Progress Reports ~ March 2017

March

Update: Week Ending March 31, 2017 - Week No. 6

Sunday, 3/31/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going on this week and some indications of what will be going on over the next couple of weeks. This is the sixth weekly report.

The project remains on track.

This week's activities (week ending March 31):

  1. Shoring work completed and will remain in place until bearing walls are constructed.
  2. Spray Foam Insulation and interior demolition work have been completed for this phase of work. (The next phase for these tasks will be done this summer, when the Children's Classrooms are available.)
  3. Major Tree removal work is completed. Stump grinding will be done at a later time.
  4. Site work contractor is preparing sequence of site work over the next 30 days. The Entry removal will commence the week of April
  5. As a precaution, plywood will be put over the doorway of the front red door entrance to the sanctuary when the steps are removed, to avoid anyone accidentally falling out of the building because they didn't realize the steps were gone. (This exit has not been functioning since construction began, and is not the safety egress.)
  6. Remaining site plantings removal should commence week of 4/3/17. The Oil Tank is scheduled for removal the week of 4/10/17.
  7. Relocation of Construction Zone fencing will be limited initially, recognizing the importance of maintaining the traffic flow as it now exists through Holy Week.
  8. Masons have delivered concrete block and plan to work on Saturday 4/1/17, installing and "toothing" in masonry walls.
  9. Electrical "Rough-In" work continues on main level of Church House
  10. Structural Engineer is developing a sketch to modify structural "sistered" roof joists over "The Commons" with LVL beams and posts to reduced these costs.
  11. Kitchen Ductwork and Hood coordination has commenced.
  12. Stone samples are identified and are on site for Architects review.
  13. Knox Box relocated to Sanctuary. Keys have been updated
  14. Mtg. with Painting Contractor and Benj. Moore coatings expert was held to assess what needs to be done to avoid the peeling paint we've experienced since the last paint job, which was done only a few years ago. Results of this meeting will be discussed at Steering Committee Mtg.

Looking ahead:

  • Sample window will be mocked up in place next week.
  • Planning for Pipe Organ protection will commence after Easter Services
  • Utility work and driveway changes commencement date have not been established.

Our Fifth Weekly Update

Sunday, 3/24/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going on this week and some indications of what will be going on over the next couple of weeks. This is the fifth weekly report--the purpose is to keep Church members and friends informed and to provide a common base of information for other communications efforts. Tthe project is on track, as of Tuesday's Council meeting.

This week's activities (week ending March 24):

  1. Extra shoring work completed, allowing demolition of unanticipated load bearing block walls. Demolition will continue into next week.
  2. Tree removals required by parking lot realignment completed today, with stump removals coming later. We now have some heavy equipment onsite--it will be used for the site work.
  3. Spray foam insulation work continues, and should be completed next week. Our Church House has an amazing amount of roof surface. Installers will return this summer for the children's classroom area.
  4. AP is making sure HVAC equipment will fit among the trusses supporting the roof and be accessible for maintenance--using mock ups of the equipment to assist. Starting to coordinate location of HVAC equipment and ducts with plans for kitchen hoods and associated duct work and with sprinkler plans.
  5. Electricians continued installation of new wiring.
  6. AP and Owner's Representative met with painting contractor and a representative from Benjamin Moore to review what needs to be done as part of repainting the Church House exterior. We expect to hear the results of that meeting next week.

Looking forward: (Note, as the subcontractors complete their submittals and get familiar with the site, we should have a firmer set of looking ahead expectations, but as with any large project, things can change at any time.)

  1. We expect workers to remove the landing and foundation for the main entry to the Church House (preserving the 1980 stone block for future use) during the week of March 27.
  2. During the week of March 27, the site work contractor will be providing a plan for the sequence of site work going forward. This work will include: removal of the oil tank, removal of remaining bushes impacted by the construction of the new entry vestibule and the terrace, relocation of the entry driveway, and relocation of construction fencing to accommodate the work on the new entry vestibule and terrace. We will look to AP to maintain safe access to the Sanctuary and safe traffic flows, especially during Holy Week, but we will have to adapt to the new driveway and the relocated fencing.
  3. We will assess the report resulting from the painting meeting and determine next steps.
  4. Demolition work inside the Church House will be completed during the week of March 27. Any required demolition in the children's classroom area (ceilings, for example) will occur this summer.
  5. Electricians and framers will be working next week as well.
  6. There will be a trial installation of one of the new windows during the week of March 27.

What's Happening?? Week 4

Friday, 3/17/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going on this week and some indications of what will be going on over the next couple of weeks. This is the fourth weekly report--the purpose is to keep Church members and friends informed and to provide a common base of information for other communications efforts.

