In renewal, Second

Renewal construction updates (almost) as they happen, for the week of January 11, 2016.

Rabbis and their books...

We’re pretty much at the end of the extensive preparatory work of Phase 1, undertaken to allow us to remain on campus throughout the balance of Phase 1 construction.

Our contractor has completed almost all of the major items, with only the floor painting in the lower level kitchen and the installation of the terrazzo floor in the new, north staircase remaining.  There are also many, small minor items left to complete such as missing or incorrect door hardware and glass panels, security devices that need to be connected, phone lines to be installed and some paint touch-ups.  We anticipate that these minor items will take a couple of weeks to wrap up and then we will be able to move our (incredibly patient) Temple staff into the temporary spaces they will occupy during the balance of Phase 1 construction.

As a reminder, the balance of Phase 1 includes our beautiful new, sunlit Central Atrium, as well as our new Family Chapel, Library, coffee shop, Youth Lounge and so much more – in a LEED Silver certified, environmentally friendly building.

January 7 2016_1To that point, our Building Committee, with the guidance of our architect and our cost consultant, has reviewed the bids from the six pre-qualified general contractor firms bidding to oversee construction of the balance of Phase 1 and is engaged in a value-engineering exercise with the general contractor that submitted the best bid.  As noted in our December construction update, this process, which will take up to a couple of months to complete, aims to reduce the cost of the rest of Phase 1 construction, as the bids came in higher than anticipated, when measured against the estimates prepared by our cost consultant.

Once again, thanks to all for your continued support of our Renewal Project. For the most up to date photos and video of construction in progress, please click here.

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