Dear Brethren, Concordant Bodies, Family, and Friends of Horace W. Tyler Lodge and Temple,
I’m sorry that I have not put out fire updates in awhile… An understanding of the situation has been murky, even for those of us leading the effort, but it’s starting to clear up a bit. We thank everybody for your continued understanding as we get through this very difficult occurrence and repair process. This has been a stressful time for all of us and we all just need to remember to think and act like the Brothers and Sisters that we are.
WM Steve Turner and Temple President Rufus Allen held a meeting Thursday evening for all constituent bodies to pass information, but a significant change has already occurred since then. Our General Contractor (Belfore Reconstruction) informed us yesterday that their asbestos testing results have returned and we found out that while there is no asbestos in the top floor (like we thought there was), there is asbestos in the lower floor that needs remediation. For that reason (and others), Belfore told us they must repair the lower floor before the upper floor. This means that all organizational functions (that can occur) starting next week will have to take place on the upper floor.
This is the schedule as we know it right now. But please be flexible because this will likely change. As information is updated, I will send out an updated schedule. While it is not known right now how long this entire process will take (best guess is multiple months), we should be getting a better schedule from the contractor on Monday:
20-22 September (Sat/Sun/Mon): Constituent bodies remove all items not owned by Tyler Lodge. Tyler Lodge remove all items that we don’t want in long-term storage. COME HELP !!!!!!
Monday, 22 Sep – Wed, 24 Sep: ServiceMaster (clean-up crew) will clean, box, and store all kitchen goods as well as all Tyler-owned furniture on the lower floor. Bro Charles Covington will help identify those items going into offsite storage, and those items to remain onsite in a Pods container.
Tuesday, 23 Sep, 7:30pm: Horace Tyler Lodge First Degree will be held as scheduled upstairs. Enter upstairs through the north or east doors.
Thurs, 25 Sep — Fri, 26 Sep: Belfore Reconstruction will prepare lower floor for demolition and reconstruction. They will seal the lower floor construction area from the upper floor with a zippered seal somewhere near the top of the stairwell. The upstairs bathrooms will be accessible.
Monday, 29 Sep: Belfore Reconstruction will begin demolition of area around the furnace room downstairs. This will cause the highest release of asbestos dust during the process, which the contractor will contain as much as possible. However, the containment is not perfect. At some point after the initial demolition process, Belfore will let us know when it is safe to reoccupy the upstairs while they continue work downstairs.
****** THE CONTRACTOR MAY REQUEST THAT NOBODY ENTER THE BUILDING DURING DEMOLITION. THIS WILL LIKELY CAUSE MEETINGS DURING THE WEEK OF SEP 29 – OCT 3 TO BE INTERUPTED. CONSTITUENT BODIES BE PREPARED TO MOVE OR CANCEL MEETINGS. IF THIS HAPPENS, THEN RENT WILL BE FORGIVEN FOR OCTOBER ******* (as next week progresses, there will be better information on this)
Rest of October: Belfore Reconstruction will continue reconstruction of the downstairs area. This will include a new ceiling, new furnace, reconstructed stairway, kitchen hood/vent, and paint job. They will restock the lower floor with everything stored before declaring the lower floor done. During this period, the only entrance that we may use are the East and North upper doors.
Sometime after October: Belfore Reconstruction will open the lower floor to us and start demolition/reconstruction on the upper floor. All masonic activities will occur downstairs while upstairs repairs occur. The furnace should be in good order by this time.
Other Related Issues:
Tyler Lodge Garage Sale: CANCELLED. We have been collecting items throughout the year for the sale, but it has been too difficult to find a period to prepare and conduct the sale, and we now need to clear the stuff from the building. Therefore, all items collected must be gotten rid of. The ARC of Washington is sending a truck Monday morning at 7 am to load up and remove everything that is left. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT AND TAKE ANY GARAGE SALE ITEMS, PLEASE COME BY THE LODGE SUNDAY. IF YOU HAVE STORED ANYTHING IN THE LODGE, IT WILL LIKELY BE GIVEN AWAY WITH THE GARAGE SALE ITEMS UNLESS YOU COME AND CLAIM THEM.
Tyler Past Master’s Dinner: Indefinitely postponed.
Eastern Star Penny Sale: They are currently making a determination on this Oct 11 sale and will put out word to their members.
Help Needed: Please contact me or the leadership of your constituent bodies. There is busy activity at the lodge all weekend and people are needed to help move things around. We need some bodies to help load the ARC truck Monday at 7am, and there will likely be activity throughout the day moving more stuff. We could use trucks Sunday and Monday, maybe more days…
In the Faith (and we need a lot of it right now),
Secretary Horace Tyler Lodge and Tyler Templeboard