Our contractor Karson Builders, has been doing a great job of moving the renovations forward which means that there has been much construction noise, dust and accompanying messiness about our facilities. Acknowledgments and thanks are extended to Brian, Clara, Lynn, Beverley and Eduardo who have been, and will continue to be, working out of our administrative offices in the midst of the ongoing renovation work. Anyone who has been through a home renovation knows that it is not an easy thing to live through so many thanks to everyone who spends their days working at St. Stephen’s for continuing to serve the Parish so well during the challenges presented by a renovation project the scope of Open Doors.
The BRAG committee has been discussing a number of exciting design elements for the Narthex and Sanctuary with the hope there will be sufficient funds remaining to permit the realization of these elements. For example, the pipe organ screens need to be replaced and we hope to create a feature wall to display all of our memorial plaques. In addition, although the two rear windows between the Nave and the Narthex have been removed from the project, we hope to incorporate a design element by introducing glass panels with decorative screens as entry doors into the Nave. This will allow for the transparency we had hoped for without the cost of the larger windows. We therefore would again like to remind those who have pledges stretching over the next few years to please keep your payments coming. It is also not too late to provide a new gift to the Open Doors fund, or to sponsor a specific design feature.
Work continues on our renovations at a brisk pace. The lower level bathrooms are now framed and the fixtures will be on site shortly for our new men’s washroom, women’s washroom and family washroom facilities.
The elevator shaft is close to completion and the elevator will be on site in two weeks time.
As well, the Enmax power service, which incudes a new substation for our expanded power requirements (such as the elevator and the new theatre lighting), will be complete this week. We are now literally powered for the next 100 years!
More to come!
The installation of the new flooring has been underway this past week. The Labyrinth piece of the new flooring has been ordered and will be installed in the main floor area of the Nave. As well, one bank of the new theatre lighting is now in place in the ceiling of the Nave, with the two remaining banks to be installed shortly.
As last reported, BRAG had been concerned about a delay of potentially a considerable amount of time in the Enmax work due to the Calgary flooding (which would have then delayed a number of other elements of the renovations). While flooding issues in Calgary did result in some delay in Enmax being able to get to the work at St. Stephen’s, BRAG is pleased to report that Enmax has now commenced work at St. Stephen’s.
Although not the most glamorous part of the project, our expanded sewer facilities are now in place and work is proceeding full speed ahead on the new lower level washrooms. More to come on the progress on the washrooms and other lower level elements of the project in the coming weeks.
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