Most of the crew headed home to New York as most of the heavy lifting (literally) and construction is behind them. The few workers still onsite will keep installing and testing pipes behind the main pipes in front. As Pr. Steve says, what you see is the hood, now they are building the engine.
It took all 11 guys most of the day to lift all the shiny facade pipes in place (yes they are real and playable). They set the gold star Zimbelstern that spins at the top center when Brett plays the chimes. They also set the toe boards, key action, and some more behind the scenes pipes. The chimes pictured below are the one part of our old organ reused in the new. One of the designers thinks they may even have been reused from the organ before that. Pretty cool connection to the past, don’t you think?
Our new pipe organ made it's first sound today from the console. It was a beautiful low sound from some of the first pipes crews are putting in the back. Most of the lower case woodwork is up and it perfectly matches the dark stain on the new choir risers. The crew continues to make good progress and will have the sanctuary pews cleared out for our first in person worshipers this Saturday to get a sneak peek what it looks like live and in person.
Where do you put nearly 3,000 organ pipes? Answer: EVERYWHERE! The pipe truck arrived today and the crew spent the whole morning unloading. It’s quite a site. Yesterday the crew began building the first level of the metal support structure that will hold our organ. NOTE: The blue on the organ pipes is a protective covering. They are actually silver in color. ALSO NOTE: the workers are unmasked because they are living in a “bubble” here at church and the hotel and are not interacting with the public.
The organ trucks have arrived! Parsons Pipe Organ Builders workers departed at 3:30 a.m. yesterday and arrived in Cedar Rapids 6:30 p.m. last night. Today they began unloading the console and support materials. Most of the pipes are coming on a second truck Thursday. Check back here for regular updates.
Check out our Organ!
First Lutheran member Dave LaRonde recently went to visit family in upstate New York and stopped by the Parsons Pipe Organ Builders to get a behind-the-scenes peak at the production process! Click the picture to check out this excellent video he produced all about our next organ.
We continue making progress on the renovations in our Nave. Pastor Craig recently went in and took these photos to share with you! Click through the pictures with the arrows in the upper right-hand corner, or hit the play button in the upper-left to make them cycle automatically.
Getting in and out of First Lutheran
Even though there is fencing and construction equipment in the parking lot, we will be able to access the drive-through area as a drop-off location only and parking will remain limited. We ask that First Lutheran’s parking area be reserved for visitors and people with limited mobility, and ask other people to use the PCI and DaVita Dialysis lots.
All entrances including the elevator will be available. Note the “Accessible Entry” illustrated in yellow from the parking lots will have asphalt ramps to get from the lot to the elevator entrance.
As we get acquainted with this process, we would like to have a few extra greeters/ assistants who might be willing to help people find their way; especially those with limited mobility.
Getting into Worship
Worship will be held in the lower-level Luther Fellowship Center (LFC) until the end of our Nave renovations. When you come into worship, you will need to pick up a bulletin and a hymnal from the back of the room. The Children’s Activity bags will also be located there.
Between the 8 & 9 a.m. worship, we will have a tight turn-around. We will ask those who are able to exit the 8 a.m. service using the south stairwell that leads up to the coffee area. That way people can start filtering into 9 a.m. worship from the hallway entrance to the LFC.
This week the construction crews are spraying in insulation, which limits access for update pictures, but we've put together this gallery to highlight the progress already made. Click the arrows on the right or left edges of the picture to see more.
Removing the wall for the balcony expansion which shows the Third Ave. side windows.
While work is being conducted on the ceiling, the entire worship space below is a maze of scaffold holding up a temporary second story floor.
With the 1950's era lowered ceiling removed, the next obstacle was to remove ventilation and an upper catwalk from between the rafters.
Two safety-harnessed workers in the rafters working to remove the catwalk and ventilation.
Back to the original rafters and open ceiling height for the first time in over 50 years! Currently, insulation is being added into the rafters before a ceiling is added at the original height.
Work is also starting to fix water damage to what was the Adult Library space. This is being funded by a property insurance claim, not by the Renewing God's House funds.