With the recent installation of clear plexiglass in the playground site fencing, our Nursery School students love watching the construction progress in action! Over the past few weeks, earth has been filled back into the site’s foundation and has been leveled to form the new ground floor. New bearing walls have now been put up which defines where the new South addition meets the existing building. In these photos you can see the space for the new doorways and openings that will connect the existing hallway and Social Hall to the upper and lower lobbies of the South Addition. In the coming weeks the skeleton of the South Addition will start getting erected and the vertical structure of our addition will start taking shape.
The South Addition re-orients the “front” of Temple Sinai to a south entrance by the parking lot. This new entrance improves the accessibility, increases the security, and enhances the feeling of community for all those who enter our shared spiritual home. In the design renderings below, you can take a virtual tour of what it will look like to enter Temple Sinai through the South Addition.
With the foundation for the new expansion laid, concrete for the exterior walls and support beams are being poured layer by layer. Each week can see the walls rising, and the earth being flattened to form the floor-bed of the addition. Inspired by the excitement from Nursery and Religious School students about the ongoing construction, we have also installed “view-windows” in our construction site fencing. Now students will be able to watch the machinery and construction happen as they play in our playground!
Based on a creative idea from the Temple Sinai Nursery School leadership, the new “outdoor classroom,” tucked away between the Bet Am and the school wing, provides our littlest students with a cozy and secure area all their own. What was once an unused space is now filled with inviting activity stations and a natural setting for learning and play. Visible from the Bet Am, this beautiful play space allows all congregants to feel connected to the joy and creativity emanating from Temple Sinai Nursery School students and faculty.
With the demolition completed, the foundation (both literally and figuratively) of our new expansion is being laid! Over the past two weeks, successive layers of concrete have been poured, forming the beginnings of the new exterior walls. You can start to see the expansion’s outline taking shape—an exciting time for us and the Nursery School students eagerly watching through the barrier fence. Over the coming weeks the foundation will continue to be set and the walls will continue to grow (and we’ll be cutting portholes so the children can get a better look)!
The demolition portion of the renovation & expansion project is almost complete and we will be ready to move on to construction in the next week or so! Here you can see the visible yellow painted outline where the borders of the new South Addition will be, as well as the demolition of the side of the current building that will connect to the South Addition. Progress has also been made to clear the way for the boardwalk path that will lead from Jocelyn Street to the new South Addition entrance and where trees will be planted to create a healthy tree canopy for years to come. Keep an eye out for more updates in the coming weeks as new concrete footers are poured and other foundation work begins!
The Nursery School year has started and the building is filled with new and returning students! Students can now explore the completed the Outdoor Classroom, located between the Bet Am and the upstairs classrooms, and watch as construction workers work on the renovation. The demolition and removal of the south entrance concrete walkway and brick siding of the construction site is underway as the building is prepared for the expanded south addition. The site is also fully fenced off and noise barriers have been erected in the building to minimize disruptions to events, services, and classes going on inside the temple.
Work is well underway on improvements to the playground, including the addition of a creative, new Outdoor Classroom for the Nursery School children being developed in the garden area outside the Bet Am. Meanwhile, our General Contractor has begun the preparatory and demolition work for the South Addition. Throughout the month of August we will see the fencing go up that will create a safe separation for the construction zone, tree clearing, and significant demolition necessary for the new 2-story addition. Stay tuned for updated information and pictures as this transformational project progresses.
In late June, the Temple Sinai community joined together for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the commencement of this once-in-a-generation project. The ceremony included music from our talented clergy, remarks from our campaign leaders, and prayer honoring this occasion. The South Addition and Phase 2 expansion marks the next step in the long growth of our spiritual home: From our community’s early history operating out of a church in the 1950s, to buying the land the temple currently stands on and building the initial temple, to expanding with the Library & school-wing construction in the 1970s, to building the Bet Am in the 1990s, we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community and enrich the religious lives of our members.
Co-chairs, Honor our Heritage, Build our Future Campaign for Temple Sinai