Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Skeleton for Christmas

Did you get a skeleton for Christmas? Our church did. Most of the bones of our new connector are now in place, giving some definition to the shape and size of the new 3-story connector. For the first time, you can tell how big it is. See the pictures below for an inside-the-fence look.


The view from the parking lot.

 

Looking up at the elevator shaft.

 

Looking out from the inside.

The back corner of the connector.

 

The steel beams that will hold everything up.

 

Where it connects to the main building.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ways to Pray for The Connecting Project

As things continue to progress with the construction of the connector, please continue to pray for the project. We depend on God for everything so prayer is as important now as it was in the beginning, when we sought wisdom from God as a church on whether to pursue this construction. Here are a few things you can pray about during the construction phase:

  1. Safety - Pray for safety for the construction workers and for the property.
  2. Process - Pray that the project is completed as planned and is completed on time.
  3. Finances - Pray that the funds continue to come in and that there are limited change orders.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Going Up?

Real signs of progress can be seen now on the connector. The foundation has been laid and the elevator shaft is going up. The foundation being in place will help you see the footprint of the new connector. The elevator shaft is still being built, with the third-floor portion still to go. If you get a chance while your at the church or the school, walk to the fence by the temporary walkway on the Tyler Road side of the church and see the construction yourself.

 

A view of the elevator shaft with first and second floor openings.

 

A view of the elevator shaft from "inside" the connector.

 

The foundation, looking toward the back corner of the connector.

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Going Down Before Going Up

A little more is visible than the last time I wrote. The back foundation wall is built and the rest of the foundation is in progress. The under-foundation plumbing is in place and the foundation for the elevator shaft has been dug down to prepare for our new three-story elevator. Here is what it looks like:

 

The back foundation wall, between the buildings.

 

Trenches dug out for the foundation and the pit for the elevator shaft.

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Picturing What Is to Come

A lot of the preparation for the connector has been excavation and preparation. While necessary, it's not easy in this phase to see where everything is going to be. It also isn't as exciting as watching a building go up. However, things are about to change and you might be able to get an idea what is going to be where from my explanation of the pictures below.

On the right, the hole with the white post protruding from it is the elevator pit. This is where the elevator shaft will be built.

Elevator shaft on the right.

The yellow strings, which are a little difficult to see in the picture below, mark the spot where structural steel will be erected. Although not exact, you can imagine this is close to where the corner of the connector will be.

 

Strings marking placement of structural support.

In the background of the photo below, you can see a large drainage pipe for the courtyard. Yes, we will still have a courtyard area.

 

Although these markers provide a little bit of help in picturing what is to come, the are also an indicator that things are about to look up, in the literal sense. Structural steel, foundations, and an elevator shaft are coming soon. Then it will be even easier to picture what is coming.

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Footprint

The digging is, for the most part, done. The dirt and rock are out so that the foundation walls can come in. You can start to see the footprint of the connector. This also means you are close to seeing construction rather than destruction, building rather than removing dirt and rock. The days and weeks ahead will be exciting as a foundation is set in place and the skeleton of the connector begins to go up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Water

As I mentioned last week, there is a lot of work that has to be done prior to putting in the foundation and foundation walls for the connector. This week's theme is "water". The water supply lines coming into the buildings are being re-routed. More noticeable though, is the work around stormwater runoff. The parking lot has been dug up to put in large pipes as part of a stormwater detention system.

If you are an expert in stormwater runoff, these pictures will make a lot of sense to you. If, like me, you aren't an expert in this, you'll see that there are some trenches with pipes in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Before the Foundation

The work of connecting our two main buildings involves digging and preparing to lay the new foundation of the connector. Much of the first floor of the connector is an area that was, or is currently, underground. This means a new foundation needs to be laid for the connector to sit on. Before the foundation can be laid, a lot needs to be put under that foundation, such as plumbing. Here is what it looks like, before the foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cutting Corners

In my last post, I told you about the temporary wall that would be constructed on the Tyler Rd end of the foyer. If you were here on Sunday, you noticed that the wall is up now. Now the outside corner has been cut off the sanctuary foyer where the connector will join to the main building.

The air conditioning units in the former "mechanical garden" have now been moved to another location. (Don't worry; the building still has air conditioning.) This has also been done to make room for the connector. The area under where these units were will be dug out to the ground floor level.

Here is what it looks like so far:

 

The temporary wall from inside the foyer.

 

The temporary wall from the outside.

 

The air conditioning units are gone to make room for the digging.

 

View of the temporary wall from the ground floor.

 

Opening to the second floor of the Life Education Center.

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Digging It

The lobby to the sanctuary is about to get a little smaller, at least temporarily. The walls to where the connector will be will be coming down and a temporary wall will be put up, shortening the lobby by several feet. This is so that the ground can be dug out between the buildings for the bottom floor of the connector. The air conditioning units between the buildings are also being moved to allow for the digging.

Here is a look at what's happening:

 

The temporary wall will appear where you see the plastic sheeting.

 

These walls outside the lobby will be removed.

 

This dirt will be dug up to make room for the bottom floor of the connector.

 

All of these units will be moved and the ground below them will be dug up.

 

This is a view of the ground that will be dug up from the lobby.

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Many Hands

This past Sunday, after a pizza lunch, dozens of volunteers helped move nearly everything that could be moved from the old nursery & preschool space into the new nursery & preschool space, which is now open for business. With so many volunteers, the third floor of the main building was soon empty and the New space was full of furniture and boxes. All ages contributed in some way, either moving furniture, moving boxes, holding doors, or assembling some of the new furniture.

All of this had to happen quickly because Shades Mountain Christian School teachers were getting their classrooms ready for school to start tomorrow. The SMCS kindergarten will share the space with the SMIC nursery & preschool as they did in the old area.

Here is a look back at what happened in pictures.