Renew & Restore Updates
Respectfully submitted by Florence Scattergood, Building Committee Chair, unless otherwise noted.
AUGUST 2, 2021
Family Bathroom & Lounge
The former women’s vesting room off of the Narthex is being framed out to accommodate a new ADA Family Bathroom and Lounge. The exterior door will be filled in, and the former tiny women’s bathroom will be repurposed as a closet.
Seating and a freestanding changing table will complete the new space with the St. Francis window remaining visible to the all when the RR is not in use.
july 20, 2021
Stained Glass Window Preservation & Protection
All stained glass windows will be removed for repair and restoration. All window frames will be stripped and repainted both inside and out. Isothermal glazing will be added to each window – clear protective glass on the outside and art glass on the inside. The two windows in Higgins Parlor are examples of this process.
Installation of the protective glass will be done all at once and will precede that of the art glass which will be returned in stages as individual restoration is completed.
july 15, 2021
Capturing St. Alban's Beauty
Michael Larsen and his faithful assistant Ada are capturing images from the altar cross for a photo essay of unique St. Alban’s architecture and artifacts to be displayed throughout the campus.
A Hidden Treasure
july 5, 2021
The sacristy will be enhanced with the addition of cabinetry both above the sink and on the opposite wall which will include a built in ironing board. A long needed piscina sink for the proper disposal of communion wine will be incorporated into the new kitchen counter.
Clergy Vesting Room
Cabinetry for clergy vestments is being reconfigured for better storage and accessibility for more priests (image 1). The long-sealed existing door to the vesting area has been reopened to create better traffic flow (image 2). Exterior work to this area also includes a new canopy over the entrance to protect from the elements and an improved handrail for the staircase.
When removing the carpet in the balcony and stairs, the orginal wood was discovered to be in fine shape. The floors on the stairs and in the balcony will be refinished. The risers will be painted in a contrasting shade, and step lighting will be installed to help eliminate any former trip hazards.
Lifting and lightening the Narthex for a more welcoming space will include a coffered ceiling, tile flooring, and built-in storage cabinets for bulletins and other supplies. New interior doors with glass panels and audio speakers will enable ushers and others to see and hear what is going on in the Nave without disturbing worship.
LEM & Acolyte Vesting Room
A new vesting area adjacent to the organ chamber will be built out with cabinetry and closets in a newfound space.
June 28, 2021
Let there be light!
The pendant fixtures in the nave are currently under transformation. The outward decorative casings will remain the same; the inner workings are being replaced with versatile LED mechanisms which will allow for a variety of lighting combinations ranging from a warm bath of general lighting for Sunday services to uplighting, downlighting, and dimming for special effect.
Additional fixtures will spotlight the cross and the baptismal font.
Strengthening our foundation!
Unbeknownst to most of us, there is very limited access to the crawl space under the nave and narthex; in fact, in one spot the only way to get under the church is by shimmying through the AC ductwork. Holes are being cut in the concrete floor so that workers can get under the building to reinforce with new beams and footings in preparation for the new tile flooring and to install the plumbing for the new ADA bathroom.
June 15, 2021
Making room for an organ...
Something that many of us do not realize is that there is a lot more to a pipe organ than meets the eye. The largest pipes usually remain unseen in a chamber out of view. In preparation for our new Schoenstein organ, our current organ chamber has been emptied to accomodate the new configuration of pipes. Today’s photos show the chamber in our nave in its current state and the construction of pipes in the California factory that will find their new home here in September.
June 8, 2021
Entering a time of increased activity in the Nave....
Substantial demo has already occurred: flooring and pews have been removed, the Reuter organ has been dismantled and sold, the stained glass windows are at the glass studio being refurbished, the narthex ceiling is gone in preparation for a new coffered design, and the support spaces have been gutted and are ready for renovation. All sacred items have been carefully removed and are safe in storage out of harm’s way. The altar, pulpit, and lectern remain in place encased in protective structures. Signage and barriers will be in place to remind all that the church building is now a construction zone. We hope your enthusiasm and curiosity will be satisfied with our regular updates and photos of the progress.