Photos from Construction, Gallery 1

These were taken in late May, and in June and early July, 2009.

Before Any Construction

Yikes! We have to move everything out of the new addition!

Piano1 The pianos, piano2

[Clicking on any photo gets you a somewhat larger version.]

Moved1 the benches, moved2 and tables, moved3 shelving…

Empty the moldy rugs & furniture from the Grotto Grotto into the dumpster dumpster.

OK, now we’re ready for…

Getting Ready

WB arrives Whole Builders (our design-build contractors) show up.

Some of the planners:


Whole Builders’ Mary Jane & Keith. TCFM’s Carolyn, EB & Mike.

This Building is Closed!

060209 TCFM entrance

Doors are covered with schedules of meetings and maps to other locations.

Water & Mold Damage and Remediation

They began by sealing against mold contamination during mold removal before any walls or ceilings were ripped open.

060209 Mold work - containment 060209 Mold work - more containment

The elevator and many doors and passages were sealed off.

The ceilings of several rooms were pulled down to find the mold. Walls were broken open and inspected.


Damage Above Stairs Damage above stairwell.

Underside of roof deck Underside of roof deck.

Water damage Underside of roof deck

Under window, Under window and underneath floor in new classroom.

Window Damage 1

Window Damage 1

Window Damage 2

Window Damage 2

Mold was blasted with soda particles (like sand-blasting) and the dust was filtered and the filtered air was vented to the outside.

soda blaster Soda blaster (at foot of back stairs).

FIR Rmed Soda grain FIR-Rmed-Soda-grainD Blast was so powerful it dug deep into the grain in the damaged spots, like the right corner of the window frame.

FIR Rmed air clnr Of course the air was filled with toxic dust. This was scrubbed with an industrial air cleaner and then…

FIR Rmed1 vented out through the FIR living room windows…

FIR Rmed venting outside out of the building…

FIR Rmed venting to alley all the way past the compost piles and out to the alley.

From up on top, old roof membrane is pulled up, rotten roof decking is replaced

furnace down First, get the old furnace off the roof.

OldRoof1 Pull off the old roof membrane.

Old Roof2 Looking down into parking lot. (That’s a roof drain in the center. It empties out by the back steps.)

Old Roof3 The corner of the roof over the stairwell, so rotten it has to be replaced. (Don’t be confused by the roof access hatch cover, that has been moved off it’s access hole, temporarily.)

Old Roof removed Above the stairwell in the new building, the roof deck is torn off.

New Roof

NR1 Roof decking on bad corner is replaced, extending all the way over to and around access hatch.

NR0 laying of new membrane begins.

NR2 First, more insulation than we had before, above the deck, under the membrane.


NR insul around drain Insulation around that roof drain.

NR over parking Then covered with membrane, in the corner next to the parking lot.

NR old corner Of course, it’s not just the flat part of the roof…

NR new corner there’s new flashing around the parapets.

NR sealing The strips of membrane are sealed together with heat. (This is one of many places you are glad you paid for a high-quality subcontractor.)

NR around elevator That’s the top of the elevator.

NR13 We now know that the original roof, installed 17 years ago, had problems in the “bridge” area.

We are hoping for a better job, this time around.

NR14 Looking good…

NR15 View from the roof of the old house.

NR12 Happiness is a snug new roof over the Meeting Room!

Meeting Room

floor cover First, we cover the floor. (See “Fellowship Room,” below, for details.)

We don’t seem to have any photos of the ceiling coming down, and the huge amount of (suspect) insulation coming out. (Insulation was suspect because it was the same as allowed the sprinkler pipe to freeze over the bridge.)

Then, we inspect the underside of the roof. EB on a scaffold

ceiling1 No rotten trusses (whew)!

ceiling2 Only one spot of mold growing on rotten wood. (This plywood was replaced later, from up top.)

Fellowship Room

First, protect the floor (the same process that was done in the Meeting Room)

floor1 A waterproof barrier,

floor2 smoothed and taped.

Then Floor3 overlaid with a hard surface, also taped.

Bring down the ceiling!

ceiling1 The light fixtures and water-stained acoustical tile are down.

