Construction Update: October 26, 2014

Tours of the renovated areas of the church have ended. Please continue to read these updates to stay informed as the renovation project progresses toward a Spring completion date. Once the project is completed, there will be a grand celebration with tours.

Casey Trees will be conducting a tree planting on Saturday, November 1st.  Congregant Jen Bolick is managing this effort. Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based organization committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the city.

The new heating systems will be turned on beginning Monday, October 27th and there will be heat in the sanctuary by Sunday, November 2nd.

The newly renovated first floor bathrooms (where the ministers’ offices were located) will be operational starting November 9th.  Renovations will begin the same week on the old bathrooms along the 15th Street corridor, which will be closed until further notice.

The construction wall around the gym will come down in December and the new classrooms can be set up for use beginning at the start of the new year.

It is anticipated that the new kitchen will be completed by the first of the year. Since the new coffee machines require potable water from the kitchen, they won’t be set up until the kitchen work is finished.

Over the next two weeks…

  • The first floor floors will be stained (expect some smells).
  • Pavers will be installed in the terrace.
  • Dirt will be placed in the new terrace tree boxes.
  • Skylights will be installed in the terrace.
  • Gutter work above the office building and sanctuary will be completed.
  • Phase 1 mill work and door installation will be completed.

In the course of the renovation, contractors discovered structural problems with our steeple. As a temporary measure, the steeple will need to be wrapped in steel mesh to prevent further damage and to protect against falling pieces. Eventually, costly restoration will be required, but the mesh will suffice for several years until funds are available for more extensive work.

 

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