With the addition of a $3 million dollar loan from Pioneer Trust Bank, we have begun work on preparing the ground for our new high school building! Oh, we also happened to spot our lead pastor at the bottom of this future elevator shaft…
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On the portable move, we have been working hard on installing the fire lane around the gym, as well as starting on some utility work by digging in the power, sewer, LV, and water to their new location. The next steps are to move the portable during Spring Break and install new septic and fire tanks. I’m sure that everyone is going to be tired of backup beepers and heavy equipment by the time summer comes around, but our #1 goal is to do this safely, so we will be doing some specific scheduling while it all takes place.
Exciting news! The Link is now open for all to journey through! It's not at 100% quite yet, as we still need to get some furniture, open up the office, and get some TVs installed, but at least it's already being put to good use!
Everything is really starting to come together, including an early accessibility to walk through the Link during service! It shouldn't be long before we're ready to launch our Open House in December.
A brand new sidewalk has been poured and, let’s face it... it has been a long time coming – but thankfully the days of unruly surfaces have come to an end! If you look far off in the distance you’ll note a large cement square lifted from the ground… rumor has it we’ll have some kind of tree placed there to help make the entrance all the more beautiful.
An early look at the beautiful new interior of the Link, featuring a spacious open area, gorgeous ceiling, and wrap-around office area. This solution for connecting our Sanctuary to our main building is really coming along – we can't wait to see what this looks like when all of the many glass windows are in place!
The new roof across the entire building really looks sharp, and the front doors of the Link are beginning to take form.
The framing is now complete minus a few small details, and the roofers began the rigid insulation on the Link while the comp roof went on behind them. This past week all pick-up work and soffits were completed, and next week the trades will begin their rough-in work as we prepare for drywall to start. With all these trades and roofers around here, it will be a busy site…
The first couple weeks of school have been a success! Thank you to everyone for your efforts to keep students and staff safe – the barricades and walkway are working well and traffic flow is nice and smooth. There are a couple of weeks left before squeeze down the size of our construction footprint and open up most of the parking lot. We continued to complete the firewall between the Link and the sanctuary and began again with the truss system.
We decided to demo the entire roof now (as opposed to splitting it up into phases) as it seemed best for the safety of the students later on down the road. By Friday it will be dry and ready for roofing, which will begin in approximately two weeks. We also began the heavy timber trusses. It is pretty neat seeing them in the air. In other news, we painted all of the school walls and doors in the hallways. It was a close call, but we were able to accomplish everything for tonight’s open house. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to a place...
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.