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.

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 […]

What to Expect: Prep for the Final Phase!

by St. Paul's

In preparation for the work to begin in January 2019, the Construction Committee discussed overall planning with Moore Painting. As the major contractor renting the lift, we suggested that Brian of Moore Painting act as a “Clerk of Works” to coordinate the players. It was a logical recommendation and a good choice. On 18 December, […]

January 2 – January 4 notice

by St. Paul's

Schedule Changes January 2-4 Due to spray foam insulation being installed under the Nave there will be no meetings at St. Paul’s Wednesday-Friday next week. ¨ The Men’s group will meet Wednesday at 7:30 am,  (those with sensitivity to the fumes are cautioned, work will  begin that morning) ¨ Caring & Sharing Support Group meeting will move to […]

Work in the Undercroft

by Paul Womer

Work in the Undercroft As explained in the post “Carpentry Planning and Carpeting: Initial Discussion,” there were discussions on how to proceed with the painting in the nave. Moore Painting explained that it would be easier and less expensive for painters and others, such as the electrician upgrading the lighting, if an electric lift were […]

Carpentry and Painting Move Forward; Boiler Arrival

by Paul Womer

On 17 October 2018, Peter, Dana and Paul met with Fraser Ruwet to discuss his proposed bid for the carpentry contract. This contract concerns the repair of the undercroft superstructure and removal of the pews. We were satisfied with the scope and price of the work. As noted earlier, we received only one bid. G.M. […]

Removal of Old Boiler Begins; Work on the Stained Glass

by Paul Womer

On 23 October, Chuck Greenlaw and his team from Port City Mechanical arrived to begin dismantling and removing the old boiler. As a part of the job, a layer of protective paper was put down between the parking lot entrance and the door to cellar and boiler room.  The following photos show work that begun […]

Lighting and Electrical Issues

by Paul Womer

Lighting in the nave has been a topic of discussion for several years. Changing to LED fixtures would improve the church’s carbon footprint and, by extension, reduce its electricity bill. Following the renovation of the sanctuary and west transept (into a choir area) in 2012, there were requests for increased lighting in the west transept. […]

Carpentry Planning and Carpeting: Initial Discussions

by Paul Womer

One of the most basic skills, carpentry, remained somewhat allusive. Deciding what to have the carpenter do was contingent on several things: flooring support, pews, alterations to make the nave more friendly for the impaired. A fortunate benefit of considering use of a lift in the nave during painting electrical work was the requirement to […]

Vestry Discussions; Funding

by St. Paul's

After discussion between rector, wardens, and Peter, decision was made to outline the entire scope of the project for the vestry, the legal ruling entity of the church. Peter did an excellent job of breaking down the various components of the project. Each component included a range of estimates and order of completion. Information on […]