Except for a few touch-ups here and there, our school project is done! When the doors open on January 8, the students will report to newly renovated classrooms. We will celebrate the near completion of our narthex on New Year’s Eve with a special celebratory Mass and party, and crews will finish up the flooring and other details in the first few weeks of January. Thanks to all of you who helped make this long-awaited part of our campus master plan a reality. Happy New Year!
Great progress is being made on the school renovation and multipurpose space/narthex. Much of the drywall is hung, the rooms are being painted, and the windows are going in. Tile is being installed in the restrooms, the sub-floors are being prepped for new carpet and tile, and structural steel is going up for the new east stairs and the multipurpose space.
There has been a lot of progress on the construction project over the past few weeks. The support for the new east stairway is in place, structural steel is going up in the narthex, and the concrete columns have been poured. On the inside, work continues on the electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Crews are busy hanging drywall, working their way down from the third floor. We are still on track to be back in the school building in January! Installation of the fire suppression system begins in the church next week, so daily Mass and Tuesday Adoration will be moved to the Legacy Chapel until further notice. There will be no change in weekend Masses at this time. Questions? Please email them here.
Alright, we didn’t really find hidden treasure, but almost! Some of the stonework from the original building was uncovered during demolition, and our wonderful contractor, Fogel Anderson, plans to restore it as a gift to St. Peter’s. It is on the 2nd floor near the old chapel, and was the southwest exterior corner of the original structure, before the first addition in the 1950s. It is shown here, along with photos of the construction progress. Crews continue to work on roughing in plumbing, electrical and HVAC, as well as framing classrooms and offices on all levels. You have seen some of these demolition photos. Now compare the “before” pictures to the “after”, which show the quick progress being made on framing.
Building demolition continued throughout the month of June, and the changes are remarkable. The interior stairway near the art room has been removed, as have most of the walls that defined Mrs. Kovac’s office, the art room and Ms. Guthrie’s classroom. Looking through the art room area, one can see the posts from the old gym that previously occupied that space. In the resource room, the large opening in the floor looks down to what was the computer lab in the library. That area was once a stage at the far end of the old gym. The crew is almost done with exterior stone tuckpointing and have begun excavation of large trenches in the yard along Meyer Blvd. These are necessary for installation of new water service and drainage systems. The changes to the exterior are surprising at first but the beauty of the old buildings is emerging in new ways.
What a difference a few weeks can make! Thanks to everyone who helped with Phase One of the big school move. Everything we need for the move to Southwest High School is stored in the gym, and everything being left behind is packed away in the south building. Workers have been on site since right after Memorial Day: taking down walls, removing windows, floors and stairs, and tuckpointing the stone on the exterior of the school building. We are right on schedule! Demolition will continue through June.