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Construction Progress Report

June 12, 2017

Construction Progress Report

Friday May 19th

We held a construction progress meeting on Friday, May 19.  Present were Joy Connor, Linda Ballenger and Tom Shuster representing the church.  Don Murray and Charles Morris represented GGI.  Don Conner of Maryland SHA was also present. 

The group discussed with Don Conner the plans for the curb cut for the driveway on Baltimore Avenue.  Don Conner reported that the permit to proceed has been issued by SHA and work may commence on Monday, May 22 in coordination with the sidewalk repairs being done by the Town of Ocean City.  

Don Murray submitted Change Order Request (COR) 001 for the additions and credits of work on Dewees Hall entrance and bathroom.   Don agreed to revise the COR to delete the costs of the bollards and re-submit to Becker Morgan for review.  

Don Murray submitted Change Order Request 002 for the work for additional asphalt paving to replace the deteriorated paving outside the Dewees Hall north entrance.  Following review, Tom Shuster approved $3,913.50 for COR 002.  

Don Murray provided a Progress Schedule for the contract.

The group discussed the Dewees Hall bathroom and entry finishes. Charles Morris reported that the plumbers have completed the sewer connection to the bathroom.

Construction Progress Report

May 13, 2017

Ground Breaking Ceremony Saturday May 13th   


The rains stopped and the sky lightened up this morning for our Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Fellowship Commons at St. Paul’s by the Sea. Joining Bishop Marray for the ceremony were Father Matthew D’Amario, Deacon Robin Rob, Vestry members and friends of St. Paul’s by the Sea.

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Construction Progress Report

May 6, 2017


I met with Don Murray and Charles Morris of GGI Builders on Friday, May 5.  Don reported he is finalizing the Progress Schedule with Charles.

We reviewed seven (&) Requests for Information (RFI’s) that have been submitted to Becker Morgan, which Sarah Rigot has been responding to.  Work continues on the ADA bathroom and new north entrance in Dewees Hall. The exterior clearing of the construction site began May 3.

We discussed the timing of the curb cut on Baltimore Avenue and agreed the optimum time for the work would be between May 15 and June 18, subject to the issuance of the final order to proceed from the Maryland SHA.

Tom reported he would follow up with Hal Adkins, Ocean City Public Works Director, to coordinate the timing for the work and the relocation of the street light.

Tom reported that the groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m.  Don reported that Dwight Miller would represent GGI at the ceremony.

The next progress meeting was scheduled for Friday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at church.

Tom Shuster 

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Ground Breaking  Ceremony with Bishop Santosh Marray
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SPBTS Plans Groundbreaking Ceremony

To be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.
St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for its building expansion.  The ceremony will be presided over by The Right Reverend Santosh K. Marray, the Bishop of Easton, and the Reverend Matthew D’Amario, Rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea.  The ceremony marks the final stage of the reconstruction of the church following the devastating fire in 2013.

Based on the plans prepared by the Becker Morgan Group, the scope of work includes the construction of a two story addition of approximately 2,300 square feet of usable space that replaces space lost from the destruction of the parish offices, and the addition of an accessible restroom in Dewees Hall, the parish’s community hall.  Gillis Gilkerson of Salisbury is the general contractor for the project.

“The custom of the church is to dedicate every new construction to almighty God and pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead, sustain and bring this project to completion” said Bishop Santosh Marray.  He further noted that the reconstruction effort is “an evangelical witness to the community we serve”.

The addition to the north side of the church will require the demolition of the temporary enclosure of the church built after the fire.  The use of the sanctuary for worship services will be unavailable after May 14.  The project is scheduled for completion by December 15, 2017. 

“The Vestry and the parish leadership have shown great vision and determination by moving ahead with this construction”, said Father Matthew D’Amario, Rector of St. Paul’s-by-the Sea.  D’Amario also indicated that plans are underway to conduct services in Dewees Hall during construction.

The addition to the church will replace the rectory that was destroyed in a fire on November 26, 2013 that claimed two lives including that of Reverend David Dingwall, the Rector of the church.   Donations for the building project may be made to the church’s Building Recovery Fund at 302 North Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842.

For more information contact:  Rev. Matthew D’Amario, 410-289-3453

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Church, 302 North Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842

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