Fr. Santo Arrigo, C.Ss.R.
Construction continues at St. Patrick’s “Monastery”. It is hard to believe that as we move into December, we reach the milestone of 4 months into construction. So much has happened, while so much more needs to be done. With all the abatement of the lead and asbestos completed, the crews have been hard at work framing, installing the rough ins for electrical, plumbing, and the mechanical systems that all need to come together. It has been a real sight to see the framing put in place that clearly marks where walls will be placed and how the overall picture of our new home will continue to be painted.
I thought it best to describe to you in point form all that has taken place on the property. Hopefully the photos will help you as well to appreciate the scope and magnitude of the progress to date.
As I said, so much has happened….and there is so much more to be done.
Soon, we will see the new outdoor main staircase, accessibility ramp and garage take shape. Think of all that as our early Christmas present!
Being 4 months into the project, with asbestos and lead abatement always taking a bit longer than anticipated, the question in your minds must be, “Are we still on track?” The simple answer is, “Yes!” The abatement process, as it happened differently on the different floors, allowed the contractors and subtrades to do different work at different times. With the abatement completed, we can now anticipate that the work throughout the building will now be unified and the project timeline will return ontrack. Over the next month, we anticipate that we will have a clearer sense of the construction timeline. That being said, our team of contractors, architects, trades and of course, Marwan Al-Turk and myself see July 1st, 2013 as a realistic date for the community to begin to move in.
We appreciate your support and ongoing prayers as we see the work of the renovation of the residence at St. Patrick’s take shape.