Pastor Bob's Building Blog - August 23, 2016

Pastor Bob's Building Blog

August 23, 2016

The day draws near when I can unscrew that shovel from its plaque and we can start digging. Well, not just yet: the end of September or beginning of October. But it's nearer and the progress of your Project Management Team helps me feel it near.

We have chosen materials and colors for carpet, flooring, counters and walls; our designer from Alley Poyner Macchietto will make a display board so that you can see them. The bathrooms that have counters will get new countertops, there will be tile on walls that have plumbing fixtures and the other walls will be painted, and all the public bathrooms will be ADA compliant. That will require taking some space from other places to make them larger, but we'll be glad we did that.

The Fellowship Hall will not have carpet but resilient flooring, which will also be in the office work room and in closets. The kitchen will get a tile floor, and a group of folks who use the kitchen most are working on selection of equipment. You know, once we have this great new kitchen I hope God will lead us to great new ways to use it. The new kitchen will also get a new water heater (for those of you who like to keep track of these sorts of details). As mentioned before, we expect to replace about half the furnaces and air conditioner units.

We do not yet have good figures from Lund Ross on how much each project is likely to cost, in order to decide if we can add anything or if we have to eliminate anything. We will have that before the ground-breaking; by then we will also have a general idea of the timetable, so that we'll know how to schedule around it. I expect the new Commons to be the first project, but nothing is set yet. As we know anything definite, I will tell you.

The draft application for a loan from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program has been received and was approved Saturday by our Presbytery. PILP will also need those budget figures in order to release any money to us and also to schedule the interest rates. Money for the new child care facility will likely be a grant; money for HVAC will likely be lent at a reduced interest rate (and maybe the windows, too).

Remember that you are always welcome to address questions and thoughts to any member of the Project Management Team. I'm the facilitator, and the other members are Doug Avery, Tyler Foster, Betty Johnson, Jerry Magner, Kay Smith (who has replaced Winnie Pinch), Kathy Sutula, and Andy Zidon. We have reviewed the demolition drawings, as well as construction, mechanical, and electrical drawings. Alley Poyner Macchietto has them ready to be submitted to the City for the necessary permits, and for Lund Ross to begin estimating costs and their schedule. I can almost see that shovel in someone's hand, turning over the first scoop of dirt.

Pastor Bob

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