Work continues on utilities in Acker Hall. Lines for the new accessible restrooms are roughed in. As perspective, here are Before and Current pictures of the stage.
Remember the old bank of light switches at the top of the ramp? Those are being addressed. New ventilation ductwork is in, along with conduit for lighting.
Some projects do not allow for us to get near enough to get pictures. Additional work is being done in the old office area, as part of demolition. Every trace of old materials is being removed to provide a clean, healthy environment.
Crews worked on the new egress door. Lots of little details is why we let the professionals do their work.
And the choir loft elevator excavation. This happens mostly by hand to protect the structure that will once again hold the stained glass panels.
And more digging. This is on the north (Pacific St.) side of the building. They have to dig pretty far down to put in the new equipment for the elevator to the education wing.
Upcoming work includes finishing office demo, more digging, and we’re guessing lots of laundry at home for our construction guys, Construct, Inc. and subs.
Temporary visitor parking signs have been installed in the east/south parking lot for this season of renovation. They are in the far southeast corner, closest to 90th Street, allowing easy access to the east entry door to the sanctuary on Sundays for visitors.
We don’t always see the structure underneath renovations, or the work that goes into each project of the renovations. The past few weeks, and still going forward, work on the floor and elevator access in Acker Hall continues. Here, workers mark height with a level string to jackhammer concrete to a straight line. A different view of this area after that work was done, from the “tunnel” doorway toward Acker Hall, shows that the steps are gone to allow for a new ramp. Under the old ramp, a corrugated panel was discovered covering utility supply. This work will assure “a firm foundation.”
This view is from the old storage area behind the stage, showing where the Elevette used to be; this is where the new elevator will open to Acker level. The big orange digger is where the action is happening outside that elevator opening.
With church offices moved to their temporary homes in the Sunday school area upstairs, renovations began this week for the new office layout. These before and after pictures show progress. Ceilings were removed. In the second picture, the yellow ladder is where Joann’s desk was; the wall to Pastor’s office has been removed; the red ladder is where Pastor’s credenza was; the other side of the tan wall is Kay’s office for the preschool!
An egress doorway to the courtyard from what will become a hallway, has been cut in the wall.
Work continues in Acker Hall, as well. Stay tuned for updates on that. And to add to the construction excitement at Pacific Hills, the City is now resurfacing 91st Avenue, the residential street just west of our parking lot. Just think what the area will look like in about six months!
Removing the Elevette and installing the elevator is a big part of the renovation project. In various stages of removal, here is where the Elevette shaft was. The equipment room for the Elevette in the lower level was also removed. You can see the doors to the Elevette and the equipment room in these photos of the north (Pacific Street) side of the facility.
Big equipment is needed for big holes. Lots of machine and hand digging has been done to prepare for the new elevator to the education wing.
The new elevator to the choir loft requires more digging. With the priceless stained glass windows safely removed to storage, work continues to prepare for that equipment, as well. This work is next to the current main entry, on the south side of the facility, at the courtyard.
The church offices were moved upstairs for the duration of the office renovations. Thanks for Joann and Jackie for preparing for and enduring the relocation. Thanks to volunteers that packed, culled, moved small items, and set up. The old workroom was emptied and relocated upstairs. Staff, directors, and volunteers are making the best of the situation for the short term.
Staff workspace and files are temporarily in room 212. Pastor’s office is in room 209 (shown before move-in). Room 115 on the main level, which housed the congregation and board mailboxes for the last few weeks, is inaccessible. Those items are in the temporary office, which remains locked during non-business hours.
College Hunks moving company made short work of hauling the heavy and bulky items upstairs, including taking apart, moving and rebuilding furniture.
There was time for a little levity during the move -- a celebratory dance by Dan. Office renovations are underway starting Monday, August 17.
It’s amazing what a jackhammer and some hard work can do. The ramp from the Elevette to Acker Hall has been demolished and the debris removed. When the new elevator is installed, the bit of hallway seen here will also be lowered to Acker floor level. Five-gallon buckets were used, because the debris is so heavy and must be carted out in many small loads.
The wall where beautiful cabinets once kept things organized has been removed, and the stage floor demolished. (Concrete over dirt; many of you were wondering.) All those shovels in a row testify to hours of hard, manual labor, and “stage hands” carefully removing dirt and concrete.
You never know what you might find during demo! These crossed utility conduits were under the stage, and will be addressed to accommodate the remodel. A temporary brace has been attached to prevent damage. There is also a vertical sewage line (larger green one) in the photo above.
Work progresses, thanks to a strong crew that we do not see on Sunday mornings. Please keep them in your prayers as they do the difficult, dirty and time-consuming things.