APRIL 30, 2012 MONDAY
DAY #622, 28 days to move-in

17 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
4 Contract Drywall/Floor Finishers
4 Contract Glass Installers
2 Concrete Finishers
1 Concrete Company Owner
1 Concrete Delivery Truck Driver
1 HVAC Representative
1 Construction Consultant
10 Attend BPOC Meeting

The kitchen concrete ramp way was poured, along with a small sidewalk on the northwest corner of the building.   The temporary scaffolding supporting the block archway for the South entrance was taken down.  Frames were added for the two small side windows in the South entrance.  A whole bunch of screws and nails were removed from old framing. Temporary wood doors were put in the South entry and the glass doors will probably be done tomorrow.

The audio equipment installed for Celebration Sunday was taken down – not good to have expensive speakers, etc., in a construction zone.  Thanks to one of the Veneta Groovers for allowing us to use her best speakers for a day.  Latches were put on the remaining restroom stall doors.  I understand there needed to be some door “guard duty” yesterday to make sure the doors stayed shut and there were no embarrassing moments.

There was plaster touch-up in Room 3, the Sanctuary, and East entrance.  Floor grinding continued in the Music, Religious Education and Minister’s office, and the Library.  We are close to wind down mode on the floor grinding but can still use more help.  It is not just a matter of standing behind the machine – it is important to have help hauling water hose, tipping the machine to clean or change grinding blades, and sweeping up the grindings as the machine goes along.  Unless there is additional money to pay for contract laborers the floors will not be done with volunteer labor.  We are burning daylight at this point. Each floor is different – some have lumps, some have scratches, etc.  The skill level and timing are the crunch factors.

Everyone needs to remember that the way the building looked yesterday is just like it will look when we move in and hold our first service 28 days from now.  No doors on many of the rooms, no counter tops in the office, no baseboards, probably no fabric on the “flying cloud” panels on the ceilings.  We will not be able to use the stove and there will not be a working dishwasher. Most rooms will not be painted. The exterior will not be painted. In other words, there are some “heavy lifting” jobs left to do, and despite our high level of volunteers, they won’t be able to carry the load.

For a full review of the process for our move, see the article by Wanda Kuenzli, chair of the Aesthetics & Logistics Task Force in the May newsletter – now available for your reading pleasure. Read about the sequence and timing for packing, labeling, moving and unpacking everything from 40th & Donald.

If you enjoyed the trees in the sanctuary yesterday, you can adopt a tree to be planted at the BUUB – depending on the species, they cost between $85 and $110.  If interested, you can talk to the Sultana of Swales, Sarah Hendrickson.  She told BPOC she is enjoying being in mud up to her armpits, but she is only focusing on getting the swales done for occupancy, not the rest of the landscape.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:  From a Volunteer to Ed Zack:  “Thank you for allowing me to come to your fine establishment.”

“This project is unique — having volunteers work side by side with the contractors…. those union guys will need therapy for a while after working with volunteers.”

“No need to get too excited about what won’t be finished — it is a waste of agitation.”

“The ginko trees have been sexed….to determine if they are geko or geico.”  (Perhaps that should be girlco rather than geko.)

Judie

newhome@uueugene.org


 

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APRIL 29, 2012 SUNDAY
DAY # 621, 29 days to move-in

350 Adults
40 Children
1 Construction Consultant
Rev. Alicia Forsey
The Board of Trustees

CELEBRATION SUNDAY – and what a celebration it was! – amazing to see us all together in one strong body.  The crew put out 350 chairs and they were all occupied!  As husband Ed and I drove up and parked the car on 13th Avenue, we were immediately in awe of how many people arrived by 10:30 AM and were wandering around outside, gathered in small groups, smiling and chatting and checking out all the changes to the BUUB.  Our high school youth and the high school youth from the Corvallis UU Church were identified by Hawaiian leis, directing traffic or greeting visitors with a smile and a welcome.

Ruth Ross wrote a wonderful summary of the day that appeared on SHARE earlier today. She covered the bases and I hope everyone reading this has seen her comments.  Our three choirs performed and there was talk about money.  Rev. Alicia shared a poem by Marge Piercy that appears below, as she gave the Call to Celebrate the New Building.  It set the tone for how money affects us all:

Charm for Attracting Wild Money

You are the green of Elm leaves in summer.
New you are crisp as filo dough.
Old you are soft as well worn leather.
I will rub my hands with honey
and run through marble lobbies of banks.
I will dance for you strung like a jester with bells tinkling.

Come to me, come to me, come!
I will not keep you in a dark trust fund.
I will not chain you to labor at a mortgage
or harness you to clanking stock issues
but will let you wander free
as an alley cat through the city.

I will turn you out of your cage
to sing arias in the tree tops.
I am not mean but foolishly kind.
You would speedily rejoin others of your species.

Come, oh murmuring swarm,
build your wasp nest in my empty purse.

— Marge Piercy

I wasn’t able to hear the results of folks signing pledge cards for the annual Stewardship Campaign.  Everyone was so busy having an enjoyable time.  There were highlights of the day. Like Ed Zack and Mark Doonan being held in a cradle of love with a spontaneous and prolonged standing ovation for their dedication and creative touch.  More than 300 volunteers have put in an excess of 40,000 hours.  Today was no exception.  After we all stuffed ourselves with delicious food and took off our party hats, a crew was on hand to fold tables and put them on rolling carts, load up chairs for storage or a return to 40th & Donald, and that job didn’t end until 6 PM tonight.  Thanks to everyone who made this day possible.

The volunteers filled a 24-foot rental truck to the ceiling with chairs, tables, the pulpit and other goodies from 40th.  They observed that after leaving the large space in the social hall and sanctuary at the BUUB, with its light and wide open space, when they walked into the sanctuary and social hall at 40th, they were struck by how tiny it is.

I particularly enjoyed hearing the Joys and Concerns shared by the high school youths. They have a much different focus than what we share as adults.  I hope when we move to our new building, we can find a way to have more interaction with our children and youth, so we can get to know them.

Thanks to everyone for the hugs and good wishes for husband Ed and me upon hearing we are moving to Portland.  The announcement said we were moving in two weeks – we are actually not moving until the end of June.  And even after we move, we plan to attend church in Eugene at least once a month.  For the past 7 years, we have hosted dinner every Sunday night for our grandchildren here in Eugene.  So we will come down for church and then take the grandkids out to dinner and return to Portland.  We will need to keep tabs on how the finish work on the BUUB is coming along.  We haven’t seen the good wishes card that was circulating today, but look forward to reading notes from some of you.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

One of the truest statements of the day came from an 8 year old as he walked into the east entrance with his mother:  “Pretty good start.”!  Right on – he got it!  The ribs, plaster and stone of the building are all there, and now we need to add the heart that will make it our home.

A fun story – When our Construction Consultant Mark Doonan walked in this morning, a Corvallis High School greeter welcomed him and encouraged him to “walk around and appreciate the space and see the changes.”

TOMORROW we need volunteers to grind floors!  Until the new north entrance door is installed,  the existing keys will work to open the door on the NE corner of the building.

I could babble on about today for several more pages.  It was indeed a special time together.

Judie

newhome@uueugene.org

 


APRIL 28, 2012 SATURDAY
DAY #620, 30 days left to move-in

31 VOLUNTEERS
1 Concrete Finisher
1 Construction Consultant

The list above doesn’t begin to reflect the number of people who were volunteering today – there were our own high school youth, plus the high school youth from the Corvallis UU Church. Parents of UUCE youth and parents for the Corvallis youth. Many of those on site worked on preparation of food for Celebration Sunday. While they were preparing food, a jackhammer was being used to break up the old sidewalk just outside the kitchen door. The new apron for the north entrance will be poured on Monday.

A number of volunteers raked the sides of the west half of the swales (see photo below) and cleaned the Plaza. The concrete finisher rinsed off the blue tint on the new east sidewalks. A tremendous amount of time was spent cleaning the Plaza. When the topsoil was delivered, there were all kinds of muddy tools and shoes on the job, so that needed to be cleaned up.

29apr swale digging-tTables, chairs and pulpit were moved from East 40th location, and we are set up and arranged in a unique pattern for Tomorrow. Moving all the rolling carts loaded with lumber and tools was a big job, but it was good to have those high school youth on hand for the heavy work. A youth team was hooking up a temporary sound system for tomorrow..

The 24 foot rental truck was picked up and it was in service all day transporting chairs and tables chairs, etc., at 40th & Donald, and then taking them to the BUUB. The Veneta Groovers delivered many in their smaller van and trailer.. We are able to seat 120 at tables, and 170 in the sanctuary chairs around the perimeter. fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff (Ooops – I fell asleep while typing…)

The fancy “mop and bucket” machine was being used in the Sanctuary, Social Hall and Chapel corridors to clean them. Lots of sweeping to cut down on the dust for tomorrow took place. There is enough seating for 340 people tomorrow.

NEEDED: Volunteers to help load up all the 40th Avenue Sanctuary chairs after Celebration Sunday tomorrow. They barely fit in the 24 foot rented truck. As you might imagine, today’s crew was pretty well worn down by this evening, so it would be good to have some fresh stock tomorrow.

No quotes of the day – everyone was busy, busy, busy and I didn’t hear any nuggets to share.

The joke’s on me. Recently I have had a number of people write to comment on my writing, so when I saw an email from Sarah Hendrickson several days ago, I read the subject line and thought, “here I go again.” I thought it said, “where are the comas?” On closer inspection I realized it said “where are the camas” A big difference.


 

APRIL 27, 2012 FRIDAY
DAY #619, 31 days to move-in

16 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
1 Contract Electrical Company Owner
1 Electrical Engineer
5 Contract Concrete Finishers
1 HVAC Technician
1 Environmental Control Installer
2 Contract Plumbers
1 Concrete Delivery Truck Driver
1 City Department of Public Works Inspector
1 City Department of Parks & Recreation Inspector
1 Construction Consultant
2 Celebration Sunday Food Volunteers
1 Penske Truck Rental
15 for Chinese Dinner

The W O W factor today is so W O W that you are all going to have to wait until Celebration Sunday to feast your eyes upon it. A carload of beautiful fruit and other goodies was delivered to feed Sunday’s work crew. A note was sent to several of the Church e-mail lists with a reminder about the Eugene Marathon on Sunday and to avoid closed streets so everyone can arrive in time for church. It is also important to remember there is no central heat at the BUUB, so dress as through you are going to the Saturday Market, or at least bring a little extra warmth so you can be comfortable.

There is a full day of work tomorrow. We made arrangements for a 16 foot truck to rent at a very special rate, only the 16 footer was out of service, so we got a 24 foot truck with a lift for the same special rate as the 16. Many of the tools and equipment on loan from the Veneta Groovers was loaded into the truck this afternoon and will go to Veneta first thing in the morning with El Viejo at the wheel. He will deliver the items in the truck and pick up 60 chairs and a number of tables that have been stored in Veneta and take them to the BUUB, where he will be greeted by the some 30 high school youth with strong backs and much energy who will be on hand to help get the Sanctuary and social hall put together for Sunday.

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The glass installers did some finishing with gaskets on the South Entry outer door, and cleaned up the East Entry glass. Panic hardware was installed on the East Entry doors.

The concrete crew poured the east half of the front plaza, and are expected to pour the sidewalk tomorrow. The sidewalk on the north side developed a crack soon after being poured months ago, and it is due to be replaced.

The contract laborers spent the day patching drywall and putting up drywall in the South Entry. Now that the glass is installed and it is weatherproof, the drywall can go in. Grinding was done in Room 3 and the Chapel corridor. There was a trip to various suppliers for insulation, mopping supplies, and densifier. IT wire was pulled. The plumbers fixed a leak under the kitchen sink.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed and put away. Cabinet doors were cleaned, there was rock picking and sweeping, the swales were worked on, and refinements were made to the irrigation system. One volunteer used the magnet picker-upper of sharp metal objects in the parking lot. There was lots of sweeping.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: There seemed to be no outstanding Fortune Cookies tonight – but we filled three tables and the conversation was lively. A couple of good quotes came from the dinner crowd.

