SNEAK PEEK TIME! The new carpet is installed, along with the replacement tile at the altar, cove lighting, and some paint! Mid-morning light provides lovely pattern and color to the transept wall and pew area.
The choir loft sees continued work. It was not possible to get meaningful photos from the sanctuary, or visit the loft, this day. It is a smaller space with lots of workers doing lots of things with lots of tools.
The stained glass panels near the choir loft elevator were reinstalled weeks ago and carefully protected in order to finish work on the shaft. The remaining panels on the west side will be reinstalled toward the end of the project.
The offices look so big and bright! The work room looks ready for action. The black rack will be installed in the computer room to house computer equipment. Here’s also a peek at one of the completed offices, with coordinated paint, carpet and cove base molding. Consistent finishes throughout the space contribute to a cohesive, peaceful environment. The new office corridor is bathed in sunlight.
Comin’ along quite well.
Even in the cold, construction continues at Pacific Hills. The vestibule and main entry details continue to be refined. Work on the outside looks different with a perspective from the temporary work room upstairs. And a view from the north side of the narthex shows framing for the interior vestibule doors going in.
Meanwhile, the new elevator in the education wing is going in! It is larger and more useful for today’s needs. Finishes are consistent with the finishes in the rest of the facility. And remember the old, heavy, wooden coat room doors? Gone. The wider area is more open for better use.
“It’s the little things,” it is said. There are LOTS of “little things” going into this project. We may not see them when all the renovations are complete, but they will sure make a big difference in how we use the space to continue to Share Christ + Serve Others.
The offices are taking shape, with better use of space. The new entry, in the new narthex, opens into a more efficient work area for office staff, with much more counter surface! The work/break room has new cabinets and surfaces, as well, but more importantly, has better access from the entire office.
It is only at times like this that we are able to see what really lies behind the outward surfaces we daily encounter. Take this wall, for instance. There is much more to the structure, as you can see, than 2x4 boards and painted DryWall. What “feeds” the facility, via electrical conduit, insulated plumbing, and soundly engineered walls, is what really holds up the church. This is much like the way each member, each function, of the Church holds Her up, and the way God “feeds” His Church through people using His gifts. The work of an electric cable is different than the work of a brick, yet each is essential and must do its task.
Brace yourself. It does not look pretty right now in the Sanctuary. But, hey, even Michelangelo used scaffolding, right? Our construction guys even have a boom to reach the high places! With the altar removed and protective sheeting in place, work continues on various projects. The old tile on the altar and steps has been removed.
A look at the back of the Sanctuary shows that most of the pews and the carpet have been removed. Protective coverings on the stained glass windows continue to safeguard the irreplaceable masterpiece. Booms (the platforms that raise) and scaffolding make work on the ceilings and new lighting possible.
We have a view of the choir loft from the Sanctuary, which reveals that precautions are being taken to protect the organ and pipes. The new choir loft elevator opening is on the left.
The trancepts are being fitted with cove lighting. And, yes, the hanging lights will be replaced with energy-efficient, updated fixtures.
The narthex continues to improve. No, really though. Look at what an update to the ceilings does, with a smooth finish and bright coat of paint. Under the plastic are almost all the sanctuary pews, and on top of it are several acoustical panels from the sanctuary.
New exterior doors at the main entry are now installed! There will be a second set of doors creating a vestibule where the choir loft elevator is going in. The brand new shaft for the choir loft elevator is ready for its installation.
The coat room area is also transformed. A walk-in coat area has been created, which is a huge change from what it used to be.
Work on the main level is primarily in the Sanctuary right now. But here you can see a peek of the main hallway in the education wing, where the former office entry used to be. The first door is the new family restroom. The second door is the back door to the office work room.
From that same spot, there is a look down the hall to the narthex. Nothing exciting has changed here. Except for the new elevator shaft! HVAC upgrades have impacted many aspects of the project, as you can see. And where there were once “old bones” of the Elevette, there is now a new shaft to accommodate mechanics of the new elevator, which is coming soon.