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  • Building Projects Update, June 2016

    The building inspector from Contra Costa County inspected the Terrace construction project on Friday, May 13 and signed off on the Final Inspection. This concludes the Terrace Project.

    Five dead Monterey pines that were in the El Cerrito portion of the UUCB campus have been removed. Contra Costa County also has granted us permission to remove 14 Monterey pines that have been declared “more than 85% dead” by our arborist. Two of those pines constituted an imminent danger because of their proximity to the playground and were removed immediately. The remaining twelve pines are being bid competitively as required by UUCB bylaws.

    On a very sad note, this is the first Beacon article that does not bear the name of our senior member, John Cahoon, who passed away on May 5. His participation, guidance, knowledge, and encouragement made the UUCB Building Projects possible, and his presence will be sorely missed.

  • Building Projects Update, April 2016

    The Terrace was officially dedicated after Sunday Service on February 28, and it was wonderful to see such a large crowd in attendance. It was especially gratifying that our senior committee member, John Cahoon, could attend the dedication. Since the dedication, the remaining light stanchions have arrived and have been installed and some landscaping has been planted. There still are some minor “punch list” items that are being attended to.

    During a recent storm one dead Monterey pine cracked at its midpoint and came crashing down on the fire road. We now are applying to Contra Costa County for an emergency permit based on “imminent danger” to have the most dangerous trees removed as soon as possible. We already have estimates on removing trees from the El Cerrito portion of the campus, and eight pines will be removed within a week or so. Our arborist also is working on the study Contra Costa County is requiring to justify not replanting any trees on the campus.  Because nesting season is now upon us, we may also need another biologist study to certify that we will not be disturbing any endangered nesting species.

    Please bring any problems or concerns you may have to our attention immediately.

  • Building Projects Update, February 15, 2016

    All of the doors from the Atrium to the Terrace have been installed, and new lighting poles have been ordered and should arrive within two weeks. It now appears that the Terrace will be ready for use by the end of March.

    The roof project is complete and we now have a watertight roof that will last for decades. However, come spring we still will need to install treads and harness ties to allow OSHA-approved access to the roof.

    Contra Costa County is requiring yet another arborist study to justify not replanting any trees on the campus. Because nesting season is now upon us, we may also need another biologist study to certify that we will not be disturbing any endangered nesting species.

    Please bring any problems or concerns you may have to our attention immediately.

  • Building Projects, February 2016

    As of January 18, four of the six new doors have arrived and are being installed. The last two doors are expected any day. The lighting fixtures that arrived were not the fixtures specified by the architect and probably will have to be reordered. The roof project is complete and we now have a watertight roof that will last for decades. However, come spring we still will need to install treads and harness ties to allow OSHA-approved access to the roof. Contra Costa County is requiring yet another arborist study to justify not replanting any trees on the campus. It is now clear that we will not be able to begin tree removal until after nesting season begins on February 1, so we may also need another biologist study to certify that we will not be disturbing any endangered nesting species.

    Please bring any problems or concerns you may have to our attention immediately.

    John Cahoon, Larry Nagel, and David Rockhold

  • Building Projects Update, December 2015

    John Cahoon, Larry Nagel, and David Rockhold

    By the time this article is published, construction of the terrace should be completed, and the new roof should be completely functional. Contra Costa County should also have approved our permit for the tree removal project, so the project will be out for bids this month and bids will be awarded by the end of the year. The tree removal will begin in early January, weather permitting.

    PLEASE STAY OFF THE FIRE TRAIL DURING TREE REMOVAL. There will be large, heavy equipment in operation, and this process is best observed from the safety of the Fireside Room or the Atrium. Please cooperate with the tree removal personnel to keep the UUCB campus safe.

    Please bring any problems or concerns you may have to our attention immediately.

  • Building Projects, Nov. 2015

    Construction is well underway on two major projects ‒ the construction of a new patio and re-roofing the building. At this point, we expect the work to be done by the end of November, right on schedule. The tree removal project remains in permit issues, but there has been some progress and we still think that the trees will be removed by the end of November as well. This is good news, as El Niño is now expected to arrive in December with a vengeance.

    PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION…The contractor will do everything in his power to prevent accidents. Let’s do our part by staying out of the construction area! Children should be cautioned to avoid the area as well.

    Please bring any problems or concerns you may have to our attention immediately.

    The Building Project Management Team: John Cahoon, Larry Nagel, and David Rockhold