The project is moving full steam ahead and have completed 90% of the demo and have started to the rebuild. The Kitchen and pantry floor have been poured. New drains, water lines, fire sprinklers, gas and electrical have been installed. In fact, we’re going to provide 4 outlets for the work island in the middle of the Kitchen. This should help clear the counters of any appliances during food prep.
The Air Conditioning ducting is being installed in the gym (see pics) and classrooms. We have selected all the carpet and am working through the wall and trim paint colors. If you get a chance, check out the renderings in the office Board room, as I’ve posted the drawing there along with the master project schedule. The roof is 70% done (see pic below of the roof over the classrooms). We need to wait for the Air Conditioners and elevator to be installed before we can finish those areas. We’re still on track to finish in June.
The Superbowl party was a great time. We made over $7K for the Generations Campaign and that was with a small crowd. We think the SB traffic hype scared folks away and is too bad, as the traffic was not an issue. A big Arigato to the Mt View Buddhist Temple Board and Bob Matsumoto for opening up your facilities to us. Another shout out to Janice Oda, Bob Uenaka, Denise Hayashi and Kevin Kitagawa-our SB party committee, Rev Sakamoto for his awesome tri-tip and the SJBC Board for helping out. Please see Janice Oda’s SB party article in this issue for more details.
Donations continue to come in and we ended January at $83,000!! While this is a great number, we are still looking for those lifetime donations. These are the ones that will put us over the top so we won’t have to use the $1M loan to cover the balance of the project. The infrastructure team is working hard to reduce construction costs, mitigate unknown issues like finding a sidewalk buried underneath the outdoor kitchen and pushing the contractors to give us a bigger bang for our buck but based on the current donation projection, we will fall short by approx. $3-400K. Please take a moment to think about how the Temple has impacted you and your family’s lives and how you can ensure its still here for your kids. Did you get married here? Always look forward to the CYS pancake breakfast? Attend the Boy Scout BBQ dinner? Watched a Samurai movie in the gym? Attended the Day of Remembrance or came to the Yu-Ai-Kai Keiro-Kai or crab feed? If you said yes to any of the above, then please donate to help us rebuild our community center aka the annex/gym. Thanks for reading and talk to you next month.