Progress Reports ~ June 2017

June

The Fifteenth Weekly Master Plan Report

Friday, 6/30/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going since the June 20 report, and a preview of what's coming up. This is the fifteenth report--the purpose is to provide a common base of information of what is happening.

With about two months to go, our Construction Manager continues to be confident that they will meet our timeline, though a great deal of work needs to be done in that time.

Activities through June 30:

  1. Lighting fixtures installed in the sloped ceiling in Lund Hall.
  2. Spray foam insulation completed in children's classroom area and passageway from Sanctuary. There are still some additional areas to complete (for example, under the flat roof and in areas cut away during other work).
  3. 3, Town Inspector OK'd work (including trenches in slab for electrical and plumbing connections) in all areas except kitchen (where work is just beginning) and Welcome Center (where we still need to relocate the current doorway to the new Entry Vestibule location) so the sheet rock work and taping can proceed in all approved areas. Corridor walls are ready for installation of tile (on the lower part of the walls).
  4. New plumbing has been pressurized.
  5. Electrical work continues
  6. Moisture levels in concrete slab has been tested--required for glue for flooring. Requirements met.
  7. Work in progress in the kitchen to locate sewer/drain lines for connections--sadly, we don't have an 'as built' drawing to help the plumbers locate what is in place.
  8. Installation of grids for new ceilings has started.
  9. The foundations for the new entry vestibule and the terrace are in place and the concrete base for the vestibule and terrace was poured today. Masons are at work installing the stone facing on the walls of the the terrace and have begun to set up for the stairs. In case you wondered, the footings had to go somewhat deeper than planned to get to a suitable base.
  10. Window installation is nearly complete.
  11. Much of the exterior of the building has been prepped, primed and a first coat of paint applied. Shakes over the roofed entry to the the basement have been repaired.
  12. A surveyor has marked the curbs and light locations around the parking lot and work began on preparing for light fixture installation.
  13. Site contractor has prepared the parking lot for further work. Some trees and hedges along the 21 West Lane property line which were in the way of the realigned driveway were removed. The West Lane entry was moved slightly to minimize the impact on the tall maple with the "Additional Parking" sign on it, which was trimmed last fall.
  14. Selected contractors have begun working Saturdays, helping to maintain schedule.

What do we expect to happen in the coming weeks?

  1. Outside, you will begin to get a clearer sense of what the new front of the Church House will look like. We expect the installation of the terrace surface to begin after the Fourth, stonework on terrace walls to continue, framing of the new entry vestibule to start Wednesday, curb work will begin (including curbs near the main Sanctuary entrance), lighting installations around the parking area (note that while this is going on, we likely won't have operating light posts in the parking lot, though various floodlights will illuminate the area near Shields House). After the Fourth, you will see a crane appear to lift remaining HVAC equipment up onto the flat roof, which will also be re-roofed. The repainting of the Church House building will continue. Soon we will begin installing new drainage in the parking lot--relocated from plans in order to avoid the need to reroute the electrical feed from the transformer by Shields House to the Church House.
  2. Inside the Church House, sheet rock, electrical, HVAC, sprinkler and plumbing work will all continue. The new boiler will arrive Wednesday and installation will begin. The current basement window will be replaced by a louvered vent for air flow and the rest of the opening shingled. Installation of wall tile will begin after the holidays. New flooring installation is expected to begin during the week of July 10.

From the Fountain

Thursday, 6/22/2017

Work inside and outside the Church House will intensify this summer as the project accelerates towards its scheduled completion by Rally Day in September.

Inside the building, the work area has expanded to include the children's classroom area, which was emptied on June 15. Necessary infrastructure work (insulation, electrical wiring, audiovisual and data wiring, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, fire suppression sprinkler, and plumbing can now be completed throughout the Church House. Work in the passageway from the Sanctuary and on the new exterior doors means that in order to protect our organ, the doors between the passageway and the Sanctuary will be sealed during the week. On Sundays, the passageway will be usable only as an emergency exit. Installation of new windows, including the new Lund Hall windows, is nearly complete, and soon new exterior doors will be installed. Summer will also bring the completion of new walls, ceilings, lights, flooring and trim, and the renovated kitchen. Keep checking www.FCCRenovations.com to follow progress inside the building.

