Midland Flood Response
On May 19th, the city of Midland, Michigan suffered flooding as a result of the breaching of two dams following days of heavy rain. Several families from Christ Covenant OPC in Midland suffered the flooding of their homes; one family’s home was completely flooded. The diaconal committee of the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario immediately mobilized a disaster response effort, in cooperation with OPC Disaster Response. Christ Covenant desires to see its families cared for in restoring their homes, but they also see in this devastation an opportunity to show mercy in the name of Christ to their neighbors suffering in the vicinity of the church. Reformed Missions Services has come alongside the OPC in offering the use of their shower trailer and other equipment. Those desiring to participate in this effort are encouraged to register as a volunteer at opcdisasterresponse.org/volunteer-registry/. Gifts toward this effort can be designated to “Midland Flood” (give.opc.org/diaconal-ministries-summary).
Midland Flood Response Fund
OPC Disaster Response is thankful to report a positive response to our request for contributions toward the Midland Flood Fund such that it has now grown to $61,509.50. We are also encouraged by the Lord’s provision of skilled volunteers. The Midland effort is able to move forward with consistent volunteers such as: Cary Hirdes lending his expertise to the HVAC installation; Rob Brinks from Reformed Mission Services involved in all forms of the effort; Doug Baxter, retired master plumber along with his teenage grandson; Brett Gillet, carpentry expert; Steve Hill, electrician, Mike Green, site coordinator and so many more! The Mootses are so thankful for the body of Christ ministering to them. And yet, there is so much more work left to be done. If you have not yet personally participated in this effort through your gifts or prayer, please consider what role you might play. May God continue to bless this effort to the glory of Christ.
Please visit give.opc.org or send your check to The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 607 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Please note, “Michigan Flood Fund” on the memo line.
Funds Needed: $100,000
Funds Received: $61,509.50 (as of 09/15/20)
Funds Still Needed: $38,490.50
> Midland Work Update
September 12, 2020
General: Currently we are working diligently to complete punch list items for the final interior/exterior framing work in preparation for building inspection. Approvals from electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspectors have been achieved thus far.
Carpentry (R. Brinks): Carpentry work re-started during the week. The highlight of the week was the removal of the exterior brick within the framework of 3 new slider doors…the 3 sliders facing the lake were installed. Wall studs and backing for drywall preparation was done. The final tweaking and framing-in of bathroom accessories is in progress. The squaring up and leveling of some of the walls and closets was completed. Exterior entrance door work modifications were made as well as other miscellaneous. 95% of all subfloor work is done. The final ½” subflooring was installed in the old part of the house closing up everything above the crawl space in that area. The ¾” subfloor work that still remains for the newer part of the house will be completed in the coming week.
Plumbing (D. Baxter): The final plumbing rough-in work for the bathrooms (S. Hill) was completed. Discussions are in progress between the home owner and tile installers. Modifications were made for the bathroom supply and drain locations.
HVAC (C. Hirdes): C. Hirdes was back on site this week to complete some minor rough-in work which included the relocation of two registers, the tie-in of a return vent to the main trunk that was originally missed, and the installation of the exhaust vents. The air condenser h.p coil was installed behind the house, freon lines were connected and pressure tested, and freon was charged to the system. Everything has been installed except the gas supply connection and the installation of the hot water heater (which is on order) and the final tie in of the hot water heater and furnace exhaust vents.
Electrical (S. Hill): All electrical rough-in work has been completed, power has been turned on inside the house so that workers can work under ceiling lights and access electrical power for their tools. The as-built drawings were completed. G. Moots will be scheduling Consumers Power to come in and remove the temporary power station so that all power can go direct from Consumers to the internal house breaker box.
Insulation (M.D. Insulators): We are waiting for a final quotation from M.D. Insulators. Insulation work is tentatively scheduled for the week of September 21, pending building inspection approval.
Drywall (Local Contractor): The drywall contractor was on site doing a final material take-off and reviewing the site for final prep requirements for installation. His material supplier has provided the Moots with a good cost break for drywall materials. Drywall installation work is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of September 28, pending building inspection approval.
Schedule (see p. 3): Currently we are scrambling to complete the punch list items to allow us to get to building inspection. John Voss will be on site this Monday to do a pre-inspection walk-through. We are in hopes of having the building inspector come out during the week to complete his walk-through and recommendations. Those tentative dates (vapor barrier work, insulation and drywall) could slip by one week depending on how much rework, if any, needs to be done based on the inspection results.
Resources: Currently Sam Phillips is working on identifying skilled carpenters in the OPC network to support Rob Brinks to complete ~1-2 days of carpentry framing work as well as finishing carpentry work later in October.
Goals for Coming Week:
- Continue work on punch list items.
- John Voss to do pre-building inspection on Monday.
- Schedule building inspector to come on site to approve rough-in work so that we can pursue the crawl space vapor barrier and insulation work the following week.
- Continue to identify finish carpenter support.
