Updates for the Week of June 8

Permits & Inspections:
Building Inspector call in for electrical room wall; will ask for Wing TCO needs;Elevator inspection planned for next week once heat detector in shaft resolved.

No issues

Wing Floor 2 – Final cleaning today; waiting for countertops for sink install; starting punch list; waiting for some light replacements today (intumescent paint overspray)
Wing Floor 1 – final painting underway now; maybe final cleaning next week and close to the trades.
Sanctuary – Flooring in next few weeks, stage construction underway
Hardscape/Landscape – Paving for dumpster pad and more sidewalks tomorrow, red dye needed for driveway concrete has caused delivery issues; memorial garden pads poured in 2 weeks, Monument sign base dig and pour in two weeks – have template from vendor for bolt placement; sign delivery in 30 days
Kitchen – Friday scheduled equipment installation; FRP delivered today for walls; looking for glue
Round Window – Delivery date probably by June 20; millwork is pushing for installation
Additional site paving on Saturday.

Georgia Power/Green Energy:
Still no word re: scheduled electrical shutdown and installation

Change Orders:
37 – Stage Trough floor box still pending – 24×24 instead of 18×18 approved
42 – Memorial Garden concrete bridge – Canceled
44 – Topping Out Social Hall Walls (sound) – to be reduced to roughly $5263 – Approved
46 – Sanctuary Winch Power – $814 – Approved
48 – Light Pole Remediation – pending
50 – Sanctuary Winch Installation – to be reduced (roughly $2000)
53 – Knox Boxes (emergency response access) – $1185 – APproved
54 – Wood Rafter Int Paing (Fire/Blg Insp) –  TBD (labor by hour & materials)
TBD – Moving Social Hall Thermostat
TBD – Stained Glass LED Diffuser Panel

Parking Lot Light Poles:
After weeks of research including four new photometric light studies, we now have a number of possible options under consideration to address the parking lot lighting issues with the HOA. The estimated change order will be in the neighborhood of of $20-25K. We will have more information next week on the final costs.

Still getting some water runoff to the parking lot/kitchen corner of the Wing.
Field report noted some deficiencies for Choate to address.

We’ve received granite samples from Homecoming Inc for the new columbarium and will pass along to the memorial garden team.

New & Old Business:
Review Sanctuary Lobby light issue in field; conduits are obtrusive; unistrut should be painted white; excess bolt thread should be cut
Child-size toilet specified but drawings show adult-sized; Dawn to follow up w/ plumbing engineer
3 sets of doors were to have hardware salvaged; doors were trashed instead; Dawn to review possible replacements
Gutter color samples need to be reviewed by CCCA (slight white color change from spec)
Millwork for stage face TBD
Due to cost increases, agreed to reduced footprint for playground rubber under the Oodle swing; fall zones still protected; oval shape vs vase shape preferred
Remove mullions from 2 sanctuary doors
Bryce’s flist of pending items incorporated by Choate in their list
TSAV sanctuary speakers are now hung
Most Transcend building cameras were installed this week and are working well
Monument Sign details being worked out between Bryce and the vendor; expect all info needed for permit by end of day today.
Admin furniture may start arriving this week 

Moving forward

We recently brought you the latest updates at our annual congregational meeting. Since then, crews on site have been working quickly to complete the education and admin wing. While the Sanctuary will take a while longer, things are moving swiftly overall.

This week we reached a significant milestone with air conditioning coming online. This week we saw painters and flooring trades making substantial progress in the wing. We are on track to be able to move our furniture out of the Treehouse after our final treehouse service on June 19th.

As a reminder, we’ll be taking off in July from our regular Sunday services while Rev. Taryn is away and to give us time to finish the Sanctuary and for our staff to get offices and classrooms set up throughout July. It’s not too soon to mark your calendars for our soft opening on August 6th, where we will invite our UUCA community into the campus for the first time. Here’s a rundown of our summer plan.

June 19th: This last Sunday in the Treehouse, we will celebrate Juneteenth, we will honor fathers on their special day, and as we prepare to extinguish our chalice for the final time in our current space, we will affirm all that we as a congregation must and will do to meet the unique challenges of our times. When our flame ignites again in a new space, we will be ready for what lies ahead.

June 20th – 30th: UUCA staff and movers will be clearing out the Treehouse. UUCA offices will be closed except to those involved in the move. All groups should plan to meet offsite or via zoom.

June 30th: Our lease is over at the Treehouse.

July 3rd: We will broadcast what promises to be a fantastic worship from the UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon.

July 10th: Stay tuned for more information on a UUCA congregational hike sponsored by our Ens and Outs group.

July 24th: We are excited to join our Homeless Advocacy group as we invite our entire UUCA community to serve with us at Nicholas House.

August 7th: This one is just for us, UUCA. We will finally meet together for the first time at our new campus. This is our chance to discover our new home together and prepare for the grand opening in September. We will begin meeting regularly on Sunday mornings at our new campus throughout August.

September 18th: Grand Opening. This entire weekend will be filled with activities for all. Join UUCA, returning music director Don Milton, and guests from other UU churches for our home blessing.

Demolition continues!

Demolition continues!

We are currently in the demolition phase!

The Sanctuary is substantially complete, as shown in photos below. The next steps in the Sanctuary will be to increase the shoring of the ceiling and bracing of the scissor trusses before removing the sheetrock, which is currently adding support.  This will allow mechanical and engineering folks to get more precise measurements so that fabrication can get underway.

The admin wing has some initial and safe demo happening.  They’ve ripped out ceiling tiles and insulation, but next week demo of admin begins in earnest.  After the demo, then we will be looking at concrete cuts for elevator and plumbing.

Atlanta Gas and Light has cut off our gas lines as requested, and Georgia Power has established temporary power for Choate.

Progress continues and spirits are high!






Demolition and Other Updates 

Demolition and Other Updates 

The safety teams at 2650 have prepared the building for demolition and we are underway. The next three to four weeks will be focused on demolition and erosion control. We are in the midst of reviewing proposals and contracting our theatrical lighting provider, and we are excited to watch changes begin to take shape! We are currently on track to finish in our nine month timeline, with a projected finish in June 2022.

A Notice from your Board President:
Last week more comprehensive survey and testing as required by the EPA revealed asbestos in certain tiles and a few other types of materials in the older parts of 2650. This new survey performed for state clearance took samples of 54 materials in our building and found asbestos in 9 of them. During the due diligence period, the commercial inspection firm hired by UUCA tested five types of materials and found no asbestos.

Fortunately, all the materials containing asbestos are already part of the demolition & removal plan. Choate immediately sought bids for demolition sub-contractors certified to remove asbestos and obtained two bids within the week. Unexpected issues like this are why we built a contingency line item into our budget. The existing contingency more than covers this added cost of $26,300. I am confident that Choate is doing everything they can to work around the asbestos materials and keep this from creating additional delays.

Sean Golan

Board President

Construction Begins!

Construction Begins!

Time to Build the Nest!

After many years of hard work, the Notice of Commencement went into effect this week! Project Phoenix held their OAC meeting onsite, and construction fencing has gone up at the property. Our new home is officially under construction. Watch this space and subscribe to our Weekly Update for regular updates as progress on the new campus continues.