January 23, 2017 The air handler was installed.
January 23, 2017 The Cross is lit on this rainy morning.
January 17, 2017
January 9, 2017
December 27, 2016
December 15, 2016
December 14, 2016
December 12, 2016
December 2, 2016
November 29, 2016
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October 18, 2016
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October 4, 2016
September 29, 2016 - To see the drone video click here.
September 20, 2016
September 19, 2016
September 17, 2016
September 15, 2016
September 13, 2016
First step up to the altar is constructed.
This is the ramp to the altar.
Pretty hard to see but the first 3 rows of the roof are up.
Sealing the metal support beams.
September 12, 2016
September 8, 2016
September 1, 2016
The steel studs were erected, welding continued and the cement connecting the Commons and the Church was poured.
August 29, 2016
August 26, 2016
August 25, 2016
Floures Welding is expected to complete setting all trusses and cupola steel by the end of August. A+ Concrete, Master Plumbers and David R Hall Electrical Contractors are working to rough in the new Baptistery. Light gauge decking and wall framing will begin around 9/1/16. Our new expansion project is beginning to take shape and is on schedule at this time.
August 24, 2016
August 18, 2016 - This puts in perspective how tall the church will be . The peek you see in the picture is one of the side transepts. Add another 20+ feet for the center truss and another 30+ for the copula.
August 16, 2016 - These photos were taken Tuesday morning. Watch this site for more photos of the steel frame taking shape. If you would like to see more photos go to the home page and click on the photos button.
August 12, 2016 - The steel beams arrived after a two day delay due to the lack of a permit to transport them directly. DMV insisted they go the long way around.
August 10, 2016 - Starting to frame the altar platform.
August 5, 2016 - The roof of the commons is gone.
August 1, 2016
July 27, 2016
July 23, 2016
July 22, 2016 The walls are coming down in the Commons and
the walls for the Mini Commons are going up.
A peek behind the scenes.
Here's the latest (July 19 & 20, 2016).
Check out our first drone video at:
This week (7/11 - 7/15/16) we are preparing for the pouring of the concrete slab in the area that will become our new church. The sacristy in the commons was demolished to allow for foundation work for that part of the project (the new sacristy will be in the "old" kitchen in the back of the worship space). A new Eucharistic Reservation Chapel is being constructed in the worship space and St. Olaf and the wall around him are being eliminated in preparation for the demolition of the reconciliation room and chapel in the commons next week.
On Wednesday, July 7th not only was the first foundation stone laid, but walls are being built!
June 22, 2016
June 21, 2016
June 20, 2016
All construction activity is on schedule at this time according to Bernie Taylor, Superintendent with W. M. Jordan Company. All subcontractors have been accepted and are very anxious to begin their work. AES Consulting Engineers has identified and marked the corners of the new church in preparation for the footers and foundation. The initial concrete work should begin the week of June 20th.
June 5, 2016
At this time progress may seem slow, but we have several items to share:
On 6/2/2016 AES Consulting Engineers were on site to mark the outside perimeter of our new church. Also on 6/2/2016 Toano Construction brought in equipment to begin clearing for the foundation of our new church.We have also received approval from the Environmental Department with James City County to begin excavation on the construction site.
June 1, 2016
Let’s meet the individuals who will be supervising the construction activities for our new expansion.
Bernie Taylor – Superintendent
Bernie has been in the construction business for 41 years and has spent the last 14 years at W. M. Jordan Company. Bernie was the lead superintendent of Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown and Courthouse Commons in Williamsburg. Bernie served as a Deacon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church for 9 years and attended the initial diaconate class with our own Deacon Tom Thompson. Bernie is very excited for the opportunity to build this new church at St. Olaf and is amazed by the enthusiasm and warmth of our faith community.
Cap League – College Intern with W. M. Jordan
Cap will be assisting Bernie throughout the summer on our expansion before returning to college. Cap will be a rising junior at Virginia Military Institute and is in his first year as an intern with W. M. Jordan. Cap lives in Williamsburg and is a graduate of Jamestown High School. After graduation Cap will be pursuing a career in the construction industry.
May 27, 2016
At a meeting on May 19th our contractor, WM Jordon gave us a list of forecasted start dates.
May 30, 2016 Construction Start Date July 25, 2016 Start Demo of Existing Commons Area
June 16, 2016 Start Foundations August 5, 2016 Start Structural Steel Truss Erection
July 20, 2016 Start Structural Steel Erection February 28, 2017 Final Completion
With great anticipation we will begin to see our Church being built and watch its progress over the months to come.
May 11, 2016
We have exciting news to share today (5-11-16) that W. M. Jordan Company is placing two construction trailers on our property. One of the trailers will be used to house employees and equipment for W. M. Jordan during the expansion of our new church and the other trailer will be used by St. Olaf to provide storage room for articles to be removed from the Commons as well as providing additional meeting space for various ministry teams. Throughout the next 9 months you will experience a construction presence on our property and we would appreciate your patience in dealing with any inconvenience. There will be equipment and building materials staged on our parking lot during this period and please understand W. M. Jordan will attempt to minimize any inconvenience to our faith community.