September 5, 2020
General: Construction work was in full swing during the week with 11 OPC volunteers on site. The Pennsylvania team was dedicated to the Moots project (electrical and carpentry support) while the New Jersey team was dedicated to the Kennedy project (finishing work). Resources were also shared between the two sites as needed.
Carpentry (R. Brinks): A substantial amount of checklist projects were completed which included some bathroom rework to fine-tune vanity positions, plumbing entry points and drains, and some scope changes typical in the final stages of layout. Preparations were made for the final installation of the exterior doors and sliders. Drywall backing and leveling of ceiling joists are still required to prepare for drywall installations. 10% of the subfloor is still yet to be done but will not be completed until the vapor barrier/insulation work in the crawl space is completed.
Plumbing (D. Baxter): Work is in progress to modify locations for shower drains, anchoring and centering of valves and shower heads, etc. A checklist of items should be completed early next week.
HVAC (C. Hirdes): Plans were made for C. Hirdes to visit the site again on Sept. 11-12 to complete some minor rough-in work and corrections, some of which include the relocation of two registers, an air vent, and the tie-in of a return vent to the main trunk that was originally missed. All of the exhaust vents will be installed at that time as well.
Electrical (S. Hill): A major accomplishment was made during the week with all electrical rough-in work completed. All wires were pulled, connected, terminated, and all 35 circuits were verified. The house now has power and lights have been turned on. An electrical inspector from the township was called in and signed off his approval. Approval was also given by the inspector to allow Consumers Power to come in and to disconnect the temporary power supply to allow direct feed from the main breaker panel. Four or five electrical outlets were provided inside the house to provide power for on-going construction use. The as-built drawings will be completed this weekend and turned over to the Moots.
Insulation (M.D. Insulators): M.D. Insulators was on site this week to do a final walk-through and will be providing a final quote on all insulation and vapor barrier work for the house. All of this work is now scheduled to be done the week of September 21, pending building inspection approval.
Drywall (Local Contractor): A local drywall contractor was awarded the contract to do all drywall work and priming. The contractor was on site this week to complete his material take-off estimate and will be working with his supplier to provide the lowest possible cost for materials. Drywall installation work is scheduled to begin the week of September 28.
Schedule (see p. 3): The schedule has slipped about a week with a fair amount of work remaining to wrap up the final checklist for carpentry and HVAC. Currently Sam Phillips and I are scrambling to find some skilled carpenters either in the OPC network or locally to support Rob Brinks to complete the final rough-in for building inspection and to commence finishing work later in October.
General: The New Jersey team came in and did an exceptional job to bring the Kennedy project to near completion. Drywall finishing work was completed and is ready for prime and paint. The bunk beds were renovated. The old boat dock that was in complete wreckage after the flood was removed and replaced with a new step-down deck. The bathroom was restored and its tile flooring was cleaned up. All window and door casings and trim were installed (except for one door that needs to be ordered). The floor trim will be done later after the tile is installed. The Kennedy’s were very pleased with the outcome!
Goals for Coming Week:
- Re-commence final carpentry work to address checklist items. Push to complete rough-in work this coming week if possible. Identify additional carpentry support and continue completing the checklist items to get us to the point of building inspection.
- Complete miscellaneous plumbing rough-in checklist work for same reason.
- Complete miscellaneous HVAC rough-in checklist work for same reason.
August 29, 2020
Construction work shifted during the week to electrical hardwiring. All other trades were on hold.
Carpentry (R. Brinks): Work was suspended during the week due to some scheduling conflicts, but nothing critical. Some masonry removal remains where kitchen slider doors and front entrance doors will be installed. A decision was made to hold off on the installation of the exterior doors to prevent any damage to them at this point of construction. Some minor framing work remains to allow completion of the bathrooms. Drywall backing and leveling of ceiling joists are still required to prepare for drywall installations. 10% of the subfloor is still yet to be done but will not be completed until the vapor barrier/insulation work in the crawl space is completed.
Plumbing (D. Baxter): Although the rough-in was completed last week, some rework will be required in the bathroom areas. This work is minor but requires some modifications to shower drains, anchoring and centering of valves and shower heads, etc. A checklist of items was put together and this work should be completed next week.
HVAC (C. Hirdes): Although the rough-in duct work was completed last week, some rework will be required to relocate two registers, an air vent, and the tie-in of a return vent to the return trunk that was overlooked. Due to some scheduling conflicts this work will not be completed until the week of September 7. All of the exhaust vents will be installed at that time as well. The duct joints in the supply and return runs were taped and sealed.
Electrical (S. Hill): A significant amount of electrical work was completed during the week by the S. Hill team. 60% of all rough-in work was done; 4,000 ft of Romex wire was pulled and the majority of the feeder circuits were wired up into the main circuit entrance panel. Nearly all of the 110-120 volt and 220-240 volt circuit branches have been run. All of the cam light housing mounts and receptacle boxes for each room were installed. The rough-in work should be far enough along by the end of next week to schedule an electrical inspection.