Work outside the building is more visible (and at times disruptive). The parking lot is being realigned and prepared, in stages, for the installation of new lighting and for paving or sealing during the summer. The parking lot work will also include new drainage arrangements. We now have foundations in place for the terrace and the new entry vestibule, so these important features will take shape. You will also see work outside the main Sanctuary doors-the new drop off area, curbs, and the walkway. The Church House will be painted this summer and some areas re-roofed, so preparatory work will be underway soon.

We are looking forward to celebrating the completion of the project on Rally Day, and to inviting the community to come to an open house in October. Council is planning for these events.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask any of us on the Steering Committee: Chris Bennett, Paul Gervais, Randy Glendinning, Rhonda Hill, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Dave Lussier, David Montieth, John Moscone, Mike Pommer, Bob Yates, Reverend Charlie, Reverend Karen

The Fourteenth Weekly Master Plan Report

Tuesday, 6/20/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going since my June 12 report, and a preview of what's coming up. This is the fourteenth report--the purpose is to provide a common base of information of what is happening.

With less than three months to go, our Construction Manager continues to be confident that they will meet our timeline, though a great deal of work needs to be done in that time.

Activitieses through June 20:

  1. The new water line from Main Street has now been brought into the building ready to be connected to the new plumbing when complete. The Fire Marshall has ordered a new pressure test at the nearest hydrant.
  2. Footings for the new entry vestibule and terrace are in place, and forms for the foundations are being constructed.
  3. Sheet rock installation is underway..
  4. Floor trenching for plumbing and electrical connections has been underway.
  5. New Kolbe windows are being installed. Where windows are being replaced, the new windows are generally in place. Work is underway to strip the exterior and break through concrete block walls where entirely new or larger windows are being installed (Parlor, Lund Hall, Library, kitchen). delivered and stored in a trailer inside the construction fence. To make room, some of the site work contractor's equipment has been temporarily stored on the lawn behind 21 West Lane.
  6. With very short notice from the Construction Manager, volunteers were able to move plantings in the Columbarium next to the Parlor wall to allow workers to strip the siding and break through the block walls for the new Parlor window. (We've reiterated to the Construction Manager that any work in sensitive areas such as the Columbarium or near the entrance to the Sanctuary, requires plenty of advance notice so appropriate protective steps can be taken.)
  7. Preparation of the West Lane parking area (realignment, fill where grass is giving way to pavement, any necessary trenching for electrical conduit, any new drainage, and removal of trees impacted by the realigned lot) is underway this week.
  8. The children's classroom area was emptied and demolition work begun. The contractor is taking care to protect the wall murals in the Nursery.
  9. Electrical installation work continues.
  10. Plumbing work continues.
  11. HVAC installation continued.
  12. Fire suppression sprinkler system installation is substantially complete, except for children's classroom area.
  13. SC has approved wiring plan for audio visual systems and the wiring required for the door access control system (for the main Church House doors, the new Sanctuary door, the kitchen door, and possibly the door to the children's classroom area). Proceeding to negotiate with the provider of the door access control system and associated software, database and maintenance services.
  14. Delivery of lighting fixtures has begun.
  15. We received the final report on the oil tank removal, and it has been provided to the Office for retention.
  16. We agreed to recommend to Council that a committee or committees be organized to plan (1) a short 'event' on Rally Day, such as a ribbon cutting, and (2) an open house on October 15 for the community to visit us in our new building.

What do we expect to happen in the coming weeks?

