This week around the church house…

Big news this week — the back part of our lot has finally been fully filled! In the midst of this dry and hot weather, crews have worked each day, all day to get the 1000 truckloads needed to fill the lot here and compacted. And this milestone that has felt so far away throughout the winter is finally here! You’ll begin to see even more action in the back lot, as crews come in late this week and early next to lay the drainage piping needed.

Now that we’re moving quickly in the back, the time is near for the removal of the existing electrical transformer and old electrical panels to replace them with newer, right-sized versions that will increase our sustainability. This will require a full electrical shutdown of the building for 3-5 days while these changes are being made. Do know that your church staff and House & Grounds Committee are working hard to ensure that we are as uninterrupted as possible! Work will begin on a Monday and should mostly only affect the day-to-day operations in the office. We are still a month or more away from this shutdown, and will be sharing information with you along the way as details are made more clear.

Another piece of our work in the backlot came this week in the anticipated removal of tanks from the back corner at 6th and Spruce where the ground had been sinking, there from the days a gas station stood on that corner before the church acquired that property! After multiple sources of testing prior to tank removal confirming their presence underground, much to our surprise, no tanks were found! Instead, excavation revealed that there once were tanks there, but at some point in the past, they had been removed and the hole filled with the deconstructed gas station. Crews found a host of tires, mufflers, cinderblock, tile, and hunks of concrete, which pretty clearly suggested that the sinking had come from these non-compactable materials being used to fill a hole. The soil will still be tested, and then the hole will be filled — this time with the right materials to ensure a steady, stable surface for decades to come.

Thanks for your patience and flexibility in this season of transition!

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