Ceiling2 Down comes the sheet rock and the insulation.

ceiling3 Underside of Meeting Room floor, above, is now accessible, almost ready for the installation of in-floor heating.

Back Steps, Adjacent Stucco and Sump Room

Back stoop needs stucco The area around the back steps was never sealed.Back stoop detail

wall needs stucco Nor was the area of wall behind the steps. There should have been stucco where you can see plywood, under the dark strip of flashing, behind the long white pipe.

This allowed water infiltration into the area just below, which happens to be the sump room.

Sump1 This is the small room just behind the janitor’s closet/furnace room next to the bathrooms near the Fellowship room.

sump2 (The sump pump is supposed to keep the amphitheater from filling with rain and flooding into the Fellowship Room.)

Sump3 Regular leakage sump4 from the area of the back steps over the years has increased our moisture and mold problems in the Fellowship area.

Plus some other things

Bridge Ceiling Oh yeah, there’s the bridge ceiling, where the original sprinkler break was. There was water damage and mold around the windows, from rain getting in.

Amphitheater drain While we are at it, it seems important to improve the amphitheater drain. We’ve had flooding into the Fellowship room a couple of times.

Finishing the FIR apartment

Fir Bath The bathroom in the FIR apartment will be put back as it was before. We plan that most of the work will be done by TCFM volunteers.

The FIR kitchen will be significantly redesigned to include more storage space.

Looking Ahead

(Not including all the finish-work TCFM volunteers will be doing in the FIR apartment and elsewhere) as of mid-July, here are the major things Whole Builders still has on its list:

FIR, Trim, Casings, Base, Etc…


Gas Pipe Union @ Fellowship Ceiling, R & R, Inspection, Etc…

HVAC Install @ Mtg Room @ Fellowship Room @ All In-Floor Tubing Install

Insulation @ FIR

Insulation @ Mtg Room

Insulation @ Fellowship Room

Mechanical Rough-ins

Mechanical Finishes, HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Sprinkler, Fire Alarm, Smoke Detectors, Etc…

Plumbing, Install Sump, FIR plumbing, Remove & Replace, Etc…

Reinforce Truss, Roof Inspection-

Sprinkler Head, Remove & Replace, and Adjustments at Fellowship Ceiling and “Required Changes”

Stucco, R & R, Patching, Etc…

Window Install

Carpet Cleaning

Prime & Paint


Project Take-down, Completion, Etc…

Punch List, Etc…

Stay tuned for the next photos.

8 Responses to Photos from Construction, Gallery 1

  1. phill lindsay July 14, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    thanks for illustrating the good work being done on a complex project. reading about specific tasks underway, even listening to descriptions from our knowledgeable point people leading the momsah group, is a bit abstract for non-construction-oriented folk like myself. this helps.

  2. Lael Gatewood July 15, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    Thanks for the photos– they make the effort needed by and for the community so much more real. We look forward to a Grand Opening to celebrate the next era of our Meetinghouse.

  3. Paul M Landskroener July 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Yes, thank you. This is very exciting and informative.

    Seeing the exposed roof was the first time I’ve been glad that it has been very little rain this summer.

  4. Jo Perry July 20, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    These photos affirm the confidence that I have in our TCFM meetinghouse/Momsah committees. I feel proud of our accomplishments and the dedication to doing a job well. The images make me feel a part of an incredible process. Thank you.

  5. Jeanne Landkamer July 30, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    I am in awe. Thank you so much to the Gang of
    Four and all of MOMSAH for all of your tremendous work, and of course to our contractors. These photos makes if all come alive for those of us “on the outside.”

  6. Liz Opp(enheimer) August 9, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    Everyone here speaks my mind! Thanks for taking the time to take photos and show them here. It helps make the work more real and the huge process more meaningful because I can *see* and *read about* the extent of the cumulative damage–not just the damage from the sprinkler’s burst pipe.


  7. Jeanne Burns August 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    I am impressed with (but not surprised by) the thoroughness of this work. Very nice job, everyone involved.

    All who have posted before me speaks my mind about the work, and the photos.

    Thank you.

  8. John Cowan August 23, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    Thanks. You done good.

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