  1. We expect foundation work for the entry vestibule and terrace to be complete by June 30. At that point, work will begin on constructing the new vestibule.
  2. Work in the passageway from the Sanctuary to the Church House will begin. The doors to the Sanctuary will be sealed during the week to protect the organ. This passageway will remain an emergency exit on Sundays (up the passageway and out into the Columbarium) but should not be used for any other purpose.
  3. Inside the Church House, sheet rock, electrical, HVAC, sprinkler and plumbing work will all continue.
  4. New exterior doors will be installed starting in early July.
  5. Window installation will be completed.
  6. Parking lot preparation, similar to what is now underway in the West Lane area (see item 7 in the previous section of this email) will continue on the following schedule: June 26-30--the lot now mostly enclosed by construction fencing along the Church House but including the current grass strip and the row of parking spaces to the south of the strip). July 5-10--the area of the lot along the Dr. Doty property line.
  7. During the week of 6/26, curbing will be installed at the edge of the new drop off area near the main Sanctuary entrance. While we don't expect this work to prevent access to the Sanctuary door during the week, and certainly not on Sunday, we will keep you posted.
  8. We will be trenching across the current main entrance driveway for telecom connections, and possibly for a rerouted electrical connection from the transformer outside Shields House to the Church House.
  9. We determined that the temporary water available in the Church House will not allow use of the Columbarium irrigation system, so water will continue to be available through a temporary faucet and hose arrangement.
  10. AP will be providing us with a schedule/plan for the site work near the entrance to the Sanctuary.
  11. Demolition work in the children's classroom area will continue. After that, insulation, HVAC, plumbing, sprinkler, electrical work will begin, followed by preparation for sheet rocking the corridor walls.
  12. It seems likely that AP will have contractors work on Saturdays during the summer.
  13. Waiting for final sign off from HDC on the pole light fixtures in the parking lot--we substituted a fixture virtually identical to the one specified at a considerable savings, but HDC has asked for a picture.

The Thirteenth Weekly Master Plan Report

Sunday, 6/10/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going since our June 4 report, and a preview of what's coming up. This is the thirteenth report--the purpose is to provide a common base of information of what is happening.

With just over three months to go, the project continues to be on track, though there are challenges.

Activities through June 10:

  1. Work required to bring water from the new connection to the Aquarion main in Main Street to our facility continued this past week, though it is not yet complete because of the foundation excavation work.
  2. The water line work has unfortunately pushed the construction fencing out at the corner in back of Shields House--folks walking from the parking lot will have to walk on the edge of the lot and entry driveway until they reach the marked path, so extra care is required for both pedestrians and drivers.
  3. Sheet rock was delivered. Town inspector OK'd sheetrock installation from the Music Room around to the Kitchen Entrance.
  4. New Kolbe windows delivered and stored in a trailer inside the construction fence. To make room, some of the site work contractor's equipment has been temporarily stored on the lawn behind 21 West Lane.
  5. Electrical installation work continues.
  6. Plumbing work is underway--plumbing for the new bathrooms near the Welcome Center has been put in place.
  7. HVAC installation continued. Resolved issues around the orientation and venting of the boiler in its new location.
  8. Fire suppression sprinkler system installation continued--a lot of work underway in the basement.
  9. Excavation for the foundations for the new entry vestibule and the terrace was completed and compaction tests done. The new concrete contractor installed the forms and rebar for the foundations (visible from the passageway out of the Sanctuary).
  10. SC continues to review proposals for security/door access control and AV systems.
  11. Paint (siding trim) colors for Church House selected based on the recommendations of DCA. Roofing color for new (Entry Vestibule) roof and replacement of nearby sections of roof selected based on DCA recommendations.
  12. David Montieth has been working with CCK and with Children and Family Ministry folks to make sure that the children's classroom area is completely empty so that AP can begin work in that area no later than June 19.
  1. SC hosted Hard Hat Tours of the Church House following the Annual Meeting on June 4. We estimate 50-60 people toured the building. Thanks for Robert Cavello for giving up part of his Sunday to lead half the tours.
  2. Mason has delivered a mock up of a stone wall section to compare to the current Sanctuary exterior before stone is selected by DCA..
  3. What do we expect to happen in the coming weeks?

    1. Inside the Church House, electrical, HVAC, sprinkler and plumbing work will all continue. Some sheet rock installation will begin June 12. Light fixtures, when delivered, may be stored in a second trailer within the construction fencing.
    2. Once our kitchen contractor delivers curbs required on the roof, work on the flat roof will begin.
    3. Installation of new windows will begin. Work will start with removing and replacing existing windows, with new installations (Parlor, Lund Hall, Library) coming later.
    4. Site contractor work on the new water connections should complete in the coming week. He may also begin work on new drainage system in the parking area (within the construction fence first).
    5. Foundation work, beginning with concrete pouring on June 12, is expected to take about 2 weeks.
    6. Soon work will begin in the basement to install required drains in the concrete floor.
    7. AP is working with the Columbarium irrigation contractor to restore water to the irrigation system, the fountain and the faucet in the Columbarium (and eliminating the need for the long hose run).
    8. We expect to select vendors for security/door access and AV, then finalize wiring requirements and provide them to AP so wiring can be installed before ceilings and walls are closed in.
    9. AP will be providing us with a schedule/plan for the site work which will be done this summer in the parking lot, including drainage, conduit, grading and paving, curbs, light installation, plantings, etc. This will impact access to and use of the parking area, requiring communications with the congregation over the summer.
    10. The process of emptying the children's classroom area will be completed this week. We will do a walk through with AP to be sure things which will remain (for example, the murals on the walls in the Nursery) are identified so they can be protected during renovation.
    11. Demolition work in the children's classroom area will begin as soon as space is emptied protection in place, and safety requirements met (power turned off).
    12. Final sign off from HDC on the pole light fixtures in the parking lot--we substituted a fixture virtually identical to the one specified at a considerable savings, but HDC has asked for a picture.

