Construction on the main building of the New Seminary Project was intentionally slowed during most of the months of April and May in order to implement the value-engineering decisions which were the fruit of the recent visits of Fr. Matthew O.S.B. and Br. Bernard O.S.B. (Ad Orientum #8). The purpose of these decisions was to reduce the cost of the building without compromising its beauty and efficiency.
During this time, construction continued without interruption on the administration building and parish hall, the result of which is a beautiful heavy timber truss roof, which will welcome future families and parishioners. During the final week of May, construction work on the main seminary building resumed in full force. The crews are finishing the walls of the second floor, which will be the rooms for the priests and seminarians, and will commence setting the third floor planking in a few weeks’ time. Plumbers, meanwhile, are installing the in-floor tubing, which is integral to the building’s economical heating system.
Under the current schedule, the main building will be completely roofed by November, and, if funding continues, crews will immediately begin the finish phase of the building. The Seminary wishes to express its gratitude for the prayers and sacrifices of those who have made this possible and trusts in their continued support. The seminarians who wish to be the first ordained in Virginia hope to move into their new home in 2016.