Building Up Construction and Fundraising Update – 08.10.15
Right now there is a backhoe outside rattling everything in my office – including me. That’s good news! Here is a brief update on construction and fundraising.
We have been doing a lot of below ground preparation work: Moving water meters, digging and connecting new sewer lines and moving a fire hydrant. We have also been tearing up existing concrete, tearing down the existing drive-through canopy and building up a pad to pour the footing and slab for the expansion. While it looks like little has happened, in reality, there has been a lot of infrastructure work that has been done so the building can be built.
We have also built two large children’s classrooms in the fellowship center. A big thanks to all the men and women who volunteered to get this done in an economical way. This will enable us to move all the Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry meetings to the west side of the building so that we have a more secure children’s area.
Construction of the main addition of 5,200 square feet on the south side did come to a stop for a little less than a month, as we were waiting to be approved for a building permit. Last week a permit was given and so construction has resumed. The unfortunate part of waiting on the permit, while also being slowed by a needed wet spring and summer, is that we are two months behind. Because of this, it looks like the project is scheduled to be finished at the end of February instead of the end of December.
The construction team is presently meeting every two weeks to get updates on the progress of the project. If you ever have any questions about what is going on, please don’t hesitate to ask.
(If you are wondering what the benefit of this project will be, please read this blog from March 26th: What We Are Getting From the Expansion and Renovation)
Giving continues to be very strong. Since the official three-year Building Up Campaign ended in March, we have taken in approximately $60,000 of new funds in just four months. In April we began telling the church that we will need at least $160,000 to finish the project, and because of the generosity of many, we now need at least approximately $100,000 to finish the project.
We say “at least” because in the process of construction, unexpected things come up that sometimes increase the cost of a project. The Facilities Team, the architect and the general contractor are working very hard to make sure we do everything thing we can to avoid change orders that drive up costs. We want to make every dollar count and honor the expectation and the contract budget we have agreed to with the contractors.
We (Finance Team, Facilities Team, and Elders) have also been asking the church to affirm by vote, making available $244,000 from savings toward the project. It is very important to emphasize the words, “make available”. Depending on how the last bit of fundraising goes and whether or not there are change orders that drive up costs, we may not use all of the $244,000 we are asking to be made available. We have only asked that the church make that available in case we need it to finish. We may well need all of it, but then again, maybe we won’t.
We will vote by ballot this Sunday to affirm the recommendation of making available the $244,000 from savings as needed. We have been announcing this on Sunday mornings and you should have received a letter describing why we think we are financially able to use this money from savings. Please prayerfully consider this and be prepared to vote Sunday, August 16th. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.