June 5, 2019
Footers were poured and the base of our exterior walls were set on May 1.
By May 17, the concrete floor at the lowest part of the sanctuary had been poured and the stage was taking shape. Those 5 metal boxes will be flush with the stage floor and house electrical outlets and audio plug-ins.
On May 21 the concrete was poured for the stage and the access ramp to the stage. Stone was laid where our sanctuary floors slopes downward. By now you can see the outline of the whole building from the sky.
The floor of the stage, the access ramp, and the sloped floor of the sanctuary were all poured on May 24. The next step was to finish the under-floor plumbing in the rest of the building and then put down stone, plastic and reinforcing wire to prepare for concrete.
Ready for concrete
17 men worked for 7 hours to pump and prepare 120 yards of concrete on June 5. This finished the floor for the entire building as well as the steps leading to the stage.
Here you can see the guys from Nowland (hard hats) and the concrete workers (no hard hats) working to make the steps in our sanctuary as perfect as possible. Even though their work will be covered by carpet, they take great pride in doing the job right. These guys are good.
By 2:00 on June 5, the concrete was all poured and final smoothing and trowlling was wrapping up. Now we're ready to start putting up the steel framework for the building the week of June 10.
May 22, 2019
This was Friday afternoon, May 17. Frank and Justin from Noland Builders are setting the concrete form that marks the front edge of our stage. Three steps will come down from the stage to the lowest section of the floor. (that's the concrete in the picture that is already poured)
Here is a picture from May 21. You can see that the stage and access ramp have been poured, and stone is in the area where our sanctuary floor slopes down to the stage. This picture also gives you a pretty good view of the outline fo the building and how it sits on the property.
Here is a quiestion we should probably keep asking ourselves: "Who are we doing all of this for?" First and foremost, our answer must be "God". But who is next? Is this building mostly for us, or is it to make room to invite all of those folks out in that neighborhood?
April 16, 2019
A few highlights from the Work at Waterway this week
Above, this 53-foot trailer from Tulsa, Oklahoma carried metal roofing material, metal posts for interior walls and metal edging for our roof.
Kenny Gilbert is the Nowland worker on that same 53-foot trailer directing the unloading.
Here is where the footer will be poured for our "back wall" - the wall of the church building facing south. Our nursery will be here on the left, where the green rods are sitting in the dirt. Then a classroom, the kitchen and our back door. the sanctuary and pulpit will be on the left at the far end of this trench.
March 29, 2019
And here is this week’s construction connection...
Below you can see the same picture twice - once as it was on March 17, once with markups showing approximate location of driveway, parking and building. Thanks Ross Johnson for the drone photos!
For those of you who really like to nerd out on excavation, here is one of the three “dry wells” that will be under our parking lots and yards to help storm water soak in rather than run off. The excavator at the edge and the swimming pool in the neighbors’ yard give you some perspective on how big each of these dry wells is.
And this is why we do all of this. This is the view looking north into Oxford from directly above our new building. Every person in every bedroom in every house needs the Lord - and maybe God will use us to help introduce some of these neighbors to Jesus. Pick out a house and pray for the family there.
February 7, 2019
If you've been past our Waterway Property, you've noticed a lot of activity in the past few weeks. Initially, Andrews Excavators delivered some equipment, cut in the constrution entrance (which will eventually be our main driveway) and delivered materials. Our main driveway will be directly across the road from Redbud Drive, as required by East Nottingh Township, but the old driveway will serve the Oaks House until the new drive and parking lots are completed.
CONSTRUCTION ENTRANCE/FUTURE DRIVEWAY VIEWED FROM WATERWAY ROAD
The excavation project is really ramping up. Last Wednesday and Thursday (January 30-31) when is was 10-15 degrees during the day, workers from Andrews Excavation were busy moving topsoil and installing pipes and manholes for the huge drainage fields that allow for stormwater management. Mike and Carl were working hard to help us get our work done, even in the snow.
SETTING A JUNCTION BOX, WITH WATER PIPE IN THE BACKGROUND
THERE WERE A FEW DAYS WHEN IT WASN'T MUDDY OR SNOWY. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN JANUARY 29, RIGHT BEFORE THE SNOW.
The excavation peice of our project is huge. Everything about this process has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb by township, county and state offices. No one wants water runoff to be a problem, so we've got an extensive network of drainage systems under our parking lots and open spaces. This is why most of the topsoil around the project will be stripped away and set aside in large piles, then infrastructure will be installed, and then at the end of the project much of that topsoil will be replaced. A lot of dirt will be moved around in the next few months.
ORANGE FENCES SURROUND DRYWELL AREAS THAT WILL BE DRAIN FIELDS
Some of the most dramatic process so far was the removal of many of the old maple trees around the driveway and house. John Santana from R&H Excavation helped remove these trees February 6-7. He reported that he hoped to take a few logs home to salvage some boards, but from all the trees he took down, only 4 small logs were solid and sturdy enough to be used, so he didn't even bother keeping those. Many of our trees were hollow and in rough shape. The tree-lined driveway will be missed, but we've got an extensive landscape plan (mandated and inspected by our township) that will be in place when our project is completed, including new trees along our new driveway. It won't be too long until the property has more trees, bushes and shrubs than ever, but it will certainly look bare through the construction process.
VIEW FROM WATERWAY ROAD. PHOTO TAKEN 2-7-19
A MUDDY MESS, BUT ALL PART OF THE PROCESS. THESE EXCAVATOR OPERATORS ARE REAL PROS.