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"Completion of the Phase 3 building has been delayed until about September 10th by weather and delivery of materials, which was also delayed by the weather here in southern California. At present the contractor, Zigman and Shields, is finishing work on the retaining wall and has begun layout the building foundation. We’ll be seeing the building frame and wall soon!
Delays have pushed the completion of the building back about six weeks. However we are hopeful for an opening this fall. "
Terry McKearney, Project Manager
"Work continues on the Phase 3 expansion of the school, with the large retaining wall that will bound the playground an eastern edge of the new complex, housing the preschool, kindergarten and science room. Once the wall is completed, the Zigman Shields contractor crew will begin digging the footings for the new six-room complex and framing the structure. We are prayerfully hopeful that the buildings will be completed for a planned opening of the preschool for the fall term."
"Construction Update: Recent dry weather has allowed the continuation of grading, installing conduit, and preparing footing to install the wall that will enclose the preschool playground. Solar power will be installed at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in April 2017. Prior planning began last week with the examination of electrical panels, soil sampling, and scanning of proposed installation areas. Phase III of development includes Preschool, Science Center, and Learning Center. We anticipate opening our parish preschool in Fall 2017. An interest list is currently forming and a Potential Preschool StudentForm can be submitted electronically on the school website."
Maeve O'Connell, School Principal
"Despite some delays caused by the recent rains, work continues on the Phase 3 expansion of the school, with a planned opening of the preschool for the fall term. The site has been graded and the new eastern wall that will encompass the preschool playground is being constructed. Crews from contractor Zigman Shields are digging the trenches that will house the plumbing and electrical connections in preparation to pouring the concrete foundation for the two buildings that will hose a preschool, kindergarten, science classroom and resource center."
"We are so excited to share that construction of Phase III of development at the school site has begun. Over the Christmas break, Zigman Shields, general contractor, erected the construction fence and brought heavy equipment onsite. Excavation and a re-compacting of earth is currently under way. New traffic management procedures are in place to facilitate the single entry/exit to the school driveway.
Phase III of development includes Preschool, Science Center, and Learning Center. We anticipate opening our parish preschool in Fall 2017."
"As a special Christmas gift to our parish community and our school, construction starts this week on Phase 3 of our school development plan, which will include a pre-school, new kindergarten classroom, a science room and counseling/resource room. The building, being done by Zigman Shields Construction, will be finished by mid-summer, with plans to open the new pre-school for the fall 2017-2018 school year.
We hope the building effort will have minimal impact on the fine instruction going on this school year, but students, parents, and visitors to the school are asked to be patient with the inevitable disruption that will occur. Parking and drop off will require new rules for traffic. The construction area, which will take up the eastern third of the school area, will be carefully fenced off and we ask that everyone observe this fencing and other barriers for they own safety and to allow the construction to proceed as quickly as possible
We’re excited to see this important step in the growth of our parish ministry!"
"Planning for our new school facilities including a preschool and science room is moving forward. We have selected a general contractor and are currently working with the city to finalize the drawings for the new project. We have been delayed by new storm water drainage requirements that have caused a last minute revision to the landscaping of the new building, but we have obtained Diocesan permission to move ahead an we hope to break ground in a few weeks. The schedule calls for the new buildings to be completed in time for next school year beginning in fall 2017."
"Bids are out for construction of Phase III at the Parish school. This phase will add six new classrooms to the existing campus: three for a preschool, one for a new kindergarten room, a resource teacher classroom and a science classroom. A contractor will be chosen from among the candidates submitting bids in late September and construction will start in October. We are planning on having the preschool open for the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
The architects for the new building are Hyndman and Hyndman who have designed all of our parish grounds. The plans reflect the same dramatic but functional design as the rest of the parish facilities. A special feature of these new facilities will be a mission-themed playground that will provide a creative play area for our kindergarteners and preschoolers."
“Hall Expansion Project as of 18 October - With the exception of the landscaping, the Hall looks to be basically done. However there are lots of details that still need to be completed and we are having the typical problems with some of the newly installed equipment.
