We’re in the very final stages of this project now. A bit more paint, floor finish, decoration and touch up is all that is needed. The addition bathrooms and offices are nearly complete. The mechanical, maintenance and storage sections are getting wrapped up also.
The lobby is pretty much done and waiting for furnishings to make it into a welcoming environment for making friends.
We have also made remarkable progress on the giving goal to meet our matching gift. As of this writing we’re at 83% of the total ($105k out of $125k) and the deadline isn’t even until April. Thanks so much for your generosity which will make this project debt free in just a few months.
This will probably be the last of our updates, since it is now possible to walk around and see all the changes and improvements. We’ll post a few more photos on this website and there are many more on our Facebook page.
Lot’s of work in the addition now. Sheetrock is hung and mostly taped, so paint will be soon to follow. This means that it’s easy to see how the offices and rooms fit together providing more space for a conference room, a media production room, a large maintenance space, and lots of storage upstairs.
The walls of the lobby were cut into some more and they’re expanding the space at the entry way. This will give a very different and open feel and offer more space for casual conversation beyond the hub bub of the dining room.
On a different note but still related to the building project, we have launched the final round of our fundraising campaign and are focused on meeting the matching goal of $125,000 within a six month time frame. There are at least three ways that you can contribute to this. The standard envelope of cash or a check that is labeled for the building fund is one way. It’s easy to give online by going to the Give page of this website. Or to be really up to date and high tech, you can use the Speedy.gift website and then see immediately how your contribution moves us closer to the goal.
Oops, a bit of a gap in our updates. We’re now meeting in the worship center, so most of the big, obvious work is (mostly) done. There is still a lot to do in the addition, and the lobby will have significant work done also.
As a reminder, the addition will have several offices, a meeting room, copy room, showers, media room, plus housing the mechanical piping for fire suppression and room for our maintenance equipment. The upstairs will be all storage at this point. The lobby will be opened up with new windows and more casual seating for relaxing and chatting.
You may have noticed that there’s pretty tight leg room in the two banks of chairs on either side. Turns out they were installed incorrectly and we’re working with the contractors to get them reset. Once that is done we’ll finish the rest of the carpet in the aisles and the back.
With the sheetrock going up and much of it being taped, we’re able to get a good idea of what the new worship center will look and feel like. While the sheetrock is the most obvious activity, there was also some duct work getting rearranged, final framing of the addition being wrapped up, and the roofers getting most of the addition roofing on. This will allow us to start planning to move the sprinkler pipes that are still in the middle of the stage, relocating them in to the new addition.
A lot has happened since the last update, although we still wish we were further along the process. The electricians worked hard to stay ahead of the framing crew. The framers have basically finished in the Worship Center and have begun working in the addition. Obviously that means that the masons completed the block walls so we can definitely see what the new space looks like. The sheet rockers are hanging giant panels and now we can actually see the wave walls that Mike Christensen designed to improve acoustics.
The media guys hung a sub-woofer and another speaker, plus doing a bunch of behind the scenes type of stuff. Kevin and Trevor worked after hours to grind and polish the concrete floors. By working late they didn’t get in the way of the other trades so they could keep working.
Unfortunately we have to keep pushing our move-in date down the calendar. There’s a strong chance we’ll be in by November, although work will continue on the addition and lobby expansion. It’s kind of a hassle now, but it’s exciting to think of what the new facility will be like in the very near future.
Now it feels like we’re rolling. We re-poured the inside floor slabs so that it’s all one level. The framers came in and started moving/building walls. Our new side walls will be “wavy” to help create a better sound. This takes some creative construction methods. The masons are putting up the addition walls, and the word is that they’re not leaving until it’s done.
Behind the scenes, our media contractor visited the site and met with the Noah and electricians to keep everyone on the same page. The carpet guy came to fine tune the plan for floor coverings, and we got some of the interior finishes ordered for the bathrooms and offices.
Things are starting to look different now. The concrete slab is poured for the addition, so it actually looks like a new part of the building. Large sections of the floor are cut out so that we can re-pour concrete that’s all on the same plane. (The two adjacent theaters had different floor heights when we tore the wall down between them.)
Next week the framers are starting, which means the new walls will start to take shape. The media contractor is coming to visit and make sure we’re on track for all the audio/visual installation which will happen after the framing and sheetrock are done.
