End of May Update

CHICAGO, IL – Despite weather delays and a broken lift this past week… …

– Welding at truss/column joints is completed.

– Masonry enclosure at trusses/columns is beginning.

– Site visit by Institute architect went well.

– Decking installation beginning soon!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Great Weather = More Work

CHICAGO, IL – With some great weather last week, the team was able to continue the following:

  • – Purlin and sag rod installation
  • – Mortar repair and finishing on north and east interior walls
  • – Replacement of temporary supports with permanent supports on east and west walls
  • – Removal and recycling of waste materials
  • – Welding proof of truss plates.

Busy May

CHICAGO, IL – The first full week of May was busy at the Shrine!

1. Installation of purlins and sag rods continued (Click to enlarge)

2. Additional bricks arrived (Click to enlarge)

3. Decking is being delivered

4. Wooden altar backdrop is being removed (Click to enlarge)

5. Mortar work on east and north walls continued

6. And rubbish is being hauled away for recycling.

Thanks to all for the support and prayers as work continues.

April Recap

CHICAGO, IL – April was a very busy month at the Shrine, and the weather may finally be conducive to even more high quality work!

1. Trusses were installed.

2. Half of purlins were installed.

3. Half of sag rods were installed.

4. Valley beams are in fabrication.

5. Wood framing and sheathing at the altar have been completed and roofing in this area has begun.

6. Masonry repairs continue one wall at a time in sync with the metal work.

7. Remaining known materials have been ordered for Phase I completion.

The project remains on schedule. As a reminder, it is a very active worksite, with little space for movement of materials and equipment. We encourage those who are interested in more frequent news than this monthly update to see the weekly updates on the blog rather than try to visit the construction site. This is for your safety, as well as that of the construction team.