Beginning on July 24th, the tile workers began the detailed process of installing the porcelain tile for our church. This is a very exciting step that moves us even closer to the completion of the new building.
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On July 28th, several new appliances for the kitchen in the new building were delivered. New additions included 4 electric ovens, a three-bowl sink with double drainboards, and a commercial grade dish washer that runs in a two minute cycle! Also, the ANSUL fire suppression system was installed into the range hood. Over the next several weeks these new appliances will be connected to the electric, plumbing and gas lines.
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During the month of June the sidewalks were added to the exterior of the building. The sidewalks wrap around the front half of the building touching at the front door, social hall entrance, kitchen door entrance and emergency exits along the front and parking lot sides of the building. In additon, the remaining doors were added, including the massive solid wood front door that stands 10 feet high.
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This week crews will complete work on the 20' interior dome of the chuch. The dome has light boxes that encompass the bottom edge which will house lights that can be turned on to illuminate the iconography that some day will bless our parish there. The ceiling and dome are receiving the final coat of just slightly blue paint and then will be complete.
The tile in the hallway and restrooms on the social hall side of our new building was grouted this weekend and is now complete. Flooring for the rest of this side, including the social hall and office carpeting, will be completed as one of the very last steps before the building is totally complete.
Crews have installed the last of the lighting and completed the most recent electric and plumbing updates. The VCT flooring is also complete. The kitchen is nearing completion. Once the gas line has been connected from outside the building into the kitchen, we can begin to prepare for our appliances and furnishings. The kitchen will require building and occupancy permit inspection prior to use by the parish.
As the Church School year for 2016-2017 comes to a close, appropriately the four classrooms of our new building are nearing completion. The cabinets, sinks, faucets and mini hot water tank have all been installed. The VCT flooring is in. The doors are hung, stained and have windows and closers. The only thing missing are the tables and chairs for our excited young students! The hope is to some day purchase a folding parition wall to section of the largest space into two separate classrooms.
The wood frames are covered with plywood and will then be covered with drywall board and joint compound in the careful process of building the 20' interior dome of the church. By the grace of God, we hope to one day gaze up to an icon of Christ, our Lord inside this dome.
The complex web of carpentry that will ultimately be the interior dome has been started. Baker Construction crews will construct the dome out of wood that will then be covered with drywall board and joint compound to smooth out any seams. This construction will continue over the next several weeks.
Five (yes 5!) central air conditioning units have been delivered and installed on the building site. The days of baking in the sweltering heat for the St. George Food Festival will be a distant memory...
Duct work will continue in the coming weeks, and furnaces will also be installed and connected to the gas line.
Crews on the new St. George Church and Hall site are continuing to wire lighting and power throughout the building, as well as nearing completion of the drywall work inside the church and sanctuary.
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On March 2nd, we had closed cell foam insulation sprayed throughout the interior of the fiberglass dome. The insulation will help to keep consistent temperatures inside the building, and will prevent condensation water issues in the future. This was the first step in working toward completing the interior of the dome.
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The cabinets for the kitchen, classrooms, and offices have been delivered to the building site and are being installed! Cabinets in the kitchen are off-white with a slab front style and material that is easy to clean and maintain. Cabinets in the classrooms will include a large single bowl in sink with high spouted faucet and sprayer, as well as a mini hot water tank.
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The joyous sound of our very own St. George Choir now offcially has their place in the new church. The platform for the choir has been constructed. The platform will be carpeted before the new church opens. The choir director will stand on the ground level in front of the platform to direct the choir and will have the use of a brand new digital keyboard.
Crews have begun to install the tile for the hallway in the Social Hall side of the new building. The porcelain tile will run from the parking lot entrance, through the main hallway and into both the women's and men's restrooms. The neutral-colored tile will be accented with polished brown diamonds and will be grouted with the light colored grout.
The interior doors of the new church and hall building are being hung. Crews will stain and varnish all of the solid oak doors in the building. The doors in the church will be a darker wood stain to match the icon screen wood tones, while the social hall side of the building will have doors with a lighter stain color.
This week St. George has been blessed to have an expert craftsman from Mellini Art Glass & Mosaics of Florence, Italy visiting our new building. Despite the cold weather, he has successfully installed two stunning hand-crafted mosaics, each standing 12' tall and 4' wide, on our bell towers at the entrance of the new church. On the right of the entrance is St. Raphael of Brooklyn, patron saint of the Antiochian Orthodox Church Archdiocese of North America, and on the left is the patron saint of our parish, St. George. We are humbled to have such tremendous artisans working on this project for our church.
