Master Plan Update

We are now addressing the final list of corrections and repairs prepared by the design team. This is the final step in moving our project from substantially complete to complete. Thank you for your patience, for your questions, and for your continued support.

As we approach our Community Open House on October 15, and as the planned renovation work nears completion, we want to address some of the questions and concerns we have heard.

Interior Decoration: The Steering Committee early on decided that we should live into the new space for at least six months before we start even thinking about hanging artwork, adding bulletin boards, etc. The attractions of the new space today include lack of clutter, and the availability of lots of built in bulletin boards. So all items that were on the walls of the 'old' Church House and not disposed of are stored. They will not be automatically restored. Instead, we will ask Council to designate a small group (Paul Gervais and Polly Coyle have fulfilled this role for the Steering Committee) to act as a gatekeeper.

Training: The Church House has lots of new systems-heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, lighting and controls, audiovisual capabilities, a sprinkler system, the fire alarm system, new appliances and equipment in the kitchen. Our Facility Manager, Larry Hibbard, is training in the use of these systems, and he will in turn train members of the congregation who need to know how to operate them. Please ask for assistance or instructions before attempting to reset or otherwise alter controls for any of these systems

Access: Before our open house, we will have a new key system in place, replacing the current construction keys, for many internal and all exterior doors. Larry Hibbard will manage the keys. We will also have a new remote door control system for four exterior doors: the new Terrace entry to the Sanctuary, the new Church House Welcome Center entry, the entry into the classroom area, and the entry by the kitchen. This will allow us to program open and locked times to address scheduled events. It will also enable access to these doors by way of a key card (think electronic key cards in hotels) or a code entered on a keypad. Ruth Kirkpatrick and Larry Hibbard will administer this system.

It will take all of us some time to get used to changes in how we do things, and as we learn we will encounter glitches, so we ask your continued patience during a 'shakedown' period.

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, Reverend Charlie, Reverend Karen