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!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Work

Pics from Prof. Ron Roehl who reports:

This is Christmas Eve morning and we have electricians, carpenters and roofers working at least to noon.

There are 2 pics of the roofers who have finished the cap on the southern end of the building. Also working to finished the connecting area roof with its cap.

Inside the electricians are working on the flexible conduit for the horizontal runs and rigid conduit for the vertical runs. Most boxes are in and waiting for conduit connections and the pulling of the wires.

The mechanical room (4 pics) is getting the finished wooden panel wall. It seemed like 3/4 inch plywood finished on one side. It gets only paint on these panels.

The other pics show the tubes where the geothermal tubing come in and also the connector for the geothermal lines to the various zones in the building. You can see that each of them has its own shutoff so control of the various zones will be quite easy.

I do not know when the workers will be back after Christmas.

Blessing to each of you as we are again amazed and comforted by the Christmas story.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Video: Shingling Started


Electrical Has Begun

Pics from Prof. Ron Roehl who reports:

Not much different from yesterday.

You can see the lid versus the plastic on the one photo. The sheetrock is for the lid in that room.

Flex conduit seems pretty standard because of the long runs.

Cutting and putting in stud spacers.

Roofers were at it in the afternoon.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Video: Inside Walls and Rock

Part A:

Part B:


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Video: Well Fields Completed


Friday, December 19, 2008

Windows and Insulation

Pics from Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

Back side of this roof is done and they are at work on the front of the connecting area between the sets of two classrooms.

The windows are mostly all in on the phase one section.

The inside is being heated with the burner you see. You have a pic from the inside and from the outside.

The inside outside walls are all batted and ready for the wall covering. The ceiling has the vapor barrier up and ready for the lid of sheetrock.

Looking better every day.


Windows Installed

Photos courtesy of Cheryl Meyer who writes:

Just thought I would add a few roofing pix, and today they are putting in windows! It is looking great. Too bad for so much snow, but they seems to be dealing with it fine.

IF you are headed to the concert tonight, please drive safely! Merry Christmas! Cheryl


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Roofing Update - 12/18/2008

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

South slope all shingled to cap.

East connecting roof partially done.

Most of the rest is tarped expecting snow tonight and tomorrow.

Some insulation being unloaded.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Roofing in Full Swing

Pics courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who reports:

Roofers are here and going full blast. The South slope is papered and should be pretty well all shingled by tomorrow depending on the weather. There is some paper on the back side but it looks like they will paper as they go contrary to one of the earlier reports.

The inside pictures are dark but you can see that the plastic vapor barrier is going up in preparation for the sheetrock lid. Some insulation has arrived and the men are putting some in the wall areas.

It is still very slippery inside with the real smooth concrete floor and the snow still not melted on that smooth floor. It helped that a group of students got in there last Saturday and got a lot of the snow down off the rafters so that will not bother the workers.

The concert is soon upon us and the students will be gone. Remember the concert is at Messiah Church (Friday at 7:30 pm).


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Roofing Begins

Pics courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

It is snowing.

Couple pics of the heat source for the building.

Roof papering is in progress. Shingles are up.

Some pics of the inside at this time. Working on the stud wall separaters, etc.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Video: Roof Decking and Exterior Work

First Half:

Second Half:


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Roofers Coming

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

Roofers will be in early next week, probably Monday. They will paper all of it and then begin shingling.

The carpenters have just a few sheets to nail down and they will have the entire roof ready for the roofers.

Windows will start to go in next week. There will be temporary doors to fill the openings so they can get heat in and melt all the snow on the rafters so it won't drip on the workers continually. Of course it will be warmer working also.

Pictures will be harder to get from now on because most of the work is on the inside for a time and I will want to stay out of the way. Maybe evenings I can go in and catch up on the days work. If I don my hardhat maybe they will let me in.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Geothermal Wells & Back of Building

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

The pile of dirt represents one of five trenches needed to tie together the geothermal well system. They dig and fill on the same day so there is no freezing problem. This will done by the weekend and tied into the building so the heating men can take it from there any time they are ready.

The other pics show the back of the building at this time. One pic is of the front dormer between the two main sections.

Roofers will be in this weekend and paper the whole roof so that it will all be covered. Doors and windows will come next. Heat generated outside by propane will be sent in to radiators in the building to give a dry heat. There will also be a sheetrock lid on the inside. Below that lid will be the suspended ceiling.

Things are moving. It is fun to watch.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Roof and Wells

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

Working hard to get the building under roof to keep the snow out.

Windows and doors will start to be in soon. They are on site.

A large trench was dug today at the back end of the geothermal field. The various well circulation pipes will be tied together in this trench and then go to the building. At least that is my understanding. The well field is sill covered with tarps over hoses with warm water to that it out down two feet. They will then tie the wells together.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Update from Building Committee

There was a progress meeting with Market and Johnson this past Friday (Dec. 5) regarding the building. Here are some notes:
  • Completion date for Phase 1 is February 13, 2009
  • Phase 1 to be sheeted (roof and walls) by December 12
  • Shingle crew to complete work the week of Dec. 15
  • All 50 geothermal system wells have been dug
  • Building dried-in and temp-heated prior to Christmas
  • Trim changed to oak in many areas of Phase 2 due to donation of materials from CLC member in Markesan area
  • Stained glass representations of Luther’s Seal and ILC Logo for gable ends of west elevation are being constructed off-site. Cost of materials only not to exceed $5K. M&J will construct gable framing and lighting at no additional cost.
  • Tentative completion date for Phase 2 is May 1

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Rafter Update - 12/06/2008

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

Some pics to give an idea of the back (East) of the building.

West side view shows the connecting section between the two classroom sections.

Scaffolding up and ready to finish the South side.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Video: More Trusses and Geothermal Field

Part 1

Part 2


Rafter Update - 12/04/2008

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

It looks even bigger with the roof boards all on one side.

The well field has the cover over the running water to thaw the ground.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rafter Update - 12/03/2008

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

The outside shots are of the work done today which you probably saw on the cam. Lots of rafters going up.

I will get pics tomorrow of the well field. They are about to tie together all of the wells. To do this they will have to thaw out the ground to trench it and put in the connectors. They have put many hundreds of feet of hose over the field and are running water through it to thaw the ground. There is a huge black tarp over the whole area to keep the heat in. It may takes many days to thaw the ground down two feet. I did get some of this on the video camera. I am not sure if Ross will get that on tonight yet.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Rafter Update - Dec. 1, 2008

Photos courtesy of Prof. Ron Roehl who writes:

Looks like rafters all this week. They worked on the top of the center section today. They still have the peak to put on there and then all the rafters over the south classrooms. There should be quite a change this week.

The drillers were at it again today. I am not sure what number they are on or how many they need. They must be near completion of the drilling.

Stabilizing the rafters is needed and you can see some of the carpenters nailing up the 4X8 roof sheets to tie things together.