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Construction Update for the New Church
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On 3/17/2016 a silt fence was built around the perimeter of the construction work site for the new church. The actual construction will occur within this perimeter. This is the start of the construction process with many steps to follow. My thanks are extended to all parishioners for your time, talents and resources to make this new church a reality.
St. Olaf Building Update
On 2/9/2016 Father Tom Mattingly, Tom Hipple and John Hopke attended the James City County Board of Supervisors meeting to seek approval of our latest plans to expand our church. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve our expansion. There was no public comment concerning this matter.
On 3/3/2016 Father Tom Mattingly, Tom Hipple and John Hopke will be traveling to the Dioceses to meet with the Building and Renovation Committee. At his time we will be presenting our latest plans for final approval for this building project. After this approval has been granted we will be presenting our liturgical selections to the Liturgical Commission for their final approval. It is our hopes to have approvals from the Building and Renovation Committee and the Liturgical Commission prior to our Ground Breaking Ceremony.
Watch it on YouTube: New Walkthrough of the St. Olaf Interior Model 1-2016
St. Olaf Building Update
On January 6, 2016 Father Tom Mattingly, Tom Hipple and John Hopke attended the Planning Commission Meeting of James City County in support of the Special Use Permit 0007-2015 for the proposed expansion of our existing church. Jose Ribeiro with the James City County Staff gave a detailed description of the new expansion and all members of the Planning Commission were very impressed by the traditional appeal of this new building. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the new sanctuary. This Special Use Permit will be presented at the Board of Supervisors Meeting of James City County in February 2016.
After many years, St. Olaf Catholic Church is finalizing the plans for a new church. We anticipate that construction will begin this spring. We are at a critical stage in the project and it is important to know what funds we can depend on.
The Living Our Mission Capital Campaign, conducted last fall, greatly helped in getting us to this point, but additional funds secured now will have a profound effect in the scope and ultimate financing of the project.
If you do not have an active pledge and would like to consider making a one-time or multi-payment financial commitment to this project please print out the commitment card and return it to St. Olaf’s parish office. Thank you.
CHURCH BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE, August 30, 2015 Bulletin
The committee continues to move forward with a goal for construction on the new church to begin in April 2016, with a completion date of January 2017.
To date, we have $1.2 million in hand for the project. The projected cost of the project is $4 million, plus $400,000 more for furnishings.
Fundraisers are a help to this process, with the Fall Festival and Golf Outing in September, Starry Starry Night in November and a raffle this winter. In addition, parishioners who are not regularly giving to the building fund will receive a letter and pledge card in late August or early September. The support of parishioners to fund raising is essential to meeting our deadlines.
A brochure has been created for the project which will accompany requests for donations and be generally available in the commons.
Architect Designs June 30, 2015
See Video of St. Olaf Building Expansion Plans
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Bulletin Announcement June 14, 2015
Over the past months, the Building Committee with the architect and liturgical consultants have been developing the design of the new Church.
Fr. Tom with Tom Hipple, the architect and liturgical consultants have met with two governing commissions of the diocese, the Liturgical Commission who approves the interior of the church, and the Building and Renovation Committee (BARC), who must approve the building itself.
Members of the committee met with the liturgical commission on May 14th and the interior design was approved. A future meeting will take place to discuss proposed finishes and designs of liturgical elements, such as the altar, font, ambo, and the decoration of the space.
Members of the committee met with the BARC on June 4th and were given approval to advance to the next stage of the process, the production of construction documents. The drawings will take approximately 6 months and should be completed by the end of the year (2015). These plans will need to be reviewed by the BARC and will be the plans by which the parish will solicit bids for it’s construction.
At the same meeting, the committee talked to a representative of the Diocesan Finance Office. After reviewing the results of the Living Our Mission Campaign and other monies collected for the building project, the representative felt sufficient funds would be available for the project and that building could commence by summer 2016. This assumes that the donated monies through pledges, individual contributions and fundraisers meet or exceeds what we have been collecting.
The projected cost for the building is estimated at $4 million. Additional costs will be basic liturgical furnishings (altar, ambo, font, pews) along with other costs. These additional costs are estimated at about $400,000.
All parishioners who are not currently paying pledges will receive a letter this summer concerning the status of the project and asking for a commitment of financial support.
A parish meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00 pm in the worship space to talk about the project and to show the current designs. We ask all interested parishioners to attend this meeting. The plans as well as status updates will appear on the parish website; stolaf.cc.
On June 1, 2017, St. Olaf Catholic parish will celebrate our 25th anniversary of being designated a parish. It is our hope that this celebration will take place in our new church. Please continue to pray as we advance to the next stage of the project.