Reports about our Construction

Plan of Construction 1. Plan 2. Schedule



2006


6/30 Removal of the front facade of the North Building


7/20 Removal of ginkgo tree


7/29 Removing asbestos under the scorching sun



8/4 Removal of window frames, roof, and ceiling by truck


8/11 Preparation of the south parking lot


8/15 Stairs are removed from the North Building and are installed in the Center Building


9/5 Removal of concrete on north property to be recycled on the south property


9/21 ConEdison came to cut off the electricity(It was delayed due to a heat wave in early August.)


10/9 Groundbreaking ceremony was held at the presence of Bishop. Tsuji



10/26 Demolition of the building


2007


March Shrine construction by Rev. Jiro Morishita is making steady headway


3/5 Vanguard Corp's sign posted on the street


3/8 Reinforcement steel beams are installed along the borders of the adjacent property


3/9 Removal of the gingko tree begins with digging a hole around it


3/9 Two crane shovels and a half hour later, the gingko tree stub is removed


3/25 Hinokishin Day for the construction: tree roots are removed one by one, by hand


3/25 Digging is nearing completion and the hole measures 15 feet deep; thanks to the shoring, the neighbors' property suffered no damages


3/28 Next week the mixers will come by to pump concrete into the foundation


3/28 A scene from the weekly Wednesday meetings


3/28 Young Men's Association members building a block wall along the sidewalk


March: Master carpenter! The completed Shrine built by Rev. Jiro Morishita at Mission Headquarters in Los Angeles


3/30 Installation of forms to make the concrete walls


4/4 Ready now to begin pouring concrete into the forms


4/4 Placing the maple tree in a hand-made wooden planter in preparation for transplanting


4/4 With help from the contractors, the maple tree was transplanted successfully


4/5~7 Rev. Hirokazu Moroi, Vice-Head of the Overseas Department paid a visit to the site


4/10 Installing the steel plates in the basement walls


4/19 From the third floor of the Center


4/19 Basement walls; preparing to pour concrete


4/22 Garage sale--now a regular and anticipated community event


4/22 Cherry blossom trees in full bloom as the garage sale begins


4/23 Basement walls: a very critical area that requires patience and time


4/24 Arrival of the convoy of six concrete mixers


4/24 Pouring concrete into the basement wall forms


4/30 The concrete has hardened--now the forms are removed


5/1 Clear skies, smooth working.


5/1 From the third floor of the Center


6/1 Hinokishin everyday in preparation to mark the 30th Anniversary of New York Center--Mr. Yasumura from Canada paid us a visit as well


6/3 Group picture taken at the 30th Anniversary Monthly Service


6/6 The man in charge of it all, Boris.



6/6 Removing the forms around the hardened concrete in the north basement


6/6 From the third floor of the Center


7/11 Bringing in the iron beams


7/11 Scott Marble, architect of the project, overseeing construction


7/12 From the third floor of the Center


7/12 Giant iron beam are erected


7/12 From the third floor of the Center


7/12 From the third floor of the Center


7/12 From the third floor of the Center


7/12 Fast hands, speedy construction


7/13 Installing the roof


7/22 During Hinokishin Day. Rev. Morishita, the 85-year-old Minister of New York Center, climbs one of the bigger trees to trim the branches


7/25 Pouring concrete in the wall between the driveway


7/27 Completion of the wall


7/27 Truckloads of dirt are brought into the future parking-lot


7/27 From the 3rd floor of the Center


8/1 Installing the 1st floor frame


8/2 Dressed in full protection gear, welders work under the mid-summer sun


8/8 The arrival of the detention tanks which are to be buried underground


8/9 Installing floorboards on the first floor (for heating purposes)


8/10 Installing the frames for the roof on a rainy day


8/11 Framing the room


8/15 Completion of the roofing


8/23 Installing the detention tank and plumbing underground


8/23 Upper structure


8/23 Close-up of the upper structure


8/23 From the 3rd floor of the Center


8/25 Pipes for basement radiant heating


9/2 Meeting of the board of directors and committee members after the Monthly Service


9/6 A view from 147th Street


9/6 The wall frames are almost done


9/6 From the front


9/13 After pouring concrete (the basement was completed on 9/7)


9/20 Frames are installed and the layout is completed


9/20 Rev. Ueda and Rev. Toda of the Tohon Grand Church visit. Rev. Morishita gives them an update in the basement courtyard


9/21 The east side, with the exterior panels installed


9/21 Entrance


10/3 Handicap access ramp. Upper level derrier


10/3 The exterior panels are almost complete


10/6 Beam Raising Ceremony after the Autumn Grand Service


10/6 Walking to the site while singing Yorozuyo


10/6 Unity of mind: pulling up the plaque


10/6 The plaque, resting in place


10/12~15 Mr. Yokoi from Los Angeles volunteering his time to install audio wiring


10/28 November Hinokishin day. The big rock in the garden is moved by hand so it can be preserved.


