Our "Room With A View" Construction Completed

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Our congregation broke ground on the long awaited build-out for “A Room with a View.” A ribbon-cutting and shovel-in-the-ground ceremony was held the first Sunday of Advent, November 29, coinciding with the start of the Christian calendar year and the decoration of our entire church for Advent and Christmas. 

"Room With A View" Photo Gallery
 

Construction Completed

The “A Room with a View” Pledge Campaign comes to a close, it was October 6, 2013 when we officially kicked off the “A Room with A View” Pledge Campaign to raise funds for Phase 1B of our expansion vision. Definition of Phase 1B at the time: “Family Room” off existing narthex, including a lavatory. Current stairway to outside exit will be converted into a large closet for additional storage. The “Family Room” will be multi-purpose. Besides serving as a gathering area for bridal and funeral parties prior to special services, it will be used on Sunday mornings as a nursery, providing easy access for parents who are attending worship services. The “Family Room” will include a large screen closed circuit television for easy viewing of the service. The lavatory will include a changing table wall unit. The project, which updates our building, addresses the multi-generational needs of our congregation. A more accessible nursery will be a convenience to parents who wish to attend services and do not always feel comfortable in leaving their infant or toddler in our upstairs nursery. A bonus of this project will be additional Christian education classroom space upstairs, due to the relocation of the nursery downstairs. Members and friends of St. Paul pledged $109,639 for the expansion, over the last three years and we actually collected over $113,000. We should all congratulate ourselves for this great accomplishment. Statistics show that most Church Pledge Campaigns only collect about 80% of the pledged amount. With the completion of the expansion we are officially closing the “A Room with a View” Pledge Campaign as of August 31,2016. Final figures for the cost of the room are being compiled and we should have an exact cost by the end of August. The original cost was expected to be around $375,000, as shown on our thermometer, we are expecting the cost to come in around $325,000, or about $50,000 under budget. Most of this is due to the fact that our membership pitched in to complete a lot of the work ourselves saving us labor and material cost. Although the “A Room with a View” Pledge Campaign is closing, gifts can still be made to the Building our Future (BOF) fund. Donations to BOF will be used to further enhance our building as part of the long term vision approved by the congregation in January of 2000. Future enhancements will include four new windows in the first floor West Room, seven new windows in the second floor Sunday School area and two new windows in the first floor West lobby lavatories. This will complete the window replacement for the entire building and help us to reduce our energy cost even more. Plans also include the installation of HVAC in the West Room and the second floor Sunday School area. Currently we are using two window units in the West Room which are noisy and not very energy efficient. Finally, we would like to install HVAC in the Fellowship Hall, this would allow us to host many more summer events in the hall and make it more desirable to renters for weddings, showers, etc. No plans have been made with regards to the timing of these enhancements, we will first need to evaluate the Church finances and Endowment Fund payback. A special “THANK YOU” from the Building our Future (BOF) and Building and Grounds Ministries.

 

JULY 2016

The expansion is nearing completion we are very close to receiving our “Occupancy Permit” from the city of Taylor. Since the last update much has been done, the lavatory and multi-purpose rooms are complete, window treatments have been installed, carpet and tile have been installed and the lavatory fixtures are all in place. The outside concrete work has been completed and we are in the process of completing the landscaping around the new building expansion. There is still some work required to finish the grade around the ramp and install water management devices to make sure the water flows from the existing Church building to the parking lot. The mounds of dirt by the back garage have been removed and we are preparing to plant grass seed to fill in the spots. The handicapped area has been moved to its new location which will make it accessible to the new handicapped ramp that has been installed. The interior and most of the exterior work should all be completed in time for the “Celebration” on July 31st. It has been a long and sometimes complicated process to complete the room but the benefits for our membership will be great. We appreciate the patience that you as members have shown during the construction phase of the new building expansion. Building and Grounds Ministry


JUNE 2016

‘ROOM WITH A VIEW’ ENTERS FINISHING PHASE

A dedication date has been set for Picnic Sunday, July 31 and a lot has been already accomplished towards completion of the whole project. But there’s still remains much finishing work to be done on our church new “Room with a View.” The work ahead includes the installation of plumbing fixtures in the new lavatory, plus ceilings, sills, and doors; the tiling and carpeting of the different spaces; the final painting of all rooms; and the furnishing of the “family room” for multi-purpose use on Sunday mornings and for wedding and funeral services.

