FICC Transformation Project October 25, 2016 “The Overwhelming Pile of Dirt”

With the winter season quickly approaching and a  goal to cultivate, fertilize and fill the lower bank with plants and spring bulbs, a decision had to be made about the extent of fertilization. Of all the areas on the church property, the lower bank in the former grotto area was the “most fertile.” There were some patches… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project October 25, 2016 “The Overwhelming Pile of Dirt”

FICC Transformation Project October 15, 2016 “Landscaping Party”

After the grotto removal on October 5, 2016, there was a significant amount of debris. Some of the stones were too large to move, so in lieu of trying to clean up large rocks, there was a “landscaping party” held on October 15, 2016, to clean up the stones that fell on the area already… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project October 15, 2016 “Landscaping Party”

FICC Transformation Project October 5, 2016 “Grotto Removal”

To date, all of the work being done outside could be completed with minimal specialized equipment. The next big milestone was removal of the grotto that originally held a statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue had already been moved to another place, but the grotto, a large stone structure held together by massive amounts… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project October 5, 2016 “Grotto Removal”

FICC Transformation Project October 4, 2016 “Scope Creep”

Only days after the continuous improvement plan was issued the first scope creep occurred. It’s funny how priorities can be established (in writing) and change on a whim. Earlier in the day, I stopped by over the lunch hour to dump dirt, plant day lilies, move some river stones and clean up branches. In the… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project October 4, 2016 “Scope Creep”

FICC Transformation Project October 2, 2016

It seemed like there was very little progress after a month of sporadic work, but this isn’t surprising considering it took almost an hour to pick up enough river stones on the lower bank to fill two five-gallon buckets. Additional work on Sunday, October 2, 2016, included dumping more dirt on the lower bank and… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project October 2, 2016

FICC Transformation Project September 26, 2016 “Continuous Improvement Plan”

After a few weeks of showing up to do sporadic work and provide input on outdoor improvements, the FICC Building Committee Chairperson requested an actual commitment. I distinctly remember sitting in the Chicago airport waiting to board a plane when I was asked to lead the “grounds activities” at FICC. With a full-time job that… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project September 26, 2016 “Continuous Improvement Plan”

FICC Transformation Project September 24, 2016

On Saturday afternoon, most of the lower wall was rebuilt. To address the erosion problem, there was an idea to clean up existing river stones and use them as a natural pathway for water runoff from the upper wall, parking lot and neighboring property. Due to the steep incline, it was very difficult to apply… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project September 24, 2016