Construction Updates (10/30)
Wells Fargo Conference and Training Center expansion – We are almost there! Exterior landscaping of this new space is almost complete, and the interior walls and ceilings are being finished over the next couple of weeks. Connection of all mechanical systems, as well as installation of the A-V component and security cameras, is in process as we come “down the stretch” with this exciting expansion of our building space. We expect this project to be ready for inspection during the week beginning November 18th.
Overflow parking expansion – While there is nothing to show yet for our efforts, our subcontractor continues to work “behind the scenes” to assure that we have the necessary permits from the city to complete this work. We still expect to break ground on this expanded parking area in March 2020.
Aquatic dehumidification and pool heater equipment replacement – We have identified the necessary equipment to make needed repairs to our pool heaters and expect these to be replaced sometime before the end of this calendar year. Engineering and design continue in an effort to identify the best replacement equipment for environmental controls (air temperature and humidity); this “rooftop” equipment should be replaced sometime in the spring of 2020.
The Beauty of Nature
As Fall’s crisp air encompasses us, I am reminded of the change the season represents. In the book, The Colors Of Fall, written by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, the Monkmans describe and celebrate this change through New England’s foliage season. The Monkmans share how several million people travel to New England to look at the red, yellow, brown, scarlet, gold, and bronze leaves. The authors write, “During the peak of this color display, it is easy to inadvertently hold your breath while taking in the sight of a landscape seemingly on fire, where the only smoke is a wisp of early morning fog.”
How breathtaking are the colors and diversity we see in nature? The trees are all different, yet similar; and we marvel at the beauty. It amazes me how so many can embrace the differences they see in nature, yet we still struggle with embracing each other in our country. With our country in a continued state of acceptance chaos, couldn’t we learn a lesson from the trees and those that marvel over the changing of the season? As we embrace and celebrate the differences in nature, let us do the same for our neighbor. Let us celebrate and embrace the differences we have. May we be a reflection of the nature we see around us. We are different, yet similar; and that is just OK.
During this Fall season, I challenge you to take a moment to embrace the beauty of nature we see around us. Yet, more importantly, embrace the beauty of differences between each other, remembering the ‘Golden Rule’ Jesus spoke of in Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We all look different and have different opinions. This is the way God intended us to be. Let us celebrate what makes us beautiful – our uniqueness.
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