Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Memories, like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

What a week!  Starting with what the workmen could do with
the students still in the building for three days, we find a few in
the library at the receiving end of the posts which were delivered
from the chapel roof.  First, of course, those posts (lay-speak)
had to be delivered to the chapel roof as you see on the right.  On the inside, once the passing-in process began, it looked like this:

While that was going on at east end of the building, and after
the students were gone, things began happening on the first floor.  First, lockers were removed yet                                                      
again, out of another section for a new window or door for the new Collaborative Learning Center.

Now for the really dramatic and, needless to say, loud drilling and hammering (think busting) began in the area of the old lavatory.
The first photo was taken just outside the outside door on the side of the building.  (That doorway is now under the roof of the soon to be extended CLC.)  The second photo is from the next day or so from the area of the old president's office (i.e. the old office, not the president--she's doing quite youthfully in her new office down the hall).
The final photo for the issue shows the chapel area as the walls were beginning to rise at the beginning of the week.  More was accomplished in the course of the week there. As that was commencing, the men from Michel's were continuing the trenching around the building, laying the wiring for the new LED lights that will surround us (farewell, starry nights).  That work continues as this is being typed, but out in the theatre parking lot area.  When blogger crossed the parking lot a few hours ago, (this is the day after Christmas) there were at least four big shovels (tractor type--lay speak), several trucks, and over a dozen men waiting for the ditching to commence in that area so the installation could begin.  With temperatures in the lower 20s--no fun.

And so the story goes on.  Soon, maybe today--this one never knows for sure--work will begin on the removal of the flooring in the cafeteria.  The floor will then receive a permanent painting.  Much more will happen in that area eventually.  Stay tuned.
May your ending of 2017 be a blessed one with enduring thoughts of a God-made-Man ever among us!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

CNSTRCTN, VOL. VII #3 Mysterious Developments

Memories, like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hand.

The week was cold which probably accounts for much
less action outdoors on the construction site.  There
seems to have been some action indoors, but so far,
blogger hasn't had access to it.  A workman was actually seen by blogger in the foyer.  Maybe she should have taken a photo of that since it is so rare with all of the outdoor activity going on.
So what are you looking at here?  Obviously, you're looking at the north wall in the library without carpet and shelves.  The photo was left large (in blog terms) so blogger hopes you can see the trough against the wall.  Blogger still can't imagine what is going on exactly, but she was told that there will be a repetition of the pillars in the chapel next to the outside wall, and that the pillars in the library will line up with them.  It still seems a strange way to this lay observer to go about putting in a supporting beam where she thinks it ought to go.  It remind her of the old Lucille Ball film when she becomes the secretary to a construction team that is bent on skimming off the funds (or something--memory fails of a film viewed over 60 years ago).  At any rate, Lucy visits the construction site after hours and sees that the spaces marked off with sticks are much too small for this residential construction, so she changes all of them to accommodate a family.  As blogger recalls, she ends up converting the boss (a young good-looking actor) to seeing it her way and to integrity.  Of course, they fall in love in the process.  Blogger has no intention of changing anything here since she doesn't know what's going on here.

Stay tuned to the further adventures of Clueless.  Have a blessed conclusion to this Advent season.

Friday, December 8, 2017

CNSTRCTN, VOL. VII , #2 How to Build Support

Memories, like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold with heart's hands.

Yes, support is needed for the load bearing of the outside wall of the library.  Blogger was forced to do some thinking about this before the fog cleared.  To wit...
recall the step poured in chapel that was so puzzling.  This past week the workmen began bolting a number of poles onto that step.  As of today, there are about a dozen such poles all the way across the span.  Somehow, the supporting beam will be placed atop these poles and fixed in place (with much welding, no doubt).  At the point that all that is accomplished, the poles will be removed and also the step.  Amazing!  Must more be done inside that space (chapel) before they move to the next big step?  We shall see.

Looking outside of the chapel windows, one can see the concrete blocks getting ready for the first installment of a wall--what one may think will be the next big step.  We'll see which wall will go up first since three walls must be erected as compared with the two walls in the CLC.  While each area of construction presents its own challenges, blogger thinks the chapel extension will win the contest.

The week has been full, probably much fuller than these photos show.  Today, Friday, with the students gone, the men were sledge hammering down a wall in the old lavatory.  Blogger was afraid to go in since the men (or man) wasn't expecting an observer (and it may not have been all that safe for this "lay" person).  Maybe the coming week will yield a few photos of that activity.

Have a good week, and rest up for the next installment of CNSTRCTN.

Meanwhile, up in the library, things have moved quickly as the schedule for work up there has been moved up.  Mrs. Benkert mobilized her team of willing helpers and a huge amount of work has been accomplished by the time of this posting.  Mrs. B. can be seen on the left in the first shot.


The west wall of the room and the south wall are now lined with the boxes that mercifully became available as the the fruit sale fruit was picked up.  Praise the Lord and pass the empty box!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

CNSTRCTN, VOL. VII, # 1, Collaborative Learning Center (aka Library) Advances

Memories, like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

Where to start?  How about going from top down at the CLC?  Okay; here are the men working on the final insulation layer (white) and the subsequent tarpping (lay speak) (black).  As you can see, the skylights are already in place with the fitting of the tarp coming next since they must fit it around the skylights.A better photo of the process would show how they measure to cut.  As they do for carpet laying???
But carpets are thicker than this tarp, so perhaps you know how that goes.  Anyway, by the end of the week the job was accomplished.  Is that IT for the roof?  Blogger doesn't know, so we all shall see.  The skylights look smart, don't they.
Now lets go down on the soccer field side of the CLC to see what's been accomplished there.  The men have been quite busy, as you will see in this series of pics, starting from the left, moving across the side and ending on the right.  First is the man at the pile of bricks (many bricks!),                     
then the brick-layers at work

All of this is, of course, very encouraging.  

The top of the chapel extension is moving along also, sort of at the stage you've seen in other postings--corrugated roof with skylight already installed.  The next step will be the white insulation slabs, but currently they are still down at the CLC area.  Perhaps tomorrow, Monday, will see them fork-lifted off the roof adjacent to the CLC and moved down to the chapel end.  At any rate, you are witness to the next dramatic move in the saga of NDA RNVTNS/CNSTRCTN, VOL. VII, #2.  Join us again, at the end of this first week of December, 2017.  (Where did the year go?)