Here are some photos showing the progress this week. To see videos with more coverage visit our YouTube Channel. I have uploaded videos every day showing the progress. I am sure you will be amazed. Scroll down to read this week’s update.
Tuesday March 24, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
I hope this update finds everyone health, happy and not to stir crazy! Even though many have been staying home and safe, the work at Calvary continues fast and furiously.
We started the week peacefully with Pastor J leading worship via Facebook Live with voice, keyboard, meditation and prayer with Cynthia L acting as technician and camera person. Tomorrow’s service will be streamed live through Facebook at 9 AM and afterwards will be posted on our YouTube channel and on our website. You can visit calvarypresbychurch.org for information to log on to Facebook live or to view the video afterwards (and see previous weeks’ services). Be sure to like the Calvary Facebook page to join in.
But then the pace was picked up when restoration at the church continued on Monday. In spite of the rapidly changing state rules regarding essential businesses and the closing down of those that are not, Belfor was able to continue their work. By Wednesday the busy crew had completely stripped the main room of Fellowship Hall to the cinderblock walls and steel beams. Work began upstairs and by Friday all of the walls and ceilings were removed leaving only the studs and the bathrooms. They also cleaned the basement in preparation for the necessary asbestos removal. This process started yesterday with the taping off to isolate the affected areas (kitchen floor and back corner ceiling) and today the asbestos clean up started. Be aware no one can go into the Fellowship Hall until this is completed on Wednesday or Thursday.
When I visited the church yesterday, the entire sanctuary was full of scaffolding, allowing workers access to the highest area in the space. All across the top section is a wooden floor that the workers put in to allow the crew to safely work. They call this the dance floor. Even with this in place 10 foot ladders will be required to reach the highest points for cleaning and painting. Geoff, the head of the Belfor crew, told the fire committee at our Zoom meeting this morning that there is about a ¾ inch layer of dust on the ceiling and beams which they will be cleaning before painting. As an allergy sufferer, I will truly appreciate this clean up! It is estimated that this scaffolding will be in place for two months during which time the Belfor crew will clean and paint and the crew from Lamb Studio will clear our stained glass windows. It is hoped that the organ restoration will begin shortly and coincide with this work
The fire committee continues to work with Geoff and the insurance company, submitting estimates for work by Lamb Studios for the stained glass cleaning, for Lime Electric to replace our lighting with LED technology and others. The proposed work to upgrade to LED will be subsidized by 50% by Central Hudson.
One more update completed this week is that CDR Alarm company has completed repairing our alarm system and we now have a fully functioning wired alarm system, covering all access areas and motion detection within the entire structure.
Looking forward, Geoff has been advised the construction services are no longer considered essential business but is hoping the he will be able to start work in the Sanctuary possibly as building cleaning and maintenance or construction for safety purposes. I may not have that exact but Geoff is looking for a loop hole to keep our progress moving forward.
My prayers go up for all of our Calvary friends and family that you are all happy and health.