This coming week the landscaping work should be completed. We will also be having various City inspections of the contractor work. Many details will be addressed including: problems with some of the Air Conditioning units; the computer that controls the Hall lights needs to be programmed; the doors need to all be adjusted; paint touch up is required throughout the interior and exterior; the Exit signs for the rooms need to be changed; the signage for the new rooms similar to that used in the existing rooms must be installed; the dishwasher work must be completed; the new LAN room computer and telephone equipment needs to be brought on line; our fire alarm system will need to be upgraded; testing of the audio visual system must be completed; the seismic joint between the Hall and the Faith Formation building needs to be installed; a new gas meter to handle the Patio Heaters must be installed; the new handrails for the Patio steps need to be completed; etc; etc.
Although the Parish is able to use several rooms of the Hall, there is considerable work to be done before the Hall will be ready for full turnover to the Parish. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of the Parishioners as we finish up the project.”
“Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has completed the exterior stucco work, installed the Trellis and poured the patio between the Hall and the Nursery. He has replaced most of the sidewalk that was removed during the work. All the work in the Youth Ministry room including painting and replacing the acoustic ceiling tiles has been completed. He installed the lights in the Faith Formation and Nursery/Meeting Room. The carpet has been installed in the Faith Formation Room and the Nursery will be done early this coming week. This will make these rooms complete except for touch up. In the Hall the Contractor finished the wall board work, installed most of the acoustic ceiling, and is preparing the space for painting.
Despite this progress there is still a lot of work to be done and the Hall will not be ready for turn over to the Parish until the latter half of October.
In the next two weeks the Contractor will paint the Hall, prepare the floor and then carpet it. He will also complete the installation of the lights in the Hall and bring the new heat pumps that air condition the Hall on line. The two restrooms and the stairwell should be finished except for staining the concrete floors. The trash enclosure gates will be painted. He will begin work on the landscaping that surrounds the new structures.
Although not part of the General Contractor’s work, the revised audio visual system that incorporates the larger Hall will be installed in the next two weeks. Another contractor will be working on finishing up the telephone and data drops for the Hall, Faith Formation, and Nursery/Meeting Room. “
“Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has made considerable progress on the Hall expansion, but despite this the Hall will not be completely finished until the second half of October. To allow the Contractor to complete work that encompasses the entire Hall, such as the installation of new carpet and portable walls, access to any part of the Hall will be limited for about 2 weeks starting Monday 21 September. During this time events normally conducted in the Hall must be closely coordinated with the Parish Office.
Over the last two weeks all of the stucco has been installed on the exterior of the buildings, and the scaffolding will be removed in the next few days. The roof tile installation has almost been completed. The work on the Trellis over the patio between the Hall and Nursery has started. The block walls of the new trash enclosure have been built.
Not part of the Hall expansion but included in the project , the contractor has replaced the acoustic ceiling tiles in the Youth Ministry room and started painting the walls and ceilings.
In the Hall, the heat pump air handlers have been installed in the overhead and the condensing units mounted on the roof of the Kitchen. The “rough in” of the electrical, plumbing, sprinkler system, and ventilation ducting has been completed and much of the wall board work accomplished.
The heat pumps have been installed on the roof of the Faith Formation and Nursery rooms. The interior of the Faith Formation room and the Nursery have had their walls textured and painted as well as their ceiling acoustic tiles installed. The walls of the restrooms have been completely tiled and the restroom accessories installed. The stairwell walls and ceiling have been textured and painted.
Over the next two weeks all the work in the Youth Ministry room will be completed. The plumbing fixtures and doors will be installed in the restrooms. The electrical system in the new areas will be energized and lighting system hook up will begin. The wall board work in the Hall will be completed. Soon after this the walls will be textured and painted. Then the entire Hall will be carpeted. The Trellis will be completed. The “hardscape” including the patio between the Hall and the Nursery as well as the sidewalks that surround the buildings should be completed. ”
“Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has painted the walls and started installation of the acoustic ceilings in the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. Both rooms as well as the restroom and stairwell have had their sprinkler piping installed. The tiling of the walls of the restrooms has almost been completed. The installation of electrical fittings (receptacles, switches, etc) and the light fixtures should occur in the next few weeks. The installation of the restroom accessories should also occur in the near future.
