Update: July 1, 2018
Renovations at our headquarters in New York City are well underway. Bob Seemar, our Director of Facilities, is overseeing the construction work and making sure that everything moves along smoothly. Currently, Bob is working with a total of twenty people on our renovations, both onsite and behind-the-scenes, including architects, engineers, and expeditors. His wife Emily handles all the technology and clerical work.
Renovation of our headquarters began on May 1st, 2018, when an asbestos company came to remove the roof. Facade work also began in early May, when Bob and his team removed the stucco and foam board from the front of our building and applied wire mesh and scratch code, which must be done before they apply insulated pre-cast blocks. Along the way, Bob also began the electrical work on the second floor to prep for the removal of the wooden beams and he also removed the carpet throughout the building.
The front and back of the building are the main challenges in our renovation. In the front of our building, Bob will replace the rotting steel plates which hold up the facade. Normally at least half an inch thick, the steel plates have eroded down to a mere quarter of an inch. This can be dangerous if left alone, as it could cause the facade to fall apart in the future.
The main goal of the renovation is not to change our building, but to update it and bring it into the 21st century, both cosmetically and structurally. At the core of the renovation, though, we want to make sure we remember our roots.
“My goal is that people would not just look at it as a building but also as a place from which the gospel goes out,” said Bob.
As of right now, our renovation is projected to finish in October. We want to thank you for all of your prayers, donations, and continued support of Chosen People Ministries.