Those of us who have been able to watch Epiphany's elevator come to life over the last six months can smile. We know that a lot more effort and expertise went into this project than meets the eye, now that we’re almost finished. Those who come after us will have the benefit of what we all did together, without the fuller appreciation of what it took to pull this off.
The work is both “seen and unseen.” A substantial portion of the work is invisible to the eye, either underground, or restored to the original condition. The shored-up deep hole against the building’s basement was a logistical feat, which allowed for the underpinning of existing foundations, cutting an opening into our basement wall, constructing deep footings and drainage pits --- none of it now visible. A large new concrete drywell was hoisted over Hadley Hall and installed for improved drainage in the cloister garden - not now visible. The paving stones of the cloister garden were numbered and stored away, and the pool protected. They are being restored to tranquility where once there was a “lunar landscape,” - not now visible. All the complicated elements of the elevator machinery once occupied almost a third of Hadley Hall, but have now disappeared from view.
The culmination of many decades of wanting to make our building fully accessible, the elevator now takes its place as a new manifestation of the working of the Holy Spirit among us.
We give thanks to God for the men and women of our superb general contracting team working for CE Floyd Company Inc., including Project Executive Pete Doucet, Project Manager Andrew Fournier, Superintendent Dave Seermon and the site experts, excavators, masons, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painters, and elevator installers who made it all possible. They did it with attention to the details coordination, cleanliness, safety, budget, and sensitivity to the daily rhythms of the church community that only a first-rate contractor knows how to provide.
We give thanks to God for the team of talented architects from Taylor & Burns Architects Inc. and especially principal and partner Robert Taylor whose vision guided the project over years to its completion.
We give thanks to God for the members of this Parish who gave tirelessly of their time and talents, especially Darwin Keith-Lucas, who managed the project as our Parish Representative, and attorney Woody Cook, whose profound knowledge of construction law and contracts, and tenaciousness, made everything possible. Kate Loosian, who is a professional construction project manager at Harvard University, contributed good advice at every turn.
And we give thanks to God for those who helped pay for all this, led especially by the Vestry and Wardens, Jim Gammill of the Finance & Investment Committee, Robie White of the Capital Resource Allocation Team (CRAT), and Eileen Marks, chair of our new Together Forever facilities fund.
As we enjoy our new elevator, let us remember with gratitude all these workers who ride with us.