Frequently Asked Questions
A: We will move out some time in September. On Sunday mornings, Celebration Service will split and meet at two different times, 9:15am and 10:50am. Both of these Celebration Services will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Central Service will meet in the Music Rehearsal Room at 10:50am.
A: After spending a considerable time evaluating this question, the Building Committee decided NOT to replace our lighting system with an upgraded one due to the high cost. The cost of changing the ceiling design and upgrading the lights would be in excess of one million dollars. The existing lights will be re-lamped and some of the defective canisters will be replaced. The sprinkler system is part of the overall $6.5 Million cost of the Phase 1a upgrade.
A: The ABFs will continue as they have in the past. There are some of the ABFs that will need to change their room assignment and/or time slot. Affected classes have been contacted.
A: The Budget and Finance Committee meets on June 22nd. They will discuss and vote on the potential $2 million debt. This meeting will take place prior to the church membership vote and the committee's decision will determine the wording of the vote by the church on June 28th. The principle and interest payments associated with the long term debt reduction will be budgeted as a part of our operations fund.
A: Based upon the information we have, we should be back in our Worship Center by Easter of 2016. When we first move back, however, other aspects of the construction (foyer, for example) will not be completed. We anticipate total completion of this phase of the construction by June of 2016.
A: We will be able to use the Worship Center immediately after the updates are completed. However, we will not have access to the foyer until later. We will need to use alternative entrances and outdoor paths to maneuver campus.
A: Since the Worship Center upgrades will not be complete until 2016, we will not have Carols this year. We look forward to a wonderful performance of Carols in the updated space in December 2016.
A: We will be adding certain wiring to the foyer and to the Worship Center in planning for additional renovations in the future. The cost estimate includes wifi in the foyer.
A: We believe so. The contingency was added, however, in the event that additional items may be discovered as we're finalizing our plans.
A: We know from experience that there will always be additional, unknown items that occur during any construction. We added a large contingency just in case, even if we do not use all of it. We will not be adding scope to the project without notifying you.
A: We are not adding new areas for guests to park in Phase 1a, but we currently have guest parking areas.
A: 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 reveal that secret. Significant facility activity on one of the busiest corners of North Dallas will speak volumes to those who drive by as they are attracted to the activity. At the same time, there are many other things being planned to attract new families to our church home.
A: Yes. The chapel and the children's wing remain in our plans for the next construction phase.
A: Yes. The coffee bar remains in our plans for this first phase of construction, assuming a positive vote during the Business Meeting on June 28th.
A: Our construction will not change any of the programming for our children and students.
A: The additional expense items that the church will be voting on June 28th includes a redesign and reconstruction of the steps leading to the rear entrances of the Worship Center. The architect will design steps with wheelchair access.
A: In Phase 1a of the Building Campaign, the parking lot striping and setup will not change. In later phases, the parking lot will be modified with spacing in mind.
Do you have a question?
All of the frequently asked questions were generated from conversations and emails from members. We invite you to join the discussion and ask your questions by emailing the Building Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.