In May, 2009, construction began on our new multi-purpose building designed by Brian Addis, an architect in Zanesville, Ohio.
We are so grateful to all the men who have done a fantastic job on this building. We can tell that they take great pride in their work. It's been GREAT!
July 4th began early here. The I-beams and floor supports were primed a not so pretty color. They are scheduled to be installed Tuesday, July 7th. Also a small track-hoe was rented, and the digging for the water line and drainage lines began at 6:30. After some mechanical problems, the volunteers were able to get the water line laid, and most of the drainage line was completed. God has truly blessed us with some very smart and talented men.
The week of July 6th has been busy. The sill plate has been installed. the steel I beams were installed by Rod's Weld & Rebuild Company of Barnesville on Tuesday. The floor system was also delivered Tuesday, so Heath Smith Construction began working on that on Wednesday. By the end of the day Thursday, most of the joist hangers were installed as well as some of the floor joists. A work day will be coming up soon to install the floor. Things are moving!! Saturday, July 11th was another workday. We had several men come to help. They were able to get the sub-floor on one side completed. You'll definitely see a change this week!
July 13th began as a busy day. The steel stud system was delivered, and the floor was completed on the new building. The ed building is looking much better, too. The 3 windows were removed and replaced with double-hung windows. One door has been replaced with one more to go.
Again we see lots of changes on both buildings the week of July 20th. The metal studs are up on the new building, and some of the sheath is up. This is a new product which does not require a tyvek wrap. The siding can be installed directly on top of this!
We have now completed the week of July 27th. Much needed rain happened at the end of the week, but a lot was accomplished before that! The exterior was sheathed in a strange green color with black taped seams. Hmmm! interesting. The building just keeps getting bigger and bigger throughout each step. The ed building saw some progress this week also with the back getting sided. It looks so nice!
Another week has passed, and a lot has been accomplished. The week of August 3rd was another BUSY one. Trusses were set on Monday, then once all the bracing was done, work began on getting sheathing up. By the end of the week, the East side of the roof was sheathed and taped.
It's already August 10th, and this week looks to be really busy once again. Monday the sheathing on the West side of the roof was started, and by the end of the day Tuesday, it was completed. More bracing was completed on Wednesday, and the unseen, but time consuming things that go along with that, were completed. It's great to see the progress. Thursday and Friday brought more progress as the fire-rated ceiling went up over the kitchen, bathrooms, and office. Work was started on the porch as well as planning for the wall studs.
August 17 began a busy week. Work was done inside the building. Windows were installed, and metal studs are outlining the kitchen, restrooms and Pastor's office. It looks so nice! Check out the ed building, too. We are now having Junior Church and Sunday School in the basement of church while the rooms are being worked on. Give us a couple of weeks, and the transformation should be complete! WOW!
On August 24th the plumber and HVAC guys came. It is so cool to see the quick progress with that. Cowgill's Plumbing from Cambridge is taking care of those items, and they are doing a great job! Heath and his crew are tackling the roof while the weather is a little cooler. The porch roof was finished Monday, the front was started Tuesday and finished Wednesday, and the back was started also on Wednesday. They're making great progress. If you'd like to see the back, just take a drive on Boardman Street and peek between the houses. By Thursday the roof was finished. It turned out to be a pretty hot day, but the men were able to deal with the heat and finish the roof!
The week of August 31 saw even more progress. More work was done on the inside of both buildings. Now the time consuming work will progress.
We are now in September and it's the week of Labor Day. That's what's been happening around here. The concrete patio has been poured, and more plumbing and HVAC has happened in the new building. The ed building is all drywalled, and we will be seeing the finishing work begin on that.
The week of September 14th began and ended with hard work. The steps are in to the basement of the new building, and the mechanical room is framed in in the basement. More HVAC work was completed, and the final grade was begun. WOW! It is really nice!!! More finish work was completed in the ed building. Soon we hope to be painting in there and getting that project completed!
Now the small tedious things need to be done before we can get the electrician in. Stairs were built to the basement. Framework was completed on that as well as the mechanical room in the basement. Plumbing is roughed in. The exterior excavating was finished and more stone was brought in and compacted. It's nicer than it has ever been.
What a busy week! During the week of October 12th, the siding was completed on the North and South sides of the building. Drywall was started on the inside, and insulation was put up on most of the inside. The rain allowed some work to be done on the inside. But we are praising God for the nice days that we have had.
It is now November 4th, and the building is progressing. Last week the exterior siding was completed and the interior drywall was started. This week so far the ceiling is now drywalled and most of the walls. The next step is for the finisher to start (hopefully 11/5). Please keep praying for the men as they work for safety and also for the Lord's timing for completion. If you haven't had a chance, please look at the pictures.
God is perfect in His timing. The finishers started the week of November 16th and have made great progress. By the end of the first week, they had the first coat on almost everything. It was just in time for the building dedication on November 22, 2009. That week also saw the bathrooms with fixtures, ceilings and floors. It all looks so nice.
Wow! It's the first week of the new year, and things are winding up. Shortly after Thanksgiving the rest of the hung ceilings were completed, the painting was done very quickly with the use of a borrowed sprayer. Thanks to the Kemp family for letting us borrow that. The electricians finished their work, the floors were installed, and the doors and trim were hung and installed. What a beautiful building! Bill Cox, now known as THE Floor Guy, has done a beautiful job sealing and waxing the floors in the kitchen, bathrooms, office and closets.
By the end of June, 2010, stone was installed on the front of the Paulman Hall, and the sign was hung. All the colors have come together great! Now all that is left is the electrical on the porch to be completed. What a blessing!
Thanks so much for praying with us during our construction time. Please feel free to visit our website. We will keep you updated on the use of the building! Be sure to check the EBS Kids Club, ProTeen and Activities sections.