“When is the old sanctuary going to be demolished?” is an oft-heard phrase. “What are we waiting for?” Well, first, we had to relocate the senior pastor and front office staff before we demolished their offices. This move is now complete. Second, we had to disconnect and reroute all utilities that ran through the old sanctuary and fellowship hall. This utility work is also now complete. And third, we had to safely separate the old building from the remaining building before we started (what most people think of as) demolition. This separation work will be completed this week and major demolition work will begin Monday, May 3.
A good example of this separation activity, known as selective demolition, is Pastor Randy’s office. Interestingly, his old office shares a single wall with his new office. To separate the two offices the carpet was removed (for reuse), the asbestos tiles were remediated, the built-in bookshelves were removed and the plaster wall was demolished. This exposed the shared cinder block wall. This wall was then hand cut with power tools. The cut on one end, carefully made through the exterior red brick, exposed sunlight in the old office. The cut on the other end, made from the sanctuary hallway, exposed daylight between the office and hallway. And finally, the roof line was cut with special care to leave all support structures undisturbed.
This process of separation between old and new has repeated itself all around the building, for example, between:
In some cases, special temporary shoring was required to support the existing building until the time we are able to tie-in the new building structures.
In total, the demolition activity will take almost five weeks, but just like painting a room, several weeks were invested to carefully “prep” the space before the “fun” work can begin. The fun begins on Monday, May 3.