Insulation (M.D. Insulators): The scope of work for all insulation (crawl space, walls, ceilings) has been previously defined. A local contractor (same one who did the digestive enzyme spray and who will install the vapor barrier) will be on site next week to do a final assessment and quote.
Drywall (TBD): Because of the magnitude of drywall work that needs to be done we are leaning towards contracting out all drywall hanging and finishing. The project calls for approximately 10,000 sq. feet of drywall (ceiling and walls). A local contractor was on site during the week to assess the project and will be submitting a quote early next week.
Schedule: The schedule has tightened up but not changed overall. The crawl space rework of the duct supply/ returns (see above) will push out the completion date of the crawl space insulation and vapor barrier work to mid-September. All other rough-in work and a building inspection should still be on a path to complete by Labor Day weekend.
Goals for Coming Week:
- Re-commence carpentry work to address checklist items (see above).
- Complete miscellaneous plumbing rough-in checklist work (see above).
- Complete electrical rough-in work and schedule electrical inspection by end of week (tentative plan). Four OPC electricians will be on site working together.
- Finalize bids and reward for insulation and drywall work to be done approximately mid/late Sept.
- OPC work for the Kennedy’s will start again to support finished carpentry and miscellaneous projects around their home. A team from New Jersey will be on the Kennedy site September 1, while a team from Pennsylvania will support the Moots site. Teams will be shifted around based on trade requirements during the day.
August 22, 2020
Construction work continues to progress in a timely manner in all of the trades.
Carpentry (R. Brinks): Carpentry rough-in work is now ~99% complete. General framing work continued and was nearly completed for the exterior/ interior doors, sliders, closets, fill-ins, etc. Some masonry removal remains where kitchen slider doors and front entrance doors will be installed. 10% of the subfloor is still yet to be done but will not be completed until the vapor barrier/insulation work in the crawl space is completed.
Plumbing (D. Baxter): Minor rework was done to relocate hot/cold water supply to the master bathroom as well as some piping modifications to accommodate HVAC duct routing. All plumbing rough-in work is done.
HVAC (C. Hirdes): All HVAC rough-in work in the crawl space was completed during the week. The furnace, high pressure condenser, trunk-and-branch heating and cooling system ducts (hard metal supply/return and flex metal branches) were installed. Only the duct joints in the supply and return runs need to be taped.
Electrical (S. Hill): Preliminary work began this week on the installation of the electrical boxes and recessed (can) lights. All of the electrical wiring supplies were purchased. The electrical rough-in work will be in full swing the week of August 24 and is expected to take 2+ weeks.
Permits: The permit applications were submitted to the Midland County Code Authorities. The Mechanical/ plumbing inspector came to the site to inspect the plumbing and HVAC installations. Only some minor adders were requested and approval was given.
Schedule (see p. 2): The schedule remains unchanged although it has tightened up. The project goal is to complete all rough-in work and building inspection by Labor Day.
Goals for Coming Week:
- No work is scheduled for carpentry. Only minor work remains for completion prior to final building inspection.
- Complete the taping of the metal duct joints for HVAC.
- Commence electrical rough-in work. Three electricians will be working together in the coming week. Identify another electrician that can come in the week of August 31 to help S. Hill to complete his work.
- Finalize scope and establish schedule for insulation work to be done approximately early/mid Sept.
- Finalize plans (contractor/ volunteers/ purchases) for drywall work to commence in mid-September.
- OPC work for the Kennedy’s will start again to support finished carpentry and miscellaneous projects around their home. A team from New Jersey will be on the Kennedy site September 1.
August 15, 2020
Construction work continues to progress in a timely manner in all of the trades.
Carpentry (R. Brinks): Carpentry rough-in work is now ~95% complete. Nearly all general framing work was completed for the exterior and interior doors, sliders, closets, fill-ins, etc. Work commenced on the framing and backing for electrical outlets. 10% of the subfloor is still yet to be done but will not be completed until the HVAC construction and vapor barrier/insulation work in the crawl space is done.
Plumbing (D. Baxter, J. Smies): No work this past week. Doug Baxter comes in next week to do some revisions of the hot/cold water supply to the master bathroom and to do some crawl space piping modifications to accommodate HVAC duct routing.
HVAC (C. Hirdes): Significant progress was made during the week. Design drawings were completed by the Hirdes team and reviewed. A key decision was made to abandon the purchase and shipment of equipment through Atlanta and to go with Johnstone Supply in Grand Rapids. We felt that this route would provide a much faster turn-around from vendor-purchase through installation, which is proving to be true. A P.O. was issued on Wednesday and equipment was shipped to Sanford on a truck/ trailer by an OPC volunteer on Friday. The equipment arrived at the site, off-loaded, and staged inside the Moots house. Work commenced to cut-in supply/return vents in the rooms.
Electrical (Hill): Preliminary “detailed” sketches were developed. S. Hill met with the Moots to review location of lights, switches, plugs, etc. for every room of the house. Preliminary work began on the installation of the electrical boxes and recessed cam lights. The electrical rough-in work will commence the week of August 24 and is expected to take 2+ weeks.
