While every step of the construction process to date has been of equal importance, perhaps none has been more visible than the construction of the first large section of block wall along the west side of the new sanctuary. Masons have been building the 8″ thick block walls, reinforced with steel rebar and poured grout (cement). The three large windows that grace each side of the sanctuary are now clearly visible on the west wall. Likewise, in the narthex (front lobby), a door and two windows (on two levels) are also now visible.
During the second half of September, the team of masons, working from their portable hydraulic lifts (scaffolding), will next proceed to the east wall, and then eventually move to the south (front) wall of the new sanctuary. The front wall of the church is 12″ thick block wall, to support steel beams that run north-south across the front porch and narthex. Schedule and weather permitting, the remaining steel inside the sanctuary will begin installation at the end of September.
Also during the second half of September, the team that excavated and poured the main sanctuary footings will return to excavate, form and pour the footings for the new music wing expansion on the west side of the sanctuary, as well as the footings for the new front porch that will support the porch canopy and four colonial columns.
Build New Block Walls Around Church Foundation
Continue Electrical Work on Main Level
Excavate, Form and Pour Remaining Footings
Form and Pour Chancel Steps, West Ambulatory Steps
Complete Interior Steel for Balcony and Organ Chamber (schedule and weather permitting)