“What will happen with the Friday night dinners after we move into the BUUB?” (It was suggested that we continue the tradition, as many expect to continue working through the summer to get the building more finished.) By the way – there will be NO Chinese Dinner next week, May 4.

“I wrote $50,000 in checks today, for glass, electrical, and concrete.”

The Interim pro-tem ad-hoc Landscape Coordinator showed up at dinner with the most disgusting looking hands any of us had seen, and was asked whether she was going to wash them before eating….“I scrubbed and scrubbed with that special stuff at the BUUB and it won’t come off – it is that purple stuff that joins plastic irrigation pipe.”

Next, the same person was admonished because she and her partner will be at the coast on May 13th, when she should be on the job at the BUUB! Her response: “But we will be refreshed after a few days at the coast, and full of vigor, and we will dive back into the hog wallows.” (Swale – aka – hog wallow)

I apologize for the sloppy writing tonight, but the garage sale people wore me out!


APRIL 26, 2012 THURSDAY
DAY #618, 31 days left to move-in

19 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
2 HVAC Technicians
4 Glass Installers
4 Contract Laborers
1 Sheetrock Delivery Person
1 Topsoil Delivery Person
1 Construction Consultant
Several Board Members
10 Visitors

Another WOW was having 31 tons of top soil delivered, and the best part was they didn’t just dump it in one place but used the boom to “shoot” it into place.  Oh, and because of friendships long standing with the delivery company, the bill was only $539 for all that dirt!  The swales are theoretically ready to plant.

Blowing dirt…..

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Sarah Hendrickson, Interim pro-tem ad-hoc Landscape Coordinator, sent the following to Biz:

The BUBB south landscape “hardscape” is nearing completion and sometime in the next weeks will be time to plant the swale (We still need soil and some final pipe and concrete work.)The swale is the stormwater drainage that is required by the city  for our final occupancy permit.

If you are interested, check out the planted swales at the PepsoCo plant on McVeigh Road (on the way to LCC via I5) and the little installation at Garden Way and MLK in front of the coffee shop. Our swale could look like these when completed. I’ll admit I was pleased to see the possibilities!

The WOW of the day was a WINDOW IN THE KITCHEN!  It makes such a difference – lets in so much natural light, could make washing dishes fun.  And speaking of dishes – when the children of regular volunteers visit from out of town, they have to be very careful when they get in the car with their mothers because they are likely to end up washing dishes at the BUUB!  That happened today – no names taken…..

NEW WOW FACTOR: KITCHEN HAS WINDOW TO OUTSIDE
NEW WOW FACTOR: KITCHEN HAS WINDOW TO OUTSIDE

 

"I'LL HAVE A LATTE PLEASE"
“I’LL HAVE A LATTE PLEASE”

 

From outside looking in....
From outside looking in….

And while on the subject of glass and windows – The framework for the “big face” of the South entrance was added and the three sides are all in.  All the stickers and other distractions on the new doors and windows on the east side were cleaned off.  Every day the BUUB takes on a new personality in some way.

Floor grinding continued – thanks to those who came to volunteer – but we need more volunteers, we need more volunteers.  Room 3, the Minister’s Office and the East entry were worked on.

IT wire was pulled and Comcast came to change out the modem for internet.  Tomorrow Century Link is scheduled to install the lines for the emergency phone.  They have promised to be there twice before with a no show, so we shall see if it actually happens tomorrow.

There was drywall patching around the skylight wells and the new East doors and windows.

One volunteer sorted out thousands of loose screws.  Over the past two years a number of things have been dismantled or built or salvaged and screws of size and type got tossed into containers, so this was a mammoth job and very much appreciated.  Latches and locks were installed on the new doors.  Our prime irrigation guru keeps perfecting the pipe system on the south side of the building.

The Aesthetics and Logistics Task Force met with Ed Zack last night to put the finishing touches on our move.  Everyone is on track, and each person on the Task Force has a specific area of assignment.  Only one person has offered a pickup the week of May 14.  On May 7, a large dumpster will arrive at 40th & Donald and some time before the end of May, Susanne Giordano will orchestrate a moving sale of the leftovers.

You know how great minds never seem to have a piece of paper to write down important information?  Well, last night our construction consultant and El Viejo went out for dinner to discuss the project, write down their assumptions about items needed to “complete” the building after occupancy and an estimated budget.  Everything they wrote down was brilliant….except they wrote it on a paper napkin.  The consultant got to his car and realized he had left it behind, so returned to the restaurant to retrieve the napkin.  It had already made it to the kitchen — garbage can — but he was able to find it after digging through the trash, and it was no worse for the wear.  Thank goodness.  It would have been a shame to lose that knowledge base.

A small amount of insulation was installed.  There was help carrying and unpacking light fixtures.  Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed.

REMINDER:  Chinese dinner at the Fortune Inn, 1775 West 6th avenue tomorrow evening, April 27, at 5:30 PM.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “Isn’t that window over the sink beautiful?”

One person wore a pair of fleece socks with a leopard print.  The construction consultant had never seen such a thing and took a photo with his iPhone, while a by-stander quipped:  “No animals were hurt in the making of these socks.”

“Sensors on the skylights indicate the amount of candle power hitting the floor, and if it is too dim during daylight hours, lights will come on.  And yes, there is an override feature on the automatic light sensors.  So if movies need to be shown, etc., the lights can be shut off.”

I am by nature a bit of a Pollyanna – and live by the motto “Leap – the Net Will Appear.” There were times some little tiny cloud would flit through my head – especially after we passed the 400 day mark – what if for some reason we can’t get the building completed in time and I have been living in a dream world.   Well, I can kiss those doubts goodbye. The building is shaping up by leaps and bounds.  Every day when I stop to pick up information for this report, I am blown away by the finishing touches being added.  We are on the home stretch.  I hope everyone will attend Celebration Sunday and see the beautiful work done by our contractors, and especially by the more than 300 church volunteers.  This is heady stuff.

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Husband Ed and I are holding a garage sale tomorrow and Saturday from 7 AM to 3 PM as we downsize our 75 years of accumulated goodies.  As you might imagine, moving from a 1800-square-foot house to a 754-square-foot apartment in Portland requires some serious clutterbusting.  And thanks to Sara Mitchell who is piggybacking with some items.  The money from the sale of her items goes to the church general fund.  Come on down… 310 Brae Burn.


APRIL 25, 2012 WEDNESDAY
DAY #617, 32 days to move-in

18 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
1 HVAC Supervisor
4 Contract Glass Installers
2 Environmental Control Installers
1 Construction Consultant
4 Contract Laborers
8 Visitors

The glass installers continue to offer the WOW factor.  All doors and windows have been installed in the East entrance.

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The Northeast Sanctuary entry door, with glass, was also installed and the framework for the curtain glass on the South entry is coming along (see photo below).

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The second WOW factor was created by several people on the grinding crew on the floors in the Sanctuary and East entrance.  We still need additional people to assist the grinders.  At 5 PM, our construction consultant Mark Doonan was using his special tool to scrape the dry grinding “sludge” created by an early grind.  We can’t stress enough the need for more people to volunteer with the floors and cleanup.  Floors in the minister’s office and library were also ground.

The south concrete pour area was cleaned, with lots of debris picked up.  Charlie Eckerson worked with a rototiller for hours breaking up the compacted dirt by the east entrance and around the swales (photo below).

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We need more rock pickers – rocks come up easy now that the area has been loosened up.  Additional sheetrock patching around skylights was done.

26apr always moving tools-tIT wire was pulled, there was cleaning and plywood moving.  Comcast will come tomorrow afternoon to install some updated phone service.  Our recycling guru was busy organizing, sorting, and taking care of business.  The Southwest wood storage area was reorganized. The cabinets were re-stacked and, after move-in, tools will be moved into that area.  Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed.  One volunteer did some “thinking.”  That could be dangerous.  Another swept and did wet vacuuming.  And yet another moved lumber and put away clean dishes, while someone else installed an occupancy sensor to heat pump wires.

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H E L P     N E E D E D   and  N E W S     O F    T H E    M O V E

The Czarist Troika – Ed Zack, Eric Swegles and Emmet Band at your service for the move.

Ed  – responsible for the BUUB

Eric – responsible for 40th & Donald

Emmet – responsible for Transportation

Beginning, Monday, May 14 –  We need as many pickup trucks as possible.  The owners need to be drivers only.  There will be people on hand to load and unload.  There are a lot of special items and odd ball stuff that should not be stacked in the moving vans and need to be carefully driven to the BUUB.    Help will be needed all week.  Please call Ed Zack if you have a pickup and tell him what day you are available to help.  Ed’s number is 541-729-4500 – or email him at edwinhzack@gmail.com

(I wonder if your name has to begin with the letter “E” to be involved…..*grin)

THERE IS A BICYCLE WITH A FLAT TIRE stored in the “dog house” on the east porch.  We need to find the owner so the bike can be removed.  All of the usual suspects have been asked about it, but nobody owns up to knowing anything about it.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:  From the Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee –

“Weekly Update on the Building Campaign – Excellent Job on the Matching Gift Opportunity! Just a few weeks ago we still needed $51,000 in new funds to complete renovations required to obtain our occupancy permit. A matching gift opportunity of $26,000 was offered by three households and that match has now been met by many households and with $83 dollars to spare! Sincere appreciation to everyone who was able to step up and help with funding at this stage as well as everyone who has participated in the huge team effort to make this project a success. Joy, abundance and community abound! Once moved in, a list of priority items will be developed that will make our new home more pleasing for our congregation and potential renters – stay tuned. If you have questions, please contact Kay Crider at 541-968-9988 or kaycrider@me.com. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“Sarah was grinding today. She suggested we’ve been holding out on her. It looks hard and dirty and boring but actually it is a meditative experience. Now she knows!”

“I should start charging for tours – $10 each – to make money for the church.”

There will be Chinese dinner on Friday, April 27 – The Fortune Inn, 1775 West 6th Avenue, 5:30 PM.

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Below: Jake installing cabinets, a bit fuzzy, sorry. Right: temporary signage for bathroom.

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APRIL 23, 2012 MONDAY
DAY #615, 34 days to move-in

9 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
3 HVAC Control Specialists
5 Contract Concrete Finishers
4 Contract Laborers
4 glass window installers
1 Electric light delivery
1 Air Conditioning Factory Representative
1 City Inspector
1 Scrubber Sales Person
1 Construction Consultant
4 Visitors

Okay folks, we are approaching the final lap before temporary occupancy.  Today we had only 9 volunteers.  We are out of money to pay floor finishers, so what you see on the floors right now is what you are going to get unless we have volunteers to finish the grinding.  Our new machine will not be out of the factory as expected — but within 48 hours we will get a big machine to use.  That means we have two very efficient floor finishing machines – now we need people to run them.  Today was the last day of contract floor finishers.

We do have enough money to get to temporary occupancy, right at $1.7 million.  All the money left goes into materials.  On Friday, we will no longer have paid carpenters, and one general laborer will also be let go.  Only work necessary for temporary occupancy will be completed.  We should all feel a great sense of accomplishment for what we have done so far, and we can build on that to get the final building we all want.  Occupancy is basically what we have right now.  Yes, we are adding entrances and the large skylights, but trim and additional interior doors will need to wait. It will require more volunteers and more money.

So what got done today?

The lower cabinets are installed in the administrative office and countertops were added.

The west half of the south landscaping concrete around the swales was poured.  You might notice that it is blue – that is an additive used in extremely hot weather to slow down the curing process and avoid cracking.  Isn’t modern technology wonderful?  I believe the east half will be poured tomorrow.

