Our church flooring project is off to a great start! The pews, old flooring, and wood platforms have been removed. Installation of the subfloor in the Nave will wrap up this week. The carpeting is on order and should be delivered the week of August 6th.
With the platforms removed, the original Sanctuary terrazzo/marble mosaic floor and communion rail kneeler step were revealed. Both are in very good condition. The restoration contractor inspected the floor and will be able to restore the terrazzo/marble mosaic as originally planned. Although some cracking in the floor may be visible after restoration, it will blend in as part of a century-plus old floor after he finishes cleaning, repairs, and polishing the floor.
There were 2 unexpected findings when the old flooring was removed. In the Narthex (main entry), asbestos was found in the adhesive used to glue the carpeting to the wood flooring. In the main Sacristy, adhesive was also used to glue the carpet to the wood flooring, however, it was tested and found not to be asbestos. Asbestos abatement was completed without impacting the schedule.
In addition to the flooring work, removal and restoring the main Sacristy cabinetry is underway. The layout for reinstalling the pews was also finalized and approved by the flooring committee. The new arrangement will make some accommodations for handicap seating and wheelchair locations, provide more space between the communion rail and front pew, widen the pew spacing to 34 inches, and provide an assembly area in the back of the church which can also be used to place folding chairs when needed. The total seating capacity of the church will remain unchanged. A copy of the new pew arrangement drawing will be posted within the next few days on the hall door leading upstairs to the church. As a side note, pews not used in the new arrangement will be placed in storage.
The project is proceeding on schedule and within budget. If all continues to go reasonably well, we hope to be back in the church on Labor Day weekend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me. Thank you and may God continue to bless our parish!!
Thank you Jan Fisher for another great video!!