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August 2018:

The interior renovation is 95% complete.  The crew is currently finishing the interior painting and the new flooring.  The remodeled bathrooms should be complete the week of August 13.  The flower room modification is now complete.

The new wing is approximately 70% complete and is on schedule. The main roof is complete. The exterior stucco application and the slate roof on the new entrance are both in progress, and the HVAC systems are being installed.

What's next?
The Sacristy renovation is slated to start during the last two weeks of August.  The new dishwasher and floor repair in the Parish Hall kitchen should be completed by the third week in August. Site work will begin on the parking lot for the new drop off lane and the handicap parking and ramp and the crew will start the innterior painting in the new wing.


July 2018:

Renovations are coming along and the new wing is really taking shape:
  • Stucco on the exterior of the new wing will begin this week. 
  • Interior drywall for renovation will be finished this week.  
  • Floors for renovated bathrooms have been installed.
 Here is what is coming up:
  • Hallway and room flooring will be installed July 24.
  • Slate roof for the new wing will be applied within the next two weeks.


June 2018:

It appears we have substituted the activity of our school children with the hard work of bright-vested construction workers. The day after Memorial Day, multiple crews began the work of demolition and abatement on multiple floors for the renovation piece of the CONNECTED project. Work has begun in:
  • the vesting room as we add flower guild space,
  • the bathrooms as they become ADA-compliant,
  • lower level preschool classrooms as they are remodeled and incorporating bathrooms, 
  • the music space as it expands, and 
  • the history room as it turns into the new workroom. 
Ramps are being added and renovation of the sacristy will be next. Please note that with the myriad of projects and tight schedule, signs of construction will abound. Please bear with us for the next several weeks.

Work will continue at this frenetic pace over the next two and a half months as we ready our renovated space for the upcoming program and school year. Meanwhile, construction of the new wing progresses. Trusses and windows have arrived and the expansion is really taking shape.

May 2018:

Here is what happened on the construction site since our last update:

  • Steel work is continuing with the structural steel complete.  Floor joists and floor deck are almost complete. 
  • Main floor concrete scheduled for the week of April 30, weather permitting
  • Finishing planning details for the renovation work to be done in existing building.  Work is scheduled to start shortly following the end of the school year.

April 2018:

Here is what happened on the construction site since our last update:

  • All structural steel is onsite and we are about 25% complete on steel erection. 
  • Stone back fill against shoring wall is complete with soil and grading to follow.  
  • Steel shoring will be trimmed to below grade level and remain in place. Several sections of shoring will be modified and will become a small permanent retaining wall at the southwest corner of the building.
The construction crew invited the students to sign a beam that will be in the basement of the new wing.  They were very excited to do so!

Planning and preparation are underway to begin renovation activities in existing building following the end of the school year. We are about 24% complete for entire project as of the end of March.   

March 2018:

Here is what happened on the construction site since our last update:

  • Concrete foundation work completed
  • Masonry foundations completed for slab placement
  • Slab placement completed
  • Waterproofing and foundation drains in progress
  • Plumbing underground completed and inspected
  • Back-filling foundation walls and basement walls will be complete as soon as waterproofing and foundation work finished
In the coming weeks we anticipate:
  • Steel will be erected
  • CMU fire wall will be completed


February 2018:

Here is what happened on the construction site since our last update:

  • Basement walls and footers were poured.
  • Plumbing placement has begun.

In the coming weeks we anticipate:

  • Waterproofing, foundation drains, and plumbing underground will start this week.
  • Foundation walls and basement walls will be back-filled as soon as waterproofing and foundation drain work is complete.
  • Complete foundation work will be finished early next week.
  • Masonry work will start Monday.

January 2018:

Here is what happened on the construction site since our last update:
  • Shoring was completed.
  • Site was excavated to needed depth, and leveled.
  • Concrete footings were placed.
  • Existing school side entrance porch was demolished to prepare for new building connection at that location.
  • Forms for the rear basement wall are being constructed. 

December 2017:

If you look out the back of the church and school you can see that the construction site is established, and the digging and clearing has begun! We are excited to report that the town of Warrenton issued the main building permit on November 22.  A passageway for the students to reach the playground was provided, the contractor has opened his construction entrance and positioned his construction trailer, and the transformer was moved.

While the project has started out slowly, it will pick up steam in the new year.  Early in 2018 the basement should be entirely excavated and ready for concrete! Watch the School or Church Facebook pages for photos of the progress.

Thank you. 
It has been a herculean effort spanning over 5 years to get to this point and we cannot begin to name all of the people who have been part.  Beyond the much needed classrooms and upgrades, this project also stands as a testament to the remarkable people who call  Saint James' home and their inspiring dedication and love  of our church and school.