The black paper and chicken wire netting have been installed on all the exterior surfaces of the building. The “scratch” or base coat of stucco has also been installed and the contractor has started on the “brown” or intermediate coating of stucco. Over the next few weeks the brown coat will be completed and allowed to thoroughly dry for a week or more before the “color” or final coat is applied. The stucco final coat should match the texture and color of the existing Hall.
Over the last two weeks the electrical rough in was completed in the Hall. Also the framing for the interior ceiling soffits and the pockets walls (where the movable partitions are stored) in the new part of the Hall has been completed. This allowed the wall boarding of the new part of the Hall to start. The air handlers in the ceiling of the new Hall rooms as well as the ventilation ducting have been installed. The sprinkler piping has also been installed. The existing rooms of the Halls have been painted.
Over the next two weeks the contractor will complete the wall boarding and painting of the new section of the Hall. The installation of the electrical fittings should be completed and installation of the light fixtures started.
Also the contractor will paint the Youth Ministry Room of the Administration Building during the next two weeks.”
“Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has installed the wall board, windows and doors in the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. The walls have been textured. In the next few weeks the walls will be painted and the acoustic ceiling installed. The walls of the restrooms have also had backer board installed and are being prepared for tiling. The installation of restroom accessories should occur in the next few weeks in coordination with the wall tiling.
A small room has been built in the Faith Formation room to house the computer systems for the entire Campus and the telephone equipment for the new buildings. Most of the cable has been run to this room from the computer/telephone wall drops in the new buildings. Eventually an equipment rack and computer/telephone equipment will be installed in this room. Most of cables needed in the walls for the Hall audio/visual system have been installed in the new buildings.
The beam that connects to the tip of the original Hall peak and extends the roof line to make a ridge running north and south has been installed. So for the first time the new Hall roof line is visible. The Hall walls are fully framed and the exterior wall sheathing installed. Much of the electrical rough-in has been completed in the Hall. The windows have been installed and the door installation has started. Over the next few weeks the door installation will be completed, the ventilation equipment will be installed, and the wall board will be installed and textured.
The installation of the fire sprinkler system in all the new building is almost complete. The waterproof black paper has been put on almost all of the exterior of the new buildings. The lath wire will be installed followed by the multi-step stucco process over the next few weeks.”
Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has finished the "rough-in" of the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms including the ventilation, plumbing, electrical, and computer/telephone drops. The insulation has been installed in the walls and ceilings. The first phase of the roofing of these two rooms has been completed. The installation of the fire sprinkler system has started. The wall board will be installed in both rooms in the next few days. The windows and doors will be installed in early August. Following this the wall board will be textured, and the finishing touches put on the electrical and ventilation systems in these rooms. The restrooms will be framed to accept accessories (paper towel dispensers, etc) and have backer board installed on the walls in preparation for tiling.
During the last two weeks, all the steel work for the Hall three new rooms has been completed. The roof rafters for these rooms have been installed. The beams that will support the portable partition walls have also been installed. The wall framing has started as well as the exterior wall sheathing. The roof sheathing should be done in the next two weeks and the framing completed. At the same time "rough-in" work for these three rooms will start.
The water, plumbing drains, and much of the electrical hook up for the new kitchen dishwasher have been completed. The gas lines have been installed on the new double convection oven. Over the next few weeks the work on these units will be completed.
Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has installed the steel posts and beams that are the main structure of the Hall expansion. With the steel in place they started framing the walls of the three new Hall rooms. They have also worked on “roughing-in” the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. The electrical wiring, computer/telephone cables, plumbing pipes and ventilation ducting are almost complete. The outside walls of these rooms have also been sheathed with exterior grade plywood as has the roof and some of the faux roof rafters.
Over the next few weeks the rough-in of the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms will be completed as will the sheathing of the walls and roof. The framing of the 3 Hall rooms will be completed as will the rough-in of these spaces.
