The second floor of the High School has been poured! The rain did cause a bit of delay, but the concrete is finally poured and set up nicely. Work has already begun on installing the joists for the third floor.
When the parking lot project started it seemed like it would never finish. Holes were dug, land was moved, dirt was piled, and rain would fall. Then like a miracle over the weekend, we had a brand new blacktop parking lot... with parking stripes!
If you were on campus for one of the many TCS end of year programs, you may have had the opportunity to park in the new lot. It's nice to not have to park on the front lawn anymore... perhaps the grass will start growing again.
Below is a little gallery of the progression of the new parking area and the gorgeous landscaping that greets you as you make your way into the main campus entrance.
There will be a lot happening campus during the summer months... stay tuned for all the developments.
If you are a TCS parent who is accustomed to pick up and drop off during the school year, I know you have to be asking "How is this going to affect car line?"
I'm glad you asked!
According to Norm Tapley, TCS Board Vice-Chairman and Chief of Operations, Wilburn Engineering began an on-campus traffic flow study before the closing of the school year, and they had some positive comments to share.
The approach for Wilburn Engineering is to come up with improvement plans for vehicles and pedestrians, to have us review them, make adjusts, and review again.
We are always working to make traffic flow and safety a priority for our students and guests.
If you've driven by the gym in the past couple days you surely have noticed the 48-foot steel columns peering into the sky. It seems like it all happened overnight! This is encouraging in many ways... progress always is!
On May 3rd, we joined together with TCS students (and students all across the nation) in the National Day of Prayer. A reminder to us all to give thanks and pray for our country, our leaders, and our schools. God has blessed us so much with all that we have available on our campus, how can we not thank Him for His goodness?
As we continue to see the progress taking place on campus, will you join us as we continue to pray for our students and our leaders? Not just for them, but also for the workers who are helping to improve our campus. It's my prayer that our students will be living examples of the work of Christ in our lives and that those who come to our campus will feel the presence of God.
No doubt you've noticed the workers on the roof of the PreK/Student Hall. No big deal... just a few roof renovations to keep all the rain on the outside of the building. Also, they've been giving the Trinity Church staff a treat with their apparent wrestling matches overhead... at least, that's what it sounds like.
The picture above shows the progress of the locker/weight room on the new building. It might not look like much now, but soon our TCS students will be pumping iron and prepping for the big game in this space!
The track level portion of this building will house boys and girls locker rooms. The second floor will house the TCS weight room and coaches offices. This portion of the building will be connected to the High School building by the multipurpose room that will be used as a cafeteria,, worship center for Chapel Days, and a practice room for our cheer squads... to name a few.
You've probably noticed the curbs for the new parking lot being poured... it's almost hard to remember there used to be a playground there.
After much delay due to the rain, we finally have a foundation for the High School!
When I was a Middle schooler my feet grew first, I always felt like the rest of my body was trying to catch up with my feet. It was an awkward time full of tripping and frustration... my Mom used to tell me, "Every building has to have a good foundation..." and that in time, I would grow into mine.
While there are many parallels that can be made in a spiritual sense, we only need remember the true foundation that we need is Jesus Christ. Upon Him, we build up our lives to become the person God has designed us to be.
While the foundation of our High School building is made of steel and concrete, the foundation of our School is Christ. He is the one that prepares us for Life... Natural, Spiritual, and Eternal. I know the students that will walk these halls will have times of tripping up and certainly moments of awkwardness, but in time they too will grow upon the foundation that is being prepared in their lives.
When we started the process to begin building there were a few hurdles that required us to wait for a little. In that waiting, we gained access to a blessing of an APR that will allow us to save thousands over the life of the loan.
Over the last couple weeks, we have experienced plenty of rain... so far we have lost 15 days to the rain. While waiting may not be inherent to our modern culture, we know that God is at work, and we trust that His plans.
A few noteworthy things have happened though...
Rock blasting is finally over! The minor tremors on campus were fun for a little while, but we're glad they're gone.
Foundations are forming - Digging of footings for the 3 story classroom building will begin next week (week of March 19th).
Multi-tasking for Multi-purpose - The concrete slab will be poured while continuing to remove rock from Multi-purpose Room & Weight / Locker Room areas.
Steel Here - The main support structure for the High School has arrived on campus.
The 'bones" of the new High School have arrived to our campus!