Construction update – February 2015

If you’ve driven past the construction site recently, you’ve seen lots of activity happening outside. The stucco and painting work are finished, and the landscapers have been busy installing irrigation systems. The fence around the east patio is finished, just awaiting the fabrication of the custom gates to be complete. The tower to hold our beautifully refurbished bell is up. The tile mosaic team has met and begun the work of selecting an artist for the tile mosaic that will adorn the patio. Orange cones and sidewalk barriers are up for the sidewalk and street work that will be done this month along Niles Blvd. and Nursery Ave.

Inside, work continues at a brisk pace. The sanctuary ceiling is finished and the paneling is complete, and the vertical screen in front of the windows at the back of the chancel was installed. The final inspection for plumbing, heating, and electrical happened in late January, and the heat was turned on in anticipation of installing the flooring later this month.

Doors and trim, painting, cabinets, counters, and toilet partitions in the bathrooms, are also mostly complete, and all door hardware was installed. A subcommittee of Construction Team members has planned out and selected new office furniture. The hearing loop system will be installed at the beginning of the month, and our beautiful new sanctuary chairs will arrive mid-month.

The Construction Team volunteers many person-hours every week to coordinating the construction work, cleaning at the job site, and managing the construction budget. The team continues to be deeply grateful for the work of our project manager, Naomi Weinstein, our job foreman, Vince Pilotti, and our Team chairperson, Mark Twist. Without the hard work and diligence of this dedicated threesome, our building would not be nearing completion this month.

Pastor Jeff and Pastor Brenda have a friendly wager going about our move-in date; stay tuned to this spot to see who had to buy the other dinner!

Progress continues to be made on the sanctuary. Photos just don't do the space justice.

Progress continues to be made on the sanctuary. Photos just don’t do the space justice.

East parking lot gets paved.

East parking lot gets paved.

Entry to the Memorial Garden.

Entry to the Memorial Garden.

Installing the irrigation system.

Installing the irrigation system.

The kitchen with countertops.

The kitchen with countertops.

Making the stucco look good.

Making the stucco look good.

The new bell tower shapes up. Spiral in front of the tower will get a mosaic and will be the location for the portable baptistry for baptisms.

The new bell tower shapes up. Spiral in front of the tower will get a mosaic and will be the location for the portable baptistry for baptisms.

The patio fence takes shape.

The patio fence takes shape.

These nitches will be the library.

These nitches will be the library.

Volunteers prepare wood for the sanctuary.

Volunteers prepare wood for the sanctuary.

The West Room will have beautiful natural light.

The West Room will have beautiful natural light.

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