Our “Dreamers” Architectural Committee is currently working with an architect, Jim Riddle, on building renovations with special attention given to the physically challenged. They hope to improve restroom access, and accessibility between the upper and lower levels of the church building. Plans also include expanding the Jean Harrell Fellowship Hall and kitchen, and improving office and meeting space.
Mr. Riddle met with the entire congregation on Sunday, March 4th after the Holy Eucharist to propose a preliminary concept design. The design emphasized ACCESSIBILITY for the physically challenged by expanding the narthex. This included adding restrooms on the sanctuary level, and an elevator to link both building levels. Other improvements proposed include a building expansion in the rear (east side) of the church to allow for rearrangements and more floor space for the fellowship hall, kitchen, offices, and food pantry.
With some modifications to reduce cost, the initial preliminary proposal appeared to be achievable. MR. RIDDLE PRESENTED THOSE MODIFICATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE ON MAY 21ST. Feedback was offered to him so that he could tweak and re-price. A follow-up Committee meeting was held with Jim on June 19, 2018 to wrap-up plans in preparation to present a proposal to the Diocese Standing Committee. On June 28, 2018, we pitched our proposal. Jim Riddle and our Committee fielded several questions regarding renovations, current operations, and the future mission of the parish. Bishop Smith was also present. Hopefully, a recommendation will be made to the Diocesan Council to help us fund the project.
A final proposal will have to be approved by the Diocese Council and our congregation before moving forward. Approvals, financing, and detailed planning could take from 4 to 6 months before construction can begin. Construction could take up to another 6 months. If everything goes well, some significant renovation will be completed in 2019!
The following are the architectural sketches of renovations presented to the Architectural Committee on May 21, 2018:
If you would like to review a copy of the architect’s old original (PRELIMINARY) March 4th proposal slide presentation CLICK HERE