On Monday, November 14th workers from Verdin Bell Company in Cincinnati, Ohio along with Baker Construction completed the important job of hanging the bells in the new church bell towers. The first bell, which was hand crafted in Russia in 2014, is decorated with icons of Christ and St. George and weighs over 750 lbs. The second bell, which is imprinted with an orthodox cross and is dedicated to Jason of the Seventy, weighs over 1200 lbs.
Crews used a lull truck to raise the bells up and in to the bell towers where they were hung and connected to the electronic bell ringer system. The bells will ring when a striker inside the bell is activated. The bells were tested on Monday and you can hear them ringing for the very first time in the video on the Building Project page.
In the future the bells will ring at noon and 6 o'clock pm, as well as at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings as Divine Liturgy begins.
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By the grace of God, the parish of St. George Church has recently embarked on a Stained Glass Windows Project to remove the original stained glass windows from the Dewey Ave church and move them to the new church on Washington Pike in South Fayette. The parish has contracted Hunt Stained Glass Studio, the very same company that originally designed, created and installed the windows in the Dewey Ave church, to remove the windows on Dewey Ave, and repair and restore 13 windows that will then be installed in the new building. The remaining windows from the Dewey Ave church will be crated and stored until donor families can be contacted or a suitable use can be determined.
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The power company has successfully installed the power pole and lines that connect our new building to the "grid" and the lights have gone on inside the building!
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Over the last few weeks progress has been made with the interior of the Social Hall/Classrooms side of the building. Baker Construction crews have been painting, hanging lighting and ceiling tiles, hanging interior doors, and even adding outlets and switches. Flooring installation will begin in this area of the building when crews here are finished and move the focus to the church side of the building.
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The custom built walk-in cooler and freezer was installed this week. The walk-in will be accessible from the kitchen access hall, located between the kitchen and the kitchen storage area. The new walk-in cooler and freezer are large enough to reliably and safely support the food storage needs of our current Mediterranean Food Festival --- with room to grow!
This week crews have nearly completed the final exterior layer of Dryvit on the church side of our new building. Next week the social hall and classrooms building will also be finished with Dryvit application and the exterior of the building will be almost visually complete.
Dryvit is an exterior building material that is commonly used in construction projects. The process involves bolting large sheets of stiff construction grade styrofoam to the outside of the wall, then wrapping them in mesh and applying a waterproof concrete. The color tinted Dryvit material is then applied. On the front of the Social Hall above the classrooms and in the middle of the back of the church wall there will be a three-bar Orthodox Cross in a complimentary color. Check back next week for additional pictures as the Dryvit is completed.
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On Sunday, July 10, 2016 St. George celebrated the Order for the Blessing, Naming, and Chrismation of Our New Bells that will hang in the bell towers of our new church.
First Bell Inscription Dedicated to Our Lord the All Governing - and St. George: “Announce O Earth, Good Tidings of Great Joy + Ye Heavens Praise the Glory of God!” St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bridgeville, 2014 (2014 casting year of bell)
Second Bell Inscription with Image of the Holy Cross: “Holy Apostle Jason of the Seventy, Pray for Us!”
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Over the past several weeks masons have been working diligently to install the split-faced block on the exterior of the building. Meanwhile crews are still hard at work inside the building finishing drywall.
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Workers are finished hanging drywall in the new building and have moved into the laborious task of finishing each seam and nail for the entire buidling. When drywall finishing has been completed the next interior step will be to paint the walls.
The exterior of the church is changing more every week. Last week crews completed the stonework around the entrance to the temple and began adding split-faced block to the exterior of the furture classrooms and offices. In addition trenches have been create to bring power and water from the road to the building. Crews are expected to continue preparing the walls of the interior of the building as well.
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During the first two weeks of May, crews were hanging drywall throughout the Social Hall, Classrooms, Offices and Narthex. They are currently working in the Nave and Sanctuary. When all of the drywall is hung, crews will begin the task of finishing the seams between each piece of drywallboard.
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The beautiful stonework continues to be added to the exterior of the two bell towers and around the front entrance of the church.
