Sunday, October 22, 2017

We have curbs!

🎶 This is the way we make our curbs, make our curbs, make our curbs...🎶

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Vault, etc.

Work in the parking lot continued on Thursday with tying together all the individual geothermal wells into large pipes. These are then connected to even larger pipes which pass under 31st St. to get to the building. This process is called "headering."

Parking lot preparation for headering.

Wednesday: Setting the “vault” in place required a very deep hole. The vault is a chamber where the pipes from the 48 geothermal wells come together. The fluid from all the wells feeds a single large pipe for the journey under 31st street to the church. Setting the vault in place requires a careful touch to get it just right - perfectly straight and level. Success first time in. 

Good you saw the vault here. In a few days it will be buried below the parking lot.

Two VERY SERIOUS pumps were delivered Thursday and wrestled down to the boiler room. These pumps move the geothermal water from the building to the field in the parking lot and back again. They weigh about 500 pounds each.

It was a GRATE day at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Wednesday.   Most of the grates for AC and heat are in place in the sanctuary floor.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Predictions and Solar Operational (we hope!)

Well, it's dangerous to make predictions, but the parking lot should be ready for use by the end of this month, and the new entry door for the Parish House is targeted for Christmas.

AND.........(DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!) By the time you read this our solar electric panels will be hard at work.  

These are the inverters that convert the direct current (DC) provided by the sun, to alternating current (AC) that we can use in the building.   Hope that fair skies dominate!

Xcel Energy technician installing the "net meter", a meter which measures the excess energy that we can sell to Xcel.

A Great Article in The Alley newspaper

This article was recently published in The Alley, a local neighborhood newspaper that serves the Phillips neighborhood. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Steady Progress

Lots of lovely new duct work downstairs

Electricity as art?

These huge pipes carry the geothermal liquid to all those heat pumps.
More artistic electrical work

Heat pumps arrived last week.   This is one of many.

The geothermal wells are all dug and the equipment is being packed up, ready to go on to the next project, wherever that may be

Monday, September 11, 2017

Out with the old and in with the new....boilers, that is.

Remember these?   Our old boilers, now departed.

The new boilers arrived today!   Yes, they do look like washing machines, and that's about the size of them.   Actually, they get hung on the wall But they really will do the job!   Technology is a wonderful thing!

Well drilling in the parking lot may be done this Friday - next Monday for sure.  Then on to new paving and landscaping.