Some of the East Entrance windows were installed –  talk about WOW FACTOR – they have it.

The Sanctuary floor had grinding.  The floor in Room 3 was prepared for grouting the wire in the loop system and then grinding can begin there.

There were volunteers sweeping, cleaning, pulling nails, moving lumber, and sorting lumber.  There is a tremendous amount of debris that needs to be picked up outside, so if you have time to stop by and help, there is plenty to do.  Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed.  I did see a note asking for juice, lunch meat, or canned nuts.  And always fruit.

Husband Ed went outside to photograph the new sidewalks, but got sidetracked when he saw two wild turkeys feeding in the flower beds at Berea Church on Chambers.  And swallows have returned to the neighborhood.  Time to close up all openings around the eaves.

A mini IT Committee report from Todd Woodward.  This is only a portion of his very extensive update:

The largest and most involved phone and internet cable pulling, which was scheduled for Tuesday (16th) and Wednesday (17th), was completed in only one day due to the combined hard work of Al Hutt, Chris LeBlanc, Ken Ross and myself. Throughout the rest of the week, we completed most of the rest of the less intense cable pulling, which brings us to 98% of all of the phase one locations that we planned to pull to.

(Special thanks to J.T. for assisting us on Saturday with some final cable pulling and other important tasks.)

We relied heavily on Chris LeBlanc’s extensive real-world, hands-on experience pulling cable. (Not to mention his bicycle-everywhere fitness to enable him to move very quickly through the attic, and his litheness to fit into some tight spaces.) He has a knack for looking at a box of cable and estimating how much cable is left, as well as pulling out the exact amount needed for runs.

Even with generous pre-planned over-estimating on my part, we ran out of cable and will have to wait to pull one remaining extra-long run to an outlet in the Sanctuary after more cable arrives this week. Lesson: Even when you think you’ve over-estimated the amount of cable you need, add 20% or even more.

CORRECTION:  In last night’s report, I said Celebration Sunday was Sunday,  April 27. It was pointed out to me by several people that Sunday is April 29, so I stand corrected. Also, I forgot to say that the children’s art project in the back of the room Sunday will be to create prayer flags to present to the Buddhists as they move into 40th and Donald in June.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:  “That’s  a lot of counter space in the office – enough for 8 people at their own work station.”

“There are doors on the east restrooms!  When did those get installed?”  “A week ago…..”

Pouring concrete for the walkway...
Pouring concrete for the walkway…

 

 

Pouring concrete in the forms..... that's Sarah catching some rays....
Pouring concrete in the forms….. that’s Sarah catching some rays….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


** New photos have just been posted back to April 10**

APRIL 22, 2012 SUNDAY
DAY #614, 35 days to move-in

2 Volunteers that I heard of
2 Visitors that I know of

The Veneta Groovers installed the LAST OF THE LOOP SYSTEM WIRE in Room 3, and once grout is added and it dries, grinding of the floor in that room can begin. At church I heard several people say they had some time to devote to the BUUB, but I don’t know if their timing matched up with when the door was unlocked. Please let me know if you were there.

It is a “good thing” as Martha Stewart would say, to have Gretchen Miller and Sarah Hendrickson living so close to the BUUB. They stop by on their way to the grocery store on their bicycles, and keep an eye on things. A couple of days ago, Gretchen reported the following:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: (from Friday) “This afternoon, after walking home from the BUB, kind of tired from cleaning all afternoon… but, by the way, how terrific the place looked, with the tablecloths, flowers, so (relatively) clean and tidy, plates of great food. Great job, major kudos to the organizers of the event! … so, back to my story, while I was working in the yard, two neighbors who live on 12th not far from Chambers greeted me, asked how the building is doing, when we are going to move, and expressed pleasure that the UUs will be good neighbors, and that they expect that they will be attending events there now that they can walk. They specifically mentioned Interweave movies, among others. So, good work, all!”

The tablecloths, flowers and plates of great food were supplied by the Break Room Dancers and friends who prepared for and hosted the open house for prospective renters.

And, from today: “Also, the piece of glass in the high area at the south (13th Avenue) entrance looks really good.”

An eagle eye editor has pointed out to this writer and our beloved web team that the correct address for the BUUB is 1685 West 13th Avenue, and that we need to be sure to not call it a Street.

NEXT SUNDAY – APRIL 27 – 11 AM – Celebration Sunday – No Church Service at 40th & Donald. There will be a light lunch following the service – child care will be provided for children under 6 years of age in Rooms 1 and 2. There will be carpet on the floor for them, and toys! Children 6 and older will attend the service, but there will be tables set up in the back with paper and crayons, and if your child opts to be in the back, you are asked to sit with them. This is technically a work party.

PARKING is available in the BUUB parking lot, in the Looking Glass parking lot and on 13th Avenue. This will be a special day to celebrate the completion of our annual stewardship campaign. Rev Alicia Forsey will be there along with special music.


APRIL 21, 2012 SATURDAY
DAY #613, 36 DAYS TO MOVE-IN

Listing Volunteers today is tricky, so let me just list who was at the BUUB:

4 IT Volunteer crew members
1 Recycling Guru
1 Ed Zack (El Viejo..feeling his age.)
5 Middle School Volunteer workers
1 Youth Leader
1 Director of Religious Education
1 Construction Consultant
21 Visitors

It seemed that people were coming and going throughout the day. Ed Z arrived at 7:30 AM to clean up the two bobcats because he thought the rental company was coming early to pick them up. When he called to tell them they were ready, they said, “oh, we aren’t coming until Monday.” Turns out they came to get one this afternoon. When I saw Ed about 4 PM, I asked if he had been out in the sun and his freckles had popped? No, it was mud splatters all over his face, neck, and yellow neck scarf. He got splattered while washing the bobcats and there are no mirrors so he had no idea he was covered with mud!

The middle school volunteers were cleaning up the sidewalk on 13th and picking up “cow pie” mud clods in the east parking lot. There was a good amount of mud to be worked on. It’s great to have it cleaned up and not tracked into the building. When Ed Zack was giving them their instructions, the middle schoolers were doing some break dancing that was captured on film.

The IT crew were going gang busters and working their magic. It was interesting watching three grown men trying to crank the folding door between the sanctuary and social hall. It was a real struggle. It had been working smoothly but one of the rollers had popped out. Conduit was installed to run the phone line for the fire alarm.

Bob Kaeser took a load of doors to BRING. Ed gave tours throughout the day, and in his “spare” time, worked at repairing hoses, cords, and tools.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: To a middleschooler: “What are you working on today?”

Response: “Shoveling.”

“I may have to ask for a raise….I got an increase in my salary from one cheese stick to two, so I might get to have three.”

“The extension cords look like they were run over by a Sherman tank. They start out 50 feet long, and end up being only 30. I am constantly repairing them.”

“Happy Earth Day!”

No work party planned for Sunday, April 22.


APRIL 20, 2012 FRIDAY
DAY #612, 37 days to move-in

19 Volunteers + 5 for Open House
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
4 Contract Roofers
4 Contract Laborers
1 Excavator
2 City Inspectors
5 Contract Glass Window Installers
1 Asbestos Abatement Owner
2 Earth Moving Bobcats
1 Construction Consultant
10 Visitors
16 Visitors Related to Rentals

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A special shout of thanks to all those who worked on the building all day getting it cleaned up for the open house – putting paper on the restroom floors so they don’t get scratched from construction mud. All restrooms were cleaned and materials and tools were temporarily moved to storage in the “dog house” on the east porch. There was major transformation of the kitchen by Linda Meyer and many food-dropper-offers throughout the day, Momma organizing the food and putting it out on tables with tablecloths and flowers. The groups who signed in with interest in renting were: CALC, Lane County Pink Ribbon Tea, Global Resources, Brain Agility, OSU Extension, FISH, and the Roving Park Players.

Floor grinding continued in the Sanctuary, East entry, and East corridor. The Veneta Groovers finished grooving in Room 3, with only wire installation left. The IT crew worked at installing wire big time. Now that he is done as an AARP income tax helper, George Struble came down from Salem for the day to help on a variety of projects.

The swale crew worked on irrigation pipe installation and regrading the topsoil. Thank goodness we have a berm along 13th and Chambers instead of a fence. There was another wreck on this corner, doing damage to the newly planted white oak tree. The berm stopped the car.

Bob Kinyon, long time friend of Ed Zack and the saintly person who owns the fork lift we have had “on loan” for two years, stopped by to say hello and see how much longer we need the equipment. He was blown away and couldn’t believe how much had been done since his last visit several months ago. (And he said we can hang on to the fork lift a little while longer…..)

The glass window frames are going in for the south entrance (which also got glass in three sections) and the east entrance. It makes a big difference in the appearance of the south entrance, and finally it is all making sense to me. The roofers were on hand to seal up the last of the small skylights. All but one is installed. It is temporarily delayed due to technical difficulties.

There was food delivered for lunch, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. There were NO respirators to clean.

Tomorrow, our Middle School Youth will be on hand for a work party. Sounds like they will have lovely weather for working outdoors.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: I received the following email from former member Donna Loveland: “Hello Judie and everyone. When I lived in Eugene many years ago, I was a member of UUCE. I’ve been reading your posts regularly, Judie, from wherever I’ve been in South America, and now the vast Atlantic, heading to Spain. You have done a masterful job of describing the daily work in an interesting manner. Hats off to all the volunteers. I’ll be there for the opening ceremony.”

Ed Zack was waving a photo taken by Kirk Taylor on August 5, 2010, featuring Ed standing in the front lobby of the BUB. He said today he had $100 in his pocket and would give it to anyone who could find one thing (other than the people) in the photo that was still there. “The floor, display case, ceiling, glass front entrance, phone booth, reception area, door to the office, etc., are all gone?” Nobody got the $100.

“Moving dirt in the swales and berm with a bobcat is like moving dirt in your sandbox as a kid – only bigger, and the machine makes all the noise…..” It’s difficult getting Mark to give up the controls of the bobcat.


APRIL 19, 2012 THURSDAY
Day #611, 38 days to move-in

24 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
1 Electrical Supply Delivery Person
1 Electrical Engineer
4 Contract Laborers
1 Plumbing Company Secretary
3 Contract Glass Installers
3 Contract Concrete People
1 City Inspector
1 Construction Consultant
2 Visitors

The glass contractor was preparing frames for the north, east, and west side entrances. There was lots of IT wiring installed.  Cabinets were installed in the safe and the administrative office.

The Swale Team finished hand-digging the grading on the swales and they will be inspected on Friday (as in tomorrow).  They finished up the chases and lines for irrigation and electricity through the forms. The concrete contractors were perfecting the forms for the south sidewalks and will do the pour on Monday.

Nine additional small (4 foot square) skylights were installed.  That makes a total of 38 units for 32 openings.  We are waiting for the roofers to come back before we do the rest – they were unable to come in the rain for the job at hand.  More of the old framing and ragamuffin coverings from the roof were dismantled and recycled.

Photos below:  2 kinds of skylights.

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The custom doors were delivered – they are the interior doors for the chapel and entrances to the sanctuary.  All the east offices, library, and restrooms were stripped of masking tape in anticipation of the rental open house tomorrow from 4-6 PM.  There was a tremendous amount of cleaning in preparation for the open house, but still lots to get done before 4 PM Friday.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed; respirators were cleaned, floor grinding in the Sanctuary and Social Halls, and floor grooving in Room 3.

An obituary in today’s Register-Guard reported the death of Derrick McGavic, the owner of the building to the north  of the BUUB.  He died of cancer within 13 days of his diagnosis.

REMINDER:  No Chinese dinner tomorrow.

