The month of May marks a milestone for the new seminary in Virginia. After numerous delays due to the harsh winter and torrential spring, we have completed the core and shell phase of the main building. Roof trusses, covered with a first layer of plywood and tarpaper, now shelter the entire structure.
Without any pause, work commenced on the final phase when workers began placing the second layer of plywood on the roof’s surface, which will then be crowned by slate. Delivery of the slate is scheduled for June 8.
During the bid process for the final phase, it was determined that, for a minimal upcharge, the entire facade of the main building could be clad with brick. This option was chosen since brick is the tried and tested form of construction in Virginia, adding perennial durability to the beautiful design. With the help of our friends at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, we are finalizing the selection of the color scheme so that both brick and windows may be purchased soon.
Trusting in God’s providence and your continued generosity, we hope to have the slate, brick, and windows installed before next winter. This would allow the finish work on the interior to proceed throughout the winter and spring with the hope of moving the seminary to its new home in 2016.