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Cleaning the Nave

by Paul Womer

ServPro has nearly completed its task of cleaning the nave. The work has been quite thorough: walls, behind corners, lectern, etc. A solution that chemically bonds with the grit/grime is used on the walls to safely clean without drip or mess. Old carpets have been removed and disposed of. Because we are one week ahead […]

Nave Unsealed

by Paul Womer

On 5 February 2019, the lead abatement of the nave was completed. It is now permissible to enter the nave without the need of protective gear. ServPro technicians arrived the morning of 6 February to begin cleaning. Moore Painting will begin overall sealing and painting of the walls within the next few days. As a […]

Update on Pews

by Paul Womer

On 30 January 2019, Moore Painting provided these photos of the pews after their full restoration. Lovely.

Lead Abatement and Cleaning

by Paul Womer

Lead abatement (def: reduction, decrease or diminution) and cleaning of the walls within the nave began on 30 January 2019. ServPro technicians, wearing protective hazmat suits, can be seen in the initial phase of this important step. We anticipate that this process will take approximately one week. As members of the Renovation Committee are not […]

New Lights; Nave Being Prepped

by Paul Womer

As mentioned in an earlier post, the electricians will begin installing LED fixtures in the annex whenever their schedule permits. There was a delay in the delivery of fixtures for the nave, so work began in the annex. Because the new fixtures are smaller, placement of the lamps is staggered to give the installation a […]

New Alarm; Sanctuary Candle

by Paul Womer

As work in the nave begins, we have asked ourselves “What about those white speakers on the ceiling, high over the sanctuary?” We were told they “are only speakers” and not part of anything else. Others said they were connected to a fire alarm system that alerts those in the nave to a fire in […]

Pews Gone, Nave Empty, Scissor Lifts Arrive

by Paul Womer

As of 16 January 2019, the nave is an open space. The pews were removed over a two-day period: 14-15 January. As mentioned earlier, the carpenters used considerable care in removing the pews. Each pew was numbered so that each can be returned to its original place. Because most of the pews used an adjacent […]

Initial Work in the Nave

by Paul Womer

On Sunday, 6 January 2019, the unified service concluded with a ceremonial exit from the nave. This is the last service in the nave until Palm Sunday when the newly restored nave will again be ready to receive its congregation. As the congregation exited, they were asked to pick up a hymnal or hymnals, a […]

Insulation Update

by Paul Womer

On 2 January 2019, I&S Insulation (known as “Itchy and Scratchy”) began the process of adding insulation to the undercroft, and in the ceiling and walls spaces of the nave. Because the insulation in the undercroft is a foam that briefly emanated fumes during its curing, the installation team’s work was preceded by efforts of […]