Construction Corner

7/19/19

Demolition of the Gym, Guild House, La Casita, and the metal storage building is complete. All resulting debris was removed The east end of the Shepherd Drive access drive is fully poured and usable, but only for construction vehicles to exit the site onto Shepherd.

Installation of underground storm and sanitary pipes is complete. Nearly half of the grade beams for the Commons Building have been poured.

If you look carefully over the green construction fence or look down to the east from one of the second story windows on that side of the Parish Center, you can see the outline of the new parking garage.

A two-day shut-down which is required to relocate existing chilled water lines is still scheduled for July 23-24.

While we fully understand that there are many “interesting sights” on the other side of the construction fencing, please remember that no one is allowed inside the construction area (a) without the appropriate safety gear and (b) until they have completed Vaughn’s construction orientation.

 

 

7/12/19

Demolition of the Gym, Guild House, La Casita, and the metal storage building is complete. All resulting debris was removed this week. The east half of the new Shepherd Drive access road is now complete. All of the piers for the Commons Building have been drilled and Vaughn has now been forming, reinforcing, and placing the grade beams.

A two day shut down, which is required to relocate existing chilled water lines, is currently scheduled for July 23rd and 24th.

While we fully understand that there are many “interesting sights” on the other side of the construction fencing, please remember that no one is allowed inside the construction area without the appropriate safety gear and until they have completed Vaughn’s construction orientation.

 

6/27/19

Construction activities are proceeding smoothly. One final hurdle – removal of the power lines near the Guild House and then subsequent approval by the City of Houston – and then we will be able to get the remainder of our building permits released.

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Demolition of the gym commenced on Monday. Assuming no further complications with the City of Houston and cooperative weather conditions, all four buildings (La Casita, Guild House, Gymnasium, and metal Maintenance Storage Building) will be fully demolished and the debris removed from our site by next week.

A two day shutdown which is required to relocate existing chilled water lines was originally scheduled for June 26 & 27. However, this shutdown has been delayed until July to allow the contractor to procure the requisite equipment and materials.

A section of sidewalk and a single lane of traffic along the west side of Shepherd will be closed from June 24 through July 5. This shutdown is required to allow contractors to pour the east end of the new access road from our property onto Shepherd. Hours of closure will be 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This closure will not affect parishioners walking from the temporary parking lot to the church.

While we fully understand that there are many “interesting sights” on the other side of the construction fencing, please remember that no one is allowed inside the construction area without the appropriate safety gear and until they have completed Vaughn’s construction orientation.

 

6/6/19

It is with heavy hearts that we said good-bye today to the large oak tree that has stood in front of the gym since 1955.  Fortunately, it will be put to good use.  The three largest limbs will be milled into fireplace mantels, the trunk will be sliced horizontally to create tabletops, and the branches will be cut into firewood.

Our thanks to Vaughn Construction for making their temporary contractor employee parking lot in the northeast corner of our campus available to St. Anne parishioners on the weekends. While not as convenient as the parking lots that have been lost due to construction activity, this lot represents the closest parking alternative and actually provides more parking spots than we had before installation of the contractor fencing. Vehicular access to this lot is on Fairview and pedestrian access is on Shepherd. For families with children or elderly parishioners, we suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot. Please be careful when walking on the gravel.

Foundation work for the Commons Building will commence next week. We continue to wait for CenterPoint to relocate the existing gas line that feeds into the Parish Center. Once that line has been relocated, demolition of the gymnasium can begin. Demolition of the concrete and asphalt parking lots west and north of the Parish Center should be completed by next week.

5/30/19

The temporary parking lot for contractor employees in the northeast corner of our campus is now complete and available for parking at weekend masses. Vehicular access is on Fairview and pedestrian access is on Shepherd. For families with children or elderly parishioners, we suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot. Please be careful when walking on the gravel.

Contractor fencing is complete.  Plywood has been installed along the Pre-K playground and to cover all the ground floor windows of the school and Parish Center.  Demolition of the gymnasium will begin any day.

In addition to this new parking lot, we have graciously been given permission to use the parking lots of our neighbors Valobra Master Jewelers at 2150 Westheimer and Reiner's Fine Jewelry at 2210 Westheimer during mass times on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

5/22/19

We want to thank all those who attended our groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019, and hope that everyone enjoyed themselves.

 

The temporary parking lot for contractor employees in the northeast corner of our campus was scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 24, 2019. If that lot is not available for parishioners to park during Mass this weekend, rest assured that it will be by next weekend. Vehicular access will be on Fairview and pedestrian access will be on Shepherd. For families with children or elderly parishioners, we suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot. Please be careful when walking on the gravel.  

 

Two Live Oak trees previously located just west of the Parish Center were moved to their new locations inside the Circle Drive last week. Don’t they look great?

 

Demolition of the gymnasium is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 28, 2019, and will take almost a full week. Demolition of La Casita and the Guild Building will commence immediately afterwards. This past week Vaughn Construction has been painstakingly identifying the locations of all chilled water lines, electrical lines, and other utilities that extend across the playing fields and below our current parking lots. It is critical that all such lines be accurately located before excavation begins.

 

5/15/19

Installation of construction fencing commenced on Tuesday which results in a significant decrease in the number of on-campus parking spaces.  If you had difficulty finding a place to park, please accept our apologies.  We hope that by next weekend (May 25-26, 2019) the temporary parking for contractor personnel will be completed and available for parishioners to use on Saturdays and Sundays.  This temporary parking lot will be located on the northeast side of our campus with vehicular access off Fairview and pedestrian access off Shepherd.  For families with children or elderly parishioners, we might suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot.  Fortunately, this temporary lot will actually provide more parking spaces than the number of surface lot spaces that will be lost due to construction activities.  However, it will be a bit longer of a walk from your vehicle to the pew.

For the convenience of St. Anne visitors during the work week, we have instructed all church and school employees to use specific on-campus parking spaces that are located the longest distance from the Parish Center, Sanctuary, and Parish Office Building.  As such, those parking places closest to the Porte-cochere will be available for weekday church visitors.

Relocation of the trees that are being moved to the Circle Drive area should be completed by this weekend.

5/12/19

Construction on the new Commons Building and parking garage will be getting underway soon.  Safety fencing may be installed as early as Monday, May 13. There will be a noticeable impact on parking.  

Groundbreaking is scheduled for May 17 at 9:00 a.m.  

Vaughn’s construction trailer is now on site and should be fully operational by next week.

Although we are breaking ground, we still have an additional $7 million to raise.

We will keep you advised by announcements, the Bulletin, www.saintanne.org, and the weekly Flocknote emails.  

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