The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...
Our excavator has returned and is working his way across the back yard installing the pipe for the storm drain from our new water retention system. When finished, the backyard will be graded with more flat area behind the new sanctuary than we have now and a different slope to the western property line. By early May, we expect to be able to spread topsoil and grass seed along the side and rear of the new building. Note the absence of scaffolding along the back of the building which indicates that the stuccoing has been completed in this area.
On Thursday, Peg Hart and Michael Hennessy took Sybil McNulty, the nominee and presumed next President of the Board, through the new construction to give her an update on our progress. It was the perfect time to tour because the sanctuary, the hallway and all of the offices, classrooms, restrooms and storage rooms had received their final coats of paint. Without a wide-angle lens, it's difficult to get really good photos of the smaller rooms, but let's walk through and take a look.
|Turning to the right (east) as you walk through the archway brings the new stairway into view. The windows across the front provide natural light to the stairwell, the entrance foyer and the infant and toddler room.|
|The first office on your right as you head north through the hallway is for Roy, our Administrator. His new desk will sit in this corner. To the left can be seen part of his pass-through window.|
|Walking down the hallway looking to our right (east) we can get a a peek into Rev. Jim's office...|
|...a peek into the RE-Choir room with the 23' high cathedral ceiling.|
|...a peek into Jen's and Beth's office.|
|...and a peek into the RE room on the northeast corner of the building. Once the protective plastic is removed from the windows, this room will be filled with light.|
|On the west side of the hallway are the restrooms. The first restroom is gender-neutral, the second is the women's room and the last, shown above, is the men's room. If you could look to the left, you would see the telltale urinal.|
|Just beyond the men's room is the janitors closet. Shelves and a large slop sink will be installed. The floor will remain concrete.|
|The northernmost room on the west side of the hallway is the crying room. On the left is the window into the sanctuary. There will be a speaker in this room so occupants can hear the service.|
|In the center of the west wall of the hallway is the second, and most dramatic, entrance to the new sanctuary. The doors are 8' tall. The dark rectangles beyond the door frame are the return ducts for the HVAC system.|
|Looking to the left as you enter through the eastern doorway, the southern entrance to the sanctuary can be seen. Beyond it is the entrance foyer to the new addition and the archway where the first in this series of photos was taken.|
|The front of the new addition has its first coat of stucco. The stucco has been dyed to the finish color. No other paint will be added.|
When the stucco crew began to remove the stucco from the historical section so it can be restored, significant damage to the structure was discovered. Our architect has contacted the structural engineer who has been working on our project for a solution, which involves installing several steel beams as headers above the main entrance door and the windows. See the photos below for an explanation of what happened.
When Sunnyhill was constructed in the early 1920s, the builder used a material called structural terra cotta or structural clay blocks as seen in this photo from the internet...
|These lintels no longer have any structural integrity...|
|This photo shows the damaged lintel above the right window.|