Work is progressing rapidly on our church’s new HVAC system. The schedule calls for an operational system to be in place before Christmas. Some finishing and cleanup activities will continue into January.
Drilling of the geothermal wells has been completed. The photo shows drilling in progress earlier this month. Cladding is now being installed around each well to prevent leakage. That work is scheduled for completion by Nov. 2.
Work inside the church has recently started. If you were at the service on October 23, you saw that the radiators have been removed and that temporary furnaces have been installed in the Sanctuary and the Undercroft Gallery.
Future work will include installation of piping that connects the well field to the heat pumps inside; this piping will enter the church downstairs through the wall between the youth RE room and the elevator utility area. Heat pumps and related equipment will be installed in the storage area adjacent to the youth room. Ducting will be installed in various basement ceiling locations to provide both heating and cooling to the 1904 structure, including the Sanctuary, church offices, Undercroft, and other downstairs rooms.
Finally, you may have noticed a new sign facing the Morewood-Ellsworth intersection that briefly describes our project. The sign highlights how the ground source heat pump (geothermal) system exemplifies our seventh principle.