Living Our Legacy: Construction News
Look here for periodic construction updates. Questions? Contact Laura Zabaski, Parish Administrative Officer | 615-385-2150 x 242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good news! The Nave will be finished in time for services on All Saints’ Day, November 1. The new Narthex doors are complete and the limestone flooring in the Chancel - including a Chi Rho symbol - will be finished by mid-October. The pews are also back after being refinished and have been installed.
Legacy Hall is in the process of being painted and flooring will be installed this month. The concrete slab in the new connector will be poured in October. We anticipate Legacy Hall opening in January 2021.
Building Committee Update
October 1, 2020
Good afternoon all,
When I wrote the last update, I indicated we expected to have the Nave renovation complete in time for Advent. I am pleased to share with you that due to the excellent work by Phipps Construction and their subcontractors, we now plan to hold the first service in the Nave on Sunday, November, 1—All Saints Day. Leigh announced this good news at the services last Sunday but I expect for some, it will be the first you’ve heard of this. We look forward with great anticipation to worshiping together again on All Saints Sunday. Look for more details from the church in the coming weeks.
A quick update on activities currently underway with the two main projects:
- Installation of new entry doors to the Narthex is complete and they are currently being primed and painted. Additionally, you may recall the limestone pavers leading up to the entry had become pitted and cracked by the elements. A significant portion of the pavers has been replaced with Tennessee bluestone (identical to the new pavers previously installed outside Hampton Hall).
- The semicircular paneling surrounding the old raised Baptistry, removed to facilitate construction, has been replaced with new paneling in the same design as that which it replaced.
- Installation of new limestone flooring in the Chancel should be wrapped up by the end of next week. Included in this work is the addition of a Chi Rho symbol in the Chancel floor pictured at left. From the time of the early church, Christian buildings have been adorned with monograms which are composed of Greek letters representing Christ. Among the most traditional of these is the Chi Rho monogram featuring the first two letters of the name of Christ in Greek (pronounced “Christos”). Often the letters Chi and Rho are joined together and framed by two other important Greek letters, Alpha and Omega, symbolizing that Jesus Christ is the beginning and end of all things (Revelation 22:13). You may notice this symbol also appears in the cross suspended above the altar.
- New flooring will be installed later this week in the area surrounding the new Baptistry that will include embedded brass emblems depicting the St. George’s Shield set in a surrounding field of mosaic tile identical to that surrounding the Chi Rho symbol in the Chancel floor.
- One of the first things that occurred with the renovation of the Nave was the removal of all pews, the communion rail, the lectern, and the pulpit. These pieces were meticulously stripped of their finish and re-stained and varnished off-site. These items returned to St. George’s this week and are currently being installed. Additionally, new pew cushions are being sewn and will arrive in early December.
- A correction to my last update: I noted that the organ pipes and casings would be installed in the first quarter of 2021 (a typo on my part). While it is true that the organ and pipes are well along in fabrication, these won’t be installed until the first quarter of 2022. In a future update Woosug Kang will provide a thorough report on the progress.
- Lastly, we have selected a supplier for new furniture for the Choir and are in the process of finalizing the design. We anticipate this furniture to be in place in the first quarter of 2021.
Legacy Hall, St. George’s Kindergarten wing, and new rear entry:
- Some of you may have looked curiously at the new Legacy Hall and wondered why we built a red brick building! I’m happy to report that painting of the exterior of the building has begun and will soon blend in with the primary color (dubbed St. George’s Gray) on our existing facilities.
- Inside Legacy Hall the subflooring has been installed. The maple flooring is staged inside the building and will be acclimated to the space before it is installed in October.
- It has occurred to me that Legacy Hall may appear disconnected from the rest of our campus. Let me assure you that very shortly that appearance will change. I should back up and explain that the original plan for Legacy Hall located the building behind the kindergarten wing. Its present location gives it a prominent place on our campus and emphasizes how important The Table service has become to our community. Later this week, the concrete slab will be poured that will connect Legacy Hall to the new rear entry and to the existing Gathering Space outside the bookstore. The design team paid particular attention to making sure this connection enhances opportunities for Table worshipers and those attending services in the Nave to mingle and connect with each other following services.
- While we do have some significant work ahead, we anticipate Legacy Hall will open for worship in January 2020.
- Lastly, The Parent Company will be removing its construction trailer and stored materials from the rear parking lot which will allow for construction of the remaining parking area and new Porte Cochere to proceed. We expect to have this area complete in December.
Thanks to everyone for your patience on these projects. I look forward to joining you for worship in the re-imagined Nave (before my next update)!
Cam Sorenson, Chair
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