Since 2013, Abhayagiri has been involved in a major construction project that is transforming the main cloister area, including the original house and kitchen, into what is now known as the Reception Hall.
As of September 2017, Abhayagiri is working on the last phase of the construction project, also known as “phase four”. Phase four involves landscaping the area between the new building and the existing Dhamma Hall. This includes creating a turn-around with a radius big enough for a fire truck (called a hammer head “T”), new wheelchair accessible pathways and area drains to deal with rain water.
Phase four also involves landscaping and re-grade the area below the new Reception Hall. This includes improvements to paths and steps down to the parking lot. Work will also include continuing the trellis from the new Reception Hall to the old Dhamma Hall, building a covered deck and moving the bell tower.
We need to complete Phase Four so the recent construction, including the Reception Hall, can be permitted as “finaled” by the local officials and the project can be considered satistifactorily completed.
Year one, 2013, saw us complete: structural foundations, retaining walls, underfloor plumbing, waterproofing back retaining wall, installing water tanks and trenching for fire sprinkler system.
Year two, 2014, construction was mostly put on hold, with the exception of a few additions to the infrastructure: stairways, septic tank, underground electrical lines and drains, radiant underfloor heating tubes, finished floor levels, and a small retaining wall. The delays in construction were mostly due to our need to secure sufficient funds to ensure completion of the next phase.
Year three, 2015, construction focused on framing the building, installing metal roofs and gutters, installing windows and doors. All of this work sealed the building from weather.
Year four, 2016, was when most of the construction was finished, including the exterior walls, electrical work, lighting, and heating and ventilation.
This was also when the new Buddha Rupa was moved into the new building.
In 2017, we completed the main buildings and started phase 4, landscaping, which included demolishing the original house: