October 12, 2018
Early this morning before daybreak we had our first pour of concrete on our construction site. Forty cubic yards (four truckloads) were delivered early so as not to impede school traffic flow. This concrete forms the footing of our retaining wall onto which concrete blocks will be laid beginning next week. Once completed the construction fence will be moved up and behind the wall providing a nice wide entrance driveway again. As the retaining wall work proceeds over the next two weeks we will be installing the methane barrier, rebar and concrete for the footing of our basement under Building 2 and our elevator. We will continue moving dirt so that the footings of Building 1 can be poured the pad of which is ready. This past week we traveled to the Porsche Performance Center to checkout an elevator like ours, reviewed playground equipment, and started the coordination of our solar system installation.
September 14, 2018
Demolition is complete. Ground is broken. We are now preparing our building site by grading, digging, filling and compacting. Our new buildings will have a nice firm base. Soon we will be digging for our basement under Building 2 as well as its elevator pit. We learned this week from our arborist that the grading will not impact the two very large Canary Island pine trees along Crenshaw Boulevard and they will be saved. The Building Committee has been busy reviewing subcontractor bid tabs as well as doing reviews of the various trades involved in our construction.
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August 31, 2018
There has been much activity over the past two weeks. Asbestos abatement of the roofing and flooring materials was completed. After that trees were pulled down and the buildings ripped apart. All of this took place at the same time as work on the new entry drive. We postponed work on a retaining wall on the left side of the driveway (next to the horse trail) as we were close to encroaching upon California Water Service Company’s 20″ active water line. We will wait on the retaining wall until after the new water lines are installed under our driveway, sometime in 2019.
On the driveway, our soils engineer required us to do what is called a “flip and fill”. This involved digging down 27” into bedrock below the old driveway, refilling and compacting to his specifications. We now have a solid and wider roadbed with a temporary base coat of asphalt until the project nears completion. Two days ago we had an unforeseen discovery of 8″ transite (asbestos & cement) ducting under the floor slabs. New abatement plans have been submitted to the AQMD for their approval. This final part of the demolition will be slowed a bit as the slab concrete is safely peeled away from the ducting next week.
And if it were not enough to have demolition trucks and roadbed material trucks entering and exiting our campus, SoCalGas has been replacing our service gas line at the edge of our exit driveway. We all agree that we could not have scheduled better as the past two weeks are the slowest two weeks of the year for church and school activities. The gas company is finished, and the new driveway is ready for action!
We now have a webcam installed at our construction site. Check in for the latest photos and a live video feed by going to the “Construction Cam” page.
August 16, 2018
We had a very successful move day on Saturday, August 4, with about 50 church members and preschool staff working together, followed by a sumptuous lunch provided by Linda and Dale Gehr.
The following Monday we had inspections by the LA County Fire Department and Social Services, both went well, and we then received final planning sign-off for our temporary classrooms. On Tuesday, Del Amo Construction commenced their work with jack hammers to locate and cap water lines for safe-off of the electrical and plumbing feeding the five buildings to be demolished.
Trees were removed to make space for DAC’s on-site office and to provide a view for our webcam. Construction fencing was put in place this past Monday so that work could start on the retaining wall next to the horse trail to provide for a wider entrance driveway
Abatement, the initial step of demolition, began yesterday. Our entrance driveway will be closed this Saturday so that the existing retaining wall can be partially demolished and the asphalt removed.
We will be driving on dirt for about ten days, but the good news is that a wider paved driveway will be available before Labor Day. That’s much sooner than we had expected and will make the start of our Fall season easier for everyone. Progress can be watched by peeking out the doors and windows on two sides of our Administrative Building.
August 1, 2018
We are ready to move! Saturday beginning at 8:00 AM we will move the contents of nine classrooms, teachers’ lounge/workroom and two sheds to their new locations. This is the biggest move since Delta Airlines moved across LAX last year. There are non-lifting assignments available, we can use your help. If you are able to lend a hand, come Saturday morning starting at 8:00 AM. Please email the church office at email@example.com if you can make it. Lunch will be provided!
Our Sacristy has also become our teachers’ workroom for the next year. A fence with gates is being installed across our patio to provide the required playground space for our preschool kids. Next week a large pine tree and an olive tree near our big lawn will be removed in advance to make space for the Del Amo Construction on-site office.
July 19, 2018
There has been much activity this week with the erection of power poles and stringing of power cable to the modular classrooms. On the ground, plumbers have been connecting the six sink drains for routing to our sewer entry point. Early Friday morning (5:00 am) we will have a water and power outtage while connections are being made. Next week we’ll see the decking being built, water brought to the classrooms and the fire alarm system being installed.
We are now targeting Saturday, August 4th, as our move-in day with Club Maintenance working on toy shelving the following Saturday. Utilities to the existing classrooms will be turned off during the first full week of August with demolition and abatement scheduled to start the week of August 13th.
June 21, 2018
Due to delays in our permitting process the preschool will remain in their existing classrooms for the summer session, July 9-27.
We have just now received results of California Water Company’s flow test (after nine weeks!) so that Del Amo Construction can resubmit our Fire Prevention plan. This should lead to a building permit being issued so that work can continue on the six temporary classrooms including decking, power, plumbing and installation of cabinetry. In the meantime we are working the phones and wifi for the classrooms.
Bennett Landscape is rerouting irrigation supply lines and preparing a site for a portable storage unit as you enter the campus. Room 7 of building B will not used for classes this summer and will be used for storing boxes already packed. This is the closest room to the portable storage unit which is great. We will vacate the preschool buildings as soon as the summer session is over. A demolition subcontractor has been selected so we’re ready to go.
June 5, 2018
We’re underway! The 60′ modulars arrived on campus at 4:15 AM Monday morning. By 4:45 AM the first was already positioned and jacked up so that the low-boy flatbed could pull out. The second portable was moved in and by 5:30 AM the trucks were gone, the school bus drove out and the swimmers were arriving at Country Day School. The crew positioned the modulars, lowered them onto their supports and tied them together.
Four remaining modulars were delivered early this morning in one hour, 4:15 – 5:15 AM, and the Country Day School parking lot was restored (parking stops reinstalled) by 6:00 AM! Fencing will be installed tomorrow. Packing boxes are due to arrive at the church today. Still on schedule!
May 23, 2018
Preparations have begun for the June 4th arrival of portable classroom trailers. Three units will be placed, for the time of construction, in the “new” parking lot, between the sanctuary and the exit driveway. Once the trailers arrive it will take about a month before they are ready for occupancy. Only after they have been inspected and approved, and licensed by the state for use by preschool children, will the demolition of the existing buildings begin. We will be sharing more information on the website as the project gets underway and sending out email blast updates as well. To receive the email updates, please click on the “Sign up for Construction Updates” button on this page.