January 2018 SPIRE article
Plans are underway for the refurbishment of The Federated Church’s sanctuary organ. Marcia Snavely has been instrumental in orchestrating this entire project. A contract has already been signed and a replacement console ordered for the pipe organ. We are thankful for Marcia’s expertise and in debt for her guidance!
As the Properties Committee coordinates the rest of the monumental projects of the capital campaign, we want staff and members to know we pray upon our decisions and work to give you all the best value. Your prayers and confidence bolster us forward!
The Properties Committee is already blessed with members Keith Mast (engineer) and Bill Lentz (commercial construction superintendent and project manager), so we are well supported through this significant evolution of our church facilities and renewal.
We have asked several members of the church to contribute to the evaluation of our architectural systems and to suggest ways to facilitate an optimal bidding process. Thanks go out to Bill Mason (architect), John Giles (general contractor) and Bob Doxey (organization development). As we move through this two-year project, we will be looking for congregational expertise.
It became clear from the beginning that our three largest projects (roof, HVAC, and insulation) were linked and had to be engineered together. We have three different roof structures and three different roofing materials across the structure. Additionally, this poses three different insulation challenges for our antique buildings, as well as for our modern structures. But, it turns out, the greater conundrum is our heating and cooling. Seven different pieces of machinery from a multitude of time periods in the past few decades must be updated.
Therefore, we have hired an engineering company to do an energy audit, inspect, and evaluate our equipment. We have received multiple reports over the past few months as we move through the analysis of expensive and complicated systems. The working drawing and final specification will be complete very soon.
We all owe a big thank you to Bill Mason for thorough pre-analysis of our roofing systems and donating working drawings and specifications.
An important goal within this triad of projects is closing the energy envelope. Our Committee will determine insulation specifications and materials required based on the engineers’ recommendations. Bid documents will be ready by early winter. Bill Lentz has provided an extensive list of qualified commercial contractors. Suggestions from the congregation should be submitted to the Properties Committee box in the office or email Paul Koepf, chair. We will identify qualified bidders and request bids on a selected basis.
It is our hope to start construction in alignment with the church calendar. But be fore-warned: With the construction at the neighboring school and months of work here at Bell Street, it may be prudent to discuss moving the summer church to our wonderful facility on Route 306. If you have any questions for the Properties Committee, please contact Paul Koepf (email@example.com), Bill Lentz (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Keith Mast (email@example.com).
In Her grace,