The Twelth Weekly Master Plan Report

Sunday, 6/4/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going over the past week, and a preview of what's coming up. This is the twelth weekly report. With just over three months to go, the project continues to be on track, though there are challenges.

Activities through June 3:

  1. Work required to bring water from the new connection to the Aquarion main in Main Street to our facility resumed this past week, after a short hiatus while the contractor worked on another job. The site contractor will bring the water pipe close to the building and the plumber will complete the connections. The excavation has produced some large rocks and evidence of an old foundation, and some rerouting to avoid really large rocks. The power line supplying the post lights was cut on Thursday (it didn't show up when lines were marked) and repaired on Friday. Lawn areas excavated and filled have been seeded.
  2. The water line work has unfortunately pushed the construction fencing out at the corner in back of Shields House--folks walking from the parking lot will have to walk on the edge of the lot and entry driveway until they reach the marked path, so extra care is required for both pedestrians and drivers.
  3. Steel supports for the roof, mostly in the new Welcome Center area, were installed, and temporary shoring removed.
  4. Electrical installation work continues.
  5. Plumbing demolition was completed, and preliminary work on new plumbing began--specifically piercing the concrete floor for the new bathrooms by the Welcome Center.
  6. HVAC installation continued--currently wrapping the ducts with installation. Many of the units making up the system are now in the ceiling area waiting to be placed in their final positions.
  7. Fire suppression sprinkler system installation continues.
  8. Rebar required for foundation delivered to site
  9. SC has received proposals for security/door access control and AV systems. We are hoping to have recommendations from the working committee to discuss at our Monday meeting.
  10. SC has decided that the budget will not allow us to replace the siding on any part of the Church House. Instead, we plan extensive preparing followed by painting. The options we considered included: replacing the most exposed siding with Hardie board or pine shakes, and painting the entire building with Rhino Shield ceramic paint. We also plan to put a new roof on the sections of the Church House nearest the new entry vestibule and most visible from Shields House.
  11. David Montieth has been working with CCK and with Children and Family Ministry folks to make sure that the children's classroom area is completely empty so that AP can begin work in that area no later than June 19.
  12. There is now a water supply to the Columbarium (via a hose and a temporary faucet by the Kitchen windows).
  13. SC agreed on plans for the Hard Hat Tours of the Church House after the Annual Meeting on June 4, and on the Annual Meeting update.

What do we expect to happen in the coming weeks?

  1. Inside the Church House, electrical, HVAC, sprinkler and plumbing work will all continue. Once certain Town inspections are complete, some sheet rock installation will begin.
  2. Once our kitchen contractor delivers some items required on the roof, work on the flat roof (which will be the location for HVAC and kitchen related equipment, will begin
  3. Site contractor work on the new water connections should complete in the coming week.
  4. The site contractor will also begin preliminary site preparation for the foundation for the new entry vestibule and the terrace. He may also begin work within the construction fence on parts of the new drainage system.
  5. Once AP has engaged a new concrete contractor, foundation work for the entry vestibule and the terrace will get under way--we hope this will start this coming week.
  6. We expect the new windows to be delivered in the next couple of weeks. Installation will be coordinated with other interior activity. AP has promised to give us notice when they intend to work on the new parlor window (which looks out into the Columbarium) and the new Lund Hall windows.
  7. AP is working with the Columbarium irrigation contractor to restore water to the irrigation system, the fountain and the faucet in the Columbarium (and eliminating the need for the long hose run).
  8. We expect to select vendors for security/door access and AV, then finalize wiring requirements and provide them to AP so wiring can be installed before ceilings and walls are closed in.