rooms are having no work done inside, but most of them are getting new paint and new carpet, and all will get new windows. This will have minimal impact, since we do not have Sunday School during the Summer. At this time the South Dining Room will be converted into the new pantry.
One exciting feature we are planning is a carpet accent color in every Sunday School room. It will be easy to direct people to the right room: "You're in the Red Room" or "This event will use the Green Room" should become common phrases in the church house.
PHASE 4: The Offices
This work is planned for August 10 to October 10. All the offices will need to be vacated, as well as the Library, for carpet, paint, windows, and mechanical work. We will relocate our offices elsewhere in the building: perhaps the Fish Bowl area; this is yet to be decided.
Also during this time renovation work on the Apartment will be done: new windows, carpet and paint, and floor and counters in the kitchen and bathroom.
PHASE 5: The Kitchen
Last will be construction of the new kitchen. Half of the garage (where I currently park my car) will become the preparation area and the current kitchen will become the serving and washing area. The remainder of the garage will be storage; equipment such as the lawn mower, snow blower, and the like will need to be stored in a new shed separate from the building proper. And I will park my car outside!
This work should begin early in October and be completed about Christmas. We have ordered a new dishwasher, new ovens, counters, sinks, and ice maker. We also ordered mobile cabinets that will keep food hot or cold. These will be useful especially during the kitchen construction, but we think they will be useful thereafter as well.
We will be inconvenienced during the entire year, but it will be worth it. Also, we will likely be begging repeatedly for help moving things; think about what needs to be done in a room before it can be painted and the carpet replaced.
When it's done, I envision two major celebrations: one of our own, to rejoice in what has been accomplished, and an open house to invite the neighborhood in for a party. But all that in good time. In the meantime, watch for the construction equipment and muddy boots!