This information was published in the restoration news center on Aug. 29, 2012:
Rev. Dr. Barry Cass
The big news is that the official contracts have been signed and we are moving ahead with Petra Construction as our Construction Manager. Although we have been working with them for several months, the “i’s” are dotted and the “t’s” are crossed. This puts into motion the bidding process for the subcontractors who will be working on the new meeting house. Also this week the first group of plans from CHK have been delivered to the town building inspector for his review and approval, which means requests for bids for the site preparation and concrete work can be sent out. These actions keep us on schedule for the beginning of work following the Ground Braking on September 23.
Work in the Office wing has continued at a good pace this week. The insulation is completely done. The sheetrock is completed and taping and finishing has begun and should be completed in just a few days. Tile in the lobby that needed to be removed for the construction of the replacement fire wall has been replaced. The fire alarm system is installed and the Bugbee wing “zone” will be tested and set to go before the Preschool opens in a couple of weeks. Work to install the fire alarm system in the office wing will continue once the walls are completed. The data wiring is done and that system will be completed once the walls are done in the office wing. A contract has been signed with the company that will be supplying and installing the new phone system in the entire facility. All of this is moving us ahead toward a mid-October reopening of the office wing.
The Building Committee has begun the important task of reviewing all the plans prepared by CHK. Doors, hardware, electrical fixtures, and so on will all be reviewed and be given approval by the Building Committee. This is done to be sure we are getting what we want.
The Finishes Committee will be making final decisions about floor coverings, paint colors and fabrics throughout the new Meeting house in the next few weeks. They have received some input from individuals and Boards, and are considering it all and will make their recommendations to the Building Committee. They have been working with the professionals from CHK to choose appropriate finishes for the feel of the Meeting House as well as making sure selected finishes are durable.
Remember – Ground Breaking will be held on September 23 at 4 P.M. Everyone is invited and urged to attend.