Volunteers moved all the movable tables, the Kids Trade & Play shelves, all the folding chairs, and everything else into the alcove area, to clear the way for ceiling and carpet-tile work. We got the ceiling tiles for the entire basement delivered by Sticks & Stuff in early February; another good crew of volunteers unloaded them and brought them downstairs. Kurt Giavara and Tim Swartz installed them all in the next couple of weeks, while Stan installed railings.
After we got all the ceiling tiles in, we cleaned the floor, and asked Country Floors to start installing the carpet tiles in the cafeteria section of the basement–most of the tables, all the chairs and the KT&P shelves were still stored in the alcove.
With the completion of the ceiling tile installation in the kitchen, we ended up with a lot of dust over the kitchen surfaces; we also needed a place to store janitorial items. They were previously stored in an inefficient, but huge free-standing cupboard in the alcove/Second Stage.
We had enough money in our budget for the lower-level project that we decided to install large grates in front of both entrance doors. We started off in early March, on a relatively warm day…which turned out to be just a couple of days before the Coronavirus stopped all work. See below for a few pictures from the installation of the grate in the porch at the original entrance, and then a few more from the end of May installation on the newer, accessible “Main Entrance”.