It's the hallway to the toilet rooms! Yes, there are three doors. You may select Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3. If you want ADA accessible, try Door #1. If you want a baby changing area, try Door #1 or Door #3. Yes, you get two choices! If you want a toilet or a sink, well, any door will do. I'm standing in Door #3 facing the new closet we now have in which to keep restroom supplies. Hurray! You'll have to wait to visit inside those three doors. It's not polite to take photos of bathrooms. :)
That would be our project manager, Donald. Honestly, every time I try to take a photo with him in it, he disappears! This time he complied--sort of. But look where his brain ended up--behind an errant "Danger Keep Out" sign. Lol! Maybe that refers to his brain because he is working so hard to manage all the moving pieces of this construction project. Actually, Donald says he most often is on jobs--big jobs--in hospitals, and they are super picky! After all, patients' lives are involved. He's brought that same precision to St. Peter's. Thank you, Waldo!--I mean, Donald!
The exterior of the church has been undergoing extensive spall repairs ("Spall" is when the rebar under the concrete expands and cracks the concrete apart.), smoothing of old patch jobs, and painting! The makai and mauka sides of the church have ONE more coat to go next week. Then DH side is done except for some patch work, and then they will move to the front.
Yes, the ENTIRE church is being painted with ROLLERS!!! Spraying paint around would cause too much "collateral damage." You know how it is with our windy days--even the best laid plans might sprinkle that paint all over parked cars and other places where we really don't want Battenberg creamy colored paint.
Here's some of the "smoothing" work. The "smoothing" work is different from the spall repair. The spall repairs involve buckling concrete and have to be repaired. The "smoothing" work involves leveling out prior patch jobs and rough areas that became more visible with fresh paint. Basically, on a 100+ year old concrete building, there is no end to this--which would not fit into our budget--so we settled on smoothing out the roughest areas on the makai side which is a main entrance to the church. This is a "before" photo. Look at the photo at the top of this email for the "after" photo. It's like a make-up makeover!
Above you see our stained glass artists, Jim Erickson (with partner, Margo, who is also an artist) and Annalee Jones, standing next to what is the mauka panel of the altar window in the making! These are individual pieces of cut glass placed on a full-sized sketch. Blue hues are dominant in the window to better match the colors in the other sanctuary windows. Once all the pieces are cut, lead will be used to piece them together.
This is the center panel featuring the red cross. As you can see, the cross remains solidly situated on rock ("Peter, and on this rock I will build my church" Matthew 16:18). In the right, lower corner, you can see sketching of that which will be a ti plant. Glass from the original altar window is being "harvested" for this ti plant.
Here you can see the amber color of glass which will be in the center of the cross and to the left you can see a panel of lighter amber glass that will fill in the "halo" around the cross. Creamy rays will shine out from the cross through the composition.
When you come to church on Sunday, you will see the primer coat tinted with the new paint color, a lighter color than the yellow. Don't worry, though! This is just the beginning!! Two layers of paint will be rolled onto the church next week with some contrasting trim around the doorways.
What could this be?
Hm, something that needs fixing...
Yes, something that needs fixing. This is the top arch of the Altar Window opening. It is God's blessing that we took out that Altar Window because the damage is extensive. The culprit? Steel rods that were placed too close to the surface of the concrete combined with a crack that let water seep into the wall. The result? Concrete that falls apart in chucks when touched. The construction workers and our stained glass consultant wondered how in the world that altar window stayed in place all these years....
The Window is Out and the Opening all tucked in for Rainy Weather!
Although it was raining in various places around the island today, we were fortunate that the weather was fine as the remainder of the altar window was removed. The rain is beginning to come down now in town, but there are no worries because plywood on the inside and plastic on the outside has the opening all sealed up!
This is how the day started...
The remaining glass was removed and then taken to Jim Harvey's (the carpenter) shop where Jim Erickson (our stained glass artisan and designer) will "harvest" the pieces of glass that will be used in the new window. Since the window was in such a deteriorated state and can't be stored in vertical panels, Jim E. plans to remove and clean the lead residue from all the glass as he works. This is an extra bonus because we were anticipating that this would need to be done in the future.