There is now a website where you can find information on the progress of the project: www.fccrenovation.com There are lots of photos there. Thanks to Bob and Doris Yates and his son Bob.

This week's activities (week ending March 17):

  1. Tuesday's snow storm delayed a number of planned activities (tree work, shoring, equipment staging)
  2. AP reached agreement on required additional shoring and on costs, and work began Thursday.
  3. Electrician continued removing panels and other electrical gear.
  4. Application of foam insulation to the underside of the roof continued.
  5. Design team began working through design adjustments to ensure HVAC and sprinkler systems will properly supported by the existing trusses and accessible for maintenance.
  6. We notified CCK that tree work will begin on Tuesday, March 21 (subject to the weather). 12 trees will be removed, starting between the West Lane parking area and 21 West Lane. The work is expected to take no more than 4 days.
  7. For those of you who have wondered why lights are left on in the Church House all night, the answer is that it is to address a safety issue. In the event of an emergency, those entering will not need to spend time locating the temporary connections which feed power to the lights--they are no longer controlled by existing wall switches. That said, we have asked AP to review what they are doing and to continue to maximize the use of energy efficient lights.
  8. Change orders to date have been relatively small and involve reductions in anticipated costs due to value engineering of product choices.
  9. Proposal for lining sewer line from Shields House (to avoid future infiltrations of tree roots and resulting blockages) forwarded to Trustees.
  10. REMINDER: Folks going to and from the Sanctuary from the parking area or Shields House should use marked pathways--the entry driveway is narrower due to the fencing, and traffic on the far side of the lot is two way, so it is safer to stay in the pathways.
  11. ANOTHER REMINDER: Access to the children's classroom area is ONLY through the door by the Nursery.
  12. AND A FINAL REMINDER: The Church House (except the children's classroom area) and the fenced in area in the parking lot are Construction Zones. Please stay out of these areas both during work hours and at all other times. If you have a key to any of the doors into the construction zone, please don't use it--it is dangerous. Please don't drive or walk into the the fenced in area at any time--when the gates are open, it is for reasons related to the construction work, not an invitation. Hard hats and an escort are required for safety and insurance reasons. The Church House bathrooms are not available--use the one in the Sanctuary or the two in Shields House.

Looking forward: (Note, as the subcontractors complete their submittals and get familiar with the site, we should have a firmer set of looking ahead expectations, but understand that as with any large project, things can change at any time.)

  1. Tree work will begin Tuesday, March 21, weather permitting. To make this possible, the contractor will be on site on Saturday to move snow and to bring in equipment. Contractor is fully aware that parking lot must be clear for use on Sunday March 19 for worship, and on Sunday March 26 for worship and for the Fountain Music Series concert.
  2. Required shoring is expected to be completed on Monday March 20, allowing demolition to be completed during the week, followed by framing of new walls and ceilings.
  3. During the week of March 20, AP is likely to begin staging equipment in the fenced in area.
  4. Electrical contractor will begin to mobilize to install new equipment during the week of March 20.
  5. During the week of March 20, application of foam insulation will continue. It is ahead of schedule and expected to be complete (except for children's classroom area, which will be done this summer) by the week of March 27.
  6. During the week of March 20 we should get a better sense of when the entry driveway will be relocated and the construction fencing moved to allow work to begin on the new entry vestibule, terrace, and walkways.
  7. During the week of March 27 we expect to begin removing the porch, and plan to remove the buried oil tank.
  8. During the week of March 27 framers will continue work inside the Church House. We expect to do a trial installation of one to the new windows during the week.

Moving Ahead With Week 3

Sunday, 3/12/2017

Here's a quick overview of what's been going on this week and some indications of what will be going on over the next couple of weeks. This is the third weekly report--the purpose is to keep Church leadership informed and to provide a common base of information for other communications efforts.

There is now a website where you can find information on the progress of the project: www.fccrenovation.com There are lots of photos there. Thanks to Bob and Doris Yates and his son Bob.

