Renovation Corner–November 03, 2013

Renovation Corner #’s

As we prepare to close the file on the renovations here are some numbers you might find interesting:

10    The number of years we have been studying what to do with our ageing buildings.

3     The number of years the Building Renewal Action Group (BRAG) has been meeting to plan and  coordinate the renovation of our church buildings.

9     The number of BRAG members who have carried out the project.

4.5   The estimated cost (in millions of dollars) of the original vision for the renovation of our church buildings.

1.1    The budget (in millions of dollars) for our renovations based on a feasibility study of what the congregation could actually afford.

1.75   The actual cost (in millions of dollars) by the end of the project.

350    The amount (in thousands of dollars) of public monies received, including both federal and provincial grants.

30     The amount (in thousands of dollars) of church monies received, including from the Diocese of Calgary and the Anglican Foundation.

1.3    The amount (in millions of dollars) received through the gifts, pledges and bequests of church members and friends.

112   The amount (in thousands of dollars) of outstanding pledges due to be collected in 2014 and 2015.

100   The amount (in thousands of dollars) of bridge financing required to cover the outstanding pledges.

0     The amount of any long-term mortgage of building loans relating to the renovation.

Renovation Corner–October 27, 2013

Oct 27We have our dates! We expect to see the completion of the renovations within the first week in November, followed by our occupancy permit by November 15.  This means we can begin moving back into our church, chapel and creation space (the former Nazareth and Bethlehem Rooms) the weekend of the 17th.

Here are some dates to mark on your calendar:

Moving Day. Sunday, November 17, 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sign-up sheets will appear the next few weeks for Movers, Fixers, Cleaners and Feeders to help us settle back into our renovated space. A true community effort.

Blessing of the New Furnishings. Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. It is the Bishop’s prerogative to bless new church furnishings. So Bishop Greg Kerr-Wilson will be with us in a unique service that will see our new altar, font and ambo blessed and set to use. A beautiful spot-lit ceremony not to be missed.

First Sunday Service. Sunday, November 24, at 10:30 a.m. There will be no 8 a.m. service that morning as we all assemble down in the lower hall to process together into our new, fully-functional worship space. Prepare to be amazed.

Finally.

Renovation Corner–October 20, 2013

Oct 20Activity is increasing around the church these days as renovations approach completion. The finishing millwork in the church and chapel will be done this week, including the reinstallation of the altar rails in the chapel and the refitting of the main altar frontispiece into the reredos. The control boards for both the new sound system and the new theatre lighting have been installed up in the balcony.

The front yard remains a mess, however, and the entryways remain blocked by the foundation work for the new ramp. Who knew that building a ramp could become such a costly and complicated process? When the first plan saw the ramp cutting through not only the flower beds that line the outer walls of the narthex, but also the roots of the vines that climb those walls, BRAG issued a change order to save the vines. But that slight dodge changed everything … as the new foundations take on the dimensions of an aircraft carrier!

The lower washrooms await the installation of their sinks and toilets and the creation space will soon receive its millwork, generously designed and discounted by the folks at DIRTT Design. The lower space will have the flexibility to serve the needs of our Sunday School while also providing rentable conference and workshop rooms during the week.

The adjusted construction schedule now extends into the first week of November, with an occupancy permit following (hopefully) the week after that. We are now looking to November 17 or 24 as our likely return dates.

Renovation Corner–October 13, 2013

Oct 13This week it is fair to say we are almost there. Two weeks to completion, then a week or two for signing off and receiving an occupancy permit from the city, then we’re back in business.

Enmax has disconnected the old electrical service and powered up the new one. The elevator is essentially complete and awaiting approval. The new washrooms are tiled. The church and chapel are now ready with the exception of the finishing millwork (like reattaching the altar rail in the chapel, moving the tabernacle and completing the work on the reredos (the oak paneling in the sanctuary).

While final payment for all the work will be due by the end of the calendar year, our pledges stretch into 2015. So we are arranging some bridge financing with the Anglican Foundation to carry us over until all the pledges have come in. Other than that, we will be incurring no debt—no mortgage, no building loans—for this $1.7 million project. By any standard a remarkable achievement!

The Bishop is waiting for us to confirm a date so he can be with us to bless the new furnishings. We are working on a draft of our opening worship the Sunday we move back into the church. Plans are underway for an Open House in December. We’re almost there.

Renovation Corner–October 06, 2013

Oct 06As people are taking a peek and getting the feel for our new worship space some are curious about how it is going to work exactly. However we want it to work, would be our answer, flexibility being the key concept.

If you examine the positioning of the new, overhead, theatre lighting you will see that the lights are trained on three possible “stage” areas: the centre of the former chancel (where the altar was situated most recently), the new apron stage down in front, and the heart of the labyrinth. These suggest some of the locations where the altar might be placed, or where a performer might perform, with chairs assembled around or in front accordingly.

For worship, however we orient ourselves in the new space, visual unity will be provided by our newly commissioned font, ambo and altar, which will always be placed in proximity to one another, suggesting these three dimensions of our worship life: Baptism, Proclamation and Eucharist.

By the way, the font, ambo and altar are nearing completion and we await their unveiling with growing excitement. The creations of Jeremy Pavka and Matthew Bourree of MMJT Contemporary Design, the dark walnut and bleached maple structures will be a study in form and motion, reflecting the flexibility of the space overall. Which is to say, stunning!