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 50: October 8, 2018
Hard to believe it's been nearly a full year since we last stepped foot inside our cozy little home on 229 Murdock. Much has happened within our CBI family - we've celebrated weddings, births, b'nei mitzvot and more. We've welcomed new families, said goodbye to beloved members and have grown closer to our new friends at CBHT.
All the while, work inside our House of Israel has continued. And now, we're coming toward the end of our renovations. Soon we will celebrate, back in our own building, surrounded by new beauty and renewed energy. But the memories we shared in the bulding as it was, the voices and visions of faces of those who came before us, will forever be embedded in the bones of our old, new hoe. Thanks for helping to make it happen!
Week 46: September 6, 2018
Week 46 and we're in the homestretch. With the exception of the construction of the central reader's platform in the sanctuary and replacing the skylight at the front entrance, all of the structural renovation work is now complete and we're into the finishing stages. What you see in these photos are changes in the sanctuary, work in the social hall, refinishing the pews and hanging sheetrock in the main areas outside the sanctuary. But there are vast improvements just about everywhere you look, and including places you can't even see. This includes a brand new hearing loop, not only in the sanctuary but in the social hall as well and a new sound system, too. Kudos to the Capital Campaign Oversight Group under the leadership of Mike Weizman and the architects at Seigman Architecture for bringing the project in on-budget. More importantly, a gigantic yasher koach to everyone who contributed their expertise, time and money to help make this transformation possible.
Week 35: June 27, 2018
35 weeks in now, and many of the wonderful transformations we envisioned when we began this project – back in 2015 – are coming into view. One of the most inspiring is the unique contoured wood ceiling in the sanctuary that will give the appearance of undulating light-colored clouds. Meanwhile, in other parts of the building, workers are placing brand new, bright floor and wall tiles in the bathrooms and beginning the trim work on the tallit rack and water fountain area on the opposite side. As a little bonus, the water fountain will also feature a “filling station” for water bottles. In the foyer, by the entry doors, contractors are prepping the wall for the installation of a large high-definition monitor that will display upcoming events/programs, donor recognition, photos from recent activities and more. “If you will it, it is no dream.” Theodore Hertzl.
Week 32: June 4, 2018
We are now 75% of the way through the renovation and things are coming together very nicely inside our building. The CCOG and members of our leadership were given a tour recently, and it all looks fabulous – transformational in fact. The bathrooms have been drywalled and plumbed, the sanctuary ceiling is now being constructed, the ceilings throughout the building have been framed in, the entire building has been re-wired and so much more. And for those who weren't able to make it to the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 10th - the answer is yes, we are still on budget. In fact, we are slightly UNDER budget. The only issue is timing. Moisture in the social hall - most likely attributable to old mortar joints and not our new roof - will most likely set us back a couple of weeks. This means that there is chance we will not back in until after Yom Kippur. Other than that, we have so much of which to be proud...so much to look forward to. Stay tuned for more updates.
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!
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.
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.
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!