Saturday, December 26, 2009
The second part of the outside tour begins at the Bell Tower and ends with a view of the cloister from the back parking lot.
The last video was taken from the future location of our altar and gives a panoramic view of the Nave.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
As the year comes to an end I thought I'd post a video from early 2009. I was a novice at blogging when all this began. In fact I didn't even know how to use the video on my camera. Guess it has to do with being in my 60s. In any case, I took a video of part of the grading and removal of trees. This first video is special because it captures one of the oaks that has been used to create the cross over our altar. Watch carefully as you can tell that trees don't always go where they should. I was standing at the Columbarium, just far enough away. The video is just over a minute, but be assured you want to watch until the end. Sorry about the quality but this was my first effort. I'm glad I took it.
I've been trying all day to post 4 more videos but have only been able to get one to download. Therefore, I'm breaking this video into 2 parts.
This is a walking tours through the church showing the status as we end the year without all the noise of the workers. It was taken on December 26th and begins at the entrance to the Day Chapel.
I have taken 3 additional videos which I hope to post later today as the second part.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The first video was taking showing the work being performed by the brick masons as they top off the last columns of the cloister. This will enable the remainder of the framing to be installed as well on the roofing.
The second video shows the frames and protective glass being installed on the remaining windows along the Elm Street Frontage. If all goes well, all the frames and protective glass along the north wall will be in place this week.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The second video shows our stone masons hard at work in the Narthex installing the base around the columns which support the sky light.
The third and final video shows work taking place in the Day Chapel. Workers are painting the side walls as you can see more work that has been completed on the stone and brick wall.
In addition to the videos, I've attached photos of the outside north wall which has been completed except for installation of windows which will begin this week. Also shown is the updated progress on the inside north wall as it nears completion, tile being installed in the bathrooms, and work on the cloister.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The second video shows the brick and stone masons hard at work on the columns that will provide the structure for our 12 ft. wide sidewalk and gathering place. Hopefully within the next week, all the stone and brick will be in place.
We had a lift available last week so we took the opportunity to take photographs showing our church at a much higher level. Lastly is a photograph showing how the ceiling looks as painting progresses.
Friday, October 23, 2009
This clip shows the first group of students arriving!
In the second clip Monseyor Marcaccio explains what the students are doing and how their signatures will be preserved.
Do you think this student is excited??
Did you ever wonder how tall our new church will be?
How many seats will we have?
ENJOY THE COLLAGE OF PHOTOS FROM THURSDAY'S VISIT!!!!!
Friday, October 9, 2009
The first video was taken as I walked from the Parking through the mud (we had 3/4 inches of rain last night) to the cloister and the front entrance.
The second video begins just inside the front doors and walks from the Narthex into the Nave. The workers you will see are spraying sealer on the ceiling.
The third video was taken beginning at the rear of our church near the entrance to the Day Chapel. All the windows you see have the protective glass installed and our restored Stained Glass Windows will be installed near the end of construction.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
HVAC UNITS ARE STORED IN PARKING LOT
THEN THE UNITS ARE MOVED TO THE BASEMENT
THE PERMANENT HOME FOR THE HVAC SYSTEM
CLOISTER COLUMNS CONTINUE
SHEETROCK BEING TAKEN INTO CHURCH
SHEETROCK AND INSULATION AWAITING INSTALLATION
SKYLIGHT GOES UP AS PREP WORK CONTINUES FOR SHINGLES
INSULATION COMPLETED IN MAIN NAVE AND AWAITS SHEETROCK
INSULATION AND SHEETROCK GOES UP IN CHOIR PRACTICE ROOM
LAST OUTSIDE STONE WALL BEGINS
VIEW SHOWING WINDOW FRAMES IN CHOIR PRACTICE ROOM
FRONT VIEW FROM DRIVEWAY
Saturday, September 5, 2009
As we began the LABOR DAY weekend, I stopped by the construction of SPX and found a beautiful sight. The long awaited cross over the front entrance to our church was completed earlier in the week. Today with the scaffolding removed the view we will be enjoying for years is evident in all its glory.
Since "Making a Place at the Table" has been a labor of love and sacrifice for so many people, it seemed fitting to provide a Photo Essay showing the construction of the cross. I'd like to start this Post with a special Thank You to one company and several individuals. First to John Lewandowski, our architect, for his design that replicated the Cross that stood for years in front of our church. Second to Pine Hall Brick for donating the custom made brick. Third, to Eddie Land, a church member, whose company meticulously laid each brick in place over a two week period.
After installing the stone up to the base of the cross, the brick began to go up.
Since each brick was customed designed and a different shape. Therefore, they were laid out on the platform first before beginning to apply the mortar to be sure of the design. Even with the precision with which the bricks were crafted, there was still some work that had to be done before the installation.
With the help of Rentenbach, we were able to get some interesting views of the construction.
On Saturday, with the scaffolding removed, you can see the beauty that will live on.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
As graduation took place, our church was just a skeleton of steel as shown in the photographs below.
Now its almost totally enclosed with the roof insulation and roof itself scheduled to start going up the first day of class.
I’d be remiss, if I didn’t show a photo of SPX School prior to the renovations
and the way it looks as school begins. The last post (Thanks Stephanie Skordas for an excellent story) goes into detail of the work that took place, but this is the way it looks as a completed project. Thanks to Rentenbach Contractors for pulling off a miracle by completing this remodeling in record time. Also thanks to the SPX staff for their patience as work was taking place right up to the day of Open Houses.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The school started a spruce up project that began on June 25th and is slated to wrap up before students return on August 24th. Here's what you'll see:
- New tan paint to blend with the church's color scheme
- Stone facing on columns to match the stone structure of the church
- New entryway
- Improved handicapped-accessible door on the side of the school with remote access and security camera
- New energy-efficient windows with ecclesiastical points to match the church
In order to see some other improvements, you'll have to check out the building from Cornwallis Avenue. A group of volunteer parents and Duke Energy employees have improved and extended two retaining walls near the playground in a three-week construction project. The playground improvements have been spearheaded by parishioner and SPX parent John Walsh, a Duke Energy engineer and paid for mostly via a Duke Energy foundation grant with some additional funding from the PTO.
The whole school update project is a sister project made possible by the school's capital improvement fund and savings, and does not come from the Making A Place At The Table pledges. But the school was able to take advantage of the proximity of the Rentenbach Construction contractors to get this work done at reduced rates and before the school year begins.
"The overall improvements make the school look 25 years younger," Knapke says. "Our school looks more inviting and has great curb appeal from the road."
Have you seen the SPX school improvements? What do you think? We'd love to see your comments below.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The framing continued on the inside and outside with the window openings along the top of the Nave clearly visible.