Saturday, June 27, 2015

Opening Our Front Doors to the Community

Tomorrow the doors to the new connector finally open to our community with an event we are calling Connected: A Community Celebration. The schedule for this celebration is:
  • 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Worship Service
  • 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Ribbon Cutting
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Food, Inflatables, Face Painting, etc.
We have a special guest with us, Heather Jones Skaggs, with whom you can explore the history of our community. She is the author of the book, "Images of Bluff Park" and "Images of Hoover".

Feel free to dress casually Sunday morning so you don't have to change clothes before enjoying the outdoor activities and have your children bring bathing suits and towels so they can enjoy the waters slides. Meal tickets will be available for purchase for $6.00 in the foyer and other locations during the event.

We are almost there. Preparations have been made today for this exciting event so please come join us as we open our new front door, and as we worship together, celebrate together, and build relationships with new friends, neighbors, and local businesses. Below is a sneak peak behind the scenes.

The new connector.

The new front doors.

Our new logo on, on doors all around our campus.
The new welcome center, just outside the Nursery & Preschool.

Preparing the water slides.

The second water slide.
Preparing cups of popcorn for the event.

Popcorn in cups with the new logo.

Bagging fresh-baked cookies for the event.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fixtures, Fixtures, Fixtures

We're a little over two weeks away from the grand opening and most everything structural has been completed. Now the fixtures—welcome desks, coffee bar, pendant lights, sconces—are being or have been installed. The places our guests and member alike will visit on the way into the service are being built. The check-in desk for the nursery and preschool area is in place. All these fixtures, even the lighting, will create a warm and welcoming environment for those who enter through our new front door, or whichever door, for that matter.


We have a welcome center near our new front door.


Parents will check children in here for the Nursery & Preschool Ministry.


The changing table and sink in the nursing mothers' room.


The coffee bar outside the sanctuary.



The main light fixture hangs from the ceiling of the "tower".


These sconces provide decorative lighting for the stairway.


The rails on the top floor appear to go through the stone.


The rail on the stairways is installed.


The finished floor by our new front door.


Outside our front door.


Another angle outside our front door.

As an aside, many have asked about the large metal rolling doors outside the sanctuary. Those are fire doors that, once the connector is opened, will remain open unless there is a fire. The double doors in between the two rolling doors will also remain open unless there is a fire. These double doors will allow someone to get out once the large metal rolling fire doors descend.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Finish Line in Sight

We are less than a month away from the grand opening of the connector, so a lot of small things are happening to bring it to completion, including flooring, painting, fixtures, etc.


The third floor, looking at the new light fixture.


A closer look at the new light feature.


The elevator is in place but not yet functional.


The 3rd-floor entrance into the Life Education Center.


The overhead rolling doors leading into the existing foyer come down if there is a fire.


The tile on the first floor of the connector.


A view from the Nursery & Preschool into the connector.


The roof of the new overhang.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

From the Top

Have you ever wondered what the connector looked like on top? Have you wondered what the shingles were made of? Have you wanted a closer look at the details of the roof supports? Have you wondered just where the HVAC units are, the "mechanical garden" that used to be in the courtyard?

The pictures below show all of this plus many of the new details on the inside.


The connector from the roof.


The metal shingles on the roof of the connector.


A close-up of the braces that support the trusses for the roof.


The new spot for the "mechanical garden".


The courtyard with its new curved sidewalk.


The shape and location of the coffee bar on the second floor.


A view from the connector, through the hall to the sanctuary balcony.


Looking through the connector door to the hall behind the balcony.


The motor that raises and lowers the elevator.


The elevator platform.


The control panel for the elevator.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Connected Spaces

It's amazing how much bigger spaces seems when the interior walls go up and those spaces are well-defined. This is definitely the case inside the new connector where walls now separate one space from another, even with much of it still being very open. The pictures below take you on the tour of the new spaces.

Before we get into the interior though, we'll take a look at the outside, where windows and paint have made all the difference in getting us much closer to a completed exterior.


The windows are in and the exterior is painted.


These are the two entrances, which will each have a pair of glass doors.


To the right is the entrance into the nursery & preschool area.


This is the new nursing mothers room.


This is a view looking out of the nursing mother's room.


To the right is the existing nursery & preschool space. To the left is where the check-in station will be.


Looking into the main space from the nursery & preschool area.


Looking up at the ceiling of the connector from the 2nd floor.


This space on the main (2nd) floor will house tables and chairs.


This concrete block wall and the plywood will be gone, opening to the foyer.


The curved wall welcomes you to the third floor.


The entryway on the right opens to the area behind the chapel.


The curved wall leads into the 3rd floor of the Life Education Center.


The "mechanical garden" is now on my the roof of the connector instead of in the courtyard.


Speaking of the courtyard...


This is a view of the connector from the much quieter courtyard.