Schedule (see p. 2): The schedule remains unchanged. The project continues to be on track to complete all rough-in work of carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and crawl space insulation/vapor barrier and building inspection by Labor Day. It is an aggressive schedule but believed to be achievable.
Goals for Coming Week:
Continue miscellaneous carpentry work as needed for drywall/ electrical outlet backing and minor framing mods. As time permits, commence brick removal in the kitchen where the slider doors go.
Commence HVAC installations with the goal to complete by the end of the coming week. We are working on finding 2 additional volunteers (semi-skilled) to support the Hirdes team.
Submit applications for the electrical/plumbing/mechanical permits in order to schedule building inspection(s) prior to Labor Day.
Commence planning of material purchases and volunteers for drywall work in September.
August 8, 2020
A significant amount of construction work was completed during the week thanks to the support of 20 site volunteers, mostly skilled in the carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades.
Plumbing (D. Baxter, J. Smies): Nearly all of the rough-in plumbing was completed with piping installed that will supply bathrooms, kitchen and utility rooms. The gas lines and water lines were installed and pressure tested. The gas meter main outside the house was re-aligned. All vent and drain lines were installed.
Carpentry (R. Brinks; C. Deboer): The carpentry framing work continued. All of the interior header work and wall restructuring is nearly completed. One exterior door was installed. 90% of the subflooring work is done—the remainder of the subfloor will not be completed until HVAC and crawl space vapor barrier and insulation work is completed. Work will shift in the coming week primarily to the completion of the interior closets, framing work for the slider doors, and some masonry work.
HVAC (C. Hirdes): Conceptual work picked up some speed this week with C. Hirdes on site. Some revision to the furnace layout and duct materials were proposed. The design drawings are now expected to be completed (via Hirdes Heating and Cooling) on Monday (Aug. 9) and then faxed to the Atlanta Supplier (C. Allen). Once the specs are finalized, we are hoping to cut a P.O. this week and to have the materials shipped from Atlanta to Sanford. The details on how the HVAC materials are shipped still need to be worked out.
The Community OPC Church of Kalamazoo sent up a group of volunteers who removed all ceiling insulation and electrical wiring from the main panel through the house, as well as provided some interior carpentry work. The attic is now open to the rafters to allow electrical work to commence once all of the ceiling/wall fixtures are laid out. 1/3 of the insulation was recovered and installed in the garage walls; the remainder was discarded.
The schedule remains unchanged from the previous week (see page 2). The project continues to be on track to complete all rough-in work of carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and crawl space insulation/vapor barrier and building inspection by Labor Day. HVAC delivery will be the key step in accomplishing this goal.
Major Goals for Coming Week:
- Complete the framing of the interior walls and rough openings for the sliders and the new front entry door.
- Complete the HVAC design and layout drawings this week. Develop final specs and issue a P.O. for the furnace/a.c. equipment. C. Hirdes will continue to facilitate this activity.
August 1, 2020
Carpentry framing work continued this week under the oversight of Rob Brinks (Reformed Mission Services). The majority of the subfloor was installed throughout the house, some walls were reconstructed, the flush headers were installed and structural reinforcements were made to the floor joists. 90% of the rough-in carpentry work has been completed to where several other projects inside the house can now be done safely.
HVAC design work is still in progress but was slowed this week because of other commitments and vacations. The plan still calls for the Atlanta supplier (C. Allen) to work with our local rep (C. Hirdes) to finalize the specification for furnace/ a.c., duct sizing and layout. The current plan is still to purchase the HVAC unit and duct materials from the Atlanta supplier and then use OPC volunteers to install.
Plumbing supplies were purchased during the week and delivered to the site. Some rough-in plumbing is scheduled to commence during this next week (D. Baxter) but will be limited until the HVAC runs can be first completed.
Currently the project continues to be on track to complete all rough-in work of carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and crawl space insulation/vapor barrier and building inspection by Labor Day. The attached schedule on page 2 has not changed from the previous week. It is an aggressive schedule but believed to be achievable. HVAC delivery will be the key step in accomplishing this goal.
Shower Trailer: Electrical work was completed (S. Hill) to provide a permanent service to the shower trailer at the church. We are also looking at installing some minor plumbing connections to provide city water supply from a near-by location (e.g. boiler room) and to eliminate some clutter from the current supply hose/location.
Major Goals for Coming Week:
- Complete the remainder of the subfloor where rough plumbing will be installed. Complete the framing of the interior walls and create the rough openings for the sliders and the new front entry door. Other modifications to the interior will take place as time permits.
- Continue to pursue the HVAC design and layout drawings this week with the goal to finalize if possible. C. Hirdes will be on site this week to help assess and facilitate this activity. The purchase, delivery and installation are the critical path for construction completion.
- Commence plumbing rough-in work.
- Begin pulling down old ceiling insulation and discard in preparation for attic electrical work.
July 25, 2020
Carpentry framing work began this week under the oversight of Rob Brinks (Reformed Mission Services). John Voss visited the site on Monday and provided consultation on structural improvements as well as a detailed material list which helped us to jump-start building work.
