Master Building Plan - Parish and School
What an exciting couple of years it has been. Since we last updated our website we have designed and built Mailliard Hall (Gym).
Phase 2 – In Progress
We are advancing in our building plans for our new Church.
It is a rare day that passes without a parishioner or school family asking me “When are we going to break ground?” On other occasions I will encounter another parishioner or school family expressing concerns about our relative silence relating to the design and build process.
Thus far, much of this phase has occurred behind the scenes; it is a necessary silence due to its fluidness and need for discretion. We have received a great deal of input and advice from a number of parishioners, parish staff, architects, contractors, attorneys, as well as Diocesan and City Staff. None of which has occurred without a great deal of prayer. We have attempted to be very deliberate in our planning process so that we get things right the first time.
As our plans have progressed we have gradually expanded the circle of involvement within our parish community. On Christmas Eve we unveiled the design of our new church building, which continually creates a buzz and much excitement. “It will truly be the crown jewel of the Diocese.” – anonymous
In January we began the process of interviewing companies to conduct a Feasibility Study; this study is used to determine what level of support there is for a project. A Feasibility Study is usually the precursor to any Capital Campaign. Most often a financial goal and a plan to achieve that goal are drawn up once the Feasibility Study has been completed. The study is underway; many parishioners have provided us valuable input and we are not yet finished with the study.
From time to time a parishioner will ask, “When are we breaking ground?” Now, I can safely say: “It is all about the money; once it is raised we can begin construction.” That is a bit of an oversimplified response but it is relatively accurate. The timing of the Capital Campaign has not been established as of yet.
The reality is that if all the stars in heaven lined up perfectly—meaning we had the financial support, we could begin construction in approximately 6-9 months—perhaps sooner. The drawings and approval could be done more quickly in theory but we want to make sure our plans are thorough and well done. We anticipate that construction will take approximately 14-18 months from the time we break ground.
Our Master plan includes:
|1. Construction of school gymnasium/community center||Completed|
|2. Building a new driveway onto Kings Ave||Completed|
|3. Reconfigure parking lot||Summer 2012|
|4. Construct St. Bernadette Church||TBD|
|5. Addition of 2nd story for the school buildings||TBD|
|6. Expansion of parish administrative offices||TBD|
|7. Renovation of the parish hall||TBD|
Please follow our website for further updates; we will be posting a number of updates, articles and links to other articles explaining the great beauty, theological richness, and thought that is going into our design. Our goal has always been to design a building that fosters and articulates the Church’s rich architectural history. It is also our goal to design a building where we encounter God’s abundant mercy and divine love.
Please join us as we continue our efforts to honor yesterday, live today, and build for tomorrow.
Peace and blessings,