10/24 Confirming telecommunication wiring and placement with representatives of the phone company and architect Scott Marble


10/30 Installation of the ducts are in progress as well


11/5 The roof installation began in in late October


11/5 The underground plumbing has finally been covered


11/10 Sheetrock installation begins


11/11 Wall installation continues even on Sunday


11/12 Tarring on the roof


11/12 The design of the roof is complicated


11/13 Digging a big enough hole to fit the detention tank


11/13 Installation complete


12/2 Rev. Morishita inscribing a message on a concrete panel to be installed on the building's exterior


12/2 Others follow Rev. Morishita and begin writing their own messages


12/10 Tending the land facing 147th street


12/10 Everyone is geared up for a cold day. The ceilings are installed


12/10 Passageway behind the Jodan


12/19 A scene from the weekly Wednesday site meetings

2008



1/6 It's the kids' turn to write on the cement panels


1/7 The frames for installing the exterior panels are put into place


1/7 A view of the new sanctuary from Sanford Ave.


1/10 Installing the exterior cement panels


2/3 A scene from the meeting; after the Monthly Service


2/3 Members from the Women's Association visit the site


2/13 Installation of floor heating pipes begin


2/13 Doors are installed in each basement room


2/14 Exterior walls are almost done


2/14 A view of the site from the North


2/26 Sewage pipe installation


2/26 Putting compound on the ceilings


2/27 Ceilings in the basement are underway


2/28 Entrance


2/29 The Elevator lift


2/29 The lights are on in the sanctuary area


3/2 A joint meeting between the board of directors and construction committee after the Monthly Service


3/6 Work begins on the courtyard stairs


3/12 Ceilings in the basement are almost done


3/13 Alejandro Jimenez and Mr. Oshiro flew all the way in from Jiba to do some hinokishin


3/13 The ceiling of the shrine boasts an innovative design (on the right is the Jodan)


3/13 Courtyard stairs are installed


3/19 Reverend Zensuke Nakata visits. Photo op with architect Scott Marble


3/21 Tearing down the Boys and Girls Association room


3/21 After the contractors dismantle the BGA room, hinokishin members moved the pieces to the container


3/25 Mr. Yokoi flew in from LA to participate in hinokishin


3/29, 30 The Successor Seminar is held at the construction site


3/31 - 4/4 Motohiro Iwahashi and Yuusuke Tanaka of the San Francisco Young Men's Association visit the site and take part in hinokishin efforts


4/2 Installing tiles in the restroom


4/4 - 4/8 Vice Head Hirokazu Moroi of the Overseas Department and North America and Oceania Section Chief Takaharu Ichise of stop by during their missionary tour. A scene from the construction committee after the Monthly Service.


4/8 Section Chief Ichise participating in hinokishin at the site.


4/9 Preparing the perimeter grounds


4/25 Rev. Okui and Zen Fukagawa even out the gravel in the parking lot


4/28 Installing floors in the shrine


4/21〜5/1 Three friends of Mr. Tamaki's from Maine visited to help out in laying the rubber floors in the basement and installing pavers for the walkway


4/25 Installing hand rails for the handicap access to the north side


5/4 Hinokishin day. Transporting the dirt to the south parking lot


5/4 Children happily going back and forth carrying dirt


5/25 A scene from the garage sale. Half of the profits went to the construction fund


5/25 The garage sale raised 1390 dollars


5/29 Exterior windows are installed


5/30 Carefully, transplant of a tree with Rev. Uesugi.


5/31 A view of the Shrine from the office


5/31 With Rev. Uesugi. 3 trees were successfully transplanted


6/1 Fusekomi hinokishin after the Monthly Service


6/1 Forming a line to ferry the blocks


6/6 Painting


6/6 Courtyard paper installation is completed in a week


6/10 Mr. Rodriguez working under the scorching sun. The gentleman in the back is Mr. Tsukamoto


6/10 Yuji Okui and Mr. Kubo carefully lining up the blocks.


6/10 Kitchen cabinets arrive
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