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Construction at the Nunnery project continues to move at a rapid pace. We have enjoyed warm and clear Fall weather which is perfect for framing. All four buildings are now framed and we are in the process of installing the roofs.
Rough plumbing and electrical is underway and the bathrooms are being designed. The sisters have given much thought to planning the lay-out of their future homes to be in the best way possible.
The excitement is building as the first delivery of straw bales is now scheduled for December 4th. The months of December, January and February will be exciting as the straw bales are stacked and the earthen plaster is applied to the walls. Look for more information on work days to join the sisters in raising the straw bales and applying the earthen clay plaster to their new homes!
Thank you all for following our progress and supporting green building at Deer Park!
Ed Earl, Construction Project Manager
200 feet long, north facing, 2 - 10 feet tall, retaining wall
April 17 - 24, 2014
May 2-7, 2014
Adding water proofing layers
Building A will be Thay's hut and living quarter for his attendant when Thay visits. It will be about 931 sq. ft. The building requires substantial foundation and restraining wall to bring the structure to the same elevation as the other buildings in the project.
Pictures from April 19th to 27th, 2014
Thanks to success in Phase I of construction, the total expected costs for the nunnery project have been reduced significantly! We now estimate that the project will cost $1.7 million dollars instead of the original estimate of $2.2 million. The project originally budgeted for contingencies that might have required the higher cost, but we can safely say that these contingencies will not arise. Fund raising for the project has been adjusted accordingly.
Thanks to our generous donors, the project has raised $914,000 as of March. With the help of our sanghas we hope to raise the remaining $786,000 this year.
March 12, 2014
Demolition, making room for the nunnery building
Nunnery constructions is starting!
Here are images from the community work day to save plants and building materials from demolition.
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