We can see it now! The transformation of the former stage in Acker Hall is more apparent with the plumbing rough-in and wall framing complete. What you see in these pictures is under the former stage. These will be fully accessible restrooms for Acker, which is the lower level of the education wing.
For a little perspective, here's another before-and-current comparison. Wow!
There is still a long way to go, but the digging and unseen structure for this part are ready to be beautified. If restrooms can be beautiful.
This is the week wherein we encountered wet. Much-needed rains finally arrived in Omaha! That held off work on the elevators, and created giant mud pies at the church. Pumps kept empty the caverns that have been dug for new shafts.
“They’re making good progress,” says Jim Mueller of the Implementation Committee. Despite the weather, work continues on the existing inside projects.
With the change of seasons imminent, we will soon be switching from air conditioning to heating, and the contractors will be able to begin replacing the current chiller system!
Meanwhile, we enjoy access to the sanctuary through the east door, and temporary offices on the second floor of the education wing.
The construction guys are all over the facility, with multiple projects happening. This is helping to keep the project moving. They continued on the choir loft elevator this week, and we captured some images of work in progress. This large frame will go at the bottom of the shaft. You can see the hole for the shaft in the upper right corner. The orange string, and lots of measuring and checking, help assure it's square and level. They are protecting the walkway with plywood planks.
All the details matter, and the crew with Construct, Inc. is often caught triple-checking measurements. Here they are measuring and marking where the new vestibule will be, to ensure the frame above will go in correctly.
Our working, meeting and gathering space is condensed for now. The sanctuary remains open for services on Sunday mornings (8:00 am and 10:30 pm). Offices are temporarily in the upper level of the education wing. For this season of renovation and renewal, we are grateful we are able to come together to worship and to continue our work for the Lord.
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!