All three phases of the project are complete.
The cedum blend in our green roof is in bloom, a tiny yellow flower that makes a shifting lemon patchwork as the different varietals bloom one after the other. The roof has environmental benefits as well, slowing water runoff and providing cooler summer conditions and additional insulation in heating season. A concealed sprinkler system keeps everything lush. (click pictures to expand).
The building committee liked a highly figured African Limba wood to use for the tall wainscot around the room. Here is an overview of its journey from start to finish. The foresight of the building committee and their patience in seeing this through yielded a wonderful result.
We are moving to the completion of the addition phase of the work. The classrooms and and offices will be finished while custom fabrications at the fellowship hall proceed. The demolition of the existing ground level is about to commence.
The elevator shaft construction is commenced. Since its foundation is 5' below the basement, the building must be underpinned, then the new shaft commenced. Compressors, power and drains located in this area are relocated. (Click Images for more info)
The green roof is an important part of the design. The ceiling of the fellowship hall below this sweeps up to wooded views beyond (seen in the third image linked here). The green roof will have fall color, flowers in the spring in addition to the greenery it provides. An irrigation system is part of the installation to assure that it thrives. Design benefits and considerations are included in text in the video below.
Benefits of a green roof:
- Reduce heating and cooling costs
- Extend the life of the roof membrane by 2x ‐ 3x
- Provide on‐site storm water management
- Increase rents/decrease turnover in commercial buildings
- Provide Habitat and Reduce Urban Heat Island effects
The concrete walls retaining walls have been reinforced, formed, poured and are being stripped.
Getting the site ready for construction
(Click on the pictures for more detail)