FACILITIES UPDATE FROM MATT BROPHY, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

CAMPUS UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 18, 2021

This week, the old, damaged AC (RTU) unit for McDonough Hall was removed and the new unit, covered by our insurance, was installed and is now fully functional.

Part two of this project was preventative. Snow Guards have been installed on the Gleeson Building roof over the west side of the building above the AC unit. Snow guards have also been installed over all the doorways and portico on the east side of the Gleeson Building.

The third project completed this week was the replenishment of 16,000 pounds of blue mulch on the Corrigan Building playground. Many of the areas directly under the playground equipment had lost the necessary depth of mulch to keep our children safe while playing.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Brophy, our Operations Director, at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org or call the parish center at 708-383-3430. As always, thank you for your continued generosity to maintain the integrity of our parish campus!


CAMPUS UPDATE ON OCTOBER 7, 2021

Maintaining the Integrity of Our Parish Campus – The campus is blessed with great architectural design and beauty. One of the distinguishing features of our parish are the tile roofs. Over the last few years, the tile roofs have “weathered” many different weather conditions. On average, we experience thunderstorms thirty-two days in any given year often with excessive rainfall. This past winter there was excessive snow and ice formation on the roofs that caused damage to the tiles.

(broken or missing roof tiles)

As part of a proactive maintenance program, the Archdiocese has approved the parish request to do the maintenance and repair to our roofs. The cost of the project is approximately $89,000 and will be funded by the capital funds the parish has on deposit. The roof and gutter repairs will begin this month with a completion set before Thanksgiving.

(holes in gutter lining)

Another capital project to be completed this coming month is related to the air conditioning for the church. This past summer there was excessive humidity in the church for several reasons. First, recent summers tend to be much more humid than in the past. In addition, the two roof top AC units are beyond their life expectancy. One unit failed and was not functioning for just over three weeks. In general, it’s harder to get parts during “covid” and the parts for our unit are even harder to replace since it is over 30 years old. One principal problem of the Church is that AC air handler for the sanctuary and choir is not functional. The HVAC contractor recommended, and the Archdiocese facility managers agree to connect the small AC air handler for the sanctuary to the larger air handler for the church. There is sufficient capacity to circulate air for the entire church. The cost of this capital project is $10,150.00. The facilities committee has asked to schedule a meeting with the HVAC contractor and the Archdiocesan facilities managers to discuss the short-term AC needs as well as the need to replace the two-rooftop air conditioning chiller units that are beyond their life expectancy.

(two-rooftop AC units – Church)

Our Facilities Committee has asked to schedule a meeting with the HVAC contractor and the Archdiocesan facilities managers to discuss the short-term AC needs as well as the need to replace the two-rooftop air conditioning chiller units that are beyond their life expectancy.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Brophy, the Operations Director, at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org or call the parish center at 708-383-3430. As always, thank you for your continued generosity to maintain the integrity of our parish campus!


CAMPUS UPDATE ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

This past winter, the Gleeson Building suffered major damage from the ice and snow. You may recall that the Air Conditioning Unit (RTU) was damaged when ice fell off the west elevation of the roof and onto the AC unit. The claim was processed through the archdiocesan insurance and the replacement unit has finally arrived and will be installed this month. The parish paid the $1,000 deductible for the claim and insurance paid the $45,000 for the replacement unit and installation.

The Gleeson Building has the only metal roof on the campus. To minimize the risk of ice formation on various elevations of this roof, we are installing SnowGard retention systems on the west elevation above the mechanical equipment, the main entrance, the canopy at the main entrance and the east elevation above the entryway. The goal is that snow and ice will accumulate minimally over these areas and not repeat the ice buildup that we experienced last winter. The SnowGard protection will cost the parish $8,260.

In August, we worked closely with the Archdiocese and our HVAC contractor on the increased humidity in the Church. It was an unusually humid summer and the right balance of cooling, humidity levels, as well as how many hours the units are operational has been a fine balance. The HVAC contractor completed a major programming update for the unit as one of the steps in improving its functionality.