 

MAY 2016

May was indeed a very busy month for the new expansion project. The rough electrical and plumbing were completed which allowed us to install, tape and sand the drywall. The new walls have been primed and given the first coat of final color, plans are to complete the second coat of paint after the final electrical has been completed. The Narthex walls have been repaired, primed and given two coats of final paint, thanks to Dan Newton. Exterior lighting has been installed and work continues on the interior lighting. The stain glass window has been installed, however ¼ inch glass still needs to be installed on the outside of the window to protect the stain glass window. The drop ceiling has been installed and lighting is in place. The tile floor in the handicapped lavatory will be installed in early June allowing us to finish the plumbing. We have also received the interior doors (solid birch) which will be stained and installed, the exterior door is also on site and will be installed once the construction on the inside is complete. Work is planned to compete the opening between our existing Narthex and the new room, this will also be stained to match the existing woodwork in the Church. The HVAC units will also be installed in early June.

The parking lot concrete has been cut and is being prepped for installation of the sidewalk and curb around the new building. Once they start the concrete work the east drive will be closed until they are finished. We will try very hard to ensure that it is open for our Sunday morning services, but no guarantee can be made. The huge pile of dirt next to the Crimson Maple tree will be removed and the rough landscaping will begin. They want to make sure that water flows away from the building to the parking lot for correct drainage, once complete the Building and Grounds Ministry will begin to work with our Groundskeeper Harold Fick to finish the landscaping. Stone was placed between the new handicapped ramp and the Church building to prevent weeds from growing in the area. The rails for the handicapped ramp will be installed sometime in June. The huge mounds of dirt in the back of the church will also be removed and grass seed planted.

The “Tree of Faith” was ordered and received. It is being held at the supplier until we are ready for installation. Engraving of the leaves will begin in the next couple of weeks so that the tree will be installed with all of the purchased leaves engraved and on the tree before the final dedication on Picnic Sunday, July 31st. A small decorating committee is working on plans for carpet, window treatments, furniture, etc for the new room. The trick will be to facilitate the room for multi-purpose usage by our members. There is still much to do and we are doing a lot of the work ourselves to help reduce the overall cost of the project. If you would like to help please contact Julius Enesey or Dan Case or call the Church office at 313-291-1221.

Your Building and Grounds Ministry

 

April 3, 2016 

To begin with, we would like to once again thank you for the patience and understanding that you have exhibited during the construction phase and the use of the East driveway. Every possible effort is being made to ensure that the East entrance is open for Sunday morning services, but remember that there may still be times that we may have to close it for the safety of our members and friends.

Since our last update the windows have been installed and the exterior brick is approximately 98% complete, the stone coping along the roof line is being installed as you read this article. Once this is complete the roof will be completely done. The stain glass window is off site at our contractors and is about 50 % complete, the plan is to install the stain glass in a new metal frame and make it a stationary window, it will be re-installed with a ¼ inch piece of glass on the outside to prevent it from being broken. Once the Stain Glass window is reinstalled they will complete the brick work around it. A temporary exterior door has been installed until the new exterior door is received, it is currently on order and should be here in the next couple of weeks. Work on the new handicapped ramp will begin in the next two weeks depending on the weather of course.  

The existing radiator in our Narthex has been removed and a doorway has been cut in the wall between the Narthex and the new construction. This allows us access to the new room from the Narthex. Now that the room is completely sealed from the outside elements, church members can begin construction on the interior. The first task will be to install the “Z” furring, Styrofoam insulation, fireproof framing around the windows, restroom wall studs and the door jambs. Once completed we can finish the rough electrical and plumbing and then the drywall can be installed, taped and painted.

Just a reminder that to help reduce the overall cost of the project we will be doing most of the interior construction utilizing our own members and friends. We will be looking for people to help with the following items: installation of the interior insulation, construction of the interior walls, hanging, taping and painting the dry wall, installation and staining of the trim moldings, installation of the drop ceilings, installation of the ceramic tile floor in the lavatory and help repairing the landscaping in the spring. If you can help please contact Julius Enesey or Dan Case or just call the Church office at 313-291-1221.

 

March 21, 2016

To begin with, we would like to once again thank you for the patience and understanding that you have exhibited during the construction phase and the use of the East driveway. Every possible effort is being made to ensure that the East entrance is open for Sunday Morning Services, but remember that there may be times that we may have to close it for the safety of our members and friends.

Since our last update the windows have been installed and the exterior brick is 95% complete we are just waiting for the stone coping to be installed around the roof.  Once this is complete the roof can be completed.  The stain glass window is off site at the contractors and is about 50 % complete, the plan is to install the stain glass in a new metal frame and make it stationary, it will be re-installed with a ¼ inch piece of Plexiglas on the outside to prevent it from being broken. Once the Stain Glass window is reinstalled they will complete the brick work around it.   