The street work at the intersection of Blue Cypress and Cypress Canyon is complete and now the Contractor will work on bringing the Recycled Water (RW) from the sidewalk area on to the Parish property. Then the Parish will contract to have our present irrigation system, that is fed from the City potable water system, modified to use the RW. This will significantly reduce the Parish water bills, but more important we will be supporting the State wide effort to reduce water usage.
The Contractor has placed the new kitchen dishwasher in place as well as the associated stainless steel tables. A double convection oven has also been put in place. Over the next few weeks these units will be connected to the water, plumbing drains, electricity and gas.
Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has continued framing the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. The exterior walls have also been sheathed, that is exterior grade plywood has been installed. The roof has also been sheathed and the faux roof rafters are now visible. The “rough-in” of these two rooms has just started. Rough-in is the phase where the electrical wiring, plumbing pipes and ventilation ducting is installed. The Parish is also having a different contractor install cabling for our computer and telephone systems in these rooms.
Over the next few weeks the rough-in of the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms will continue. But the important work will be the installation of the steel posts and beams that will be the main structure of the actual Hall expansion. The steel should arrive this coming Tuesday and once it is erected the Hall expansion can be framed.
At the intersection of Blue Cypress and Cypress Canyon, the Contractor has installed an extension of the City 8” Recycled Water (RW) main and installed a smaller pipe that will bring RW from the street onto the Church Campus. Associated with this work the Contractor redid the ADA sidewalk access ramps at both street corners including the installation of the yellow truncated dome warning strips for the visually impaired. The next step is for the City to connect the new section of piping we installed to the City RW main and that will bring RW to our Campus. Once this hookup is made the area of the street that was dug up will be repaved. When RW is available on the Parish Campus we will contract to have our present irrigation system, that is feed from the City potable water system, modified to use the RW. This will significantly reduce the Parish water bills as Recycled Water is much cheaper than potable, but more important we will be supporting the State wide effort to reduce water usage.
The Contractor has completed installing a small cabinet in the hallway leading to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Church. A relic of Saint Gregory the Great will be displayed in the cabinet.
Over the last two weeks, the Contractor has worked on framing the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. The exterior walls are standing and you can see where the doors and windows will go. We are still waiting on large steel beams that must be erected before the framing of the expansion of the hall itself can begin. The sidewalk between the Hall and the Admin building was also reinstalled.
The Contractor also started the street work at the intersection of Blue Cypress and Cypress Canyon. The street has been dug up and 8” piping installed. This piping will extend the existing City Reclaimed Water (purple) main that presently runs down the middle of Cypress Canyon but stops just west of the intersection. We are extending the main through the intersection so that a smaller pipe (a “lateral”) can be taped off the main at a 90 degree angle. This lateral will be run through the sidewalk and onto the Parish property. The work in the road should be completed this coming week. We apologize for any inconvenience this work caused traffic. Once we have established a location where Reclaimed Water is available on the Parish Campus we will contract to have our present irrigation system, that is feed from the City potable water system, modified to use the Reclaimed Water. This should significantly reduce the Parish water bills as Reclaimed Water is much cheaper than potable, but more important we will be supporting the State wide effort to reduce water usage.
Some may have noticed work in the hallway leading to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The Contractor is installing a small cabinet where a relic that the Parish has of Saint Gregory the Great will be displayed.
Over the last two weeks, the contractor poured the slabs for the new Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. Then the continuation of some much needed rain slowed their progress for a few days. They have installed the sill plates along the perimeter of the slabs and over the last few days the wood wall framing has been going up.
Early next week all of the exterior walls for the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms should be up. After that the Contractor will set wooden posts in the wall structures and put large horizontal wooden beams in place. With the posts and beams in place they will start framing the roof followed by installation of the roof sheathing. So by mid June these two rooms should have their wall and roof framing completed. The framing of the expanded area of the Hall will not start until some large steel beams are delivered and put in place to hold up the expanded roof. This should happen in mid June. In the next two weeks the Contractor should start the road work at the intersection of Blue Cypress and Cypress Canyon. The street must be dug up to bring reclaimed water from the large City main in the middle of the street onto the Church Campus. Every effort will be made to minimize traffic interference while this work is going on. The project remains about 3 to 4 weeks behind the Contractor’s schedule. If the Contractor is unable to regain some of the lost time, the Hall will be ready in mid September instead of mid August as originally scheduled.
