Why Are We Doing Renovations?

We are incredibly thankful for the building the Lord has provided to us but one thing it has lacked is a dedicated space for gathering before and after services on Sunday. The elders have been prayerfully considering options for a few years and we are now in the midst of making changes to the lower level to accommodate a new, large, open lobby as soon as you walk in the main back doors. This is a large project with many moving parts.

PROJECT COMPONENTS

Classrooms & Market

Since adding the larger lobby takes away space for three classrooms and the Market, we are taking steps to make room by purchasing a portable for the Market to go outside, and purchasing dividing walls for our two largest classrooms (103 and 104) to make room for the three we’re losing.

 

UPDATE

  • With the portable in place and the ramp completed, the next step is to finish the interior work.
  • Power has been hooked up, and the portable now has heat and lights.
  • Over the next few weeks, we will be working on the finishing touches, including flooring, an interior dividing wall, a new door, etc.
  • We hope to have the portable ready for use by mid to late February.
  • Classroom dividers have been sourced and ordered
  • The dividers won’t be in until mid-March, at which time they will be installed (Room 103 and 104).
  • Installation is expected to take approximately six business days.
  • The soundproof spraying has been completed in the gym.
  • Next step with the gym is to have panels installed on the walls to prevent sound bounce

Asbestos Abatement

Certain areas of the building have asbestos contained in the ceiling, as well as in the floor tiles. This is completely safe as long as it is not disturbed (so asbestos doesn’t become airborne). However, since opening up the lower level will for certain involve disturbing these asbestos-containing materials, we have to hire a company to come in and do an asbestos abatement (this was already completed in the gym a couple years ago). With the size of the area, this is being done in four phases (see map below). This project started in October, and will run into January. Upon completion, our entire lower level will be free of asbestos. We are hoping this project will be complete my mid-January.

 

UPDATE

  • The asbestos abatement is COMPLETE! Thank you for your patience as we have had to navigate this project and closing off sections of the building. All areas of the lower level are now open and asbestos-free!
  • With this project complete, the next step is to have fireproofing spray and new drop ceilings put in in the areas that are NOT part of the new lobby (room 107, nurseries, east/west corridors).
  • Our floors and ceilings may look a little “rough” for awhile, but we appreciate your patience as we continue working on the renovations.

New Lobby

The last and final stage is the actual renovation work to remove the existing interior walls to open up the new lobby, then paint, install fixtures, etc. We are hoping to have this entire project complete for our Fall 2022 kickoff.

 

UPDATE

  • The next step is to have our engineers and architect complete revised drawings for our new lobby, so that we can apply for the appropriate permits.
  • Our engineers have begun this work, and we are hoping to have stamped drawings completed by early February.
  • Watch this page for the drawings – we will post them once complete.
  • We will then need to apply for the appropriate permits, which we expect could take approximately two months, before demolition can start.

New Floor Plan With Larger Lobby

Have a Question?

Let us know if you have any questions about the renovation project.