Work continues at a steady pace at 36600. The carpentry work in the sanctuary began in earnest with the installation of the natural wood ceiling, a job requiring much skill and precision. The steel moment frame—the huge support beam that holds up the sanctuary roof over the chancel and allowed us to open up the sanctuary chancel space—was covered with wood paneling that will match the sanctuary walls.
The glorious rain throughout December set the exterior painting back a bit. Work began on the painting of the sides of the building, but the rain delayed the final coats of stucco and color. As of press time, it was anticipated that there would be some dry days at the end of the month to get the final coats of paint and stucco completed.
Thankfully, the exterior paint is not in a critical path holding up other work. The interior painting was completed and most of the doorframes and doors were installed and painted. The countertop supports in the bathrooms were completed, and a new refrigerator and freezer were delivered and moved into place in the kitchen. As the painters finished up, the electricians began installing lighting fixtures.
The rain throughout the month did reveal that we have a couple of leaks in the building, which we are working to diagnose and remediate. We’re grateful not only for the rain, but for revealing these problems now when it’s easier to fix them and before they caused any damage. As we begin 2015, the project continues to be on target with our revised schedule, and we continue to plan for a move-in date in late February or early March.