We don’t often have access to Acker Hall, but we’ve snuck in to take a peek at what a huge difference is being made. Wowsa!!
There are new steps to the tunnel hallway. This area is adjacent to what used to be the ramp from the Elevette to Acker Hall. The ramp was levelled, and steps allow access to additional restrooms and the back stairs to the narthex.
Yes, the room got painted. A new ceiling grid and a bright coat of paint make a big impact on the look and feel of Acker Hall!
We can’t wait to see the entire reveal. Keep praying for the progress.
We’re starting to see the top dressing of the renovations. While work continues inside, these photos show welcome views of progress on the outside.
A new sidewalk along the west side of the courtyard has been poured.
The new main entryway is taking shape. The vestibule will be inside this perimeter. Brick to match the current façade is being used for continuity in the overall look and feel of the facility.
Work continues in Acker Hall, on the elevators, and in the offices. Stay tuned!
We can see it now! The transformation of the former stage in Acker Hall is more apparent with the plumbing rough-in and wall framing complete. What you see in these pictures is under the former stage. These will be fully accessible restrooms for Acker, which is the lower level of the education wing.
For a little perspective, here's another before-and-current comparison. Wow!
There is still a long way to go, but the digging and unseen structure for this part are ready to be beautified. If restrooms can be beautiful.
This is the week wherein we encountered wet. Much-needed rains finally arrived in Omaha! That held off work on the elevators, and created giant mud pies at the church. Pumps kept empty the caverns that have been dug for new shafts.
“They’re making good progress,” says Jim Mueller of the Implementation Committee. Despite the weather, work continues on the existing inside projects.
With the change of seasons imminent, we will soon be switching from air conditioning to heating, and the contractors will be able to begin replacing the current chiller system!
Meanwhile, we enjoy access to the sanctuary through the east door, and temporary offices on the second floor of the education wing.
The construction guys are all over the facility, with multiple projects happening. This is helping to keep the project moving. They continued on the choir loft elevator this week, and we captured some images of work in progress. This large frame will go at the bottom of the shaft. You can see the hole for the shaft in the upper right corner. The orange string, and lots of measuring and checking, help assure it's square and level. They are protecting the walkway with plywood planks.
All the details matter, and the crew with Construct, Inc. is often caught triple-checking measurements. Here they are measuring and marking where the new vestibule will be, to ensure the frame above will go in correctly.
Our working, meeting and gathering space is condensed for now. The sanctuary remains open for services on Sunday mornings (8:00 am and 10:30 pm). Offices are temporarily in the upper level of the education wing. For this season of renovation and renewal, we are grateful we are able to come together to worship and to continue our work for the Lord.
Work continues on utilities in Acker Hall. Lines for the new accessible restrooms are roughed in. As perspective, here are Before and Current pictures of the stage.
Remember the old bank of light switches at the top of the ramp? Those are being addressed. New ventilation ductwork is in, along with conduit for lighting.
Some projects do not allow for us to get near enough to get pictures. Additional work is being done in the old office area, as part of demolition. Every trace of old materials is being removed to provide a clean, healthy environment.
Crews worked on the new egress door. Lots of little details is why we let the professionals do their work.
And the choir loft elevator excavation. This happens mostly by hand to protect the structure that will once again hold the stained glass panels.
And more digging. This is on the north (Pacific St.) side of the building. They have to dig pretty far down to put in the new equipment for the elevator to the education wing.
Upcoming work includes finishing office demo, more digging, and we’re guessing lots of laundry at home for our construction guys, Construct, Inc. and subs.
Temporary visitor parking signs have been installed in the east/south parking lot for this season of renovation. They are in the far southeast corner, closest to 90th Street, allowing easy access to the east entry door to the sanctuary on Sundays for visitors.