The shoring that was holding up the roof until the beam came is all cleared out, and we can get an idea of the size/space of the new auditorium. The next few weeks will involve the type of work that is much more obvious, and it will start to look more exciting than the last month.
This week the plumbers got the rough in done, which means all the pipes that have to be under the concrete floor. In the next 7-10 days we’ll cut out the uneven floor on the inside and re-pour new concrete. We’ll also pour the slab for the addition, and then start building the block walls outside.
THE BEAM is in!! They slid the giant piece of steel through the wall and then carefully raised it into place. That’s the big news.
There was also more holes cut in the floor for plumbing, and plans completed for some of the finishing stages of the project. In less favorably news, we pushed the installation of the new seats back to the week of Sept. 18. Obviously that means we won’t be in by Labor Day, but we wanted to be sure to have them scheduled to come in right when we’re ready.
The foundation blocks have been laid for the addition, and it’s backfilled and waiting for concrete to be poured. A hole is cut in the wall to insert THE BEAM through. This should happen in the next 10 days. The beam made it to Seattle, we just have to get it to Idaho now.
The final stages of demo and prep have happened inside, including a couple large footings to support the beam. Lots of scheduling for different sub trades are in the works, so that we can move forward as quickly as possible on the inside work for the auditorium.
The two theaters are almost completely gutted out now, the shoring is holding up our roof since the bearing wall has been taken out, and the footings are ready to be poured for the new addition on the north side. The current priority is having everything prepped for when THE BEAM arrives. This giant metal beam is currently on a train and headed our way. The transportation alone is a big project, but once it’s here it has to carefully get inserted into our existing structure and then properly supported. The timing of what needs to be done (or can’t be done) beforehand is tricky to calculate.
Things are happening behind the scenes also. The new chairs have been ordered and the total price is actually a fair bit lower than anticipated. We finalized the contract for all the lights/media, and a recessed, in-floor baptistry has been ordered.
We also cut the first check in payment to the contractor this week. We are in a solid financial position based on our land sale and some major contributors, but please continue to donate to the Building Fund so that we can finish it off without needing to resort to a bank loan.
We are now officially meeting in the tent for the summer. There was a bit of scrambling involved to get all the required permits in order, due to an unexpected request from the City of Post Falls. Mike Christensen may have done some extra driving and stayed up late to bring it all together.
Caleb had a good crew of volunteers to get the chairs up and ready to go. Noah, Mark, and the PA team had a few surprises to deal with, but came through for us like they always do.
Like all remodel projects, we had a surprise this week as we did more demolition. Turns out the floors of the two adjacent theaters are not the same height/slope. We came up with a plan to demo and re-pour a bit of concrete, and have given updated info to the supplier of our new chairs (which need to have their bases matched to the floor slope).
More demolition this week as we brought in a man lift to tear out the ceiling and upper walls. You’ll notice the plastic barrier where a wall used to be. That will probably get expanded to some wood partitions to keep us (and curious children) from wandering into the work zone over the weekends.
The offices were cleared out and moved into Caleb’s office, and we did some preparations to get ready for meeting in the tent. This is our last weekend in the worship center, and no services next week, June 17. When we return there will have been significant changes to our building. Keep checking the website for photos.
You will continue to see more “stuff” in our parking lot: signs, dumpsters, trailers, machinery, holes, who knows what. Please give them plenty of space, and if you see children near any of it, please ask them to stay out of “the zone”.
Williamson Johnson Company is our contractor, and Chad is the onsite Superintendent. This week Chad spent a few hours digging into the wall between auditoriums, arranging for equipment to be brought on site, and began planning the logistics of how to time the various components of the project.
Terry and Super-Volunteer Vikalas disassembled and hauled off the old (moldy & nasty) theater chairs, so the auditorium is cleared out and ready for more serious demolition to start next week.
In the near future you will see more “stuff” in our parking lot: signs, dumpsters, trailers, machinery, holes, who knows what. Please give them plenty of space, and if you see children near any of it, please ask them to stay out of “the zone”.
If anyone would like to take home some theater chairs from the Worship Center (the clean ones), they are free for the taking, but you have to come get them Sunday or Monday, June 11-12. Contact Terry at email@example.com for more details.