April started with a bang! Demolition and metal framing quickly transformed the existing space into new areas for ministry and fellowship. A drain was dug for the new restroom (located in the old stairwell), the janitor closet was expanded into the former lift space and electrical was updated. In the new space, mason walls and tie beams were raised to full height, steel stairs were installed, and metal framing downstairs gave shape to the entry, sanctuary, and much needed worship storage areas. After waterproofing and few more loads of cement, a crane raised trusses from the grass field into place. What a sight of organized workmanship – with a crew on the field and on the walls, trusses were flying and finished in a half day.

Next, crews installed the interior steel framing, creating new spaces for worship, ministry, offices, and storage.  HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire suppression were added, and window glass was confirmed.  Stained glass was designed for the stairwell tower and sanctuary.  Our cross from the former cupola was re-fitted to the pitch of the new metal roof.  The audio, visual, and lighting needs and contractor were finalized to ensure the best possible experience in our new sanctuary.  Cabinets, design millwork, attic accesses,  flooring, downspouts, and gutters were finalized to ensure plans and materials would be ready as needed.  The new stairwell tower was stuccoed and will be painted once it cures, plank siding installation continues, and the shingles are staged for roofing.