Groundbreaking Ceremony Sunday, September 13th, 2015
10:30am under the steeple
(Between Celebration Service and Central Service)
We invite you to celebrate the breaking ground of Phase 1a on Sunday morning, September 13th under the steeple. This will be the last Sunday morning before relocating to alternative worship venues.
Sunday Morning Schedule
Beginning Sunday, September 20th, we will begin worship in the alternative venues:
9:15am - Celebration Service in Fellowship Hall
10:50am - Celebration Service in Fellowship Hall
10:50am - Central Service in the Music Rehearsal Room
We ask for the Celebration Service attendees to split based on their Bible Fellowships. All Bible Fellowships affected by this change have been contacted, but if you are unsure of which service your class will be attending, please click here for the transition plan. If you are not a part of a Bible Fellowship class, please feel free to attend either service.
On June 28th, our church voted 90% in favor of approving the Building Committee's recommendation to borrow up to 2 million dollars for additional costs associated with Phase 1a. Their approved cost analysis is available here.
Ray Guy, our Building Committee Chair, presented the following construction notes to the church:
- Site Plan has been approved by the City of Richardson's Zoning Board of Adjustment.
- Construction drawings are being finalized, and we expect construction permits to be issued soon.
- Our dates have shifted to September due to extended delivery times for structural steel.
- This transitional time in our alternative worship venues will be a total of six months.
- Construction completion will be around June 2016 for a total construction time of nine months.
You’ll recall from a business meeting last January that you approved going forward with this first phase of construction, at a cost of $6.5 million. That approval covered the foyer and a number of other expenses, including the City’s requirement of fire suppression in the Worship Center and the Music Rehearsal Room; the architect’s fees; and site work, among other things. And, that $6.5 million is in line with the projected receipts under the United We Build campaign, so we’d build the new foyer on a pay-as-you-go basis.
You also approved, by separate vote, upgrades and renovations to the Worship Center, and borrowing up to $900,000 to finance it. Those renovations will include new seating, flooring and much improved sound (equipment and acoustical treatment.) The final bids for the renovations came in significantly less than the $900,000 you approved.
Later this spring we reported to you that there was considerable sentiment within the membership for a larger foyer than the 32-foot expansion that we had proposed. Many of our fellow members had toured other church facilities with expansive lobbies and came back wondering if we were building ours large enough. We investigated, measured, agreed, and asked our architect and construction manager for new plans adding this 10-foot expansion. We also heard that people liked the coffee bars that they had seen, and the new design includes one in our expanded lobby. This additional cost of $275,000 will significantly increase the utility of the foyer.
We have spent a great deal of time tabulating costs associated with our temporary relocations, and some improvements will be made to preserve and enhance the worship experience during these six months out of the Worship Center. While we want to provide such an enhanced experience for our members and guests, we have also attempted to be great stewards by only planning on expenditures that will benefit our campus for the long term (ten plus years).
Please know that the committee has considered many other aspects of renovation during the past few weeks, and have chosen to not move forward on some of the ideas that we’ve analyzed. Many great ideas have been generated and in evaluating them we’ve tried to make the best possible cost/benefit decisions.
I believe you will be delighted with our facility when it’s completed. We continue to pray that all decisions will be made in line with our church’s primary purpose which is to glorify God in all we endeavor while undertaking to make disciples for Christ.