FAITH CENTER UPDATE
The project team has made enormous progress since our Fall update. Despite a few significant weather events, construction has continued at a steady pace and the Faith Center is really taking shape.
Structural Components & Exterior Finishes
- Structurally, the building was well along by year end with all of the structural and light gauge steel framing completed. The roof elements (flat areas and the mansard) have been completed and are weather sealed. The installation of the roof slate is about 75% complete and should be finished by the end of February. The exterior pre-cast is completed and the brick work is nearing completion - weather permitting, it should be completed by end of February/early March. The exterior glass installation is also expected to be finished during the same timeframe. Installation of the exterior millwork is right on schedule and being coordinated closely with the masonry and the glass work.
Mechanical & Electrical Systems
- The rooftop mounted HVAC units have been installed, wired and plumbed for natural gas. The air handling and duct-work is nearing completion. SCG installed a new gas regulator/meter and we returned to gas service as of 2.19.13. The new units will be tested, adjusted and put into operation once the the building is fully enclosed. The rough electrical installation is well along and on schedule as is the insulation process - fiberglass batting has been installed in the roof structures and we are about to begin application of spray foam insulation in the exterior walls.
Interior Framing & Finishes
- Most of the interior framing (light gauge steel) has been completed with the balance to be done as we progress on with the interior finish work. Our priority is to complete the interior of the two new side hallways (leading from the main church to the center) and the exterior porticos so that we can restore access through both side doors for daily and Sunday mass. A new ADA-compliant restroom has been completed in the rear of the church, which replaces the old restroom at the west side entrance. That old restroom has been demolished and is being remodeled into a new reconciliation room as part the hallway renovation. There will also be a second reconciliation off of the new chapel in the Faith Center. Once the building is temperature-controlled, the interior finish work can proceed at full speed.
All of the project partners (AV Tuchy Builders, Doyle+Coffin Architects, Mike Giaquinto - our project manager, all of our sub-contractors and service providers) have been doing great work on behalf of our parish family to bring this project to completion. We are within sight of the finish line, sometime late Spring! Please keep them in your prayers and thank you for your faithful support.
St. Pius X Building Committee