Good news on the Access Project! We passed the electrical and plumbing inspections from last week. The new stairs have been installed and, as of this writing, we are awaiting the
framing inspection. Once that hurdle is made, the crews can insulate and sheetrock the walls.
The new oak stairs are great! They have a gentle rise–11″ stairs and a 7″ rise–so they are comfortable to walk up. Even though they are installed, they aren’t easily to get to, and there are no walls or hand rails yet so they’re not really safe to use. So, we’ll be holding off having Coffee Hour following Sunday services for one more week. Coffee Hour is expected to resume on Sunday, February 8.
Accessibility is the primary purpose of this project, but I’m delighted that we are adding energy efficiencies as well. As has been reported here previously, all the heating and central air conditioning units at UUCSH have been replaced with high-efficiency models. Some of the units were over 30 years old. The new units are much more efficient.
The builder shared with me how they add foam insulation in the areas where air could seep in. This photo shows the foam in between pieces of wood surrounding the new rear door at UUCSH.
I also got a sneak peak at the third floor storage area. See the photo to the right. We will have plenty of room to store things there. If organizing is a ministry you are called to, please let me know. We’ll have plenty of work to do the second half of February!