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Have Wall, Will Travel…

Renewal construction updates (almost) as they happen, for the week of December 12 2016.

dsc03085It’s been an exciting couple of weeks since our last construction update and this coming week promises to be even more dramatic.

For starters, this past week, a huge crane was on site for a few hours hoisting four-storey high, custom-made steel columns into place, with absolute precision, through newly-created openings in both the ceiling and floor.  These columns are now supporting the iconic dome over the Bimah in the Sanctuary.  While renovations to the Sanctuary are not part of our current Phase 1 work, the removal of the walls that suspend the dome is a critical piece of our current construction scope, as we open up the west portion of the building to create our gorgeous new Atrium.  Click here to see photos of this recent work.

In the next few days, some very large sections of the west wall of the original 1937 building will be removed from the site, in order to enable the balance of demolition to proceed smoothly.  But preservationists need not worry! These original sections will be brought back later on in the project and reinstalled in their original locations inside the Atrium.  Before this work can take place however, the entire roof over the former HABSTY lounge and archives area on the third floor, needed to be removed. This is happening right now and we are almost ready for the wall sections to be cut and lifted away.

dsc03066All of this work is being undertaken in order to beautifully, and seamlessly, blend the old with the new – an important theme of our architectural plan. To get an idea of how the finished product will look, just click on this full-colour rendering. We’ll be capturing the whole of this unique process (known as panelization) on video, and we’ll post it on our website as soon as it’s completed.  In the meantime, if you’re curious and want to keep an eye on our progress in real time, please click here watch our live construction camera.

Remember, all of this work is being done to make way for our beautiful, 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.

As always, we thank you for your continued readership, viewership and support of our Renewal Project at Holy Blossom.

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