If you look closely, you can see the lead deterioration in this sample. It is being held together by tape, front and back.
TOMORROW (weather permitting): The frame comes out! That, too, was discovered to be in much worse shape than expected and literally crumbled in some places as they were working over the last two days. Once the frame is out, the long crack along that wall as well as other spalling in the concrete will be repaired. A new aluminum frame (The nave window frames are all aluminum.) is being made on the mainland and will soon be on its way to Hawaii! In the meantime, Annalee Jones is busy working on the new window!!
Yes, you heard it right here. That great big church is getting a great big bath!--all in preparation for a fresh coat of paint. What you see that looks like white mumps on the church is, in fact, sealant over areas where concrete repair has been done. Yup, the church needed some work....
That's Jim and Jim on that lift--Jim Erickson, our stained glass consultant and designer, and Jim Harvey, master carpenter and assistant to Jim Erickson. The word from today is this: The window is coming down none too soon because soon it would have come down of its own accord and that would not have been pretty. The tape Jim E. put up as a temporary hold when the deterioration was first discovered was, in fact, beginning to flake off. First step: taping of both the front and back of the window to hold it together during the removal. During that process, it was discovered that the lead had deteriorated beyond even that which was expected making the panels come out wobbly within the tape. The panels will now go to Jim H.'s studio (closer to church than Jim E's on the North Shore) where glass will be selected for use in the ti plant in the new window and the ring around the new cross. Jim E. estimates that it will take 20 panels of glass to "harvest" enough acceptable glass for one leaf of the ti plant. Meticulous work!
You got it! This is a piece from the altar
window--covered in tape front and back, of course.
Can you figure where it came from?
Many, many thanks to Karin Kimura who left work to take official photos for the "archives" of this process!
Note: The photos in this email are just phone photos from Pastor Diane.
A NEW meeting room!
Adjacent to the three new toilet rooms, we now have a small meeting room and/or classroom! You haven't seen it yet because it has been hiding behind a plywood panel. This Sunday, though, you will see it! The door is being put in as this is being typed!! Although a small room, with its high ceiling and large jalousie windows the room has an open, "airy" feel and cross ventilation is great. Oh look...there's Sammy again! Remember him? He's the one who was creating magic on that wainscoting with all those assorted $200 to $500 tools!
Removal of the old altar window begins on Tuesday. It is in such bad condition that they will completely tape the entire window front and back before removal to prevent it from falling apart in a million pieces! The panels will be placed in special storage boxes designed and made by Robert Wight (Give him VERY BIG THANKS next time you see him!) until the glass can be cleaned (lead dust has to be removed) and made into smaller memento pieces. Jim Erickson and Annalee Jones, our stained glass artisans, will be "harvesting" pieces of the original window to use in the new window that is in fabrication and will be put in place the end of July. BTW, notice how nice that wainscoting is looking over all those A/C pipes? These skilled carpenters are amazing!
Yes! This is St. Peter's beautiful koa altar wrapped up carefully in black plastic to keep it safe and clean during the construction work. As you can see, there is plenty of dust in the sanctuary!
But, what's this?! What kind of finger graffiti do I see in all that dust?
Look very closely. Why, how appropriate for an altar!!! I'm feeling the love already.
But guess what? Your rector didn't do this. Who did?
We must have the sweetest construction workers around!
Highly skilled carpentry work is underway...
Every one of the tools you see in this photo goes for around $200 to $500! The carpenter...well, he's priceless. :) Hm, there's another carpenter we know who is totally priceless, too. In fact, he thinks every single one of us is priceless.
Thank you, Jesus!
Quick! Get a peek at the new toilet rooms before they board the area up again.
Every weekday morning they open up this space.
By 3pm everything is cleaned up, and it all disappears again behind plywood.
(view looking EWA into the space)
(view looking DH into the space)
The first is the ADA accessible bathroom with a changing table, the second is a toilet and sink,
and the third is a toilet, sink, and changing table
(Use your imagination on those for now.).
Oh, and by the way, they installed
THICK insulation between those walls.