And to all the youth who are part of the BUUB work party this weekend – please bring spare clothes and shoes because you will be working outside, and it could be muddy and wet.  Be sure to not wear any “good” clothes to the worksite.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:  “Will it be okay if I clean the restrooms?  I’m worn out from floor grinding and need to do something less strenuous.”

“Take a walk on the wild side and wander on the meandering sidewalk path.”

“This place is like a soap opera on steroids.”


APRIL 18, 2012 WEDNESDAY
DAY #610, 39 days before move-in

20 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
3 Window Glass Installers
2 Fire Suppression Installers
4 Contract Floor Finishers & Skylight Installers
4 Contract Roofers
1 City Inspector
1 Construction Consultant
1 Gravel Truck Delivery Driver
1 Skylight Delivery Truck & Driver

I have the feeling there were concrete workers on the job, but forgot to ask. I do know a gravel truck with a “shooter” delivered a whole bunch of rocks and placed them into the curvy paths and then rebar was installed. Much shovel handwork followed on the banks and approaches to the swales, and it all seems to make sense. The whole front area is going exactly as planned. The concrete pour is scheduled for Monday because there is a bit more prep work to do first.

Eagle One and the repaired floor grinder returned from their extended vacation in Kirkland, WA and arrived at 7:30 AM. The grinder was unloaded and Chuck was out the door by 8, only to return later in the day to perform janitorial duties. Everyone was giving Eagle One a bad time about his fancy vacation. A new contest for “Volunteer of the Week” has begun, and the winner will get an all expense paid trip to their choice of: Drain, Blodgett, or Boring, Oregon. One person noted on the sign-in sheet that she was working on whatever project would not get her chosen as Volunteer of the Week.

Speaking of contests – Congratulations to Todd Woodward for finding the boomerang in the attic. We will find an appropriate gift to recognize his intellectual prowess.

The IT crew installed a huge amount of wire, and came up with a brilliant solution for threading pipe through a 150-foot-long wire basket. The pipe kept getting caught on the basket until a tennis ball was stuffed into the end of the pipe and then it just glided right through. The four-person crew spent the day in the attic.

The Sanctuary and Social Hall had floor grinding, and the Veneta Groovers were working in Room 3. Hopefully the last of grooving. Not sure how easy that job is with a broken rib.

At 7:15 AM a truckload of skylights arrived, were fork lifted onto the roof and carried to their proper area for installation. There were 40 small skylights in the bunch, and the crew worked non-stop all day and got 25 installed. It is easy to tell which skylight openings have new ones installed because they are brighter. In addition, the 25 temporary skylights that were nursed through winter wind, rain, sleet, hail, heavy snow and crow pecking, were torn down, sorted, and the materials recycled. What a team! There was a large amount of debris hauled off the roof from those raggggamufffffin patches.

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Day by day big chunks of the “to do” list for occupancy get checked off. The excess “stuff” in the kitchen is getting cleaned out, there was a meeting with the Celebration Sunday representative, and both floor grinders were going strong all day.

There is no Chinese dinner this Friday because of the Open House for prospective renters.

The neighborhood crows are very disappointed about the ragamuffin skylight covers being replaced, but they are getting over their pout, because by 5 PM they were strutting up and down the newly created curvy pathways in front of the south entrance.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “We are getting awfully close to being done….we need a weaning ceremony.”

“The area in front of the south entrance is less like a hog wallow and more like a beautiful landscape.”

“The inspection of all the HVAC ductwork and mechanicals should be finished tomorrow.”


APRIL 17, 2012 TUESDAY
DAY #609, 40 days to move-in

18 Volunteers + Eagle One
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
3 Concrete Technicians
4 Contract Floor Finishers
1 Gravel Delivery Driver
1 City Inspector
2 Harvey & Price Representatives
1 Arbitrator
1 Office Administrator
1 BPOC Chair
1 Construction Consultant
8 Visitors

There was floor grinding in the Social Hall and Sanctuary. One volunteer spent the day on the scissor lift, negotiating around floor grinders, tools, and lumber carts to very carefully remove all the masking tape from the fire suppression sprinklers. They had been covered up completely to protect them from the paint sprayer. There was touch up painting throughout the building.

Cabinets were installed in the Administrative Office. And speaking of cabinets, the Veneta Groovers have turned into the Keystone Cops, sorting a tangle of keys for all the cabinets salvaged from the Clinic. Almost every cabinet has a different key. What a team!

Eagle One – aka Chuck Wagar, as a reward for being named Volunteer of the Week, is on an extended all expenses paid vacation in beautiful downtown Kirkland, Washington. He is having such a wonderful time, he decided to stay another day. Of course he has to wait until the scrubber machine is repaired and that didn’t quite get done today. We hope to see him back in Eugene soon!

A meeting was held with representatives of Harvey & Price and Dave DeCou, Mark Doonan, the Arbitrator, and Ed Zack to discuss a list of 22 changes from the original bid and money issues were resolved.

The south side of the building has forms built for an incredibly curvy sidewalk that helps define the swales and provides a beautiful setting for the landscaping. With the design marked, it is much easier to figure out what’s what. Miscellaneous chases and conduits were run outside. Inside, the IT wiring continues with several volunteers setting things up.

NOW PLEASE DO NOT FAINT WHEN YOU READ THE NEXT SENTENCE

At 7:30 AM tomorrow, the small skylights will arrive!!!!! (Small being relative, since they are four feet square.) Special thanks to George Struble. We won’t know how to act with actual glass covering the openings. I wonder how many crows will break their beaks on the glass?

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “Thank goodness we got all that mud covered.” (On the south side of the building.)

Reported – “There is a woman in a tree on the northeast corner of our property. She is cutting up a tree that fell over during the snowstorm. She is wearing a long denim skirt and using a gas powered chain saw!” (Sounds like a UU to me.)


APRIL 16, 2012 MONDAY
DAY #608, 41 days to move-in

16 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
1 Contract Floor Stainer
3 Contract Concrete Form Installers
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Diggers
1 Construction Consultant
1 Restroom Partition Salesperson
9 Attend BPOC Meeting

Over the weekend, the loaner floor scrubber took a nose dive. It has a safety feature that when something hard is hit, the gears slip, the scrubber loses oil and shuts down. So Eagle One, aka Chuck Wagar was recruited to drive to Kirkland, WA to drop off the machine at 6:30 AM tomorrow for repairs and return by 4 PM. Not your typical “vacation,” but an adventure for sure.

A crew of three worked all day on IT wiring. Floors in the Social Hall and Sanctuary had grinding. Working in these two rooms meant there had to be a whole lot of wheeled cart moving. Finding tools and materials is a moving target. The carpenters worked at improving the “dog house” on the east side porch. Forms were built in preparation for pouring concrete tomorrow on the south side. (I can’t remember what.)

One volunteer worked at removing decals and stickers from the doors we salvaged from the Clinic. Things like “x-ray,” “pediatrics,” “laboratory,” etc., and when he finished that he cleaned cabinets and did floor grinding. Another pulled nails on old boards. The partition salesperson was asked to inspect the installation because of concern about an extra long support on the accessible stall that seemed less rigid.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes and respirators washed. There was work on the swales. Turns out there were three volunteers plus the construction consultant on the job yesterday because someone put a notice in the order of service saying there was a work party on Sunday. They did floor finishing and swale work.

Lots going on in preparation for the Celebration Sunday work party on April 29. The glass for the entrances is expected to arrive by the end of this week.

QUOTES OF THE DAY“My knees hurt even though I had really good knee pads.”

Thanks to Katie Clay for the following, which was used as opening words for tonight’s BPOC meeting:

“My hope for the BUUB after we move in is that it serves not only the practical functions we require, but that its form and very spirit prove inspirational to us in re-forming our church family. I do agree with the Winston Churchill statement that we form our buildings, and then they form us. I am someone very influenced emotionally by the space I’m in, and sensitive to design, light, traffic flow, height, egress, view – and that undefinable quality of spirit.

I would not be surprised if all those volunteer hours and love that have been poured into shaping this space is palpable in the air!

I hope so – and hope the spirit of co-operation employed in shaping this sacred space will carry over into our shaping a sacred community, a facility where faith and tolerance co-exist, and where we may each follow our spiritual pathway in loving communion together.” — April 15, 2012


APRIL 15, 2012 SUNDAY – CLEANING, PACKING, MOVING GUIDELINES HERE

DAY #607, 42 days to move-in

I did not go to the BUUB today – a notice in the Order of Service said there was a work party from 1-5 PM, but nobody I know of planned to work. If anyone reading this was there today, please let me know so I can make note of it tomorrow. I did have one correction – the Office is in Room 6, not Room 7.

This is a great opportunity to share the moving guidelines prepared by our Chief of Moving – Ed Zack.

INFORMATION SHEET FOR PACKING BOXES AND TUBS:

(IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS, CONTACT ED ZACK: edwinhzack@gmail.com 

PACKING UP UUCE STUFF REQUIRES SOME BASIC THOUGHT AND DECISION.

PREPARATION FOR PACKING:

• IS IT REALLY WORTH INVENTORYING, PACKING AND MOVING? (IF ITS BROKEN, IN POOR CONDITION, MUCH-REPAIRED, NEVER USED, OR OF MARGINAL UTILTY, IT NEEDS TO BE RECYCLED, TOSSED, OR GARAGE-SALED.)

• CLEAN ALL ITEMS BEFORE PACKING THEM.

INVENTORY, PACK & LABEL:

• TWO COPIES OF A BASIC INVENTORY are REQUIRED FOR EACH BOX. EACH CONTAINER MUST BE IDENTIFIED BY ITS DESTINATION: REGULAR USE = MAIN FLOOR – USE RED MARKING PEN ON LABEL; STORAGE = ATTIC / UPSTAIRS – USE BLUE MARKING PEN ON LABEL

• ALL CONTAINERS NEED TO HAVE TWO (LARGER) STICKERS WITH I.D. NUMBER (ON ADJACENT SIDES).

• EACH I.D. NUMBER HAS TWO PARTS:

• ORGANIZATION (which group/ committee owns the container; i.e., RE = Religious Education, MIN = Minister, K=kitchen) (SEE “OFFICIAL DESTINATIONS” BELOW)

• NUMBER (which number box in that group it is)

o HENCE, IF THE STICKER READS: “RE 28” WE KNOW IT’S THE 28TH CONTAINER FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

– NOTE: ON THE I.D. STICKER, YOU MAY WRITE (WITH BLACK MARKING PEN) A WORD OR TWO IDENTIFYING THE CONTENTS OF THAT BOX.

• ADDITIONALLY, A ‘RED’ CONTAINER (ONE THAT WILL STAY ON THE MAIN FLOOR) REQUIRES TWO (SMALLER) DESTINATION STICKERS (ON SAME ADJACENT SIDES). WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHERE TO MOVE IT TO AND THEN BE ABLE TO LOCATE THE BOX.

o SO IF THE STICKERS READ: “RE 28” AND “RM 6” THAT 28TH BOX FROM RE WILL BE SENT TO ROOM 6.

• USE ONLY THE DESTINATIONS FROM THE LIST; PLEASE NO CREATIVITY.

FOR FILE CABINETS:

IF YOUR COMMITTEE NEEDS FILE CABINET SPACE, THE BOX (OR THE FILE CABINET) NEEDS TO BE IDENTIFIED FOR THE “CMTTE” AREA IN THE SANCTUARY

WEIGHT ISSUES:

(NOTE: THERE IS A WEIGHT LIMIT OF 30 LBS. FOR PACKAGES WITH A BLUE LABEL, I.E., THOSE GOING UP INTO STORAGE IN THE ATTIC.)

YOU MUST USE COMMON SENSE WHEN FILLING BOXES AND TUBS. IF IT’S HEAVY AND AWKWARD, HOW WILL YOU MOVE IT UP THE STEEP STAIRS INTO THE ATTIC AND THEN HOW WILL YOU CARRY IT DOWN THE STAIRS WHEN NEEDED?