Several skilled volunteers were on-site and a fair amount of structural work was completed. Major flush headers were installed; the entry door to the house was completed. Structural upgrades to the floors were made; subfloors were laid out in key areas. Approximately 40% of the carpentry rough-in work has been completed. An excellent effort by all.
Currently, the project continues to be on track to complete all rough-in work of carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and crawl space insulation/vapor barrier and building inspection by Labor Day. The attached schedule on page 3 has not changed. It is an aggressive schedule but believed to be achievable. HVAC delivery will be the key step in accomplishing this goal.
An insulation contractor/owner was on-site again this week to provide recommendations for insulation work to be done. Several alternatives for insulation were provided to the Moots for their consideration. A decision on how much insulation to be discarded vs. retained/re-used is to be decided.
HVAC design work continues to progress. The Atlanta area supplier (c/o volunteer Ben Kitchen) is expected to finish up a specification for furnace/a.c., duct sizing and layout by the end of next week. The current plan is to purchase the HVAC unit and duct materials from the Atlanta supplier and then use OPC volunteers to install. Ben has also volunteered to bring the equipment and material up to Sanford. Cary Hirdes is our Michigan rep. who will work with the supplier to review the design and be involved later with the installation coordination?
Shower Trailer: Electrical work began this week (S. Hill) to provide a more permanent service to the shower trailer at the church. Work is expected to be completed this weekend. The shower trailer has functioned well and has been very useful to the volunteers.
Major Goals for Coming Week:
- Continue rough framing of interior walls, floors, and doors with a minor amount of subflooring. This work should be completed in the first week of August.
- Finalize HVAC deliveries and installation timing. Receive layout drawings of HVAC ductwork. This is critical to the overall construction scheme.
- Complete Shower Trailer electrical supply work.
July 17, 2020
The majority of the work was spent in doing final preparations for the digestive enzyme spray application.
M.D. Insulation contractors completed the spray application Wednesday morning. All things went well without incident and the application was done in ~3.5 hours. The house was closed up for the day to allow the enzyme to go to work and for surface drying. The next day (Thursday) the dehumidifiers were re-installed and run to begin a final dry-out of the house before commencing construction.
The scope of the project was updated and reviewed with the Moots. It is available to anyone who is interested.
A construction checklist was developed by R. Brinks for carpentry rough-in work.
Plans have been made to commence construction framing this coming week. Several skilled volunteers will be on site to do this work. R. Brinks will be overseeing the field work.
HVAC has become the critical path item that we are aggressively pursuing. Three quotes have come in from local suppliers who are booked out. We are considering going with a supplier from Atlanta for the purchase of HVAC materials and then using OPC skilled volunteers to install. B. Kitchen is working with the supplier to finalize the bid and to have layout drawings ready to review by Friday, July 24. Ben has also volunteered to bring the equipment and material up to Sanford.
Currently the project is on a track to complete all rough-in work of carpentry, HVAC, plumbing and electrical by Labor Day. HVAC delivery will be the key step in accomplishing this goal.
Shower Trailer: R. McDonald completed the electrical scope details to provide direct and permanent service to the shower trailer at the church. The scope was reviewed with S. Hill who plans to begin work next weekend, assuming supplies can be obtained this week.
Major Goals for Coming Week:
- Commence rough framing of interior walls, floors and doors with minor amount of subflooring.
- Finalize HVAC deliveries and installation timing. Receive layout drawings of HVAC duct work. This is critical to the overall construction scheme.
July 10, 2020
Very good progress was made during the week to complete the pre-construction preparations. Eric’s Excavating Co. completed the crawl space drainage and sump system. Several yards of dirt were removed and debris lifted from the crawl space to make more room for HVAC, piping and services. All of the drywall ceilings were removed along with hundreds of nails and screws by family and local volunteers, and the subfloor walkways were cut away to prepare for their removal. The Meridian football team will be coming in on Monday to complete the backfill of the house exterior trenches, the removal of the subfloors and final mop up work prior to the application of the digestive enzyme spray.
The digestive enzyme spray work was delayed one week to complete the above. We are tentatively scheduled for the coming week but are awaiting confirmation from M.D. Efficiency Insulation. M.D. will eventually do the vapor space and insulation work as well.
The 3rd quote has come in from Wilds H&C for HVAC work. We are still waiting to hear from one final supplier from Atlanta (B. Kitchen contact) and then will commit to a purchase.
Construction milestones continue to be updated and reviewed with the trades as they come on board. We will have at least one carpenter on site full time the week of July 20 to commence some rough-in framing. Attached is the current schedule.
A scope was drafted for each room of the house with inputs from B. Kitchen and R. Brinks. The write-up will go through a final review and sign-off by the Moots.
The Moots continue to work with designers and suppliers to determine what purchases to make and long lead items to procure for kitchens, bathrooms, utility room, etc. Purchases have been started with kitchen cabinets and sliding doors. A list of equipment purchases and delivery dates have been started.
