After six weeks, the Church House renovation project is on track, despite the mid-March snowstorm.
You have adapted to the changes in traffic flow, parking, and access to the Sanctuary. During April, you will need to adapt again when construction fencing and the Main Street entrance driveway are relocated in preparation for work on the new terrace connecting the Sanctuary and the Church House. Soon we will remove the current entry porch foundation (saving the cornerstone), preparing the way to begin excavation and other work necessary to construct the new entry vestibule. Construction activity near the current single door entrance to the Sanctuary will start after Easter, once the organ is taken out of service and protected. To prepare for this site work, some heavy equipment has been moved in. As plans become more specific, we’ll provide updates.
We now have a website where you can find progress reports and lots of photos. Go to www.fccrenovation.com.
Trees located in areas impacted by our parking lot plans have been removed. Later, new trees will be planted around the parking area.
The inside of the Church House has been largely gutted—kitchen equipment, closets and cupboards not needed after renovation, carpet, flooring, ceilings, ducts, and some of the concrete block walls have been removed. Electricians have removed old wiring and panels and begun installing new wiring. Foam insulation has been applied to the underside of the roof throughout the building, an effort completed at the end of March (the children’s classroom area will be done this summer). Framing for new walls and ceilings is underway.
Thanks to all who have made commitments to the Capital Campaign—receipts now stand at just over $4.4 million, giving us confidence we will complete this project without taking on long term debt. Our total project budget remains at $4.8M. To cover those costs, we still need to receive outstanding commitments. We welcome new commitments, and any acceleration of planned payments.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask any of us on the Steering Committee: Chris Bennett, Paul Gervais, Randy Glendinning, Rhonda Hill, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Dave Lussier, David Montieth, John Moscone, Mike Pommer, Bob Yates, Pastors Charlie & Karen