The Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) promotes the safety, dignity and improved working environment for the men and women serving in North American and international maritime workplaces. Founded in 1834, the Institute is a voluntary, ecumenical agency affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Take a closer look…
Aug 20, 2010
by the Rev. David M. Rider, President & Executive Director
A sure sign of construction progress happens when painters arrive on scene. I am happy to report that that bold blue, red, and yellow add excitement and color to the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) Port Newark International Seafarer Center, signaling the end stage of Phase I construction work.
Outside, two new signs and a flagpole adorn the top of the Malcom McLean Memorial Entrance. Already, seafarers have benefited from the sign of hospitality and practical location marker as they make their way to our hospitality center. Soon, electricians will illuminate the SCI signs to signal our presence night or day.
One “glitch” has held back construction progress to bring full electrical power and dehumidification to the facility, delaying wood millwork and mechanical testing by a couple weeks. Construction managers are working around the problem creatively, however, allowing other trades to move forward. Outdoors, the basketball court and road paving take place in the coming days. We hope to open our doors by September 15 but need to resolve our “glitch” before setting a firm date.