With the drywall hanging work completed and difficulty in finding drywall finishers, Tom has chosen to chip away at doing the drywall finishing work himself. He feels that he is in a position to where he can complete the drywall, trim and flooring (via local supplier) without further support. Unless we hear otherwise from Tom, the OPC support work has been completed at the Kennedy house.
Shower Trailer: The shower trailer was used this week and is working fine. However, we need to provide a more permanent service so that we can get the temporary extension cords off of the sidewalk and to correct some shortfalls with the internal electrical distribution between the main and sub panels. A scope was developed by Ralph McDonald and a contract electrician was identified to provide a permanent service to the shower trailer and any other R.V. or electric driven equipment on church property. The work and funding have been approved by the deacons.
Chris Kinsman: A survey was done on the Kinsman property with results showing that 50% of the Kinsman home is in a flood zone area. According to the city inspector the house must be elevated to 1 foot above code requirements, which will result in substantial cost. The family is now moving in the direction of demolishing the house, backfilling to the appropriate grade level and installing a modular home by a local contractor. Unless we hear otherwise, there appears to be no work for OPC volunteers at this time.
Major Goals for Coming Week:
- Complete final mop up work of the Moots house in preparation for the digestive enzyme application.
- Assuming we can get back into the queue this week with M.D. Insulators, complete the digestive enzyme spray application sometime between Wednesday and Friday.
- Finalize HVAC deliveries and installation timing. This is critical in the overall construction scheme.
- Continue to develop schedule to firm up the distribution requirements for the volunteer trades.
- Finalize the scope and review with the Moots.
- Continue to work on the development of the electrical scope details to provide direct and permanent service to the shower trailer.
June 26, 2020
Focus shifted more this week to construction planning, architectural reviews and meeting with construction consultants to review plans and resources available. Some changes in the schedule were made based on these discussions to provide the most efficient work flow of the trades. We are pushing the project forward to get the digestive enzyme spray applied ASAP and then to commence the carpentry framing work to complete the installation of the new walls and headers, but not all subflooring. A decision was made to delay the encapsulation of the crawl space until plumbing and HVAC rough-in work is completed.
John Voss came to the construction site during the week to review the architectural plans and to provide input and to assess carpentry requirements for his team. His ideas were very helpful.
Ben Kitchen came to the construction site for 3 days. He provided guidance and another perspective on framing, plumbing and HVAC work. He has agreed to serve as an adjunct site foreman, but his on-site availability will be limited to 2-3 more visits and consulting primarily from long distance. Other potential candidates are also being considered to oversee the trades.
Work is nearly completed on the water proofing of the crawl space. The 250-foot-long trench around the interior perimeter of the crawl space was completed by OPC volunteers, with the exception of one small area. In addition, the excavating team installed a sump and completed about ½ of the drain pipe and backfill within the trench. All interior and exterior drain work, and sump pump installation, is targeted to be completed prior to July 4, depending on the excavator’s availability.
M&D Efficiency was selected to conduct the wet digestive spray application. The current plan is to have M&D spray prior to the July 4th weekend. We are also tentatively planning on contracting M&D to do the Dow foam spray insulation on the interior crawl space walls and vapor barrier on the crawl space floor.
Two HVAC suppliers a) Answer Heating & Cooling and b) Kuhn Heating and Cooling have been out to the site to review the heating/ cooling requirements and to provide quotes. Wild’s Heating and Cooling will be on site next week to bid the project as well. B. Kitchen has also said that their HVAC team may be able to pick up the job…he will let us know of their cost and availability. We are looking to a firm that can do furnace installation and all ductwork in the crawl space.
An “A” level cost estimate for materials (no labor) was projected to be in the $70-100k range. Drawings were submitted to B. Kitchen where he will have his estimator develop a “B” level estimate on the basis of projected material take-offs. The “B” estimate should be completed in the next couple of weeks.
Construction scope and milestones continue to be updated and reviewed with the trades as they come on board.
The Moots are working with designers and suppliers to determine what purchases to make and long lead items to procure. Current deliveries may be longer than usual because of the effect of Covid-19 on supply chain deliveries.
All of the drywall has been hung and mudding is in progress. We will be looking for a highly skilled finisher and sander to complete the work.
It was determined that the furnace was not damaged beyond repair nor needed to be replaced. Thanks to Cary Hirdes.
Hospitality: The volunteers continue to be provided with comfortable bedding facilities in the church fellowship hall. Breakfast and dinners have been provided by the CCC ladies volunteers. Michelle Moots has been providing lunch at their site while the Kennedys have been providing lunch at their home. The OPC volunteers have been showering at local church homes until the new shower trailer at the church site is commissioned.
Shower Trailer: The shower trailer was delivered to the church on Friday morning. The trailer utility hookups were made. The air conditioning power and control were problematic and will require further troubleshooting. Currently the trailer is shutdown. R. Brinks will be back next week to finish the startup and final commissioning of the unit.