There are two air handlers in the basement of the Church. The main air handler is for the Church and the smaller air handler is for the Sanctuary. Regretfully, the air handler in the Sanctuary has not worked for many years leaving the Sanctuary warmer. The HVAC contractor made a recommendation to tie the duct work from the small air handler into the large air handler. No decision has been made, but we are in discussions with Archdiocesan facilities managers on the proposal.

In the October 10 Arrow, an update on roof repairs and gutter repairs / replacements for all the five tiled roofs on the campus will be presented.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org or 708-383-3430 ext. 102. As always, thank you for your continued support of St. Giles Parish!


ELECTRICAL PROJECT UPDATE ON AUGUST 11, 2021

Major Electrical Project Completed – On Tuesday, August 10, ComEd restored electric to the transformer located in the alley behind the Corrigan Building. One by one, the Frawley, Corrigan, Rectory and Church buildings were brought online and connected to the new electrical panel that was relocated to the east side of the Corrigan Building in the alley. New electrical conduit replaced what had been damaged by the leaking water. The alley was repaired and is now open for the start of school.

This has been a life safety project that had been deferred for the last couple years. Thanks to the Facilities Committee, Fr. Carl and the Archdiocese of Chicago Facilities directors, this project was elevated to a life safety status, necessitating its completion this summer. A special thank you to you our parishioners. Without your generosity this needed electrical project could not have been completed.

In June, we were also able to upgrade the water mains, control valves and reverse pressure valve in the Corrigan Building. Before the winter sets in, our next project is to make the needed repairs on the tile roofs and replace a number of gutters and downspouts that can no longer be patched. The Facilities Committee will meet in the coming days to determine what repairs are immediate and what repairs can be deferred until next summer.

Again, thank you for your generosity. If you have any questions or concerns about our parish campus facilities, contact our Operations Director, Matt Brophy, at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org.


ELECTRICAL PROJECT UPDATE ON AUGUST 5, 2021

The new electrical conduit and new C/T panel have been installed. The Church, the rectory and the Frawley building are temporarily connected to the Parish offices for electric. The temporary electric lines are running through the tunnel. The AC for the church is temporarily connected to a generator.

ComEd has turned off electric at the transformer in the alley. The Corrigan building has no electric except for Fire alarms and for Security Cameras. All new electric cabling will be run from the transformer in the alley to provide Electric for Corrigan, Frawley, the rectory and the church. ComEd will restore electric to the transformer on Tuesday.

The project has had some surprises but Nesko electric has adapted its work plan as needed. All work will be complete for school to open on time.

If you have any questions about this project or any other project, please contact Matt Brophy, Operations Director, at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org or call him at the parish office, 708-383-3430, ext. 102.


ELECTRICAL PROJECT UPDATE ON JULY 28, 2021

The third major repair project is now in progress: the repair to the underground electrical feed for the Corrigan, Frawley, Rectory and Church buildings.

The electricity for these four buildings originates from a transformer in the alley behind the Parish Center. The electrical feed is located in a cement casement that lies underground in the alley and into the crawl space of the Corrigan Building. Somewhere between the transformer box and the electrical line as it enters the basement, there is a break in the pipe and/or cement casing. Water has been leaking into the main electrical line. The water has eroded the electrical pipe in the basement and leaks both into the basement as well as into the main distribution panel located in the mechanical room. Although there has been no electrical failure, there could be a catastrophic loss of power at any given time.

This past week, an initial excavation was done by hand to confirm what was marked by Julie, the line location service. The alley has been cut and equipment brought in to excavate the alley. The new distribution panel will be moved to the exterior wall of the Corrigan Building and a new underground line will be installed leading from the transformer, under the alley and into the new distribution panel. New electrical lines will be relocated into the new distribution panel. This project has to be completed before the teachers and students return to school the week of August 17.

For any questions or concerns regarding facilities, please contact Matt Brophy, Operations Director, at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org or call him at the parish office, 708-383-3430, ext. 102.


ROOFING UPDATE ON JULY 21, 2021

On Monday, July 19th, an inspection of all our tile roofs and gutters on the campus was done. The initial report shows approximately 100 broken roof tiles that need to be replaced throughout the campus. There are a number of areas where the tiles have slid out of place and need to be repositioned and secured.

