After the excitement of the NEXT90 Ceremonial Groundbreaking on October 29, you may be wondering when we’ll start to see some dirt moving on our campus. So here’s the latest.
Right now, there is a lot of up-front, behind the scenes work going on with the city of Fort Worth, contractors are resolving the specifics, and Encore transformers are ordered to install in the new vaults that will be dug and installed along 3rd Street. While the official construction start date was December 2 when the parking leases on spaces in the East lot officially expired, progress has centered so far on site preparation work done by Byrne/Scott-Tucker, our General Contractor, which is a Joint Venture of Byrne Construction Services and Scott Tucker Construction.
You may have already seen blue construction fencing around both the East lot and part of the Justin lot (for construction workers and equipment parking). Next you are likely to see some beautiful Richard McQuillar banners to share the news of this expansion with everyone who drives by. To the area inside of the fence has been added a double-wide construction office in preparation for the next steps which will include materials delivery.
The East entrance to the church will remain open and available for those who need to use the ramped entrance.
Construction Administrator Mark Sorley says that everything is on track for Phase I construction, and we can look forward to regular updates from him over the course of the project in this specially featured “What’s NEXT” blog on our home page, which will include exclusive virtual “site visits,” photos, and updates on what’s going on in areas that are not accessible by the public during the course of the construction. Thanks to these updates from Mark, we’ll be among the first to see the progress going on in construction area behind the fence.
“This is really an exciting time for our church,” Mark adds. “We’ve waited a long time for the actual construction of this visionary project to get underway. Thanks to the diligence of our Building Committee led by Barry Hudson, the commitment of our First Church leadership, and the generous support of our congregation, Phase I construction has officially begun. Even though there’s not going to be much to see for a few more weeks, I think we can all feel the excitement in the air. I look forward to sharing the construction progress with our congregation and community regularly!”