Season of Renewal 2018-2019

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A description of the renovations performed on St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick, ME, 2018-2019. Posts include discussions and planning, efforts regarding funding, seeking approval from the church ruling body (vestry) and parishioners, and struggles to make the right decisions that kept with budget, faith, energy and carbon footprint, and preserving the atmosphere of an 180 year old house of faith. This blog was prepared by members of the construction and funding teams.

New Updates as of March 6th!

by Paul Womer

Work continues apace. The nave floor is being overlaid with plywood. The plywood will provide a smooth and uniform surface on which to install the new carpet. Other photos show the painters working in the nave. On 6 March, the rector, construction committee, funding committee and others met to discuss plans for a special service […]

New Paint- We continue to Stay on Schedule

by Paul Womer

Photos taken on 1 March 2019 show the newly painted nave ceiling. Combined with the new lighting, the photos provide a taste of what the nave will look like when done: bright and clean. Note the new central aisle: its smooth and solid construction provide a real sense security when walking on it. Imagine what […]

New Ramps

by Paul Womer

These photos show the newly installed ramps at each end of the raised center aisle. The ramp closest to the altar is partially obscured by plywood that protects the floor from, and distributes the weight of, the scissor lifts.

Work Update As Of February 20th

by Paul Womer

Work on the center aisle continues. The base structure to raise the aisle has been installed. Workers in these photographs can be seen preparing to install the ramps at the ends of the aisle. Later, the entire floor will be capped with plywood before new carpet is installed. Meanwhile, painters are prepping the walls in […]

New Floor; New Lighting

by Paul Womer

Work is progressing in the nave. At his shop Mr. Ruwet assembled the framing that will “raise” the center aisle so that is flush with flooring under the pews. In these photos, Scott can be seen installing the frames. Also, please note how bright it is in the nave. Most of the new LED lighting […]

Improved Accessibility

by Paul Womer

On 15 February 2019, in her email letter to the parish, the rector announced an exciting new aspect to our Seasons of Renewal renovation. In response to numerous requests, we have found a practical and affordable way to improve access into pews that are along the center aisle. The information below provides some additional details […]

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 […]