There is a loose gutter on the lower elevation of the roof closest to the bell tower that also needs to be secured. In the same area, there are many roof tiles that have slid out of place and will need to be secured. Also, failed caulking on the flashing in that area has caused some interior water damage over the arch near the Baptistery.

On both the Rectory and Frawley Building, several gutter liners have holes. The liners have been sealed, but the seal failed and those liners will need to be replaced. There are approximately 55 roof tiles on the Rectory that need to be removed, a water/ice barrier installed, and the tiles put back in place.

As we await the final report, these are some of the more urgent items that will require our attention before winter. Working with the Facilities and Finance Committees, we will prioritize what needs to be done now and what will have to be deferred maintenance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our facilities, please feel free to call me at the parish office 708-383-3430 or email me at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org.


BUILDINGS UPDATE ON JULY 7, 2021

As Operations Director I oversee facilities on a general level as well as coordinate the major projects on the St. Giles campus. In the last few weeks, we have made some improvements and/or repairs that I would like to share.

CHURCH – There have been recurring problems related to the rest room. The sewer had frequent clogs and made the bathroom unusable. Excavation on the northeast side of Church revealed that tree roots had almost completely clogged the sewer line and the downspouts. The old sewer line was replaced and a clean out was added to the line for regular maintenance.

The carpet in the gathering space of church that previously had mold issues was replaced two weeks ago.

There is a leak in the roof over the 6th pew on the St. Joseph side and another over the arch of the baptistery. In the coming weeks, roofing company will do a thorough inspection of all our tile roofs and make any necessary repairs to the church roof. Several tiles must be replaced in the bell tower.

CORRIGAN (School building) – Phase 1 of our two-phase plumbing project in the mechanical room was completed July 2. The original water main on the interior of the building had developed leaks, was rusted out and could burst at any time. The Archdiocese Facilities and Construction office elevated the water pipe replacement to a high priority. The project included replacing the water main and installing an RPZ which is a back flow device to protect the drinking water and the village from contaminants. The RPZ was not part of the original plan. The total cost of this project is $33,455. Phase II of the project is planned for next year which consists of replacing the horizontal pipes for both the hot and cold-water feeds for all washroom facilities and sinks. Hopefully, the cost of copper will decrease in price by next summer.

The second major project is electrical. There is a ComEd transformer off the back of the parish offices that has an underground line feeding electricity to a central distribution electrical panel. The conduit under the alley has cracked or broken and water leaks into the conduit and reaches the central distribution panel in the basement of the Corrigan Building. The electrical service feeds Corrigan, Frawley, the Church and the Rectory. If this line fails, electricity could be out on our campus for several weeks. Due to the nature of this situation, the Archdiocese has elevated this to a high priority repair. We have been coordinating efforts with Ward Contractors, ComEd and several other contractors on the project.

The alley will have to be excavated and the line replaced or repaired and sealed in concrete. The main distribution panel will be relocated to an exterior wall on the east side of the Corrigan Building. The project is to be completed by August 6 depending on the availability of ComEd and the electrical supplies. The parish has set aside $110,000 for this project. Currently, we do not know the fees that both ComEd and the Village will charge for their work and the cost of the Village permit.

GLEESON – In February, large chunks of ice fell from the roof and damaged the AC Unit and the air handler. The unit cannot be repaired but will be replaced. In March, the Arch and the insurance company approved the purchase of the new unit. The unit is set to be delivered at the end of July and installed in early August.

GENERAL – The third week of July, roofing teams will go on each roof and complete a thorough inspection. They will submit a proposal for any needed repairs. The gutters and downspouts will also be inspected. As there are several clogged gutters and ones that need to be sealed at the seams. There is a minor roof leak in the school as well as one in McDonough Hall that also need to be addressed.

The school is being cleaned, sanitized and made ready for the new school year. We have also begun to paint the parish offices which have not been painted in nearly twenty years.

Thank you for your generosity this past year and in years past. We would not be able to do these needed repairs and capital improvements without you. As we get closer to the parish’s centennial in 2028, we continue to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these parish projects and our facilities, please feel free to call me at the parish office 708-383-3430 or email me at mbrophy@stgilesparish.org.