Just another fun filled week working on more demo at the church. I am always impressed with your work ethic and dedication to this project. The Narthex roof was supported by heavy steel I-Beams. We worked one solid day just removing the pitched steel beams by grinding off the rusted bolts. Then we had fun tying a rope around the beams and pulling them down.
The next day Arnie agreed to use his cutting torch which made quick work of cutting the bolts loose. We tore down all of the steel and then had fun removing the concrete pillars. Three we pushed over but the 3rd one we had to break it apart. Like always the cleanup of concrete rubble is always a chore as it’s just so heavy.
The following day Arnie again jumped into action and started cutting up the I-beams in manageable pieces. A 780 lbs load of steel was taken to the recycle center and we were paid $37.
I failed to mention last week the team recycled all of the aluminum facia and gutters and received a whopping $194.80. We used the money to purchased 2 sets of Argon gas and 2 sets of oxygen so Arnie could cut up the I-beams. Spent $132 on the tanks and it was well worth it!
We then climbed up on ladders to remove the remaining part of the roof and the old wood planks covering the front of the church. Lots more debris taken to the dump.
Lastly, Arnie spent some time building a wood frame for the new Rejoice Fellowship signs Jamie had made. He then put up posts and setup the sign. He did a terrific job.
Speaking of Arnie….Arnie and Mem left this Saturday for a long trip to Spokane, Washington visiting friends and family along the way. Then they will return home to Texas. We will all miss them both and especially Arnie’s impressive carpenter skills and abilities to fix things. Thank you Arnie.
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As you all noticed I was not with you this week, but there in spirit! When I planned my bike trip 2 years ago I never dreamed we would be in the thick of construction. The amount of work that was completed this week is truly amazing. Mike briefed me on your accomplishments and I am thankful for his leadership this past week and every week.
The abatement work was completed on the entrance to the church, which then allowed the team to remove the store front doors and windows. I am told the team enjoyed throwing rocks at the glass and watching it break. I imagine the fun was worth the cleanup efforts.
Next the women’s bathroom wall was removed by the contractor and the team did cleanup in the area. Wood trim was removed from the classroom windows and the drywall was removed from around the sanctuary windows to allow for the new window installation.
The team removed all of the existing wood from the church entrance and blocks covering the steel pillars.
Saturday the team along with many volunteers removed the existing roof shingles and then all of the roof planks. This was a major undertaking and the team worked well with the Mission Builders team leading the efforts. The dumpster was loaded with all of the debris and is almost completely full.
Just another very productive work week by some phenomenal volunteers. Describing you as amazing would be an understatement especially in the 100 + degree heat all week. Very thankful for the snacks and beverages provided by our congregation and the Saturday lunches.
We are moving out of the demo phase into the building phase as Mission Builders is preparing the roofs to receive the roof rafters and tower structure.
Mike has done a terrific job negotiating and getting signed contracts for most of the necessary contracts such as asbestos abatement , concrete/masonry, electrical, mechanical and plumbing. It’s a very time consuming task and more than a full time job for him. So grateful for his leadership and dedication to this major project.
For some perhaps you have forgotten what the renovated building and the new addition will look like so I’ll include a picture. I’ll also no longer be referring to the site as the Annex and use the exciting term Church!
This week we removed the men’s and women’s bathroom ceilings as both rooms will move down the hallway and be totally new facilities with a new mechanical room being located where the current ladies room resides. We also removed the exhaust fan ducts from both bathrooms. Still can’t figure out how the exhaust fan gets its power! Lol
We removed the window and wall above and below the window as part of the new construction from the ladies room. We then filled in the opening with a old door temporarily.
We removed the ladies room door frame and header as the wall will be removed in the next phase. We ventured onto the roof and removed the large cross. It was bigger and heavier than it looked from the ground. We will preserve this and perhaps be able to clean it, stain it and reuse it on the new structure.
The classroom wing hallway ceiling had detached from the ceiling joists and dropped about 3 inches. We blocked up the plaster ceiling and reattached it to the joists.
We hauled 2 loads of debris to the dump.
Lastly, we continued to remove existing electrical circuits and then add new temporary circuits for the teams equipment and tools. We also removed the water heater from the bathroom closet.
And our sanitation engineer continues to do a great job several times a week collecting the trash and recycle materials.
Like I say every week your volunteer work is incredibly important and valued beyond what words can express. Thanks for often stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on tasks that are new and challenging. The real fun begins in the upcoming weeks as the exterior construction begins.
This week we finished removing the Narthex ceiling and then the flat hallway ceiling. Very tuff job but you guys took it in stride. Cleanup is always the fun part! We took 2 trucks to the dump with most of the debris. More to be hauled away next week.
Then we started removing the steel door frames from all of the existing classrooms and offices. This was not part of our original demo list but in order to save money we took on the difficult task. Steel frames were filled with cement and metal walls ties into the block were difficult to cut out. Needless to say even the frames cut into pieces are very heavy. We spent 2 days working on this task. And today we took on another demo task that wasn’t on our original demo list. We removed the low hanging double solid block header that spanned across the hallway into the fellowship hall, which also had cinder block all the way to the ceiling. You guys literally knocked it out of the park. Smashing down the header was a challenge and not sure who enjoyed it the most. Again cleanup is always our least favorite job!
This week was a busy one working at the Annex. We ordered a dumpster and loaded it to the brim with all of the stone, concrete and block from all of the demo. Many of the pieces were so heavy we needed four guys to carry them into the dumpster. We painstakingly salvaged lots of stone that can be used later to patch the existing stone on the building. RIP to one demolition hammer chisel!
We then loaded the classroom block wall debris followed by the future bathroom floor debris. Cut up the crazy heavy metal/cement door frames we tore out. Took one load of metal to the recycler and were paid $29.
Next we attacked the removal of the 2 layers of drywall and plaster coating on the narthex vaulted ceiling. The debris is heavy and it creates such a mess. Debris was loaded into bags and will be taken to the landfill this week.
We lost one extension ladder last week that got crushed from falling debris from the roof and one step ladder that simply collapsed!
And our sanitation engineer continues to remove the trash and recycle from the site several times a week. Renting a 2 yard trash dumpster and a 2 yard recycle dumpster would cost $280 a month. So this is a great savings for the church.
Thanks for all of your hard work and continued support on this project.
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