UNPACKING:

• WHEN UNPACKING, IF IT DOESN’T FIT INTO THE DESIGNATED DESTINATION ROOM, THE ITEM GOES TO THE CHAPEL IN THE AREA LABELED “MISCELLANEOUS”.

CLEANING BOTH OLD AND NEW:

LASTLY, REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CLEAN AND PREPARE THE ROOMS OF OUR NEW CHURCH BEFORE WE MOVE INTO THE BUILDING, AS WELL AS MAKING SURE WE CLEAN THE SPACE WE ARE LEAVING.

THE OFFICIAL DESTINATIONS ARE:

CHAP = CHAPEL

COPY = COPY ROOM

CMTTE = COMMITTEE AREA (AGAINST NORTH WALL OF SANCTUARY)

CUST = CUSTODIAL

KIT= KITCHEN

LIB = LIBRARY

MIN = MINISTERS OFFICE

MUS = MUSIC OFFICE

OFF = OFFICE

PAN = PANTRY

RE = RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE

RM 1

RM 2

RM 3

RM 4

RM 5

RM 6

RM 7

SAFE = SAFE/VAULT IN OFFICE

SANCT = SANCTUARY

SOC = SOCIAL HALL

SPEC = SPECIAL EVENTS

STOR = STORAGE

T+CH = TABLES AND CHAIRS (AGAINST EAST WALL OF SANCTUARY)

VOL = VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR OFFICE

SUPPLIES AVAILABLE (ON 13 MAY) FOR PACKING AND MOVING:

• PACKING BOXES

• CLEAN NEWSPRINT

• TAPE

• LARGE I.D. STICKERS

• SMALL DESTINATION STICKERS

• RED, BLUE AND BLACK MARKING PENS

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES FOR (BLUE ITEMS GOING INTO) STORAGE:

o BANKERS BOXES

o PLASTIC TOTE TUBS

ALSO AVAILABLE:

• STYLE SHEETS WITH SAMPLE I.D. STICKERS

• STYLE SHEETS WITH SAMPLE DESTINATION STICKERS

• PLANS OF THE NEW CHURCH

• SHEETS WITH A LIST OF DESTINATIONS

• SAMPLE PLASTIC TUB

Version: April 11, 2012 – Ed Zack


APRIL 14, 2012 SATURDAY
DAY #606, 43 days to move-in

9 Volunteers
3 Visitors
1 Construction Consultant

The office was moved yet again! This time it is in Room 7 – light, large and spacious! The old office, Room 3, was cleaned up and the floor appeared to have had at least one grind on the floor. The stained floor in Room 4 is a nice warm color.

Thanks to those who came to polish floors or learn a little about IT wiring, etc. The floor finishers were still there at 6 PM, taking off the joint grout over the loop systems. It is quite a process involving a lot of water, and then the “slurry” from the floor was wheeled out to the south entrance and dumped in a trench. The resulting liquid mass reminds me of a latte’. Concrete will be poured, probably on Monday.

It is my understanding that most of the IT work today was head scratching to determine what will be done every day this week.

There is no work planned for tomorrow – Sunday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: A sign placed next to Ed Zack’s desk: “Triage is now closed. Please sign in at the reception desk.” Given Ed’s Red Cross involvement, this is an appropriate sign.


APRIL 13, 2012 FRIDAY
DAY #605, 44 days until move-in

15 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
2 HVAC Installers
2 Contract Floor Stainers
1 Mini Excavator
4 Habitat for Humanity Material Handlers
1 Construction Arbitrator
1 Construction Consultant
1 City Inspector
13 for Chinese Dinner

There was more stringing of IT wire – and tomorrow (Saturday) Todd Woodward and Chris LeBlanc will be at the BUUB working on IT issues – here is Todd’s note earlier today:

Saturday, April 14th: I’ll be doing some inventory, cleanup, installation and prep-work to get set up for pulling cable. Chris and I will have a meeting at 2pm to discuss the week’s work ahead and going over some details. The schedule is:

Monday, April 16th: More cleanup, prep-work, etc….

Tuesday, April 17th: If you are interested in volunteering and helping out with cable pulling, we will have a short training and familiarization session Tuesday afternoon. Afterwards, we will then commence pulling cable until 5pm at the earliest, but will probably go longer for those who can stay.

Wednesday, April 18th: We’ll resume pulling on Wednesday, starting at 7am at the earliest, until 7pm. Drop by any time during this period.

As always, for overall information and updates, please reference the IT/Phone Project webpage here: http://www.uueugene.org/buub-it-phone-project-status And equally as always, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, please email or call me anytime.

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The four Habitat for Humanity folks removed 18 doors from the east side porch, and will be back on Tuesday for 18 more. Ed Zack built a new “dog house” to store chairs and other furnishings on the east porch and use it as a staging area for Celebration Sunday.

The polishing machines were running all day, except late in the day when the larger of the two had an O-ring problem. Floors were polished in Rooms 1, 2, 5, 6 and the Chapel. The final coat of stain was applied in Room 4. The historical window was moved to a member’s storage unit.

Restroom partitions have been installed in the women’s east restroom and the men’s northwest restroom. Do you realize that we have five bathrooms at the BUUB? Quite an upgrade from having two outside the sanctuary with only one unit in each. The BUUB restrooms have 3 or 4 in each restroom (except the unisex). You will no longer have to take a number. The partitions are sturdy and attractive with good hardware.

The lights recycled from the Clinic were prepared for installation. They were in 12-foot lengths and we needed some that were 4 feet. (see photo below, upper side of skylight)

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The majority of the rock has been removed and folks worked on the swale all day. Pipes were installed and the runoff of rainwater from the roof will now go directly into the swale.

Ed Zack and Judy Sawyer crawled around in the attic with the City Inspector. He tracked down and inspected every single duct. Do you know how many ducts there are up there? A whole bunch. Judy followed along with reflectorized safety tape marking every metal obstruction so people won’t conk their heads up there.

Up and down cabinets are installed in the Copy Room. Progress.

The person delivering food called to say lunch would be about a half hour late. By 12:15 the workers were already sitting around Momma’s Table. They were looking lost, as though something was missing. They really look forward to the gourmet lunch, but believe me, there are no complaints about it being late. Everybody got a heads up so they wouldn’t fill up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or cookies before lunch.

The Veneta Groovers were working in their barn, doing an inventory of all the BUUB furnishings they have been lovingly storing for months. Bob was carrying a ladder, he hit a wet slippery spot on the floor and as he went down the ladder caused him to fall in an awkward position and he cracked two ribs….but not to be slowed down, he attended the Board meeting last night. Hope those ribs heal quickly.

There will be plenty of floor polishing, cleaning, and sweeping in addition to the IT work tomorrow.

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Mud Angels

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “Are measles contagious? I looked up at the person speaking, and discovered that his “measles” were mud splatters all over his face and clothes.” He had been working on the swale…..

The waitress at The Fortune Inn commented: “We have veg-heads tonight.” and El Viejo’s fortune cookie: “Next week at this time something good is coming your way.” Yes, indeed, the open house for potential renters. There is NO Chinese dinner next Friday.


APRIL 12, 2012 THURSDAY + initial draft BUUB Schedule April-June (end of today’s blog)
DAY #604, 45 days to move-in

12apr south entry-t18 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Drywall Installers
4 Contract Plumbers
1 Contract Fire Suppression Installer
6 Visitors
1 Construction Consultant

There was lots of “big news of the day,” but one of the most exciting was the installation of the first of the partitions in the east restrooms, right down to the metal shoes. I hadn’t heard that name for the metal plates. We learn something new every day. While the east restrooms were getting attention, so was the men’s restroom on the west side, which had a clogged toilet. Don Lewis Plumbing to the rescue…..it was a major blockage, so suspected to be construction debris or a sewer rat nest. All is working beautifully now.

We had so many workers today, both volunteers and contractors, that some used the east parking lot. Of course some also arrived by bicycle or on foot. One of the joys of being more centrally located.

A load of 200 sections of 4-inch pipe was delivered this afternoon, plus sleeves. Hard to believe there will be over 320 feet of drain pipe in the front. Swale chasers and pipes for the irrigation system went in. It is a muddy job.

13apr hard work rain-tOne volunteer worked all day digging rocks – the pile has doubled since Saturday and we have about one truck load picked up so far. We had two loads delivered, so probably only about a third more to go. Another volunteer cleaned up the tile saw in preparation for selling it.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. There is going to be some surplus “stuff” from the kitchen – an example being at least two 50 year old commercial grade mixers. Anyone need one, let me know. The general cleanup of the kitchen is being organized in time for the April 20 open house for prospective renters, and for our move.

Floors in Rooms 2, 5, 6 and the Chapel were polished. Room 4 was stained and polished and is a very lovely color. The fire suppression installer was working on the last loop for the east entrance, so all that is left is to charge the system for pressure and have it inspected. More good news.

Upper cabinets are up in the copy room and I was there in the early afternoon, so the lower ones might have been done by closing. The layout for cabinets has been done in the office. It takes time to check the inventory and match up sizes with spaces. More good news to have them going in. There was miscellaneous drywall patching and touch up and lots of IT wire stretching.

REMINDER: Chinese dinner at Fortune Inn tomorrow (Friday) at 5:30 PM – 1775 West 6th Avenue.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “There is no cure for being a dumb chicken.” -from Hank the Cowdog.

“George has been rock digging all day.”

“I’m so tired of the colors of the IT wiring that I see them in my sleep.”

NEEDED: We need to find some craft person in the church to reglaze and spiff up the window from the original Unitarian Church (@ 1910). The window is 4’6″ x 8’6″ and is in pretty good shape, needs several of the panes replaced (we luckily salvaged glass from the old South entry and the glass is an almost exact match). It’s not a large project, just requires care and precision. The original craftsperson who volunteered to do it has had a series of operations that renders him not available.

Below is the Schedule for April and May related to our move. It is a long document, but a great one for reference, and to help us all know what is going on. Ed Zack is overseeing the move, so any questions you have may be sent to newhome@uueugene.org.

BUUB SCHEDULE

NOTE: THINGS CHANGE RAPIDLY AROUND HERE, SO BE FLEXIBLE!

THIS SCHEDULE IS CURRENT ONLY AS OF 11 APRIL.

APRIL

14/ SAT START OF I-T WORKATHON WITH TODD AND CHRIS

16/MON I-T WORKATHON

DAVE TENA CONCRETE FORMING OF SIDEWALK

17/TUE I-T WORKATHON

CONCRETE PREP

18/WED I-T WORKATHON

CONCRETE POUR

19/THU I-T WORKATHON

20/FRI assemble chairs and tables for OPEN HOUSE

I-T WORKATHON

KITCHEN CLEAN UP (MARINA’S MOP-HEAD MAFIA)

OPEN HOUSE FOR RENTALS (4 – 6)

CHINESE DINNER 5:30

21/SAT MIDDLE SCHOOL WORK PARTY AND (10 kids)

I-T WORKATHON

22/SUN

23/MON

24/TUES

25/WED AESTH. + LOGISTICS MEETING 6:30

26/THU

27/FRI CHINESE DINNER 5:30

TUNE UPRIGHT PIANO FOR CELEBRATION SUNDAY 10 am

28/SAT HIGH SCHOOLERS (UUCE + UU CORVALLIS)

WORKPARTY (30 kids)

300 CHAIRS AND 42 TABLES FROM STORAGE AND 4OTH

29/SUN CELEBRATION SUNDAY (@ 3:00)

30/MON

MAY

01/TUE

02/WED

03/THU

04/FRI CHINESE DINNER 5:30

05/SAT

06/SUN

07/MON

08/TUE

09/WED

10/THU CHINESE DINNER 5:30

11/FRI GET ROLLS OF NEWSPRINT FROM AUDREY’S + DUMP

12/SAT

13/SUN LAST SERVICE AT 40TH AND DONALD

CHURCH CLOSES AFTER SERVICE

HAVE ALL PACKING MATERIALS + INSTRUCTION SHEETS ON SITE

SORTING, INVENTORYING, AND PACKING BEGINS AT 40TH

FINAL CLEANING OF INDIVIDUAL ROOMS OF BUB BEGINS

14/MON SORTING, INVENTORYING, AND PACKING

CLEAN BUB

CHURCH OFFICE MOVES

UNLOAD FIVE STORAGE LOCKERS

RETRIEVE STORED ITEMS AT BOB KAESER’S PALACE

RETRIEVE MISCELLANY STORED AT JUDIE HANSEN ET AL

15/TUE (TARGET DATE FOR TEMPORARY OCCUPANCY)

SORTING, INVENTORYING, AND PACKING

CLEAN BUB

PIANO MOVED FROM 40TH 1 pm

PIANO MOVED FROM GRACE HART noon

THE GREAT FURNITURE AND CABINETRY SORT-OUT

(IF ALL GOES WELL, WE MOVE MUSIC OFFICE + DRE OFFICE.)

