Many of the pictures are courtesy of Cheryl Meyer and retired Prof. Ron Roehl. You may also click on the slide show in order to access directly the Picasa album for additional features (e.g., seeing the pictures larger, ordering pictures for printing, etc.).

You may scroll down to the bottom of this blog page to see two different views of the live web cams focused on the building site!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Brush Clearing

Now that the loggers have come and gone, the contractors have been authorized to proceed with site clearing. Today equipment moved in to start the work! You may follow along with the progress from the web cams which are shown live by scrolling down to the bottom of this blog.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Web Cam Views Now Posted on Blog

You may now scroll down to the bottom of this blog in order to see the view of two different live web cams. These are both focused on the building site.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Bidding Update

From ILC Building Chairman, Pastor Michael Roehl: The bid process has been extended one week to allow for additional bids. We now anticipate final numbers on September 24th, with work to commence the week of the 29th if total project costs are in-line with expectations. The ILC Building Committee thanks the CLC membership for its patience while we work to make sure that we get the most building possible as economically as possible.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Logging Pickup

Pictures submitted by Prof. Ron Roehl:


Fence Setup


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Video: Logging and Building Site Setup

Prof. Ron Roehl narrates a video that includes the last of the logging, setup of Market & Johnson's command center, walk through of Cottage before demolition, and setup of chain link fence around the building site:


Web Cam Operational

The web cams are now operational! Directions for loading the software and for viewing are located at the following link:

An example of one of the views (just a picture)

Project Benefits Other ILC Campus Issues

From Site Manager, Tom Beekman:

Like the Commons/Dining Hall project, every effort is being made to pick up 'freebies' for other longstanding issues on campus thru the use of contractors who may be on site for the actual building project. The tree removal is one example of that on the AC project. Others items we are hoping to get 'free' benefits from in the future are:
  • Using the expansion of the retention/detention basin area by the lower softball fields as a source of borrow (fill) material for the AC project. Significant savings by not having to truck in borrow from off site and significantly improves the retention area.
  • Disposing of concrete materials from the building demolition off the left field edge of the baseball field. We will dig a hole and bury the concrete at this location and use it to extended the playing area of left field on the baseball field. Significant savings because we don't have to pay for construction material disposal at a public landfill and a better baseball field.
  • Consolidation of some older sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines into one required for the AC project. We strategically located some of the AC utility work to allow it to upgrade some existing lines on campus. This can be done at no extra cost to the AC project since the work has to occur anyway, and we clean up some old stuff at the same time.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Logging Completed

This past week the logging necessary for the Academic Center (AC) was completed. The loggers did the work for the value of the logs. The loggers are part of a firm that owns a lumber mill. So whatever they cut is going directly to their own mill.

In addition, ILC has used the opportunity of having loggers on site to take out a number of other trees whose removal was not required for the AC building itself. These trees are also being removed at no cost to ILC and what would be their annual operating budget.

So not only are we saving $5K-$10K on the AC by not including this as part of the bid package, ILC (and thus the CLC) is saving perhaps another $1-$5K on general tree removal expenses on campus.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Trustee's Financial Plan - August Update

At the 2008 CLC Convention, the Trustees presented a financial plan for the building of the Academic Center. This was something they believed could be possible given past giving trends within the church body. It helped alleviate concerns regarding the amount of money that would have to be borrowed commercially for the project. There are now a few months' financial data to present in comparison. You may see their latest update at:


Command Center Setup

The logging is now completed, logs waiting to be hauled off ...
Chain link fencing is dropped off to set up around the building site ...
Our contractor, Market and Johnson, sets up shop near Reim Hall ...


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Financial Update - From August

ILC Building Fund Contributions: $11,350
..................................................Balance: $670,352.07
CEF Promissory Notes: $85,000
..................................................Balance: $386,164.89

ILC Building Fund receipts include $11,350 in contributions; disbursements include $13,860 on the Ingram remodel project and $25,630 for architectural planning for the new academic center.

Church Extension Fund (CEF) receipts include $36,470 in mortgage payments and $83,000 in promissory notes.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bidding Update

Bids for the new Academic Center at ILC are now due on Sept. 15. The Building Committee hopes to award on Sept. 17. The contract calls for the work to begin on Sept. 22. Pray for favorable bids.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tree Clearing Progress 9/3-5/2008

Here are some pictures showing the progress of the tree clearing at week's end (9/6/2008):


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Video: Tree Clearing

Video taken and narrated by retired Prof. Ron Roehl:


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Action Seen on Building Site! Tree Clearing

Beginning today, action was able to be observed on the building site. Trees are being cleared for the new academic center. This is the first on-site preparation for the new project!