Cross UPdate

cross raising verticalThe crane arrived at Church to install our Cross on Friday October 18th at 736am  The cross was placed on the top of the Church tower 8:46am.

The pictures below show the sequence of events that took place on Friday. crane arrives at 736

crane framed by City Hallcross framed by northern treescross placement -1cross placement -2cross placement -3cross placement -4cross placement -5cross placement -7cross placement -6The first picture below was taken this morning, the second one around noon.Cross-131019Rotunda view 131019This last picture was taken October 22nd.  The new cross is framed by city hall and the construction camera on the 11th floor.Cross Framed by City Hall

Art Glass Approved

On Wednesday the Eurobau team delivered the first sample of the Art Glass that will be used in five sanctuary windows, three transom windows above the Santa Clara entrance, also referred to as “the quiet space”, the cross tower, and eventually the front doors.

The sample was a half size panel from the sanctuary.  Here is a picture of it close up and two more from in the sanctuary.  This was half size and only a test sample.half sized test paneltest panel large viewtest panel window 5

The pictures below depict the approved windows as they will appear in the quiet space transom above the Santa Clara door, sanctuary and tower.APPROVED Transom-008L(1)APPROVED -sanctuary-178 APPROVED Tower-012c 131008

Cross Blessing and Raising

On Sunday, October 13th the congregation visited the new Church site for a tour and blessing of the cross.

The picture below was taken as the congregation formed a Circle of Inspiration after the blessing.Cross Blessing Oct 13th

On Monday, October 14th a crane arrived at 24 North Fifth to install the final roof railing for the roof deck and the cross.  Pictures of the crane set-up were published in a previous blog, and are HERE.

Everyone was very pleased to see Jim Crawford at the site.Jim Crawford at Cross Raising

The pictures of the cross being raised from the staging area to the top of the cross tower are below.cross rigging in placecross re-touchcross framed by vintage towerCross passes between VT and City Halcross framed by city hall cross in place cross placement looking EThe rigging team found a small mis-alignment between the bracket on the cross and the structural component supporting the cross.  A decision was made to re-work the bracket rather than modify it in-place.

cross slight mis-alignment

The cross is expected to be installed on Friday, October 18th.

You can read more about the history of the Church in Today’s San Jose Mercury News Article.


Roof Railing Raising

On Monday, October 14th a crane showed up at Church to install the Cross.  Before that project the crane was used to put in place the last piece of the roof deck – a railing on the connector walk between roof terrace and the back stairways.

The pictures below were taken as the railing was raised into place.

The first step was to assemble the crane and position it for the lifts.Crane viewed from SW corner Crane Prepares for Lifting Crane framed by City Hall

Once the crane was in place, the railing was moved from the staging area to the roof deck.

Railing framed by Vintage Towerrailing framed by city hall  Railing in the air Railing nearing the roof railing nearly in placerailing in place.

Elevators Operational – about ThyssenKrupp

Previous blogs described the construction of our elevator from empty concrete shaft (  to a working elevator – my first ride !

The ThyssenKrupp team has completed the programming and adjustment of the elevator and its ready for inspection, or will be soon.

Elevator Ready

You may have seen the article about the raising of our cross in today’s Mercury News.  If not, its HERE

It is interesting that much of our early Church history was taking place at the time ThyssenKrupp was born through a merger of two German steel companies, Thyssen AG founded in 1891 and Krupp founded in 1811.

AVL, Sidewalk Concrete and Break Room

These pictures taken this afternoon show progress with AVL, sidewalk concrete and other interior spaces.

Much of the work for security, networking and AVL is behind walls and above ceiling tile.  Work is underway on the light bars in the sanctuary that will support speakers and lights.Installing AVL Light Bars Light Bar supports

Cabinetry in the break room is being installed.break room cabinets

On the outside, concrete footers are in place for the western sidewalk and Santa Clara street sidewalks.Concrete finishing outside atrium Concrete Finishing Santa Clara concrete forms West Wall

The western conference room is nearing completion.  The south end will host the Gethsemane window.Western conference room 131010
The construction trailer is gone as seen from these two pictures showing the empty lot that has served as a staging ground during construction.Construction Trailer Gone Parking Lot View 131010