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Nice weather has finally come to Bridgeville and with it the stone work on the exterior of the building has begun. Carpenters with Baker Construction work to place each individual piece of stone on the first bell tower. The stone on the building will include both bell towers, the front entrance to the church and also the entrance to the social hall building from the parking lot.
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The recent building inspection for the completed electrical work allowed crews to move forward with insulating the Social Hall Building. Next they will continue insulating in the classrooms, offices and church.
The cooridor that connects the church and the social hall building, will ultimately be home to 5 of the large stained glass windows depicting great Saints of the church that are currently in the Dewey Avenue church buidling. This cooridor, The Way of the Saints, also includes a set of fire-resistent emergency exit doors. These doors, with large glass windows that will allow a glimpse of the St. George Cemetery as you pass through, were recently installed.
The new doors for the entrance to the St. George Social Hall Building were recently installed in the building! Can't you just imagine opening them to the smell of kibbee wafting from the kitchen for the annual St. George Food Festival?
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As winter continues outside, the curved wall and arched ceiling of the altar were constructed by the skilled carpenters of Baker Construction. In addition the steel beams are being prepared for the upcoming drywall that will conceal them.
The sun shone brightly upon the gold domes of the future St. George Church. While changes on the outside seem to be slow, inside the building tens of thousands of feet of electrical wiring are being connected, hundreds of yards of duct work for the heating and cooling system are being installed, and fire retarding drywall is being installed.
During December themost visible change to the building was the addition of the shingle roof on the church portion. Much of the work being done was less visible, including wiring for lighting and electric power throughout the building, as well as heating and a/c duct work. The photograph also shows the concrete backing that has been added to the bell towers in preparation for the stone that will be placed there in coming weeks.
After weeks of planning and preparations, today the large center dome was raised by a crane and installed as the crown of the new church building. The glistening gold fiberglass dome, which is 20 feet across and weighs more than 1,000 lbs., was hoisted into place, while being led by guide ropes and a crew of workers. It was a very exciting day. Glory be to God on this wonderful project milestone!
During the early weeks of November, crews have been busy installing miles of wiring for the church and social hall - preparing to provide power for hundreds of outlets, switches, and lights. Crews are also working on HVAC, and preparing for the installation of the large dome and cross - which will go up next week.
The 20 ft dome that will rest atop the new church will be supported by an octagon of walls with natural light windows. Crews began to building this support structure this week.
This week the contruction crew was busy placing windows for the church and hall. The church windows not only allow for natural light inside the sanctuary, the bottom portion can also be opened to allow fresh air on these beautiful Pittsburgh fall days. The large round-topped windows across the front of the hall can also be seen in the background. The priest's office has two of these large windows!
Also in the photo you can see the opening for the main dome which will be 20 feet wide and over 10 feet tall. Thanks to several generous donors, the cost of the $32K domes has been almost completely covered.
This week the Baker construction crew put the grand entrance and bell towers on the front of the church building. The outline of the new St. George Church is almost complete. The opening will be the home of a golden dome that is 20 ft wide and over 10 ft tall.
The silhouette of the new church is almost visible as the roof structure was completed this week. Construction crews are working on the finishing structure for the belltowers and entrance to the church. In the next few weeks the 20 foot wide gold dome will be added to the roof to crown the new building.
The interior walls of the church nave and sanctuary are going up! It is easy now to see the space as it will ultimately be. The steel beam structure is visible in this picture taken from the location of the future altar. The steel beams are needed to support the 20 foot wide dome that will be on top of the church.
As July comes to an end, the walls of our new church are being put into place. You can also see that the roof shingles have been added to the Social Hall and Classrooms building. Keep checking back as changes will take place very quickly in the few weeks!
On Thursday, July 9th Baker Construction began work on the roof of the Social Hall building. Over the next week the buidling will really begin to take shape. Remember to check out the Building Project page for a slide show of more pictures of the contruction progress.
On June 17th the first walls of our Social Hall and Classrooms building were erected. Since then the exterior as well as some of the interior walls have been completed. As soon as the rain clears up, the foundation of the Church building will be poured and then walls will begin for the church as well. Continue to check back frequently, as dramatic changes will take place very quickly soon!
Today, crews began to pour the concrete into the foundation of the classrooms and offices of the new St. George Church. As the week continues the foundation in the Social Hall side will be completed. The church foundation will be poured after the plumbing work in that section of the building is compete. Once the foundation concrete has time to cure, the pre-assembled wooden walls can be erected on site.
