Renewal construction updates (almost) as they happen, for the week of August 8, 2016.
Renewal Phase 1 work these past couple of weeks can be summed up as being devoted to ensuring proper ventilation on campus through the entire construction period. Specifically, our general contractor, Pomerleau Inc., has been connecting temporary units to cool the Sanctuary now (and heat it, in the fall), until the new permanent units arrive towards the end of Phase 1 construction. There has also been a great deal of work disconnecting, capping and rerouting old heating pipes. When our School Wing was added to the campus around 1960, some of the heating systems that served the original building were extended into the new section. As Pomerleau prepares to demolish interior walls and ceilings in the construction zone, they also need to ensure that heating will be maintained during the fall, winter and spring in the School Wing (which currently houses all of the Temple’s programming, including our Early Childhood Centre and Religious School, as well as all of the Temple’s personnel). This work should be completed by the end of this week, enabling demolition to proceed.
All of this to make way for our magnificent, light-filled central Atrium, Library, Café, Youth Lounge, Family Chapel and the rest of our Phase 1 spaces, all in a LEED Silver Certified, environmentally-friendly building.
Again, we remind you that all High Holy Day services and programs will be taking place on-site this fall. We’ll be using the Main Sanctuary, Philip Smith Congregational Hall, 3rd floor Youth Chapel, and various other spaces within our School Wing. Specific services and room assignments are not yet finalized, so please look for more information later this summer in these Life at Holy Blossom updates.
As always, we thank you for your support. For the most up to date photos of Renewal construction in progress, please click here.