Arizona Lobby Repair Project: February Update

It’s exciting that the framing work has begun and that January’s rains didn’t prevent our project from moving forward. But first, you’ll want to know we’ve reached a milestone (drum roll, please). drawing of a drum & drumsticksWe’ve met our goal of $50,000 for a matching grant from the Spirit Level Foundation (SLF)! This achievement is thanks to bounteous contributions from many people in our congregation. Hooray! Office Administrator Nurit Gordon, who also serves as Project Manager on this lengthy adventure, has filed the paperwork with SLF to request the matching $50,000. 

In construction, the framing process is connecting building materials, such as wood and steel, to each other to create a structure. The components are called studs, plates, headers, rafters, girders, flooring, and joists. Start putting them together, and here’s the progress on January 20th: 

A week later we saw a wall that clearly shows where a door and window will go, plus the beginning of the ceiling: 

Lobby view from the Garden of Eternity on 1-26-23

A reminder: During construction, the Arizona Lobby area, including the bathrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors, will be blocked and inaccessible. The only bathrooms available on our campus are three in the Cottage and one in the Sanctuary Lobby. We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience caused by the construction and appreciate everyone’s understanding. We can enter our campus from the front courtyard (the sidewalks on 18th Street and on Arizona Avenue) and from the alley gate next to the kitchen and the Forbes Hall glass doors.

Click here for Abby Arnold’s great explanation of the whole project.