Filling in the framing for the first floor and on up to the second floor!
The building and all its components – both big and minute – that we’ve discussed, debated and agonized over for the past 21 months is coming to fruition. There have been many compromises along the way. Nobody has gotten everything they wanted. As Rabbi Benjamin said, “dissatisfaction guaranteed”. But the vision and priorities of our congregation and the needs of our neighbors and the broader community have guided our decision-making and helped us know what was the right thing to do when faced with the multitude of challenges along the way. Those of us who’ve had the opportunity to be involved in this process will recall all those conversations and think of the individuals who advocated for them – with a smile.
Framing the south wall of the sanctuary.
The east wall of our sanctuary faces Jerusalem and the green woods and meadow beyond. The wood shown on the right is the back of our new ark. Taken from below, this gives you a sense of the uplifting feeling that our ark will provide us.
This carpenter is standing in our future library. The library will have windows that look out to the sanctuary below. A small speaker connected with our sound system will provide audio access to what is going on below. So, a nursing mother or a parent with a child who just needs a break can still feel connected with what’s going on in the sanctuary.
The view from our 1st floor gallery out toward the front door.
The stairs going up, for now. There will be a skylight above the stairs. So, when you enter the building, you will immediately see and feel the light from above.
Our memorial room takes shape. Half of the room is cantilevered out over the back of the sanctuary. The walls of the memorial room will have small slits of glass to connect with what’s going on below.
The back of the sanctuary looking out toward the front door. This view won’t last once the walls are filled in.
Our construction and design team working it all out on our behalf. L to R, Wright Dickinson, Project Manager, Kaplan Construction, Mark Fitzgerald, BSC member and Haven Construction, Framer from Haven Construction, Jerome Golafaie, Site Superintendent, Kaplan Construction, Derek Little, Abacus Architects, David Pollak, Abacus Architects.