Saturday, May 18, 2019

Week 13 - The Fellowship gains a sound foundation.

RE and Sanctuary Stem Walls (video clip below)

Significant Milestones
  • Stem walls for sanctuary & RE wing poured
  • Detention ponds grading complete
  • Ground source heat pump (GSHP) drilling completed:  10 tubes, each 400 feet deep
  • Xcel demolition complete
Other Major Activities this Month:
  • Barn concrete pad poured
  • RE wing backfilled with dirt and water proofed (see video clip below)
  • GSHP piping installed & trenches covered
  • City inspections to date passed
  • Xcel electric & gas service demo complete
  • Utilities work & tie-in nearly complete
  • Underground plumbing started
Major Activities Next Month:
  • Sanctuary backfilled with dirt & water proofing (see video clip below
  • Lumber & steel delivered May 20-21
  • Framing to begin May 23
  • Structural steel for sanctuary begins May 23
  • Underground plumbing and slab pour preparation

Week 13 Video Clip









Saturday, May 11, 2019

Stem Walls and Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)

Video: Stem Walls and GSHP:   


What's a Stem Wall?

Stem walls are supporting structures that are used as a means of joining the foundation of a building with the vertical walls constructed on the foundation.  The wall is often constructed with the use of concrete and steel, and works with the foundational slab to create a solid basis for the building.  Along with establishing foundational integrity for the building, these walls also aid in minimizing damage to the materials used to create the vertical walls.

What is a Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)?


Earth Connection Subsystem
Using the earth as a heat source/sink, a series of connected pipes, commonly called a "loop," is buried in the ground near the building to be conditioned. The loop can be buried either vertically or horizontally. It circulates a fluid (water, or a mixture of water and antifreeze) that absorbs heat from, or relinquishes heat to, the surrounding soil, depending on whether the ambient air is colder or warmer than the soil.



Friday, May 3, 2019

Significant Milestones

  • Concrete footings for sanctuary and education wing are ready to pour.
  • Demolition is finished.
  • Some trees and brush have been removed.
  • Grading is underway for the new parking lots.
  • Ground source heat pump drilling has begun.
  • Detention ponds are being excavated.

East side


East side


East side


East side


East side

West side


East side


East side

East side


East side


East side


East side


West side parking lot


West side parking lot

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Week 11: A Monumental Job!

The Fellowship monument had to be moved because the new retention pond goes there.


Milo Construction Co. called in the big crane.


After securing the monument from beneath, it's lifted up.


The original concrete foundation will need to be "chipped" off and a new one poured.



 Every care was taken to prevent damage to the monument.


The extraction from the ground is a success.


Off the monument goes for storage....

... until the Design Team decides where it will be permanently installed.