Follow our Renovations

Welcome to "Renovation Central!". Below are periodic updates showing the progress of CBI's (approximately) year-long project to upfit our physical building in order to match the excitement, dedication and community of those who call it home. Check out the progress and watch the dream unfold!

Week 16: March 4, 2018

Our much-anticipated renovation project is now approximately 30-percent complete! The biggest changes you will notice are in the sanctuary where the large windows on the back walls are now being installed, flooding the new space with sunlight. Workers are also now ready to begin work on the main elevated reading platform in the center of the newly reconfigured space. Elsewhere, the framing for the new ceiling in the social hall and common areas is being completed and is nearly ready for installation of the ceiling panels. Work is also moving along in the three new ADA-compliant restrooms (men's room, ladies' room and a family bathroom). Also happy to announce that, so far, the project is both on schedule and on budget. Thanks to the diligence and hard work of the CBI CCOG committee and management from the folks at SAI Design. Stay tuned for the next installment!

  • The opening for the sanctuary windows are being outlined as workers prepare to cut the rough openings.
  • "Let there be light!" The new windows in the sanctuary are being installed. The difference between this photo and the preceding one is, as you can see, dramatic.
  • Work is now ready to begin on the construction of the elevated main reading platform in the middle of the sanctuary. Notice the sunlight from the existing bimah windows on the ark, while light from the new windows on the opposite side illuminate the rest of the space.
  • The final pieces to the ceiling infrastructure are being put into place as workers prepare to install the drop ceiling.
  • Framing of the new ADA-compliant restrooms is nearly complete.
  • Another view inside one of the three stubbed and framed restrooms.
  • A view looking up at the ceiling in the sanctuary, you can see the framing for the new ceiling as well as all ten windows, now installed.

Week 12: January 28, 2018

Three months in and things are beginning to take shape. In the sanctuary the stage is nearly set for the installation of the central walkway to the main reading platform in the middle. And the new all-wood ceiling is close to being ready to be put in place. Meanwhile, changes in the social hall are progressing, from the top down, as the new infrastructure for the ceiling ceiling is going in; the same is true in the hallway outside the sanctuary. So far according to the Capital Campaign Oversight Group (CCOG), the renovations are both on schedule and well within budget.  

  • The outline of the new streamlined bima is now complete. The ramp to the central reading platform will begin several feet in front of the bima "protrusion".
  • The plumbing for the new family restroom is now being installed and tied into the main plumbing system.
  • The "hallmark" Jewish star skylight in the entryway gets its owning framing system as well. The skylight itself and flashing around it have been reinforced as well.
  • Here is the new, higher ceiling framing system on the other side of the sanctuary.
  • Now you can see the framing system for the ceiling in the hallway outside the sanctuary. It will provide more headroom and help the entire space feel larger.
  • The scaffolding and scissors lift are in position to begin installing the new wooden ceiling in the sanctuary when it arrives. The light color of the new wood will accent the natural illumination from the new windows and new lighting system.
  • Framing for the lowest part of the social hall ceiling will allow installation for the screen projector and other equipment. It will also lend some visual depth to the social hall.

Week 8: December 27, 2017

Much of the demolition has now been completed and crews have started to install the new infrastructure. This includes the framing system for the new ceilings in the social hall, foyer and common areas outside the sanctuary. Plumbing for the new bathrooms (men's room, women's room and family restroom) is also fairly far along. Inside the sanctuary, the old bima has been truncated to make room for additional seating and the pews  have all be removed and disassembled in preparation for fitting them into the new "in-the-round" configuration. 

  • With the main bima being relocated to the middle of the sanctuary, the depth of the existing bima can be cut back to make room for additional seating.
  • The old carpet in the small chapel has been removed in anticipation of new carpeting. The boards on the right hand wall are protecting our beautiful stained glass windows.
  • The bathrooms are being completely overhauled and reconfigured for a men's room, women's room and family restroom. Here you can see the plumbing system has been stubbed.
  • The foyer outside the sanctuary has now been completely taken down to the concrete, with the exception of the CBI History display case.
  • Here's the section on the other side of the sanctuary, which has also taken down to the concrete and with the framing system for the new ceiling in place.
  • Here is the perspective of the entryway and common area from Lee's office. Notice the framing system for the new ceiling is starting to take shape.
  • Sections of the sanctuary pews after being removed, cut and re-assembled to fit the new sanctuary configuration.

Week 1: November 3, 2017

Week 1 has all been about clearing out the rooms and spaces where a majority of the renovations will take place. This includes the social hall, sanctuary, small chapel, foyer and common areas outside the sanctuary; not just clearing the floor space and taking structures off the walls, but removing the old ceiling , including the framing, in many of the areas. The old bathrooms have also been gutted as crews prepare to break up the  concrete beneath the floors in order to stub in new plumbing for our reconfigured men's room, women's room and family restroom. Exciting. We're off and running!

  • In the foyer, looking toward the coat rack, water fountain and restrooms.
  • With the exception of the Ark and pews, the sanctuary has now been completely gutted. The next time we pray here, it will be entirely different. Remember the past - embrace the future.
  • Another shot of the social hall, as seen from the old bi-fold doors. The structure in the middle of the floor is part of the framing system for the new ceiling.
  • Inside the sanctuary, looking out from the bima. The acoustic tiles have been removed, along with the pews.
  • Judging by the exhaust fan at the top and the empty gray areas on the left wall, it seems like we've moved on to the guess is the women's restroom.
  • Gutting the area around the front doors and removing the drop ceiling
  • The old ceiling between the sanctuary and social hall has been removed, exposing the building's "bones".