DECEMBER 9, 2015
NEW YORK—From August to October 2015, the building of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ new world headquarters in Warwick, New York, was at peak construction, with 3,800 volunteer workers assisting with the project each day.
Since breaking ground in July 2013, over 18,000 Witnesses have traveled from every state including Alaska and Hawaii to work on the project. Approximately 400-500 workers arrive each weekend, although this jumped to well over 700 during the peak phase. A large part of the workforce has volunteered for assignments lasting from one to four weeks.
Richard Devine, chairman of the Witnesses’ Warwick Construction Project Committee (CPC), explains: “With thousands of people on the job each day, worksites could easily get overcrowded. To keep things organized and efficient, we took about 400 from the day shift and assigned them to work from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.” That second shift lasted from May through September.
The CPC reports that two of the four residence buildings will be completed by January 2016, as originally planned. However, according to Mr. Devine, “the overall project is four months ahead of schedule—thanks to what has been a huge coordinated effort.” The remaining residence, office, and maintenance buildings are now scheduled for completion by September 1, 2016.
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