Frequently Asked Questions
A: During the Transitional time period between campaigns our small groups will have enough space to meet in other areas, though it will be cramped. This comes with all building projects, and we have plans for utilizing available spaces all across campus in the transitional periods. In the first Phase, Building G will be deconstructed to make room for the new children’s building and lobby. It will take approximately 9-12 months to complete construction. During that time, the preschoolers who currently meet on the first floor of G building will be moved to F Building (the current children’s building), and the adults who currently meet on the second floor of G Building will be moved to classroom space in C Building. After the new children’s building is complete, all preschoolers and children will move in to the new facility and we will once again have plenty of classroom space because building F (the current children’s building) will be vacant.
A: Eventually, F building will be renovated into a youth area upstairs and administration offices downstairs. But this will not happen until the end of Phase 2. After Phase 1, Building F will be used for Adult Education space.
A: The details about where specific rooms will go are not nailed down yet. This will be discussed when the architects start drafting the technical construction drawings. We will not commission these expensive drawings until our church votes on the overall project on January 26th, 2014.
A: There are multiple options for a bride’s room near the chapel space. One is a large conference room directly across the hall that could potentially double as a bride’s room. Also, the current bride’s room will remain in place.
A: The architects and engineers will study all of our current issues and develop a plan on how to deal with them, as well as designing new facilities that will try to avoid these issues. However, the estimated costs on construction and renovation do not include any foundation work on existing facilities. Most of the foundation issues are in Building C, which this plan proposes to deconstruct.
A: Yes, the estimates are inclusive of paint, furniture, décor, light fixtures, and anything else for the interior spaces.
A: Yes, the estimates include all updates for each of the new buildings, plus some renovations to the current systems to keep pace with the new buildings.
A: Yes. However, the estimated cost does not consider inflation that may occur between now and the time the buildings are built.
A: Absolutely. In fact, the new facilities are being designed with this in mind.
A: Over the last four years our debt has been reduced from $1.4 million to $550,000. There are a number of donors who have generously offered to help pay this debt off before we break ground on this new project. We hope to have the current debt paid off soon.
A: 23 million dollars broken up into 3 phases over 10-15 years.
A: That depends on how much the church membership is willing to pledge for the project. The Finance Task Force will make a recommendation on debt at each step in the process. Ultimately, the church will vote on how much debt, if any, to take on for this project.
A: We will have multiple areas for guests to park, mainly around the children’s building and the new front lobby of the church.
A: Our church is currently growing among the young. The fastest growing areas in our church over the last four years have been the preschool and children’s areas. Our contemporary worship service has doubled in size. Our Wednesday night children’s programs have almost tripled in attendance. However, we are also decreasing in attendance among the elderly. Many of our elderly members are becoming homebound, moving away to be closer to adult children, and of course, many have gone to be with the Lord. Over the last five years we have added 602 members, and have lost 343 members (mostly to death and moving out of town). Overall, the church can be characterized as experiencing very slow growth.
A: We have identified that part of the reason many visitors do not choose to join our church is that the facilities and overall impression is that we are “dated.” Facilities do not win people to the Lord or to our church. However, they can have the effect of turning people away. If the facilities look and “feel” old, young families will join elsewhere. Many will never even give us a try. The life, vibrancy, and love that is to be found in our fellowship is one of the best kept secrets in Richardson. New, vibrant, relevant facilities can help change that. A significant investment in facilities on one of the busiest corners of North Dallas will speak volumes to those who drive by.
A: We have multiple problems with our aging facilities. Primarily, we have major foundation problems in Building C. We also have an older image on the inside and outside of the facilities. We have plenty of space, but much of it is not usable space for our changing needs. The Master Site Plan Task force has identified seven major issues with the facility. They are: (1) there is no obvious “front door”; (2) there is no central “spine” to facilitate flow from one building to the other; (3) there is no Senior Adult space and Children’s space close to parking and the Worship Center; (4) there is no mid-size worship space; (5) there is no large gathering space; (6) there is no aesthetically Welcoming Façade; and (7) there is no updated and contemporary space for young families. The new plan addresses all of these issues.
A: No. Although aesthetics are important. The goal of the Task Force was to present a plan that would bring our entire campus into the 21st century. A conservative estimate for renovating and upgrading Building C was $4 million. It is quite possible that another $2 million would be needed for foundation repairs, to bring the total to $6 million. For less than $6 million we can build a new building AND place it closer to the Sanctuary with better access to parking. The added bonus is a more aesthetically pleasing “front door.”
Do you have a question?
All of the frequently asked questions were generated from town hall meetings, conversations, and emails since The Big Reveal Presentation. We invite you to join us and ask your questions by attending an upcoming town hall meeting or emailing the Master Site Plan Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.