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Construction Update 04/16/14


Dear Sangha,

Congratulations to everyone on getting our building permits. We now have every permit we need to go forward with the project. I would like to let you know what to expect in the coming week as we enter this next exciting phase of construction.

Monday, there will be some careful pruning of the trees along the driveway to improve visibility and the safety of staff/yogi/construction traffic. This is only a pruning and, as is true of the entire project, no trees will be removed. 

Also on Monday, the contractor will be relocating the gravel wash-off pad. This is the pad of large-sized gravel you may have noticed at the entrance to the overflow lot. It will be moved across the street so grading can begin in the overflow lot (more on that below). The wash-off pad is used to wash the tires of all incoming and outgoing trucks and equipment to keep from bringing in, or importing out, soil. The pad will be lined with filter fabric to keep any soil from reaching the creek.

Tuesday, large equipment that will be used to re-grade the overflow parking lot will begin arrive at the overflow lot. We have decided to concentrate on getting the overflow lot completed first. This will give us a nice big lot to mitigate the loss of other parking that will happen during construction.  It will take some time to set up the GPS transit equipment and survey and stake at the jobsite, so the grading itself is not scheduled to begin until Thursday. The lot is scheduled to be completed by early May.

Also on Tuesday, the construction trailer will be moved temporarily from its present location to the west end of the Residential Retreat Parking Lot. This will allow the contractor to grade the new Staff Parking Lot at the Administration Building site. Once that work is done, we will move the trailer back in place for the duration of the project.

And finally, sewer line trenching in the roads and parking lots will be completed next week. Hurray!

Stay tuned for regular updates. As Navin R. Johnson said, “Things are going to start happening to me now!”

Until Then,

John Griffith

Facilities Manager


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