Chris Kinsman: we are still tracking the progress of Chris as he seeks help from the local city inspector in determining certain revised city ordinances for flood zone victims and the impact they may have on his own home. Currently we are in a holding pattern until we understand his options and whether we have the capability to help him.
Major Goals for Coming Week:
- Complete the interior and exterior draining systems for the Moots’s house.
- Complete the wet digestive spray work prior to July 4 weekend.
- Try to finalize construction schedule and obtain commitment for carpentry rough-in work for the month of July. The plumbing and electrical rough-ins are fairly well defined and committed.
- Identify dry wall finisher to complete work at the Kennedy’s.
- Complete shower trailer troubleshooting and commissioning. Rob Brinks
- Assess the installation of a temporary power service off the existing power pole or church building to provide direct service to the shower trailer and any other RV. Ralph McDonald
June 19, 2020
98% of all demolition work, including electrical and plumbing, is now completed in the Moots home. Progress was made on drying out the house where wood surfaces have now reached an average moisture level range of 10-15%. The plan is to continue to run dehumidifiers until the vapor barrier is installed.
A key decision was made to delay sanitizing and encapsulating the crawl space until a water drainage system can be installed. It was observed that water was still collecting in the crawl space after a recent heavy rain. The plan is to dig out a 215-foot long trench around the perimeter of the inner wall of the crawl space, install perforated pipe, gravel and a sump pump. A group of hearty OPC team volunteers came up from the Harvest church on Thursday and completed about 60% of the trenching (and picking up debris) and will return to complete the work this coming Tuesday. We are hoping that the excavating company will be able to complete the drainage system by the end of this coming week.
Assuming that the above is achieved according to plan, we are estimating that the final digestive wet sanitizing work of the house, followed by the insulation and encapsulation of the crawl space, will be completed by the 4th of July.
The architectural drawings were revised to reflect changes and improvements of the Moot’s home (Chris Penny). These were reviewed with all of the trades on Friday. A 3rd team review will be forth coming.
Carpentry (Luke Velbink): Wall studs and load bearing changes and repairs continued to be made according to the architectural plans. A team of carpenters completed a significant amount of work to shore up internal wall and floor areas. About 2 days of work is left to complete all interior header and stud work.
Plumbing (Doug Baxter): 95% of plumbing demolition work was completed including the removal of sewer lines for 2 existing bathrooms; all copper water lines were removed; gas lines for the furnace and water heater were also removed.
Electrical (Steve Hill): 85% of all electrical demolition work was completed. A decision was made to remove all electrical wiring materials in the house including conduit, wires, cable, switches, outlets, etc., etc. There is still the wiring above the ceiling that drops in to different portions of the house that will be removed when the ceiling is taken down.
A decision was made to remove all ceiling materials. Significant ceiling damage was done during demolition. It is easier and probably cheaper to replace the ceiling rather than to re-patch it and it will allow better access to the attic for construction work.
HVAC: Glenn has contacted several suppliers for a quote for a new furnace and hot water system. An evaluation will be made as to whether it makes sense to have the supplier design and install all ventilation and duct runs through the house or have the OPC HVAC people pick up some of the work. The final decision will depend on warranty of the furnace/ ducting and timing.
Construction scope and milestones continue to be updated and reviewed with the trades as they come on board.
The Moots are working with designers and suppliers to determine what purchases to make and long lead items to procure. Michelle has kitchen and bathroom designs well in hand and orders for cabinetry are being issued. Deliveries are longer than usual because of the effect of Covid-19 on supply chain deliveries.
A team of 6 OPC volunteers commenced drywall work upon delivery of ~80 drywall sheets (4’ x 8’) and materials on Tuesday. ~2/3’s of the drywall work was completed, including the first mud coat. There is still about 3 days of work remaining to complete the remainder of the DW installation through finish coat and sanding. G. Hirdes will be coming back on Monday to continue work but will need 4-6 volunteers to help finish up. A request has been put in to Sam Phillips to help identify our needed resources.
It was determined that the furnace was damaged beyond repair and must be replaced. Tom will be contacting his furnace supplier for cost and scope of work.
Chris Kinsman: we are still tracking the progress of Chris as he seeks legal help in determining certain revised city ordinances for flood zone victims and the impact they may have on his own home. Currently Chris is living in Dow temporary housing for 4 months as he waits for help. Currently we are in a holding pattern until we understand his options and whether we have the capability to help him.
Hospitality: Rhonda Sarafolean led the effort to provide accommodations for the volunteers at the Christ Covenant Church. That process has gone very well under Rhonda’s supervision. The volunteers have been provided comfortable bedding facilities. Breakfast and dinners have been provided by the CCC ladies volunteers. Michelle Moots has been providing lunch at their site while the Kennedys have been providing lunch at their home. The OPC volunteers have been showering at local church homes until a shower trailer is brought on site.
Shower Trailer: The shower trailer will arrive at the church site on Wednesday. Rob Brinks will commission it on Friday.