The plumbing structure that goes underground beneath the foundation of the buildings is almost complete. The concrete foundation of the church and social hall will be poured soon, and then we will begin to see the walls of our church going up!
As we welcome back the sunshine, we are thankful that the concrete block for the church building and altar area are complete. The altar block is higher than the church floor, as the area will have a raised pad of concrete in order to keep the floor in the altar quiet. Baker Construction crews will soon be working on the plumbing elements that need to be in place before the concrete pad can be poured.
On a cold week in February, large stacks of wood, some of the first walls for the new church sanctuary and hall were delivered to the building site. The hard-working crew at Baker Construction has been working on these walls in their indoor facility while the weather makes outdoor work challenging. The pre-assembled walls will make the framing of the new church happen very quickly once the foundation is ready.
As the footers of the church and social hall are nearing completion, the footprint of the buildings become visible. Baker construction has been working hard, even weekends, to stay as far ahead of the winter weather as possible. When the snow does slow things down, they are building our interior walls in their dry, warm warehouse in Uniontown, PA! For more pictures visit the Building Initiative page.
Thanks to recent warm temperatures, the construction crews have completed the land preparation and are working hard on the footers so that the foundation of the new church and hall can be done.
On December 7th, 2014, St. George Church held a Special Meeting for all parishioners. During the meeting the building construction finances and cash flow was discussed at length, and the parish voted unanimously to increase the line of credit with Scottsdale Bank & Trust to $700,000.
After months of effort, persistence and patience, we have received the Official Building Permit from the Township of South Fayette! It was a very exciting day and a GREAT start to our 29th Anniversary Mediterranean Food Festival! The address for the new church complex will be 3230 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017.
By the grace of God, and thanks to a very generous donor, our parish has been blessed with the gift of a hand-crafted bell for our new church. The bell arrived from Russia this week. With two beautiful icons cast on the sides of the bell - Our Lord Jesus Christ - The Almighty on one side, and on the reverse side St. George, Martyr of Nicomedia, the Trophy-bearer, patron saint and protector of our Holy community. The bell also displays the following inscriptions:
On Thursday, September 27th, Rich Ferris, Bob Baker and a representative
from Gateway Engineering attended the South Fayette Planning Committee
meeting. During this meeting the committee reviewed the St George Land
Development Plan. The committee voted unanimously to recommended the approval of our Land Development Plan.
This recommendation will be sent on to the South Fayette Township
Commissioners at their next meeting in mid October for their official
stamp of approval. This is a major milestone for our building project
and is the most complex permit that had to be submitted.
Great news on the building front! The results of the core borings and the traffic study were both very positive. The core boring tests proved that our grounds have 130 feet of shelf, meaning that there is plenty of earth to support our building. Results of the traffic study indicated that they found no impact to the current traffic in the community based on our arrival to our new address. That will be the recommendation the engineers pass on to both PennDOT and South Fayette.
Also, the building committee has tasked Gateway Engineering to complete the outstanding items that are the result of the first submission of our building plans to South Fayette. Gateway believes that they can complete these items in time to be submitted to South Fayette again for review at the next meeting. If the changes to the Land Development Plan are approved, Bob Baker and his team are ready to start our foundation!
The construction crew is busy with preparations of the land and adding fill dirt at the site of the new St. George Church. As the weather continues to bless us with sunshine and warm temperatures, the work continues as well.
In passing the site you may notice that the "St. George Cemetery" arching gate at the entrance of the cemetery has been removed, and some of the trees have been trimmed or removed. These things were necessary in order to allow the large construction trucks access to the site of the new building.
Crews have begun to move the topsoil on the site of the new church in preparation for the addition of over a hundred truckloads of fill. The additional fill is needed to raise the level of the site to the correct height for the beginning of construction.
In the center of the construction site, you can still see the wooden cross that was elevated by Metropolitan PHILIP and Bishop THOMAS on the approximate location of the new altar.
Baker Construction wrapped up a bulldozer and placed it on the site of the new Church as a Christmas gift for the parishioners of St. George! Permits have been approved and soon the construction crew will be actively moving the soil on the site.
If you have connections to an individual or company that has soil/dirt/fill available - please contact Rich Ferris. One of the major efforts right now is to find enough suitable fill to move in to the site.