16/WED SORTING, INVENTORYING, AND PACKING

CLEAN BUB

CHOIR PRACTICE (5- 9)

17/THU SORTING, INVENTORYING, AND PACKING

CLEAN BUB

18/FRI SORTING, INVENTORYING, AND PACKING

CLEAN BUB

19/SAT THE DAY OF THE WAGON TRAIN

PENSKE RENTAL TRUCK WITH LIFT BACK ORDERED

20/SUN TRANSPORT CONTINUES

21/MON UNPACKING AND MOVING-IN STARTS

CHOIR PRACTICE (7 – 8:30)

22/TUE UNPACKING AND MOVING-IN

23/WED UNPACKING AND MOVING-IN

CHOIR PRACTICE (5 – 9)

24/THU UNPACKING AND MOVING-IN

25/FRI UNPACKING AND MOVING-IN

PIANOS (2 GRAND, 1 MORE UPRIGHTS) TUNED 10 am

26/SAT UNPACKING AND MOVING-IN

CHOIR PRACTICE (9 – 12)

LAST ISSUE OF JUDIE HANSEN’S DAILY BLOG

LAST DAY OF MARINA MCINTIRE’S KITCHEN DUTY

27/SUN FIRST SERVICE IN THE B-U-U-B 11 am

28/MON CHOIR PRACTICE (7 – 8:30)

29/TUE

30/WED CHOIR PRACTICE (5 – 9)

31/THU

ED ZACK, THE MOVING MAN

JUNE

O1/FRI

02/SAT

03/SUN

04/MON CHOIR PRACTICE

05/TUE

06/WED CHOIR PRACTICE (final one for year)

07/THU

08/FRI

09/SAT SPRING CONCERT 7 PM

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16/SAT RENTAL: 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY (NANCY WEST)

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30/ SAT RENTAL: RON ZIMMERMAN CONCERT

Please remember that change is the one constant of this project, so keep light on your feet and go with the flow of this magnificent project.

We are almost there, my dear friends and co-workers. This has been an adventure and a pilgrimage for each of us and for the church as a whole. I am so proud of what we have done. I appreciate what each of you has contributed so openly and gracefully.

I thank each of you.

This has been one hell of a ride for twenty-one months. And there is more fun coming down the pike. So hold on and enjoy what we have accomplished.

Let’s finish this up,

Ed Zack


CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE FUN JOB OF FINALLY POLISHING THE FLOORS!

April 11, 2012 WEDNESDAY
DAY #603, 46 days to move-in

16 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Plaster Installers
2 Contract Gutter Installers
1 City Inspector
1 Construction Consultant

The floor in Room 4 was re-stained, Room 5 was scrubbed, washed, scrubbed, vacuumed, swept and polished, and the Chapel was scrubbed, cleaned and is ready to polish. Everyone was working like crazy on floors, which is a very good thing.

IT wire was pulled through the baskets. There was a lot of preparation for painting walls, some of the south side rooms were painted, and funny little grout spots that got disturbed during door installation, etc., got some touch up. A packing crate for the old church window was constructed. Several hours were consumed working on paperwork and specifically trying to introduce some reality into a recent billing.

17apr marc bobcat-tThe swalers were digging trenches in the mud for chasers (photo right) and the board secretary is very handy with a shovel and wheelbarrow!

The Aesthetics and Logistics Task Force met this evening to finalize moving plans for next month. More details to follow.

REMINDER: There will be a Chinese dinner on Friday evening at The Fortune Inn, 1775 West 6th AVenue, at 5:30 PM.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “I can’t find it. I can’t see it. So let’s go for it.”

And from a volunteer –

“Today at the BUUB I worked on floors: polishing in Room 5 for at least two hours (first 400 then 1600 grade), then worked with Bonnie Phipps in the Chapel sweeping distributing water, and vacuuming. Left at 5:15 pm. Everybody I saw had smudges on their faces. It’s a dusty time. However, aside from that, I have a new term or two for you:

With regard to polishing: That polishing machine bucks like crazy, and requires a firm hand to hold it back and on course, S-L-O-W-L-Y. So I dubbed it: The Buffing Bronco. Or, alternatively, the The Bronco Buffer. Take your choice.”

And from another:

“As I installed wire for occupancy sensors, a cool energy saving device themselves, Ed Zack and I were putting on knee pads in the kitchen. He put on a yellow slicker & with his red cap looked a lot like a French’s mustard jar. Then he picked up a crowbar. “Col. Mustard outside with a crowbar!” That’s my guess.”


APRIL 10, 2012 TUESDAY
DAY #602

15 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Plaster Finishers
1 City Inspector
1 Construction Consultant

17apr marc bobcat2-tThe “Swalers” were digging in the dirt and putting in chases for wiring and the water supply for planters and landscaping needed prior to pouring the concrete sidewalks (photo right).

The grout in the accessible restroom and supply room was sealed! Everything was cleaned out of the safe (except for the historical window), including the shelving and odds and ends of things stuffed in there over the past two years. All of the mirrors stored in the safe were moved to the rooms that will be their permanent location (where they will fit with no cutting). The old shelves from the safe were de-nailed and a cracker jack team of professionals cleaned up the trial floor scrubber so it could be returned. Arriving to save the day was another loaner from Sage Construction, including a tutorial on how to operate the loaner. We expect the new scrubber to arrive by the end of the week.

There was miscellaneous plastering and texturing around doorways. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. The old cabinet that was moved against the west wall of the kitchen was put out to pasture and the projection TV was donated because Blazing Saddles was too distracting for the volunteers and we couldn’t afford the goofing off. The kitchen area was cleared out so there could be some major cleaning. Of course Momma’s Table did not get moved.

I learned today there will be sensors in the light switches. We have been returning all the leftover materials possible, and collected a $98.00 credit from one supplier. Ed Zack and the City inspector went around to look at mechanicals and the inspector is very happy so far.

Floor finishing update – Room 4 was stained. Room 5 had its first polish. Rooms 6 and 7 had their final grind.

Correction from Last Night: Thanks to Todd Woodward for the clarification:

“Everything with regard to the telecom contracts was signed off by the finance committee and the executive committee of the Board last week. Therefore all of the approved and signed contracts were sent to our telecom broker, signed and approved. Now it’s up to our telecom broker, OregonVOIP, to coordinate with our service providers to get the telecom services we need provisioned.”

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “Happy Birthday to Al Hutt.”

“Nothing is safe in the safe.”

“A doctor, a lawyer, and a master craftsman cleaned a scrubber. Collectively they used their twenty-five plus years of college education scraping gunk off a trial loaner floor scrubber.”


APRIL 9, 2012 MONDAY
DAY #601

13 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Plumbers
2 Contract Electricians
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Plaster Finishers
1 City Inspector
1 IT Volunteer
1 Construction Consultant

The computer was down most of the day until the IT Volunteer arrived and discovered that a naughty carpenter unplugged the power to it in the reception area to plug in a power tool. It’s always nice to have an expert in the house.

About one third of the interconnecting overflow pipes have been installed in the swale. Good news. There was floor finishing in Rooms 6 and 7, floor staining in Room 4, and vacuuming and polishing in Room 5. This last process requires sort of flooding the floor with water until all the dust and grit is vacuumed up, before polishing.

9apr ox at rest-t
The Ox at rest

 

Holes were cut for light fixtures in the reception office.

On a recent salvage trip to the Peace Health Clinic, two UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) boxes were acquired. They were put to the test and passed with flying colors. One needs a new battery, but the other is working fine. This provides for working telephones even if there is a power outage. When unplugged, it gives a little signal. Each unit is about the size of a large loaf of bread, but is heavy enough to be filled with concrete. The IT contracts are with the telephone broker who will coordinate all the companies to get things hooked up as soon as signed off by the Board of Trustees.

The City inspections continue. They are very thorough, going over every connection hanger, etc., and the basic report is no major issues, and the only thing that has popped up is the need for clearing up documentation on the plans.

The reception office was painted, miscellaneous plaster was tweaked, and the northeast entrance to the Sanctuary was painted. The grout in the unisex restroom and supply room (sprinkler valve room) was cleaned and is ready to seal. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. Someone did a dandy job of providing a way to hang up the cleaned respirators. There are magnetic hooks on the side of the filing cabinet and they are all lined up neatly and easy to grab!

Power tools are going home to their rightful owners. There is a table saw left over — I reminded the powers that be that it was donated by Tom O’Brien when he moved to New Hampshire.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “The rock pickers did an awesome job on Saturday! Did you see that pile of rocks? They took out a ton of rocks.”

“The swale is coming along nicely. Charlie is diving right in and getting her done.”


APRIL 8, 2012 EASTER SUNDAY
DAY #600

Easter Sunday – no volunteers at the BUUB – just 5 visitors!

I learned in church this morning that during Arbor Day yesterday, one white oak and three Canadian choke cherry trees were planted in the parking strip along 13th in front of the BUUB.

Since I have no news for today, and yesterday was 50 days to move in, I decided to use the entry from September 27, 2010, which was Day #50 of our 400 Day Journey. You will also note that today is Day #600 of our 400 Day Journey.

Dear friends,

This report from the B.U.B. celebrates the 50th day of the project. We have completed 1/8 of the time scheduled until we move into our new church building.

This week sees the transition from demolition to construction. There will still be the finishing-up of the deconstruction projects (the mechanical space and “the Balcony”, Toilet One (Mens), the final charge at the carcass of the boiler, etc.), and the de-bricking of the chimney. However, the construction phase will be starting this week.

By weeks end, we should be done laying out the architect’s plans onto the concrete floor with pink and red duct tape. This will help orient everyone to the new floor plan, allow us to make sure that the plan works in reality, and to allow the Wood Squirrels to start combing the stacks of salvaged lumber.

We will start framing the walls for the library/meeting room, minister’s study, DRE Office, and an (assistant minister’s future) office. These rooms will be carved out of the space between the women’s bathroom and the lobby (the long room on the east hallway). This will be the shakedown project for the framers. The system we develop will be repeated over twenty times throughout the building. As the crew relies on volunteers it will take a while to figure out a flow that fits who is available to what we are doing when. After framing the walls, we will work out the particular style for the light chutes for the skylighting in each room. Again this will take time figuring out the most pleasing solution to the specifics of a complex relationship of planes and angles for a variety of roof angles and depths.

Some specifics:

The new [and final] identification of the rooms will be developed now. The various rooms (many of which no longer exist) have been renamed at least three times. All this confusion and change in demolition will hopefully shift into clarity as the rooms start to emerge and the floor plan becomes apparent.

