The site plan for Phase I of our project is complete, and we have begun construction! You can read more about our latest revision and visioning process below.
We're Breaking New Ground!
The site plan for Phase I of our project is complete, and we have begun construction! While the outdoor courtyard area will be completed, the rest of the project will be separated into two phases. Although we will be able to stay fairly close to the budget created by our capital campaign funds, we will need to do more fundraising to complete Phase I. At the same time, we’re thrilled that we’ll still achieve our three primary goals in Phase I:
Dedicate a multi-purpose space for the Youth
Expand our ability to provide outreach services by moving the offices out of the Parish Hall
Create better indoor/outdoor connections across campus
The movable wall partitions scheduled for the Parish Hall will wait for Phase II. Instead, a wall will be removed between two of the existing offices to create a temporary meeting room. Additionally, although the Parish Hall won’t receive the full face-lift or air-conditioning we had planned, it will receive a fresh coat of paint. To meet ADA standards, we will be required to remodel the restrooms in both the Parish Hall and church building. The rearrangement of the Shirley Teale Memorial chapel and the opening of that wall will also wait for Phase II.
Unfortunately, construction costs have increased astronomically since we initiated our capital campaign in 2019. As a result, we’ve had to scale back our project, so, as you’ll see in the site plans, instead of an addition, we are basically remodeling and repurposing our existing spaces. We’ll also convert the previous preschool building into the Neighborhood Center to better meet the needs of some of our friends experiencing homelessness (we hope to cover those costs with a grant).
Recent Plan Updates (12/1/20)
An earlier iteration of the architectural plans was shared with the congregation at Coffee Hour on July 26, 2020 and in a follow-up email. Those schematics included the addition of an Advocacy or Day Center intended to be used, primarily, by our neighbors experiencing homelessness to check email, do a load of laundry, meet with a social worker, or take a shower. Based on your feedback and further discussion, the current revision has moved what is currently being called the “Day Center” to the former stand-alone preschool building. This better addresses the concern about how the space will be shared with Sunday School, since those classrooms already have a number of cabinets in them and have ample space for storing supplies and fold-up or stackable child-height furniture.
This will also help us avoid doing any remodeling in that area until we know more about what the needs of the Day Center are. We will, however, install a stackable washer/dryer, shower and rear exit. The location will also better connect this building to the Showers of Blessings on Saturdays, and give the Sunday School children access to the attached existing side play yard.
Although an earlier iteration moved the main play yard from its current location, grading issues caused us to eliminate that plan. However, we are still able to convert the areas between the buildings into a welcoming courtyard area. Church offices and the Friendship Lounge/Youth area will now be located in the old wing of the church building as contemplated in our original plans.
The Friendship Lounge will also serve as a gathering area for other fellowship activities when not occupied by the youth. Additionally, because our goal is to maximize the usability of all of our spaces, we’ll replace the heavy chapel chairs used in the Nursery with stackable chairs and a fold-up conference table—so the area can serve as a meeting room during the week.
Other feedback led us to shift the moveable altar and other liturgical elements from the side chapel area to an east wall of the church (near the acolytes’ former seating area). This makes the outdoor spaces more accessible through the new doors on the north wall of the sanctuary. And, by removing the existing three pews and the accompanying privacy screen, the entire side area becomes completely flexible space which could be used for an orchestra, an expanded family area, or more intimate worship space as the need arises.
St. Andrew's Future
Imagine St. Andrew’s in 2048. What do you see? Your vestry considered that question as we embarked on a process of strategic planning in early 2016. In the wake of the campus fires that fall, through a series of vigorous discussions, a vision of St. Andrew’s future emerged–a North Star to guide the path ahead. To assist us in making our dreams reality, we engaged the services of an architecture firm and capital campaign consultants.
In the conceptual phase with domusstudio, we've learned how updated, expanded, and replaced facilities will best reflect our vision. Likewise, VIP Consulting has helped us launch a very successful capital campaign (as of 4/1/19, we are at $1.3M on our way to a $2M goal). Attached is the campaign brochure, a letter of commitment and our current conceptual plans. We invite you to join us in committing to our audacious goal as we answer God’s call to fulfill St. Andrew’s mission in a hungry world.
This diagram encapsulates the idea that we believe our journey of discipleship calls us to do more than just worship together on Sundays. Rather, our vision has us living into other areas as well, including Learning Collaboratively, Serving Others, and Building Community.