St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Update: Church Nave Repairs

Date: August 17, 2017

Aug. 17, 2017
Church Nave Repair Update

Unfortunately, the Church Nave repair project has been determined to be more complicated than we had hoped. Last week, the plaster contractor began work, and all areas that were to be repaired have now been excavated and assessed.

The plaster in these specified areas is in much worse condition than we had anticipated. Asbestos abatement is required, and in many cases the walls will need to be rebuilt instead of just replacing the plaster top coat as we had planned. In several locations, the plaster structure has peeled away from the wood lattice that supports it, and in a few spots, even the wood lattice is rotted and will need to be replaced. This means the work will take longer and cost more.

Nonetheless, we are forging ahead! Asbestos abatement will begin on Wed., Aug. 23 and last 3-4 days. During that time there will be NO access to the Church Nave. Once the asbestos abatement is complete, the plaster contractor will return to finish their work. 

The lighting project is proceeding as planned. The new dimmer panels were delivered to the church last week and installation is scheduled to begin the week of August 28.
While we’re still waiting for the revised cost estimates from the asbestos and plaster contractor, we believe we’ve raised enough to cover these additional costs. Many, many thanks to those who have supported this work. If you have not contributed, we would still welcome your gift of any size.


Aug. 8, 2017
Church Nave Repair to Commence

While we are still accepting donations to fund the work, we are moving forward with the lighting and plaster repairs in the Church Nave.

The new lighting control panels have been delivered and installation should begin in the next two weeks. The plaster repair work will begin the week of August 7, and take 5-7 working days. The organ will be wrapped to protect it from dust and debris on Mon., Aug. 7. For the rest of the month of August, we’ll be relying on the piano for our musical accompaniment.

The new plaster will need a week to cure, and once it’s fully hardened, the workers will return to sand and paint. We anticipate all work to be completed by the end of August. Our hope is that we won’t need to deal with any asbestos removal, but if we do, that process will add a week to our timeline.

While the contractor needs full access to the church during the week, we will still hold worship in the Church Nave on Sundays. Morning Prayer will be held in the Music Rm, Monday-Thursday at 8:45 am and on Fridays at 8 am, effective Tues., Aug. 8 and through Aug. 31. There may be construction equipment left in the church, so please be careful and pay strict attention to any signs or caution tape that you may encounter.

We all know this inconvenience will be well worth it in the end! Many thanks for both your donations and your patience as we complete this much-needed work.


July 13, 2017
Asbestos Abatement Notice

In a recent "From the Rector's Desk," Rector Ledlie Laughlin outlined the repair project for fixing the plaster in the Church Nave. While we are still collecting the necessary funds for the plaster repair, we've begun the planning process that would allow us to start the work in August. Part of that planning process entails notifying parishioners of the possibility of asbestos abatement.

In tests conducted in 2015, asbestos was detected in the base coat of plaster in the Church Nave. While it is unlikely that our licensed contractors will need to disturb the base coat during the repair process, in accordance with DC law, we are notifying parishioners of the possibility of asbestos abatement. Rest assured that all work done will strictly adhere to EPA guidelines.

To contribute toward this work, please send your special contribution to the parish office, noting "2017 Nave Repair" on your check. If you prefer to pay online via our member portal, select "2017 Nave Repair" from the list of available funds.
 

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