The existing radiator in our Narthex has been removed, this allows removal of the remaining wall between the Narthex and the new building.  The plan is remove the remaining wall on Tuesday, March 22nd.  This will allow us access to the new room from the Narthex.  The new exterior door will be installed and work on the Handicapped Ramp will begin in the next two weeks.  

Once all of this is complete the room will be completely sealed from the outside elements and church members can begin construction on the interior.  The first task will be to install the “Z” furring, Styrofoam insulation, fireproof framing around the windows, restroom studs and the door jambs.  Once completed the rough electrical and plumbing can be completed and then the drywall can be installed, taped and painted.

Just a reminder that to help reduce the overall cost of the project we will be doing most of the interior construction utilizing our own members and friends. We will be looking for people to help with the following items: installation of the interior insulation, construction of the interior walls, hanging, taping and painting the dry wall, installation and staining of the trim moldings, installation of the drop ceilings, installation of the ceramic tile floor in the lavatory and help repairing the landscaping in the spring. If you can help please contact Julius Enesey or Dan Case or just call the Church office at 313-291-1221.

 

 

March 7,2016

Interested in an inside view for our ‘Room with a View’? Come check it out. As one more sign of progress on our build-out, the stained glass window in the narthex that is making way for an entrance to our addition has already been removed, leaving behind a clear glass window that provides a great view inside our new space. Our historic stained glass window is now headed for restoration and remounting in a steel frame that will protect it when it is re-installed along the east wall of our build-out.

But that’s not all to report. The sun was really shining on our “A Room with a View” build-out throughout the month of February. Although there were the usual bad weather days that go with winter, temperatures were warm enough on other days to allow our contracted masons to finish their brick work on our church addition, front and back. Adding accents to the red brick construction all sills and lintels are in place above and below the windows. The next step will be the actual installation of the custom-fitted windows which have been waiting in factory storage.
Throughout the months of March and April, work will begin on the interior of our “A Room with a View.” Although it is possible that work can be completed on the new addition by mid-to-late May, official dedication ceremonies will be held during our Picnic Sunday in late July. This will provide adequate time to ensure that everything is finished on the project without rushing workmen who want to get the job done right.
To defray costs to the church, our Trustees, Building Our Future Team, and Building Committee would like to mobilize church talent to volunteer to help finish the building addition, particularly with the carpentry, drywall, painting, and plumbing that needs to be done. To volunteer your talents and service, please speak with Trustee Julius Enesey.
 

February 20, 2016

To begin, we would like to thank you for the patience and understanding that you have exhibited during the construction phase and the use of the East driveway. Every possible effort is being made to ensure that the East entrance is open for Sunday Morning Services and the Fish Dinners, but remember that there may be times that we may have to close it for the safety of our members and friends.

The unseasonably warm winter weather has indeed helped to move construction of the new expansion along quicker than expected.  Since our last update the roof has been completed and the concrete floor has been poured.  The rough plumbing and electrical have been completed and the installation of the exterior brick and 2-inch foam insulation has begun.  With the outlook for warmer weather we hope to have the exterior brick completed by the first drive thru Fish Dinner on February 26th.  Construction and bricking of the new porch and handicapped ramp will depend on the weather.

Once the exterior brick is complete they will begin installation of the new aluminum windows and finish the stone coping around the roof.  The new exterior door will be installed and a temporary piece of plywood will be placed over the opening where the existing stain glass window will go. The stain glass window, once removed, will be taken off site to their shop for repair and installation into a new frame.  The existing heat radiator, which is currently located in the new entrance from the Narthex to the new room, will also have to be removed.  This will allow us access to the new room from the Narthex.  Once the entrance to the room is open, church members can begin construction of the interior.  The first task will be to install the “Z” furring, Styrofoam insulation, restroom studs and the door jambs.  Once completed the rough electrical and plumbing can be completed and then the drywall can be installed, taped and painted.

Just a reminder that to help reduce the overall cost of the project we will be doing most of the interior construction utilizing our own members and friends. We will be looking for people to help with the following items: installation of the interior insulation, construction of the interior walls, hanging, taping and painting the dry wall, installation and staining of the trim moldings, installation of the drop ceilings, installation of the ceramic tile floor in the lavatory and help repairing the landscaping in the spring. If you can help please contact Julius Enesey or Dan Case or just call the Church office at 313-291-1221.