This week's activities (week ending March 10):

  1. Interior demolition in the Church House was largely on hold while AP determined the best way to do additional shoring at an acceptable cost so that the final walls scheduled for removal can be removed. Preliminary work to prepare the wood trusses for the shoring was done.
  2. Electrical panels and other electrical gear is being removed. Delivery of new electrical equipment supplies is beginning.
  3. Application of foam insulation to the underside of the roof began, after the children's classroom area was carefully sealed to prevent any leakage of fumes. Any potential path to the Sanctuary (and the organ) will also be sealed. This process will continue for up to a month.
  4. We notified CCK and Dr. Doty that tree work will begin on Tuesday, March 14 (subject to the weather). 12 trees will be removed, starting between the West Lane parking area and 21 West Lane. There will be a notice in Sunday's bulletin. Folks coming to the Church during weekdays should expect traffic and parking impacts. The work is expected to take no more than 4 days.
  5. Metal studs which will support the new Lund Hall ceiling have been installed, as have some of the metal strips in the corridors to which the new walls will be attached.
  6. The sewer line from Shields House was cleared and examined. Preventing future root incursions can be accomplished through lining the pipe, without the need to dig it up and replace it.
  7. REMINDER: Folks going to and from the Sanctuary from the parking area or Shields House should use marked pathways--the entry driveway is narrower due to the fencing, and traffic on the far side of the lot is two way, so it is safer to stay in the pathways.
  8. REMINDER: Access to the children's classroom area is ONLY through the door by the Nursery.
  9. REMINDER: The Church House (except the children's classroom area) and the fenced in area in the parking lot are Construction Zones. Please stay out of these areas both during work hours and at all other times. If you have a key to any of the doors into the construction zone, please don't use it--it is dangerous. Please don't drive or walk into the the fenced in area at any time--when the gates are open, it is for reasons related to the construction work, not an invitation. Hard hats and an escort are required for safety and insurance reasons.

Looking forward: (Note, as the subcontractors complete their submittals and get familiar with the site, we should have a firmer set of looking ahead expectations, but understand that as with any large project, things can change at any time.)

  1. Tree work will begin Tuesday, March 14, weather permitting.
  2. Required shoring is expected to begin Monday, March 13. Once that is done, demolition can be completed.
  3. AP is likely to begin staging equipment in the fenced in area.
  4. Application of foam insulation will continue for several weeks.

Parking Lot Tree Work

Thursday, 3/09/2017

Twelve trees will be removed from areas near the parking lot. This is anticipated to begin Thursday, March 16. This is part of the plan to reorganize and upgrade the parking area. Some of these trees are located where paving and lawn will exchange places and some have root systems that will be impacted. Later, we will plant 13 new trees.

This removal plan was coordinated with Trustees and anticipated when Trustees removed a number of trees last year. During the work (which should take 4 days, weather permitting), you can expect that traffic in the parking lot will at times be stopped or redirected, and that you may be directed not to park in specific areas.

Master Plan Implementation Update - Week Two

Sunday, 3/05/2017

We are now nearly two weeks into the actual work of renovating the Church House!

After the Town issued our Building Permit on February 6, we moved quickly to get the project underway on February 21, 10 days earlier than we planned. The first task is interior demolition-removing carpets, ceilings, insulation, wiring, kitchen equipment, etc.

When you come to Church, you won't be able to see what is going on inside the Church House, but there are big and visible changes in how we enter and leave the Sanctuary and the parking lot:

  • All the Church House doors are locked, the inside (except the children's classroom area) is now a construction zone, and no one except construction workers should be entering;
  • Construction fencing is closing off part of our parking lot, there are large dumpsters in place, and construction equipment and materials are being staged;
  • The only access to the Sanctuary is through the double red doors facing the driveway and through the double red Bell Tower doors (which will be in regular use for the first time in years). The current passageway from the Sanctuary is an emergency exit only, and access is to the Church House is blocked.
  • The Bell Tower doors are accessible via a ramp and a temporary pathway around the end of the Sanctuary building. The same pathway is the only access to the Columbarium.
  • Restrooms are located off the Bell Tower room and on the first floor of Shields House.
  • We are using the children's classroom area until June, but that area is accessible only from the outside. This area contains a family restroom. Access to the construction zone is blocked.

To all who helped complete the move out of the Church House on schedule, and the highly successful Tag Sale offering of unneeded 'stuff' to our congregation, mission partners and local not-for-profits, a huge THANK YOU!

We have agreed with our Construction Manager that the maximum price for the construction work will be $3.2M. When we include our costs for the design team and equipment and furnishings we plan to buy, as well as costs we have already incurred for the Sanctuary and Shields House, our total project budget remains at $4.8M. We anticipate Capital Campaign receipts of $4.9M, of which $4.3M has already been collected. We are intensely grateful to all who have contributed!

To cover our costs, we still need the support of those who have made commitments, and additional commitments are welcome.

We plan to use all available communications channels to keep you informed of project progress and of changes in the way you use the parking lot and access the Sanctuary. We will use lectern moments, e-blasts, Fountain articles, bulletin boards and our website to keep you updated. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask any of us on the Steering Committee.

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