Workers continue to put the finishing touches inside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception while work progresses in the three adjacent buildings on the church campus. Chris Baalmann, project manager with Simpson Construction Services, said last week that the sanctuary area inside the cathedral is finished except for the flooring down the ramps and around the steps. The subfloor in the main church body is now being prepared for the finished wood floor and carpeting. Pew installation will follow. Most of the wood staining is complete inside the cathedral, he added. In the gathering space, located just east of the cathedral, windows are being installed. The drywall has been mudded and taped, and windows and lights are going in.
Baalman said carpet is being put down in the hallways and offices in the parish office building, located just south of the gathering area. The carpet on the second floor has been installed, millwork is in place and has been stained, and doors are being hung there. Work is moving well in the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, he added. The third floor is painted and workers are installing light fixtures and ceiling grid. Painting has begun on the second floor and will soon be followed by ceiling grid and lights. The first floor is still in a rough-in stage. Most of the metal studs are in place there and after the mechanical and electrical conduit has been run, drywall will be installed. Stone is going up in front of the pastoral center and the gathering space. Baalmaan said work will be complete on the stone facade in about three weeks when sidewalk work will begin.