April 6, 2017
** Stairs Update ** The stairs project is scheduled to continue once the weather breaks… tentatively May 1st. We, like you, look forward to the completion of this work. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this project to assure it will be completed in a timely manner AND correctly, as we should expect.
December 25, 2016
Due to the winter weather conditions the construction of the front steps is currently on hold. To bring things up-to-date…
- The contractor has approximately 80% of the contracted work completed.
- The front main stairs have been built to include the new design from the existing 3 steps to now 2 steps for easier access to enter the front of the church.
- The 2 deteriorated side stairs have also been rebuilt to a higher standard.
- A new handicap access ramp has also been installed to accommodate wheelchairs, etc.
- The existing asphalt has been redesigned and properly sloped to accommodate drainage and new stair landings and handicap ramp approaches. Currently there is a binder coat (first layer of hot top) in place. Final coat will be applied in the springtime.
- The front church landing, which consists of granite stone, has been a bit of a challenge. Due to the high standards that Fr. Brian has required throughout this project, the layout of the drainage system under the granite is complex. We also have the resetting of the existing granite to be laid in a special mortar for optimum bond. There has been a few delays due to the first try of granite setting; to put it plainly the mortar was not up to the required standard so we had it removed. The new mortar is now installed and tested each day as we proceed with the granite stone installation. We are currently about 50% finished with
this part of the construction which will be completed in the better weather.
- New railings have also been designed and are currently being custom manufactured for our church.
- Driveway curb needs to be installed, and one more concrete pad between the curb and front steps also have to be installed.
We unfortunately have not meet the completion date that we wanted, however, when this is finished in the spring, it will be worth the wait! Thank you for your patient understanding.
October 23, 2016
As you may be able to see, the front steps are now being formed. What you may not be able to see is that the underground drainage system is being installed beneath the concrete pad and steps. To date, this has been a somewhat slower than expected process due to some changes that were made along the way… as is usual with any project of this size and scope. Good News! We found the existing foundation to be solid, allowing us to save on additional excavation and form work. Additionally, we made changes to the existing deteriorating retaining wall on the lawn side, and will continue to find savings as we make further adjustments to the project.
September 18, 2016
As previously stated, the existing front steps are deteriorated due to years of water damage and also due to the method in which they were installed. The way it was currently constructed allows water to penetrate thru the joints between each piece of stone and onto the existing cement base. Due to frost and winter conditions from season to season, the steps have deteriorated and moved. Additionally, the landing is pitched backwards , resulting in water not being able to run OFF the steps and away from the building, but rather, running TOWARDS the building and collecting underneath, causing the washing out of the existing base. We now have a new design to stop the water from seeping into the joints. We now have a new design to stop the water from seeping into the joints. It will eliminate 1 step… we will now have only 2 steps…. and will have water tight joints and be pitched away from the building. The new design is superior to the existing and is an excellent solution for this ongoing problem.
September 11, 2016
Due to the current construction, the main entrance doors will be used ONLY in an emergency, until is becomes dangerous to use the front landing. When this time arrives, adequate notice will be given to you. A clearly marked “EMERGENCY EXIT” path will remain open alongside the retaining wall on the lawn side of the church. The following 3 doors are available for exit from the church; one on each side of the altar at the front of the church, and the one opposite the elevator in the vestibule.
August 28, 2016
The site fencing is up, signifying that the work will begin! During this construction phase, the front entrance of the church will be used for emergency purposes ONLY. You will need to enter the church through the New Parish Center or the elevator. Completion of all work is slated for mid to late October.
August 5, 2016
We had a meeting on July 27th, at which time we secured our contractor. After reviewing the plans, it was determined that some cost-saving changes be made. In two weeks, we will review the new plans based on those recommended changes. We are looking to ‘break ground’ on this work at some point in August, beginning with the front steps.
July 15, 2016
Most, if not all, of you should have received my letter requesting financial assistance with our budget deficit and property repairs. There have been a few questions as to the extent of work required, so in order to address this, below please find the entire scope of the project, broken down by area, with the associated price tags, totalling over $250,000…
STAIR One: Main Church Entrance: $48,975
– RECONSTRUCT stone terrace and curved stair and INSTALL NEW HANDRAILS
EAST & WEST RAMPS: Front Entrance of Church: $16,500
– DEMOLISH WEST Ramp and REPLACE with loam and RE-PITCH EAST Ramp
LOWER WALKWAY: Near driveway: $16,565
– NEW Concrete Slab
STAIR Two: Lawn Side: $6,560
– DEMOLISH and RECONSTRUCT concrete and REPAINT existing handrails
STAIR Three: Near Elevator: $14,025
– DEMOLISH and RECONSTRUCT concrete and REPAINT existing handrails
STAIR Four: Front Circle to Parking Lot: $7,995
– DEMOLISH and RECONSTRUCT concrete and REMOVE, REPAIR and REPAINT existing handrails
STAIR Five: New Parish Center Front Entrance: $6,020
– RE-ATTACH wing walls
STAIR Six: New Parish Center Rear Entrance: $22,475
– DEMOLISH and RECONSTRUCT brick wing walls and REMOVE, REPAIR and REPAINT existing handrails
STAIR Seven: Sacristy Entrance: $15,730
– RECONSTRUCT brick supported concrete and PROVIDE sealant joint
RETAINING WALL: Lawn Side: $88,286
– DEMOLISH and RECONSTRUCT brick-faced concrete and RE-SET existing stone coping atop wall
*** TOTAL ABOVE COST = $246,031 ***
All additional donations over the $246,031 will help to defray the following…
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING CONSULTING & DESIGN: $9,000
CHURCH and RECTORY CHIMNEYS: $15,000
*** TOTAL PROJECT COST = $270,031 ***
June 19, 2016
We have made the decision as to whom we will hire to do the work. Our decision on how to fund it will determine the total scope of the work that we will be able to complete. We ask you to join us in bringing this to prayer. -Fr. Brian
May 8, 2016
I know that there are concerns about the front steps of the Church, and some wonder if there will ever come a time when they will be repaired. I would like to take a minute or two to summarize the steps taken thus far. I began working on this issue shortly after I arrived in July. At that time, I contacted the Archdiocese to inquire about the best way to move forward, and they recommended hiring an engineering firm to look at the exact scope of the project, which we soon found out was more than just a simple fix of the front stairs. We looked at the retaining wall, which is also in serious need of repair, as well as all of the stairs, including those in the new parish center. A comprehensive study of all needed work was completed and the plans were drawn up. Those plans were presented to the Finance Council for their recommendation, and by the time this process was completed, it was October. The cost of trying to get the job done at that time would have been prohibitive, since the weather brought about time restraints. Once the first frost arrived, the work would not have been able to continue based on the job specifications. It was recommended by the Archdiocese, the engineering company and members of the Finance Council, who have knowledge of the issues, to wait until spring. We sent the project out for bids at the beginning of April and the bid process was completed just last week. I reviewed the two bids that were received on Monday, and one was not considered reasonable, and so we are now looking to get two more bids over the next 10 days. When these new bids come in, they will be presented to the Finance Council for their recommendation, and then we will hire that company to complete the work. My hope is that we will start the project within the next month or so, based on the timetable of that company we select. We will also need help in covering the cost of what I know will be an expensive proposition, but what I need most of all at this point, is your continued patience. I believe that it is more important to do a project of this importance correctly, than to do it quickly. I apologize to anyone who believes that I have not been diligent enough in this project endeavor, but please know that my methodical process is based on my deep concern that we achieve the best possible outcome. -Fr. Brian