There will be a significant amount of moving material around during this phase, especially initially. Normally, a building under construction (let alone deconstruction) does not have finish lumber (planed paneling, oak flooring, moldings and casings, , dozens of doors), rows of plywood, heaps of 2 x 4s and 2 x 6s, two pianos, an organ, several hundred chairs, dozens of tables etc. on the job-site. I appreciate the willingness of the volunteers to schlep and sort this material, and I am impressed by the labor- and time-saving ideas, shortcuts, and alternatives that are generated.

I am excited about this new focus of the project. I am absolutely confident in our ability to do this project, and do it well. We have been doing it from the first day. I know that there will be problems appearing in the course of the next 350 days, and we will have to make hard decisions, and we will be bone-weary of it all at times. Despite this, we will build this church. We will do it as a community, with principled goals, and with open hearts. I have already seen this in action day after day. There is nothing this congregation can’t do.

I am so proud of you, each of you, and our congregation for this leap of faith. Every one of us is doing a part, contributing to our dream becoming our new reality. When I walk through the quieted building, I see the results of this labor of love. The sheer quantity of the work that has been done fills me with wonder. Indeed, everyone who has walked through the door expresses amazement at what we are doing.) So much has been accomplished in this short fifty days. And then I reflect on the quality of the work, the integrity of the effort to do it right, and I am filled with admiration and joy. I am so honored to be working with you. It is a joy to be doing this with you. I have built buildings for most of my adult life, and I have organized volunteers for a decade, but this is different.

Last week, a visitor, after walking through the project, said to me: “I get it. I really get it now. This is not a job. This is not work. There is something else happening here.”

Exactly. Ed Zack

QUOTE OF THE DAY: (April 8, 2012) Exciting News – from Kay Crider, Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee

Matching Gift Opportunity! $25,000

Two households have offered a total of $25,000 to reduce by half the $50,000 still needed for occupancy, if the congregation will match that amount. Be part of the legacy — we can do it together! To make a gift to help finish the renovations needed for occupancy of our new church home, you can bring or mail a check to the church or donate stocks, funds from IRAs or other accounts. Please write “Capital Campaign” in the memo line. For questions, please contract Kay Crider at  kaycrider@me.com or Karen Gaffney at karengaffney@comcast.net.


APRIL 7, 2012 SATURDAY
DAY #599

14 Volunteers
4 Contract Laborers
1 Construction Consultant
2 Visitors

The skylight framing was finished in preparation for the roofers to come install the flashing.

There was general maintenance, and floor finishing was done in the administrative office. It was polished to 800 and another coat of densifier was applied. This is a substance applied to concrete floors that penetrates the surface to seal, densify, harden and waterproof. The floors last longer and cost less to maintain. The push is to finish the office area first. It will get more polish and then the cabinetry can be added.

There was a great crew of rock pickers today. I didn’t hear whether they were singing prison songs, but it was a bright sunny day, just cool enough that it was still reasonably comfortable working. The crew made progress on removing rock.

7apr sat night rockpile-t
Saturday Night Rock Pile

 

Working nearby, shot elevations were done for the swales to get ready for the concrete work. The previous shot elevations were for walkways. Two visitors were so impressed with all the hard work going on they fetched and delivered two pizzas. Someone just forwarded a posting on the UU Facebook site, which indicates we had three more volunteers who didn’t sign in. I have added them to the count above. Her quote will be added at the end.

Landscaping work has begun on the swales. In addition to the rock picking, bids for swale plants are coming in and we will be able to get them done within the 30-day period.

There is between 400 and 500 person-hours left to do on floor finishing. It is of great benefit to have volunteers work side by side with the contract workers. Polishing goes much quicker because if there is only one person working on the machine, they have to stop to sweep or vacuum and to change the blades on the polisher between grinds. Approximately 20 people attended the tutorial sessions with Mark Doonan a few weeks ago, but most of those who were trained have not been helping with the grinding. We hope they will return soon.

Thanks to the generosity of a church member, who donated $3,000, we are able to purchase the highest quality scrubbing machine. This donation was added to the amount provided by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. They were able to find funds in the maintenance and repair budget and other anticipated income. The new machine should be here within a week.

In a discussion with the Construction Consultant today (he was still at the BUUB at 7:30 PM on a Saturday!), I got more clarification on the occupancy permit process. The inspection for the temporary occupancy permit is triggered by a request by the Church for a specific date. Our target date is Monday, May 14. Once we get the temporary permit, then we have 30 days to correct everything required. At the end of that 30 days, the inspectors come back to determine if everything has been done. If it has not, they want to at least see evidence of results and a good faith effort on our part to get things done. If we have been diligent about getting the work done within thirty days, but have not been able to complete it, we can request a 30-day extension. Any extension requested is always in 30-day increments. Problems arise if they feel we have been dragging our feet and not making a diligent effort to get everything done. Our original impression was that we had 180 days (six months) to get it all done. We now know different.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “Was at the new BUUB today. Worked with the kiddos outside on picking rocks from the dirt. Perfect project for kids and they were so occupied I was able
to work as well. Maybe we should have a rock cleaning parent and kiddos play date.” (Great idea.)

“This rock picking thing is perfect for me.”

“Good thing — if I show up and there is nothing apparent for me to do, I can work on this.” (Rocks)

NO WORK SCHEDULED TOMORROW – Enjoy the Easter Bunny! (I am extremely tired this evening – I hope this writing makes sense. If not, don’t hesitate to contact me through the email below.)

Judie

newhome@uueugene.org


Meeting of the minds
Meeting of the minds

 

 

APRIL 6, 2012 FRIDAY
DAY #598

17 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
1 Electric Company Owner
2 Contract Gutter Installers
2 Contract Plumbers
4 Contract Laborers
1 City Inspector
1 Construction Consultant

Five volunteer rock pickers put in four hours collectively and cleared a 40-foot strip along the retaining wall. They discovered it was more fun working with a group, rather than working alone. One person worked alone about an hour and realized she was singing prison songs! There are areas spray painted where sidewalks go – those areas do not need to be cleared of rocks.

The tile saw and all the equipment for tiling is being dismantled and several boxes of tile go back to Jerry’s for a refund. We are keeping a few boxes of uncut tile in case of future need for repair, etc. The floor tiling in the maintenance/supply room is finished. Tile grouting in the unisex restroom needs to dry over the weekend and will be sealed. Speaking of refunds, odds and ends of unused materials were returned to Jerry’s for a $631.00 refund! Also, more metal scrap was rounded up for Schnitzer Steel and we got a check for $136.73. We have tentatively sold the boat and trailer for $300.00.

The office, South entrance lobby, and Sanctuary were painted. Miscellaneous plaster was touched up. The final roof framing for the big skylights in Rooms 3, 4, and 5 was done. Each of those openings is 64 square feet. Low voltage wire for IT was pulled. Food was delivered, the kitchen was cleaned, and dishes and respirators were washed. Three ring binders were donated.

Ed Zack explained a little more about the process with inspectors. The chief inspector has the discretion to determine how long after the temporary occupancy permit is issued until the work has to be done. The City has been working with us for two years. They want to get us off their books. Earlier this week, all inspectors did a walk through to get an overview of foundations, steel structures, framing, sheetrock, insulation, wiring, plumbing, fire suppression, mechanicals, and anything relating to health, life, and safety. They pointed out what they will be looking for and what might need to be corrected. They looked at what has been done and whether it matches up with what is in the plans they have approved for different permits, and whether we have satisfied both City requirements and various codes. (Photo below: sheetrock in the south entry)

29apr sheetrock s entry-t

 

As an example, after the Monday walk through with all inspectors, they decided they wanted tempering valves on all the hot water sources for the restrooms so the faucets would never exceed a safe temperature that might cause a scalding injury, etc. That was not indicated in the approved plans, but had to be done. This morning the plumbers arrived and installed the tempering valves. As we learn of additional requirements or changes we will take care of them.

The inspectors are not mean or picky. They are just doing their job. Anyone who has been involved with a remodeling or construction project knows that many bumps along the road can come up. In this pre-inspection period, anything can happen. It was a shock to learn we have 30 days to get it all done, but hopefully most of it will be taken care of after the pre-inspection. If you have questions about this process, please send them to newhome@uueugene.org.

This evening there was a wonderful, packed Sanctuary at 40th & Donald for an incredible potluck dinner followed by board games and socializing. Thanks to the two SGM groups who were hosts for the event. Rev. Alicia Forsey gave a before-dinner blessing, calling attention to our love of the building and how it will always have a place in our heart. There was also recognition of the many volunteers who have kept things humming at both 40th & Donald and the BUUB.

TOMORROW – Work party at the BUUB – 8 AM to 4 PM. It will be perfect weather for picking rocks! There are other jobs as well. Mark Doonan will be there to assign tasks.

QUOTES OF THE DAY“Do I look like Pig Pen? ….. I feel like it!”

As I was leaving the BUUB at 5 PM, someone hollered – grab your camera! What I found was five people sitting around the perimeter of the dumpster, just relaxing and visiting with each other. One was sorting through the trash, looking for metal scraps for recycling. Another was lovingly picking up tile scraps. “Sarah is as bad as me naming all the boards I moved six times. She knows every piece of scrap tile and its dimensions….they have names.”

What did one person do? “Worked in rock removal and swimming in Mud Lake.” And another – “Tear down, throw out, sweep, and pick up.”


APRIL 5, 2012 THURSDAY
DAY #597

19 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
4 Contract Drywall Installers
2 Glass Company Measurers
1 Contract Electrician
2 HVAC Installers
2 Thermostat Installers
1 City Inspector
1 Construction Consultant

All southeast rooms (offices, library) were primed, and the Social Hall and some of the Sanctuary were painted with a fawn color. Here is a photo of Steve the carpenter/painter – he forgot to wear goggles and looked the reverse of a raccoon!

Steve the Carpenter/Painter forgot to put on his goggles before he sprayed primer today
Steve the Carpenter/Painter forgot to put on his goggles before he sprayed primer today

 

 

REMINDER: No Chinese Dinner this week – we are all having dinner at 40th & Donald for the final all church potluck before we move.

There was masking to protect against paint, screwing the plywood floor in the attic to make it more secure, pulling wire, measuring for flashing for the skylights, some sheet rock repair, moving of materials on wheeled carts to make room for the paint crew, installing the last of the wire baskets to hold wiring, and rearranging the temporary light units. An interesting development is the creative design of the tile floor in the supply/custodial room. The tiling crew is using rectangle, triangle, and square “scraps” of tile, and the design is definitely unique. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes, respirators, and safety glasses washed.

OCCUPANCY PERMIT vs A FINISHED CHURCH BUILDING

There seems to be a misconception about the meaning and timeline requirements related to our occupancy permit. We expect to get our temporary occupancy permit sometime this month – then we have 30 days to finish up everything required for the CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY, not 120 days. The only reason to get an extension on the 30-day period would be if we had ordered some machinery that did not arrive in time (like if we had a five-story building and the elevator did not arrive).

Mark Doonan and Ed Zack want everyone to know – We do not have six months to work on things required for the Certificate of Occupancy. There seems to be a lackadaisical attitude about getting everything done and the impression that we have all summer to do it. Not so. The charge to the BPOC, Mark Doonan and Ed Zack is to get us into minimal occupancy. It is not cabinets, trim, a fence, playground, landscaping, or exterior painting. We do have to finish the swales, including plants.

The Certificate of Occupancy and a finished church are two different things. For Celebration Sunday and the first Sunday service on May 27 it will be like camping out.

When people show up to volunteer, they won’t be able to pick and choose what job to work on – they will need to work on what is happening and the highest priority that day.

Mark will be at the BUUB on Saturday – we need lots of volunteers! We have many floors to finish. We are short on money and short on time.