We have appreciated the Parishioner’s patience with some of the normal sidewalk routes being blocked. Early this week the Contractor should be replacing part of the sidewalk between the Hall and the Admin building allowing for easier access to the Hall/Trinity Room/Youth Ministry Room and the present Sunday Nursery.
Over the last two weeks, the contractor has filled in the dirt inside the concrete stem walls that are installed on the perimeter of the new Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. This fill dirt brings the floors of these rooms to the same level as the existing Hall. With the dirt in place and compacted, the contractor was ready to pour the slabs for the two rooms late this week. However the rain, that we badly needed, did delay the pouring. It is now planned to pour the slabs tomorrow.
Once the slabs have been poured the contractor’s main effort will be framing the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. The first step is to put horizontal pieces of wood (called the “sill plate” or “sole plate”) along the perimeter of the slabs. The wood is attached using bolts that are installed vertically in the concrete on the edge of the slab when it is poured. Holes are drilled in the “plate” lumber to allow it to fit over the bolts and it is tightened to the slab with nuts. The “plate” is where the studs that make up the framing of the walls are attached. We are still waiting for the delivery of some large steel beams that will be installed in the ceiling area of the new part of the Hall to hold up the expanded roof. We will not begin framing the Hall expansion until these beams are in put in place a few weeks from now.
The project is about 3 to 4 weeks behind the contractor’s schedule. The rain days over the last two months have contributed to the slip, but it is mostly due to an overly optimistic contractor schedule. With the slabs being in place, the contractor hopes to regain some of the lost time. If he is unable to make up any time the Hall will be ready in mid September instead of mid August as originally scheduled. We thank the Parishioners for their cooperation in staying out of the area surrounded by construction fencing.
Over the last two weeks, the contractor poured the foundations for the Hall extension, the Faith Formation room, and the Sunday Nursery/Meeting room. He also poured the slab for the Hall extension. Yesterday the “stem walls” were poured. The property elevation drops a few feet as you go to the north of the Hall, but we need the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms to be level with the Hall. Therefore, we must build up the grade under these two rooms.
The stem walls are cement walls that sit on the foundation and rise to the height where we want the slab for these two rooms. Now that the stem walls are installed, over the next week the contactor will fill in the dirt against the stem walls, compact it and then pour the slabs for the Faith Formation and Sunday Nursery/Meeting rooms. After the slabs are in, the framing of these two rooms will begin on the new level surface.
The framing of the Hall will not start until some large steel beams are installed to support the extended Hall roof. The beams should be available in a few weeks. Again we ask Parishioners to stay out of the area surrounded by construction fencing for their safety and thank them for their patience with the inconvenience of not having the Hall fully available.
The contractor has completed the compaction of the soil that will be under the new structures to ensure it is ready to support the foundations. The foundations are cement poured into ditches dug a few feet below the ground level. They typically go around the perimeter of the building to bear the weight of the exterior walls and the roof weight that is transferred to the exterior walls.
The contractor has been digging the ditches and putting up the temporary wooden forms that will be used to contain the cement when it is poured into the foundation trenches. He has also been installing steel bars (“rebar”) in the ditches to increase the strength of the cement foundations.
The contractor hopes to make the foundation “pour” next week. This will be followed quickly by the pouring of the cement slab that will be the floor of the additional rooms being added to the Hall. Then the contractor will put up above-ground cement walls (stem walls) two connect the foundations of the Faith Formation and Nursery buildings. Their slabs will be at the same grade (level) as the Hall slab. This will require filling dirt inside the stem walls to raise the grade before we pour the slabs for these buildings.
We ask Parishioners to avoid the area surrounded by construction fencing for their safety. We thank everyone for their understanding and patience with the inconveniences that come with the construction.