What started as a discussion in 2004 finally saw its fruition this week at EUMC. We began the process of construction of our new addition and our expansion project as a whole.
Phase 1 of the project is site preparation. Phone and data wiring was relocated to the side of the Fellowship Hall. Construction trailers were delivered along with the requisite porta-potties. Crews began clearing the forest behind the ministry center to allow for more parking. Property borders were prepped with fences and barriers to prevent any construction runoff from contaminating our neighbors.
All of this is in preparation of receiving a building permit. Suffice it to say, Howard County is a stickler for details, and a laundry list of requirements must be met before we can proceed with the actual, hands-on construction.
Some of these details? Well, consider that the last major project was back in 1991, a time when laws, policies and requirements were, say, more lax than they are today. “Code” is the code; these specifications change on a regular basis, and are designed to reflect construction safety trends and future use. These are not just the Howard County mandated, but are established by the trades; for instance, the The National Electrical Code (NEC), or NFPA 70, is a regionally adoptable standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the United States. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a private trade association. Ultimately, it dictates what type, material and gauge of wire is used in a particular wire run. In reality, it’s all meant to provide us with the best, state-of-the-art construction methods.
We will endeavor to make this a running account of our expansion, a sort of passenger-seat view of the day-to-day, behind the scenes action that’s taking place. No, we’re not going to give every brick a web page, but we hope to transcend the minutia and give you a big-picture account of what’s going on at your beloved Emmanuel.
And to think it all started with an idea, a thought…