Yesterday I shared an update on some of what’s going on with our construction. Today I’d like to share an update on an important step we announced in worship last Sunday.
As you remember, we made the difficult decision to stop construction on the new education building because of a significant unbudgeted repair in Church #3 that we didn’t find out about until we began renovations. The savings from stopping the new education building provided a way for us to move forward.
The church’s leadership takes a close look at the finances and after several long conversations, we asked if it was possible for us to enclose the gazebo and build the office spaces. Here are the advantages:
- It gives us an entrance from the 1604 side. We regularly have visitors come to the doors nearest the gazebo who park on the 1604 side.
- The gazebo becomes another hospitality space we can use. We love that space so much and hope that it becomes a great gathering space throughout the week and on Sunday mornings.
- Once construction is completed we will gain four new classroom and meeting spaces.
- While it doesn’t get us into all the new education building, it gets us into part of the education building.
Our contractor and architect came back with a price to complete the work. It was more than what we had hoped. This was because we are getting bids in 2017 (when we did the bid process the first time it was 2015 and the cost for things doesn’t go down, it goes up) and for a few other reasons.
Even though that’s not what we had hoped for, the good news is that all of this (including some unexpected expensive things) will have to be done someday, so if we do it in 2017, we will pay less than what it will cost us in the future.
Our building team met to discuss the proposal with the architects and our treasurer informed us that because of your generous contributions to the building fund, memorials given in memory of loved ones, cost savings on the current project, and contingencies from the construction, we are able to afford this project without asking to borrow any additional funds from our lender. So… come the end of April, we’ll have an enclosed gazebo and three new office spaces!
If you have any questions about this, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to answer them!
Yours in Christ,