Our parish community moved temporarily into our Parish Hall for Masses and all other parish functions. On August 29th, DCI recommended that the existing floor in the Sacristy and Bell Tower be removed and replaced. This recommendation included removing the floor joists across the full extent of the rooms between the interior and exterior bearing walls. At the interior bearing wall, the joists appeared to be spliced adjacent to the existing joists under the altar area. Debris from the previous floor repair jobs was apparent and needed to be removed in the crawl space.
On October 6th, a proposal was received from architect Jim McArthur of Spokane. Mr. McArthur was the architect who designed the existing Parish Hall and prepared preliminary plans for a new church building adjacent to the Parish Hall, if and when a decision to build a new building is made.
On October 13th, additional crawl space access holes were cut into the church floors on the north end of the Nave, and the west side of the Bell Tower. Additional rotted flooring and rotted floor joist was apparent. Each additional investigation revealed more problem areas and it was decided that all wood floors in the church were suspect of having dry rot present. The Parish Council and Finance Committee approved the hiring of Mr. McArthur for $600.00 to do the design and construction bid drawings for repairing the church's floors, by now including the Sacristy, Bell Tower, furnace room, Altar area, and the original center wood floored portions of the Nave.
Both recommendations included correcting a longterm problem of storm water drainage off the roof of the church and off the adjacent streets and parking lots surrounding the church, with the storm and landscape irrigation waters all flowing toward the church structure. This was deemed the root cause of the excessive moisture levels in the crawl spaces, which then caused rotting of the wood floor joists. Option B was selected as the preferential corrective path since it eliminated all the wood flooring systems and therefore was deemed a permanent solution to all future rotting problems.
Construction was started on January 17, 2014 and was completed on March 19, 2014. Along with the interior church repairs, the church interior was completely repainted, new carpeting was installed in the entire church, updated Sacristy cabinets were installed, and several electrical/plumbing updates were made. The first Masses held in the newly repaired church were the weekend of March 22nd & 23rd, 2014. Just in time for Easter!