Thanks for your prayers. Keep praying!
I had hopes of giving a more sure and positive report this time. However, it’s time to just bring everyone up to speed so that we can be committed together with the right information, positive or not.
Here’s the bullet point list:
- Heavy rains have slowed the mobilization of crews to start work on the sewer hook-up and Youth Room parts. Those crews have been catching up with prior projects. Today, we are now confident that it will begin by the week of June 25.
- The expert ground penetrating radar (GPR) testing and engineering evaluation of the present block walls prove that the existing masonry work will have to be removed and rebuilt. We are holding the prior General Contractor responsible for the defective construction and replacing it with rebuilt walls that meets specifications, as it should have been the first time. Obviously, this is a blow to the overall construction schedule. Still, since the block walls ARE load-bearing, we must make sure that they are properly completed and strong for their designed purpose. Now, we have all the information needed and a plan moving forward that will give the General Contractor, Architect, Structural Engineer, and Faith Bible Church clear confidence in the integrity of the new addition as we build it.
- Below, is a photo of the “X-s” and “O-s” and markings of the testing service, if you look carefully, which show the defects.
- Just for fun, here is a photo view of the primary steel elements inside the new additional showing where the overhanging baptistry will be located.
- Some redesign of the Youth Room was necessary, due to a better understanding of the existing, historical structural components and our review of the intended use in several meetings and redrawings with General Contractor personnel and Architect staff. In God’s providence, the delays have produced plans that will result in a much improved Youth Room in the end.
- We have signed contract documents to get all the above issues started ASAP —- which means, before the end of this month.
- We have an Audi-Visual & Lighting (AVL) contractor whose team will assist with installing upgraded AVL capabilities in BOTH the new Youth Room and in the Fellowship Hall. The equipment will dovetail controls and capability with new AVL equipment in the new auditorium when it is built.
- Part of the rationale is so that youth will actually have the opportunity to train on similar and compatible equipment as a ramp up to serving in Multi-Media Ministry (3M) throughout the church.
- Another part of the rationale is so that the Fellowship Hall and Youth Room (as overflow) will be capable of giving the whole FBC family the best possible worship experience during those weeks that we are NOT able to use the big auditorium because of renovation construction and upgrades. The plan is for us to hold worship service in the FH with overflow in the YR, hopefully accommodating seating for all.
- We have been working for a long time on evidence-gathering for holding our former General Contractor responsibile for a specific list of legal grievances. Our legal counsel has been of great help; we hope to be able to enter the process very soon. If God would so grant, given the preponderance of clear and unequivocal evidences from multiple sources, we might pray for a summary judgment or, at least, a rapid judicial decision in our favor. Right – pray for this!
Your enc0uragement to me personally has been so appreciated! Thank you all for your firm confidence in God’s gracious, loving, all-knowing providence and for His glory to be seen in us, through us, and through the project for all to see. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You servant in God’s grace,