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Month of August Recap

CHICAGO, IL – Monthly recap of construction progress for August 2018. (Click images to enlarge.)

August saw the completion of the roof decking and steelworkers’ tasks!

Decking for the Southwest corner was purposely left open so that the brick and stonework of this corner could be repaired/replaced. This masonry is finished now with decking to be laid early September.

The inlaid gutter and wall top stonework on the South Wall will begin the first week of September as well.

Scaffolding will remain in the courtyard until the roofing and stone replacement are complete. These tasks are heavily weather dependent, so you will likely see activity on dry days.

A picture of the brick and stone repair work required in the Southwest corner of the building.

It has taken three years to accomplish Phase I. With your ongoing emotional, financial, and spiritual support, we embark on Phase II. Many employers will match your financial gift, doubling your money to the Shrine. Gifts-in-kind for materials required in Phase II are also welcome, and reduce the amount of funds that must be raised.

With time, money, a little luck, and many prayers, the congregation and the neighborhood will enjoy building occupancy in a reasonable time.

God bless!

Original Stone Reinstallation

CHICAGO, IL – Original stones are being lifted to the southwest corner of the Shrine’s building for reinstallation this week! Once this corner’s interior masonry is complete, the final decking section will be closed.

Roofing under layer will begin Monday, August 27th!

Roof Decking and More!

CHICAGO, IL – Great progress on the Southwest corner and decking. Now for roof under layers and shingles and exterior stone!

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Summer Restoration Update

CHICAGO, IL – July and now into August have seen major progress on getting the building covered and the interior better protected from the elements.

Metal framing was the first step for the new roof. At the beginning of July, the major components were in place.

As decking was installed, it was apparent that additional support was required, so these components were fabricated and installed in July.

Decking is the first layer on the framing. You may have seen it sitting in the parking lot until it was ready to be installed. It has welded and screwed connections to keep it attached and rigid to support the upcoming roof layers.

As the decking is installed, the space to lift materials and the pros gets smaller, requiring great skill with the machinery.

In August and September, the roof under layers will be installed. These provide insulation and a moisture barrier between the exterior and the interior. These are then followed by the shingles, which are the final external layer that protect the building from weather and restore the roof to its previous appearance.

The major southwest tower masonry work is also underway, with stone to be added next week. You’ll notice the scaffolding in the courtyard that is being used currently by masons, but will also be used by the roofing team.

With Phase I funded and near completion, it is time to think about financial support of the next phase of the restoration. Phase II will meet the requirements of the City of Chicago for occupancy, so that the congregation and the neighborhood can once again use the building. To name a few elements: Phase II includes architectural and engineering design and specification work, exterior windows and doors, safety and accessibility systems, heating, electrical, plumbing, concrete slab floor, roughed in walls and ceiling, stairs and secure upper floors are required as part of the Phase III ultimate architectural vision of the Shrine. The end of Phase II will provide a safe, blank canvas for the beautification that is Phase III.

Roof Decking Update

CHICAGO, IL – The roof decking continues!

The view of the northeast corner looking north. The roof takes a different shape here, so the decking is more complex than the large sheets on the main building span. Note the new masonry is finished at the columns and the top of the walls.

Same corner, facing the altar.

The southwest corner of the church. Note a lot of new bricking has been laid. Brick will continue up beyond the decking, and will be capped with saved stone.

Continue to pray for the safety of the people who are performing this work, good weather to facilitate quality completion, and funding for the next phase of this Resurrection from Ashes!

Roof Decking during Phase 1 Continues

CHICAGO, IL – This week at the Shrine, the roof decking continues…

– Decking on the north wall at the altar. Note the new bricking to the top of the column.

– Note two more completed columns on the south wall. Final roof support steel work here to be finished today. All steel work and decking to be finished this week!

– Decking to be completed between trusses 4 & 6 (right and left sides of the photo below) in the next two days. Field weld inspections and report are pending.

– Southwest corner masonry will be finished this week.

– Awaiting roofer availability to install underlayer and shingles!

Roof Decking

CHICAGO, IL – The week of July 8th was all about decking and welding angles to the roofing support to assure decking alignment.

– Along the north wall, facing west.

– Along the south wall, facing west.

– Decking progress from west wall.

– Decking installation, northeast corner.

Complete June 2018 Update – Phase 1

CHICAGO, IL – Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest-Construction Phase I, June 2018 Monthly Update

– South wall column/truss pockets are now enclosed by masonry. This shows a truss (the angled steel), bent plates (the steel pieces attached to the wall on both sides of the truss), and the masonry enclosing the truss and the column it is attached to, as well as the masonry that had to be added to the walls to reach the roofline.

– Columns on either side of the altar have been enclosed by masonry up to the roof line.

– Tuck pointing has been done on major wall sections, many that will be difficult to manage once the decking is installed.

– Bent plates have been attached along the top edge of the north and south walls.

– Safety lines are set atop the walls around the perimeter of the building and along the roof centerline. These lines are for the safety of crew members working so high off the ground without the benefit of basket lifts.

– Decking is being laid! Work began in the northwest corner, around the tower. Metal roof decking serves as the base for roof insulation and, ultimately, the exterior shingles. Decking is corrugated to increase stiffness in spanning from point to point across the steel roof frame. Below: decking uninstalled, decking sheets installed.

– The action of three machines and two teams (masonry and steel) in the building at once can be a challenge. These lifts are used to move material, equipment, and team members. Notice two men at the top of the wall. It seems a large space when only people are inside, not so much when machinery is moving around.

The Shrine has been invited once again to participate in Open House Chicago. We have accepted, so please come visit! The event is scheduled for October 13-14, 2018. It is always an honor to participate and welcome new people to the Shrine, even in its evolving state!

The first grant payment from the National Fund was approved by their Board in mid-June and the $125,000 check should arrive by mid-July. This is an indication that the Shrine Phase I project is meeting the commitments made when the grant was awarded last winter. The final inspection and documentation required by the Fund are expected for late summer, early fall 2018.

Thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm for this project! Phase I is the first step toward a renewed home for the congregation and the neighborhood.

Shrine Weekly Update, 6.29.18

CHICAGO, IL – The sun was shining on the roof project this week!

– Safety lines ready for decking, underlayment, and shingles.

– Pulling up mortar for final column/truss pocket closures on the south wall. The mason is barely visible laying the brick.

– Another bent beam on the south wall.

– Decking laid in the tower corner. Sheets are laid from wall to peak, tower toward altar.