In this photo gallery, see how the work progressed on the new headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses and how volunteers supported the construction between May and August 2015.
May 6, 2015—Warwick site
A rigger prepares to lower a screening device into Sterling Forest Lake (Blue Lake). The device will prevent large debris from entering the low-level outlet of the lake.
May 6, 2015—Maintenance Building/Resident Parking
The structural team applies “shotcrete” to the roof parapets of the Maintenance Building. The shotcrete process is faster than conventional methods that use cast-in-place concrete.
May 15, 2015—Warwick site
A photographer in the Documentation Department takes pictures of the construction. The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses views photos each week to see the progress of the project.
May 30, 2015—Tuxedo complex
Two volunteers from southern California arrive to work with the Plumbing Department. They were among hundreds who came that day to Tuxedo, which serves as a staging area for construction at Warwick. On August 1, a record number of 707 new workers arrived for the project.
June 9, 2015—Residence B
Contractors use a crane to lift an exterior wall panel into place. Residence B was the last residence to have wall panels and windows installed.
June 16, 2015—Residences C and D
The bridge connecting Residences C and D is installed by contractors.
June 25, 2015—Residence C
Landscapers lay sod on the west side of the site.
July 2, 2015—Warwick site
The structural crew renovates the primary spillway, which works in conjunction with the dam. The original structure was built in the 1950’s. The renovations compensate for the larger storms and greater rainfall the area now experiences, thus protecting the Warwick site and neighboring properties from flood damage.
July 15, 2015—Residence A
To reduce congestion at the site, interior tasks, such as painting and pipe insulating, continue into the night. When the second shift was in operation, hundreds were assigned to work from 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
July 20, 2015—Residence D
A member of the HVAC crew trains a fellow worker to insulate pipes.
July 21, 2015—Residence B
The bridge that connects Residence B to the Maintenance Building gets a coat of paint.
July 27, 2015—Tuxedo complex
In the rear parking lot, scores of workers await transport to Warwick. A fleet of buses brings workers to and from the construction site.
July 27, 2015—Tuxedo complex
Three Warwick workers get haircuts. At barber shops in Tuxedo, Warwick, and the warehouse in Montgomery, more than 400 haircuts are given each week.
August 3, 2015—Warwick site
Forms are set for pouring concrete at the geothermal field. Using 120 wells some 150 meters (500 ft) deep, the system will provide supplementary heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Geothermal energy reduces costs as well as the environmental footprint of the complex.
August 7, 2015—Montgomery, New York
Supplies from vendors are received and assembled into kits for specific jobs at the Warwick site.
August 14, 2015—Tuxedo Park, New York
Two Warwick workers (second and third from right) enjoy a meal with a local family. Several families of Jehovah’s Witnesses, like this one, have opened their homes to accommodate volunteers on the project.
August 17, 2015—Maintenance Building/Resident Parking
A worker checks elevation grades using an automatic level.
August 20, 2015—Offices/Services Building
Window installation is complete in the main lobby, where visitors will arrive for tours.
August 26, 2015—Warwick site
Between May and August, wall panels and roofs were completed on Residence B, the final residence. All pedestrian bridges between buildings were installed, and work began on several landscaping projects.
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