WHEN WE RUN OUT OF MONEY THE CONTRACT WORKERS WILL BE GONE AND WE WILL BE 100% VOLUNTEERS. AS MENTIONED IN KAY CRIDER’S MOST RECENT REPORT FROM THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, WE WILL NEED JUST OVER $51,000 TO FUND THE WORK NEEDED TO BE FINISHED IN THE NEXT 51 DAYS. THAT MEANS WE NEED AN ADDITIONAL $1,000 EVERY DAY BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 27.

Remember – when we move – it will be bare bones at best. This is crunch time. Thanks to everyone who has been volunteering. We know it is Easter weekend and folks have family commitments, but we hope to see some new faces on Saturday.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “My job is dishes and respirators, but I’ve added safety glasses.”

Do you have a quote of the day about painting? “Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”


 

APRIL 4, 2012 WEDNESDAY     
DAY #596

23 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
1 Electric Company Owner
3 Contract Roofers
3 Contract Gutter Installers
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Door Finishers
1 City Inspector
5 Visitors
1 Construction Consultant
1 Rental Administrator
1 Scrubber Machine Salesperson

By my count that is 46 people “on the job” !! That makes the day exciting enough by itself. Add to that hail on the skylight covers pounding away for a half hour. No damage, but in some places the inside plastic covering the skylights had been spray painted. The pounding hail caused paint chips to flake off and come floating down in west side rooms. Also, our construction consultant rolled his ankle as he stepped off a ladder. First aid was administered by having him lay on a make do “blanket,” aka furniture moving pad; while laying on the floor in pain, with ice on his foot, he was using his computer, researching the price of parts for something needed for the job. What a guy! (photo right)4apr sprained ankle-t

Floor finishing was done in the Religious Education and Minister’s offices. Low voltage wires were pulled, plaster was patched, two more bundles of insulation were purchased to repair places in the attic where it was disturbed, and tonight two members of the IT crew are working at the BUUB after their day jobs. The tiling crew applied grout and cleaned the tile in the accessible restroom. They are in such withdrawal, they are using up surplus tile in the supply room behind the men’s west restroom.

(Photos below: Charley teaching Austin to tile.)

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4apr austin tiling-t95% of the gutters are up and then we just have the downspouts to go. Sure nice to not have water dripping on our necks as we pass under the north overhang. Daily, things are getting finished. Every day this week focuses on the pre-inspection countdown. We have a comfortable relationship with the head inspector. There are three major components in addition to all the changes from the original architect plans, so it is a complex process. We are still on track to get the temporary occupancy permit on April 16. (Our announced date was April 15, but the 15th is a Sunday.)

Our rental administrator is doing a dandy job – we have always said that we could rent space in a heartbeat, and as it turns out all four weekends in June are spoken for, with the last one being negotiated. It’s interesting to see the expressions on the faces of people coming into the building for the first time to see about renting space. They walk in and say “Holy Cow!”

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Walls pre-primed. Social Hall

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. There was maintenance, tossing out, early morning kitchen setup, and of course, sweeping.

MAJOR EVENT: 24,000 square feet of walls and ceilings were painted with white primer! That is 60 gallons of paint!

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

“Painting that much surface in one day is my personal best. I have never done that much before! Myles probably won’t be able to raise his arms or move his neck tomorrow from holding a roller over his head.” (Our own version of a holy roller.)

“Is that a prayer rug Mark is laying on in the office?”

Questions to newhome@uueugene.org


APRIL 3, 2012 TUESDAY
DAY #595

13 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
4 Contract Gutter Installers
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Door Installers
2 Contract Plumbers
4 City of Eugene Inspectors
1 Scrub Machine Salesperson
1 Restroom Partition Salesperson
1 Construction Consultant

The four City inspectors began the top to bottom pre-occupancy inspection to determine if there is anything major needing attention before the inspection that will give us temporary occupancy. They will be at the BUUB for meetings all week. There are many parts, and because of the many changes from the design by our original architect, they have to sift through the drawings and check for all things related to lights, health and safety. It has all gone exceedingly well so far.

The very last tile was installed today!!!! A milestone. All that is left for the tiling crew is to apply the grout and sealer in the accessible restroom. WOW, WOW, WOW – thanks to everyone who made that happen, including the family who donated all the tile – an extremely generous gift, and the workmanship and creativity of design is beautiful. Word has it that the restroom partitions will arrive on Wednesday, April 11 (of this year!)….

I forgot to mention that yesterday, Gil Osgood came to visit the BUUB – his first in several weeks. It was really good to have him stop by.

T O O L S : The tools we need picked up are shop tools not hand tools!! My mistake. Sorry to all those who came to get tools and found they are still needed. Isn’t it wonderful to feel needed. The shop tools no longer needed are lined up by the back door – most were intended for making cabinets, and are not needed.

There was floor finishing in Room 6 and the Social Hall and the entire east side of the building was prepped for painting. There are plastic and paper “curtains” in large and small doorways, and a paper apron around the perimeter of the floor. Handsome dark gray gutters were installed, mostly on the east side so far, and that job will continue tomorrow.

There were plans for some roof work tomorrow, but alas, a computer check of the weather indicated shifting gears and working on something else. This is an excellent example of how everyone needs to stay flexible, responsible and proactive. Also, we have to use the resources we have to solve problems. Money is extremely tight for the home stretch, and we still need roughly $50,000 to meet the construction budget, and $8,500 for the floor scrubbing machine that will become a permanent fixture to maintain our 18,000 square foot floor.

Mark Doonan and Ed Zack ask that you hang loose if you show up and it seems like there is nothing to do – just like the weather, if you wait five minutes, it will change and some crew will have a job for you. We need everyone to follow the road map, there is no time for talking or forming new committees, but just jump in and get busy. Focus on essentials rather than finite details.

Habitat for Humanity came today and picked up some of our surplus materials and is very excited about getting additional materials as we determine what we will no longer need. If the surplus doors lovingly refinished by the Doorman, that are listed on Craig’s list, have not sold within a week, they will go to Habitat for Humanity. We need the east porch (where the doors are, now) to temporarily store chairs after Celebration Sunday.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. A sign company representative called to offer her help. The guidelines for packing and moving were refined. A perfect example of getting right to the job of planning for the move came from Tom Sears, who has lined up movers and piano tuners so we are ready to roll for both Celebration Sunday and our first service on May 27. We will have four pianos!

QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Thanks from Eugenia Jo Regan who lives 1,000 miles south of here in Southern California. She reads this blog and sent the following observations:

“Well I’m glad the daily updates will continue! I appreciate the visions of all the work being done. I’ve learned SO many things from your reporting: (off the top of my head & not inclusive)

* Schedules change !!
* Everything takes longer than you anticipate
* “Things” get moved and moved and moved again (I would have thought once was enough)
* Everybody puts things in places that make sense to them
* So MANY things can affect plans!!!
* Stay Flexible
* Volunteers ARE Incredible!
* By asking you might get what you want!
* The daily reporting, I’m sure, keeps people motivated…and certainly informed
* And on and on

With gratefulness from a long way off”
Send questions to newhome@uueugene.org


APRIL 2, 2012 MONDAY
DAY #594

21 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
2 Thermostat Installers
2 Contract Floor Finishers
2 Contract Door Installers
2 Contract Roofers
1 Construction Consultant
1 Lumber Deliveryperson
9 Attend BPOC Meeting

HEADS UP: There is no Chinese dinner this Friday – everyone is encouraged to attend the all-church potluck at 40th & Donald – social time at 6 PM and dinner bell at 6:30 PM. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass.

Today the carpenters built the final framing for skylights. The skylights for Rooms 1-7 and offices will be modular rather than custom made, so required some tweaking. There was more hanging of doors and plaster work around doors.

2apr throne room-tThe tile crew continued tiling the unisex restroom. I forgot to mention last week that the one restroom that will eventually be women only, is presently unisex. Some clever person put signs “men” and “women” over the individual toilets – also identified by “lid up” or “lid down.” It’s good we haven’t lost our sense of humor!

(Photo right: the “throne room”)

There was floor patching, wet dusting in the attic and dry vacuuming floors, along with cutting and moving 2×4’s. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. Respirators got cleaned. There was general maintenance, which usually means emptying waste baskets, refilling towel and toilet paper dispensers (except there are no dispensers).

Arrangements were made with the Habitat for Humanity Restore to come pick up some of our surplus materials. Just a reminder – if you loaned tools to the BUUB during the past 594 days, please come pick them up. Also, we have advertised 30+ doors (all those refinished by our Doorman) on Craig’s list. They are 36 inch x 7 foot doors, including jambs and hinges. Solid wood, $100 each. The web address is:

http://eugene.craigslist.org/hsh/2937213193.html

From the BPOC meeting – The installation of cabinets, except for the administrative office, will come after occupancy. The rest could happen earlier if there were volunteers. It is important to get the doors in, especially the restrooms. The contract floor finishers have been doing all the work because volunteers haven’t been showing up. There seems to be an impression that there isn’t a need for help with the floors, but the contractors could make much better headway if they had a support crew to help with preparation and cleaning. The cleanup is much easier than it was before, using the automatic vacuum. We need every dollar left in the construction budget, so please help volunteer. There was a discussion about the need to purchase a floor scrubber to finish the floors and then have it permanently for routine floor maintenance by our staff after occupancy.

We are experimenting with grinding and polishing Room 6 without stain, and when it is finished the Project Office will be moved in there. The Landscaping Task Force is working with the City and some non-profits for a street tree planting project on Arbor Day – April 7. Golden desert ash and oak were the chosen species. Another major need for volunteers is to pick rocks out of dirt in the areas of the front lawn that will not have sidewalks. We have had offers of free plants, but they have been either too large and cumbersome to dig up and replant, or too small or inappropriate. Since there will be staining of bricks and painting of siding we need to keep plants away from the building until those jobs are done. The lasagna garden is composting away.

Each and every one of the Break Room Dancers deserve a big round of applause and hugs. A call went out this morning asking for volunteers to bring food this week — most days were open for entree or snacks. In a short period of time the email came that every day was covered this week! They just keep stepping up to the plate and feeding the crew. And now they are working to have both a vegetarian and non-vegetarian entree. What a team! Thank you….

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

“Construction is sequential, and floor finishing is a bottleneck!”

“We need volunteers.”

“It might help to set specific days and times with specific jobs for volunteers.”


APRIL 1, 2012 SUNDAY
DAY #593

2 Volunteers

It was suggested today that perhaps this blog should only come out weekly, but most days there is just too much fun stuff going on to risk skipping a day. I don’t plan to stop a daily report until at least May 27. Sundays are usually the exception and a slow news day, since most volunteers take advantage of resting. The work done today involved paperwork and some locksmith duties.

The next eight weeks are going to be exciting, busy, and no doubt stressful as we throw ourselves fully into each and every job that will get us to occupancy. We know that as we get closer to the move, there will be many people with ideas to share. We are finding that many of the ideas being suggested are things that have nothing to do with occupancy, but are more like icing on the cake at this point. Both Mark Doonan and Ed Zack are working double time on projects that will get us to occupancy, so we ask that those with ideas not toss them in Mark and Ed’s direction, but instead send them to newhome@uueugene.org or talk to Dave DeCou, chair of the Building Project Oversight Committee. (Dave will see your suggestions on newhome.)

The main thing right now is for everyone to not get their knickers in a twist, but just show up and volunteer for one of the jobs on the urgent list.

One job that is always available is picking up rocks. As you might recall, many loads of large gravel were added to our grounds so delivery trucks and things like back hoes, tractors, fork lifts, etc., did not get buried in mud. We are no longer going to use any heavy equipment and we need all of those rocks gone. It is the kind of job requiring hand picking. It is labor intensive, but well suited for those not skilled in carpentry, etc., or preferring outdoor work.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

“The wedding work party on May 6, will not be at the BUUB, it will be held at 40th & Donald.” (And, is no longer a work party.)

“Many of the decisions being made between now and May 27 may not use the democratic process, so be ready and let the good times roll.”

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