Major Goals for Coming Week:
- Complete raking out the final debris in the crawl space in preparation for final sanitizing and encapsulation. Continue to push forward in completing the trench work and drainage system for the Moots house. Will need 6 + non-skilled volunteers under Dale Bekkering’s oversight.
- Commence final phase of internal framing work. Pete Onnink to complete carpentry work.
- Complete all dry wall work for the Kennedy’s. Will need 4-6 skilled volunteers.
- Shower trailer delivery and commissioning. Rob Brinks
- Will be working this week with Ben Kitchen as a possible site foreman for the Moots project. Ben will be on site for 4 days. Other potential candidates are also being considered as their names come forth.
June 12, 2020
Glenn Moots Project:
Efforts continue to complete all demolition and drying out of the Moots’ home. 95% of demo work has been completed. The final 5% includes electrical, piping and miscellaneous debris removal in walls and within the crawl space area prior to sanitizing and encapsulation.
Progress continues well in drying out the house, however we have been having trouble in obtaining accurate humidity readings with our current instruments. The Klein Moisture Meter has shown unrealistic low values and significant variability, so we are working to resolve as well as continue to run the dehumidifiers and fans together to achieve the 8-12% humidity range of all exposed areas. The wood structures appear to be dry.
Jim Flannigan has been helpful in defining the requirements to eliminate bacteria and mold through the application of the enzyme digester product Flo-Zyme®. Standard operating procedures are being developed to apply the product. Once all demolition in the crawl space is completed, we will begin the spraying process followed by the installation of a vapor barrier.
A zoning permit was approved for the Moots house, which will allow us to begin pulling mechanical and electrical permits. The house was classified as a non-flood area.
John Gustincic, a local builder and friend of Glenn’s, led the work to assess and correct foundation block damage on the west side of the house just below the siding. The work was professionally done and completed in a timely manner.
An OPC carpenter and his daughter from the Chicago area (Peter Onnink) was on sight the past two days to cut out old and damaged OSB subflooring, some drywall ceiling and to assess and upgrade some of the internal wall and floor structures. There is still a lot of pre-structure related work to do so it will be important to find another skilled carpenter (ASAP) to pick up and continue the excellent work this carpenter has done. Peter is willing to come back again in a couple of weeks.
The OPC scheduler (Sam Phillips) has been actively working with us to identify and to obtain commitment of OPC support in the trade disciplines. We are expecting to have an electrical lead and a master plumber on site by the end of next week. In addition, we are actively looking and advertising for a general foreman(s) to oversee the trades. We have a couple of names under consideration.
Since Glenn is doing some reasonable modifications to his home to bring it up to better market standards, an architect has been working with the Moots family to provide drawings and plans for these changes. Our intention is to bring the OPC electrical and plumbing trades and the architect together, tentatively by the end of next week, to review the project. This is a critical step to begin rebuild.
The 40-amp temporary service was increased to 100 amps to accommodate the running of the dehumidifiers, fans, saws and utilities for an RV trailer. Curt Reames, an electrician and friend of Glenn’s, has done an exceptional job in providing power necessary to continue active work.
The Garage was fixed and secured to allow storing and staging of supplies.
A tool trailer was also acquired by Jeff Davis and has been set on site. The trailer is in use.
A high level project scope was developed with critical path items identified. These are being reviewed with Glenn and the trade disciplines as they come on the project. From the scope I hope to provide a better distribution of labor requirements for the project as well as to keep critical project work moving forward.
The materials and long lead items have been identified and the Moots are working with designers and suppliers to determine what purchases to make. With the current Covid-19 restrictions and the Flood, the impact has been huge on the building suppliers and resources. This will be a challenge to work around.
Overall, good progress has been made to date with volunteers coming on board in a timely manner. However, it goes without saying that this is a difficult stage in planning and final prep work. We have seen the Lord working in many ways especially in the small details of day to day activity.
The remediation and sanitization work were completed at Tom’s home last week.
Dry wall materials have been purchased with delivery expected on Tuesday of next week. There is a lot of uncertainty of actual delivery as Home Depot has not given a definitive delivery time, which in turn impacts the scheduling for OPC installers. Tom does have a neighbor who is the primary building rep for Home Depot in Midland who is working with him to track these items.
Assuming delivery next Tuesday, the dry wall work should be completed and furnace and heating supplies connected and operational. A team of 6 OPC people will be coming to do this work. From there Tom will work with a local tile installer to do the flooring and then commence wood trimming thereafter.
Chris Kinsman: we have been in contact with this gentleman who lives in the vicinity of Dow High School whose house was totally damaged from the flood. This is a complicated situation as a determination has to be made if the house requires major structural and foundation changes to meet City of Midland requirements for flood zone areas. A decision of whether the OPC can do the rebuild work will be dependent on the city’s final verdict.
Hospitality Coordinator: Rhonda Sarafolean has accepted the role of H.C. She is actively pursuing the “how and where” to lodge the volunteers and to provide meals. Several options have been closed to us to date due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are now considering once again using the church to house the volunteers as well as soliciting church family volunteers.