Progress Reports ~ May 2017

May

The Eleventh Weekly Master Plan Report

Sunday, 5/6 - 5/13/2017

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 eleventh weekly report.

We are planning hardhat tours of the Church House after the Annual Meeting on June 4.

With less than four months to go, the project continues to be on track, though some planned activities are being shifted as noted below.

  1. Work required to bring water from the new connection to the Aquarion main in Main Street to our facility began this week (Shields House, the Sanctuary, and the Church House will share a common supply). Trenching parallel to Main Street encountered loose boulders and stones (possibly the remnants of a stone wall?) which required some re-routing of the planned line, as well as stone removal and additional fill.
  2. Planned work on the foundations for the new entry vestibule and the terrace was postponed.
  3. Installation of electrical wiring, HVAC ductwork continued inside the Church House
  4. New laminated wood beams installed above the Commons and the adjacent bathroom areas, allowing removal of some of the shoring. Work was done to prepare for the installation of steel beams and supports.
  5. Roof drain relocated out of the way of other infrastructure and supports improved.
  6. Masons continued working on the block walls, including the doorway between the two Youth Rooms. Shoring will remain in place until the roof is properly supported. Awaiting some additional steel lintels, currently being fabricated.
  7. Window and door drawings were approved, and released for production.
  8. SC representatives met with possible providers of security, audiovisual and door access control equipment to review product options and confirm required power and low voltage wiring.
  9. We received preliminary cost information for options we are considering for (1) installing new roofing on part of the visible Church House roof near the new entry vestibule (since funds are not sufficient to reroof the entire Church House), and (2) installing new siding on portions of the Church House while sanding, scraping, priming and painting the remainder. We began assessing our ability to fund these options within MP funding.
  10. What do we expect to happen in the coming weeks?

    1. Inside the Church House, masons will continue to work on block walls, interior framing work will continue. Electrical work and installation of HVAC ductwork will continue. Planned block walls in the basement should be completed.
    2. During the week of May 15, work on the installation of new water pipes to connect Aquarion main to our facilities will continue.
    3. During the week of May 15, we expect to install steel supports and beams. When complete, remaining shoring will be removed, opening up the affected areas for other work.
    4. Work on the foundations for the new entry vestibule and the terrace is planned to start during the week of May 22.
    5. We expect Initial work on the new sprinkler system to begin.
    6. Plumbing contractor will begin to mobilize on the site.
    7. We will finalize plans coordinating ductwork, sprinklers, fans and vents in the kitchen area and obtain necessary approvals.
    8. The new rubberized roofing for the flat roof where the HVAC equipment will be installed is expected to be installed during the week of May 22
    9. We expect HVAC equipment to arrive during May, when the flat roof is ready for it to be rigged.
    10. SC will formulate recommendations on the roofing and siding options based on costs and other demands on the Owner's Contingency.

    We are planning hardhat tours of the Church House after the Annual Meeting on June 4.

    As indicated in last week's report, we currently expect that the foundations for the entry vestibule and terrace will be done, sheetrock work will have begun, installation of the ceiling grid will be in progress, and HVAC equipment will be installed on the roof. If all goes well, framing will be underway for the new entry vestibule.

The Tenth Weekly Master Plan Report

Sunday, 4/28 - 5/5/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going over the past two weeks, and a preview of what's coming up. This is the tenth weekly report--the purpose is to keep Church membership and friends informed and to provide a common base of information for other communications efforts.

The project continues to be on track.

Keep checking the project website for updates and photos: www.fccrenovation.com

Activities through May 5:

  1. The entry driveway from Main Street has been relocated. The temporary surface will require periodic maintenance, but should not be muddy when it rains. It will be the base for the planned paved entry driveway. The construction fencing has been pushed out to allow work to begin on the foundations for the new entry vestibule and the terrace. The pedestrian route from the parking area to the Sanctuary has been marked. For those attending evening meetings at Shields House or the Sanctuary, we've gotten the post lamps in the parking area turned on. Andy has also put up some handicapped parking signs in the West Lane parking area near the entrance for those accessing the Sanctuary from West Lane via the ramp. To make way for the relocated driveway, the small dogwood between Shields House and the driveway was relocated.
  2. A new connection was made to the Aquarion water main in the street (Main Street), creating some traffic delays. Final paving will be done later after things have settled. Still to be done: building a new meter pit and installing piping to connect to the Church (no water will flow until we have plumbing in place in the Church House and connections across the driveway to Shields House.
  3. We have gotten confirmation that we removed enough contaminated soil from the oil tank site, so work can proceed on the foundations.
  4. We completed designs and measurements for the steel beams and supports necessary to support the roof and provided them to the firm fabricating the steel.
  5. We finalized the designs for the laminated wood beams to be installed above the commons (a cheaper alternative to strengthening each individual truss in the area).
  6. Masons continued working on the block walls, including the doorway between the two Youth Rooms. Shoring will remain in place until the roof is properly supported.
  7. Continued framing for Lund Hall ceiling, walls throughout the building.
  8. Continued installation of electrical gear.
  9. Installation of ductwork for the HVAC system has begun.
  10. We restored the water connection to the Columbarium.
  11. The old boiler was broken up and removed.
  12. We accepted the recommendations of the Furniture Committe, including their recommendation for new chairs for Lund Hall, and all furniture has now been ordered. Boards showing the ordered furniture, and a sample of the new Lund Hall chair, were on display in Shields House following the Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 30.
  13. As I mentioned at the Council Meeting on April 18, our A.P. site superintendent, Chris Johnston, was injured in a motorcycle accident. We have a new site superintendent, Chris Champlin, who will remain until the job is done. Chris J. underwent surgery last week and is the process of being eased off his pain meds. After two weeks or so, A.P. may have him helping out on the project.
  14. Groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sunday April 30.

What do we expect to happen in the coming weeks?

  1. Inside the Church House, masons will continue to work on block walls, interior framing work will continue. Installation of HVAC ductwork will continue. Planned block walls will be built in the basement.
  2. Domestic water pipe will be delivered to the site, and excavation will begin for the meter pit and the new water connection. We currently expect the excavation across the driveway to occur on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9 and 10 (always weather permitting), so the driveway will likely be closed during the day. Plates will cover any excavation allowing use of the driveway after working hours.
  3. Work on the foundations for the new entry vestibule and the terrace, originally planned for this week but deferred because of the weather, should begin next week.
  4. Laminated wood beams will be delivered and installed.
  5. We will relocate the roof drain under the flat portion of the Church House roof--it is in the way of other things being installed in the ceiling.
  6. We will finalize plans coordinating ductwork, sprinklers, fans and vents in the kitchen area.
  7. During the week of May 15, we expect to install steel supports and beams. At that point, remaining shoring will be removed.
  8. We expect HVAC equipment to arrive during May, when the roof is ready for it to be rigged.
  9. During the week of May 22, we expect the sprinkler contractor to begin installation of the sprinkler piping.
  10. We expect to have additional cost information for roofing and siding options to discuss at the Steering Committee meeting on Monday, May 8. When we have recommendations, we will present them to Trustees and Council.

We are planning hardhat tours of the Church House after the Annual Meeting on June 4.

At that point, we currently expect that the foundations for the entry vestibule and terrace will be done, sheetrock work will have begun, installation of the ceiling grid will be in progress, and HVAC equipment will be installed on the roof. If all goes well, framing will be underway for the new entry vestibule.