Monday, July 23, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XIV, #4 Reading Exercise

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

Last week we considered new terrazzo and wall boarding, chapel sanctuary advances, and finishing up kitchen and cafeteria rooftop vent components.  Blogger would love to show you what has happened in each of these areas this past week, but alas, she has lost track of the whereabouts of her iPad. Not good, thumbs down, hair loss time (she pulling hers).  St. Anthony and deceased family members on vaca on some other cloud, while the Lord waits patiently and lovingly for blogger to get her act together.  And on top of all that, next week she will be on a desperately needed retreat in Chardon, OH and will not be able to post a blog.  This will give all of you a measure of rest.  Right now she can give you only a few updates from the past week.

Chapel: the tile work (off-white stonework you saw in last week’s blog) seems not to have been worked on. Perhaps there’s some duct work and similar going on up in the ceiling area—hard for blogger to say or see.

Kitchen: much banging around in there, but again it’s the kind of thing a lay person like blogger (i.e. lay outside of the professional) to recognize, let alone identify.  Certainly duct/electrical must be part of the mix.  Below, the art dept. has the floor cleared so that the electricians it al can do whatever for the sake of the kitchen above (blogger thinks that's part of it anyway; the other part may be the re-marking of exiting wires which is going on elsewhere in the building).

Classrooms 207 and 307 that were shortened to allow for a passage way from new elevator to main corridor have wall boarding up and continue to have electrical work being done. As you saw last week, the new terrazzo connecting room flooring into the main corridor is completed now and blends in perfectly.  The new flooring tiles in one of the rooms has broad dark bands with lighter tiles in between that looks all the world like terrazzo.  Clever and effective.

Lest the repetition of the word terrazzzzo is making you sleepy, blogger with bring this report to a close.  Have a good snooze.  God bless, and remember to keep blogger and all other hapless folk in your prayers

Monday, July 16, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol XIV, # 3 Some Here and Some There

Memories, like birds--fleeting.  One just grasp and hold with heart's hands.

First an item of interest--the laying of terrazzo.  Some months ago blogger posted a photo of a man polishing a spot of new terrazzo.  The floor around him was covered with slurry, a milky looking mess but a needed lubricant in the polishing process.  Below is another set of photos showing the before and after the polishing process.  You may want to enlarge the second so that you can see the newly polished under the dried slurry.  It seems there may be a few more places in the renovation that will require filling in broken spaces with new terrazzo.  Someone just reminded blogger that the process will be needed in the kitchen also.  In the photos below, the new terrazzo is in front of the new doorways leading into the halls (on both 2nd. and 3rd. floors).


Moving to the 2 1/2 level (old library) we find
progress especially on the south side smaller rooms.  The
rooms on the north side will be larger and more complex
and will take more time to get this far.

A brief look into the new chapel reveals the new stone ware on the left side of the sanctuary, and what is directly opposite the sanctuary--progress in separating the main chapel from the devotional section.

The roof work over the kitchen is much further along
than this photo demonstrates, but blogger seems to be dealing
with a contentious iPad this morning and can't show you the most recent photos.  Maybe next time.

The kitchen still requires much by way of plumbing and HVAC work, and since we have been told that the water will be turned off early Wednesday a.m. (nothing unusual), they may be getting ready
to work on that area.  The other area that is a possibility is the small
restroom on 2 1/2.  We shall see.
Blogger is learning (the hard way) that speculating is a dangerous game.  What she speculatively identified as new panels for the inside of the elevator ended up being the doors on the mezzanine stops for the elevators.
Lest blogger gets into more slurry here, she will close for this week.  May the days ahead be pleasant with temperatures a little lower, and filled with surprises that enliven your spirit.

Monday, July 9, 2018

CNSTRCTN VOL. XIV #2 One Month, One Week

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

...for Consistent Heavy Work.  Again this week's report takes us all over the place.  We'll start with chapel's new sanctuary wall covering--stone blocks.


Soon we will be able to take the new elevator (maybe).  The two shots here shaw the interior of the elevator with at least the floor in place and opened at the first floor.  We can also see what blogger guesses are the panels for the elevator walls.

             Of course, the guess could cave in.

 From the third floor hall we can see a closed elevator door.

Going down a half flight we catch a glimpse of the work being done in the old library, now new classrooms.  Here's proof.

Moving back to the first floor, west end of the building and to the cafeteria, we see an expansion to the framework developing there, still puzzling over what it all means.  Enlarging this photo will show how the framework turns a corner and goes all the way to the wall at that end.

There's more blogger could show you, but she does want you to get this today.
God bless and stay cool in the Lord.

Monday, July 2, 2018

CNSTRCTN VOL. XIV, # 1 Walking Shoes in Order

Memories like birds--fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands.

We will move this week through several sites in the renovation/construction, starting with the boxes containing the makings of an elevator (in the car port--back of building), then the elevator shaft, looking down onto a cover on top of the newly installed cylinders (going about 30 ft. into a hole dug months ago), then the elevator frame (blogger conjectures) in its early stages (the elevator will be constructed in the shaft on maybe that frame).  Next we will move outside the elevator tower to look at/admire the new corner stone for the additions at that end of the building.  Lastly in this set, we'll take a look at the latest observable additions in the chapel area.  Hold onto your hat!


We slip into the east door and up the steps
to the newly renovated old library space to
see just one interesting newly closed door
onto the stairwell we just came up.  Blogger
is reminded of one of Edgar Allen Poe's stories
of a man bricking up the the only door to a
small windowless room in order to do away
with a foe he has just lured into it.
Well, that's one way to do it, but no such sinister
intent here.

Leaving that chilling scene, let's quickly advance to the balcony
in the auditorium.  Voila, it is now completely empty and the
railing remnants are gone also.  Swiftly down to the aud. floor, we see what it looks like from
down there.  The Spanish steps can't be far behind (or maybe).

We will close with a shot that reveals what the width of the hallway from the new elevator to the main hall will be, of concern that it not take away too much space from the adjoining class room.  It won't.

And now you have the goods on the week of June 23rd. in the world of 1699 Hilton Dr.  Join us next week for the exciting adventures of CNSTRCTN !  God bless.