This week we poured our slabs and have our foundation down. We have completed the framing in the basement and will set the door frames and begin sheetrock on the classroom side of the new walls. This will give a finished side for classes to begin!
A lot of simultaneous projects are beginning to move forward at once, and we are looking forward to how much will be done with time to spare for the staff to return. We made two more concrete pours this week, set the steel columns, and should have trusses started next week.
Regarding the interior, most of the framing is completed and the staircase is in! We also began putting together the education side’s electrical, completed the sheetrock in the staff bathroom, and will be texturing and finishing it all next week. In other news: we all survived the 106° heat wave the week...
This week we finished up the demolition, framed the bathroom, and both formed and poured the footings. You may also notice how the siding has been removed along the long Sanctuary wall. Next week we will pour foundation walls and begin to set the steel pillars by doing some drilling. We will also start framing in the new staircase as we fill in the area where the old staircase once came out.
Believe it or not, this open space used to be our main covered entryway. Your eyes might be used to seeing our front doorways leading to a coffee bar in the corner, but we carved out this entire area of South Campus so we can start fresh with the new Link structure. (Don't worry, we held on to all of the stained glass...)
The first stage of the building project, the Link between the South Campus sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall, is underway. Bet you never realized there was a cross hidden up there this whole time, did you? Check back for additional photos and updates as construction progresses.
The entrance of South Campus is fenced off in preparation for construction on the Link. Everything is still up and running like normal though, so don't worry – our services, offices, kids church, and bathrooms are still in full swing. We just had to switch around some of the entrance points.